Call for papers for JCPP Special Issue 2022 ‘New Horizons in gene-environment interplay in developmental psychopathology’

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JCPP invites manuscripts for a special issue entitled “New Horizons in gene-environment interplay in developmental psychopathology” to be edited by Edward D. Barker, Barbara Maughan, and Edmund Sonuga-Barke and due for publication in October 2022 (Published online in September 2022).

Understanding gene-environment interplay is key to developmental psychopathology.  Across development, from the prenatal period onwards, it is now clear that development is shaped by the dynamic interplay between inherited vulnerabilities and environmental exposures.   In the past, genetically informative designs, such as twin and family studies, were our prime means of studying these processes.  Next, genotyping made it possible to integrate candidate genes; and most recently, the advent of GWAS and the creation of polygenic risk scores have greatly expanded our capacity to track gene-environment interplay and to strengthen causal inferences on the role and nature of environmental effects.

This Special Issue is designed to showcase the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field.  We encourage submissions from different nations/regions of high-quality papers which include (but are not limited to) research on Gene-environment interplay in developmental psychopathology focusing on:

  • Genetic designs to understand the role of the environment, including the use of:
    • Polygenic scores
    • Candidate genes (with replication)
    • Behavioural genetic analyses using twin, adoption and family-based approaches
    • Intergenerational designs
    • Causal models
  • Adversity exposures from prenatal development through adolescence, including:
    • Parental stress and psychopathology
    • Child Maltreatment
    • Bullying
    • Neighbourhood deprivation
    • Pollution
    • Natural experiments
  • Outcomes including:
    • Externalising problems
    • Internalising problems
    • PTSD
    • Psychosis
    • Cognitive development and educational attainments
  • Systematic reviews/meta-analyses

Interested authors should submit a letter of intent as a Microsoft Word document to the JCPP editorial office via email with ‘New Horizons in gene-environment interplay in developmental psychopathology’ in the subject line by 28 May 2021.

The letter should include the following: a tentative title; a brief description of the proposed submission (up to 500 words) including a clear statement of the methods and findings; a brief explanation of the unique contribution made by the proposed manuscript (under 100 words); names of envisaged co-authors; and contact information for the corresponding author.

The editors will review all letters and invite shortlisted authors to submit full manuscripts. The editors will contact all authors by no later than 25 June 2021 to inform them on whether or not they have been invited to submit a full manuscript. If you do not hear back by this date, please do notify the JCPP editorial office via email. The submission of full manuscripts will be due by no later than 26 November 2021.

Please note that following the letters of intent, all submitted full manuscripts will be subject to the standard robust peer review process and final acceptance is not guaranteed. In some instances, some manuscripts may be accepted for publication in normal JCPP issues outside of the special issue.



the link to the jcpp editorial office does not work.

Matt Kempen

thanks for the heads up, this has been updated

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