2020 was a massive year by any scale, and we're happy to share a selection of top content reflecting the year in Psychology. Have a browse below, or head over to the individual imprint pages for more. If you’re interested in writing for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an editor today.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Lilith Dorko, Carol Bischoff and Morgan Ryan, Springer Behavioral Sciences Editorial Team

In a year of uncertainty, Springer’s Psychology and Behavioral Science book program continued to grow, publishing in timely, critical areas to meet the need of our readers. In 2020 we published titles in key fields, including neuropsychology, healthy psychology, clinical psychology, public health, social work, as well as cross-cutting fields of cognitive science, theoretical psychology, cultural psychology, and criminology. We pushed further into the future with books on artificial intelligence and robotics and their impact on our everyday lives, and cutting-edge research on COVID-19 and the pandemic’s effects on our society, mental health, and individual and group behavior.

Springer Psychology journals publish high-quality work from researchers worldwide in the areas of cognitive, family, developmental, social, and clinical psychology. Key topics include autism, child and adult development, mental health, sexuality and gender research, and health psychology. We encourage submissions from across psychology to our broad-based journal Current Psychology. In 2020, we were pleased to expand our portfolio with the launch of Adversity and Resilience Science, Affective Science, and Journal of Health Service Psychology. In 2021 we welcome Global Implementation: Research and Applications.

We invite you to read our top-downloaded articles from 2020 and to submit your research to our journals. Authors benefit from fast turnaround times, wide dissemination, high impact, and a commitment to open science and options for funder compliance. 

Grace Jackson, Beth Farrow and Joanna O’Neill, Palgrave Psychology Books Editorial Team

Palgrave Psychology’s book programme features high quality, cutting-edge research from a broad range of topics within psychology and neuroscience. Publishing a variety of formats including monographs, pivots, textbooks, handbooks and major reference works, our programme showcases topical and innovative research from across the discipline.
2020 has seen continued growth for the programme, with new book signings and publications in social, theoretical and organisational psychology; and featuring cultural, political and environmental perspectives. At a time of political polarisation and global crises, new titles have reflected these current debates and pressing issues. Black Men, Intergenerational Colonialism, and Behavioral Health was newly released in paperback, and Political Communication is soon to publish. Forthcoming book topics include nationalism, race and mental health, health inequalities, education and radicalisation, human-computer interaction, digital mindfulness and sexual minorities and mental health.

This year has seen the release of our new book series, Palgrave Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which features the highly downloaded open access Functional Somatic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents. We’re also looking forward to the imminent publication of the open access Handbook of Positive Education.

We’re delighted to welcome new book proposals in the coming year, with particular focus on Music Psychology, Cognitive Engineering, Environmental Psychology and Media Psychology.