Call for Abstracts: Personal Relationships Journal

Complex and Diverse Singlehood Experiences

Submission deadline: 1 July 2024

This special issue invites submissions about singlehood, broadly defined as individuals who do not have a romantic partner. In recent decades, many countries have witnessed rising rates of single individuals and solo living. Despite the increasing number of single adults, less is known theoretically and empirically about singlehood compared to rich knowledge on coupled adults. This special issue addresses the need for a comprehensive presentation of theoretical and empirical views on singlehood from inter- and multidisciplinary perspectives to provide a deeper and broader understanding of the phenomenon of contemporary singlehood. This special issue invites submissions that provide insights into the diverse and complex lives of single adults. Although not a comprehensive list, here are some possible topic areas:

  • Happiness, meaning, and well-being
  • Friendships and social networks
  • Singlism, discrimination, and stereotyping
  • Singlehood identity and intersectional identities related to singlehood
  • Voluntary or involuntary singlehood
  • Dating decisions and experiences
  • Sexuality and sexual needs/behavior
  • Diverse personalities of single people
  • Singlehood at various life stages
  • Socio-cultural, political and economic factors related to singlehood
  • Singlehood in underrepresented populations

Guest Editors:

Katarzyna Adamczyk
Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Yuthika Girme
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University

Submission Guidelines/Instructions

Personal Relationships is an international, interdisciplinary journal that promotes scholarship in the field of personal relationships using a wide variety of methodologies and throughout a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to communication studies, family studies, human development, psychology, social work, and sociology. We encourage both conceptual/review articles that offer a novel theoretical perspective on singlehood in connection with the implications for singlehood research or critical reviews of the literature, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses (12,000 words), as well as empirical articles in short- (3000 words) and long-format (9000 words) that cover qualitative and quantitative empirical studies, methodological or statistical papers.

We particularly invite submissions that emphasize the internal diversity of single individuals and employ a within-group perspective without comparing single individuals with coupled individuals. We encourage papers that highlight diverse samples (WEIRD and non-WEIRD), cross-cultural contexts, and underrepresented populations (e.g., sexual and gender minorities, or Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, or multiracial populations).

If you have an article that you think would be appropriate for this special issue, we invite you to submit an extended abstract to lead guest editor Dr. Katarzyna Adamczyk by July 1, 2024. The abstract should outline your research thesis, questions, sample, and/or key findings and should be no longer than 500 words. Please indicate whether you would like to contribute a short-form article (up to 3000 words), long-form article (up to 9000 words), or comprehensive review (up to 12,000 words) and include a provisional title and author information (i.e., title, names, affiliation, contact details for all authors). This information will not count toward the 500-word abstract limit. We will not consider late submissions.

Authors will be informed by August 15, 2024, whether they are being invited to submit a full manuscript. We will accept invited manuscripts on a rolling basis, but they must be received by December 1, 2024. As soon as manuscripts are received, they will be sent out for peer review. Be sure to note in your cover letter that the submission is for this special issue. For detailed manuscript preparation guidelines, please refer to We anticipate that the special issue will be published in March 2026 (with accepted contributions published as “online first” articles ahead of this publication date).

It is important for us to let you know that the invitation to submit a full manuscript does not guarantee final publication in the special issue. Submissions will undergo editorial screening and then peer-review, and manuscript revisions. An accepted paper, however, cannot be guaranteed.

For additional information or questions or to discuss submission ideas, please contact the special issue editors: Katarzyna Adamczyk and Yuthika Girme.

Key Dates

July 1, 2024: Abstracts due
August 15, 2024: Decisions on abstracts
December 1, 2024: Deadline for manuscript submission based on approved abstracts