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Call for papers - Bullying prevention

Guest Editors
Qiqi Chen, PhD,  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Michelle F. Wright, PhD, Indiana State University, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 15 November 2024


BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Bullying prevention. Bullying is a form of physical, verbal or psychological abuse. Victims of bullying during childhood or adolescence experience adverse and long-term consequences for their health that may last into adulthood. There is a need for interventions and programs to prevent and reduce bullying in diverse settings and social contexts, including family, school and workplace. We invite submissions addressing school-based educational interventions, workplace awareness and knowledge improvement, promotion of family interventions for parental recognition and support, prevention of bullying in adolescents from disadvantaged households, anti-bullying legislations across social contexts, and community-based interventions targeting risk factors for effective bullying prevention.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Qiqi Chen, PhD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

GE-ChenDr Qiqi Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include bullying and cyberbullying, family violence, and child poly-victimization, with a focus on quantitative methods. Currently, her primary interest lies in investigating digital health interventions for bullying and cyberbullying among children and adolescents. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications that have been featured in leading international journals.

Michelle F. Wright, PhD, Indiana State University, USA

Dr Michelle F. Wright is an assistant professor at Indiana State University. Her research focus is on the contextual factors which influence children’s, adolescents’, and young adults’ involvement in aggressive behaviors, with a special interest in social goals, peer status, and cultural values. She has published on these topics, with her most recent work focused on culture and anonymity, and their role in cyberbullying among adolescents.


About the Collection

BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Bullying prevention. 

Bullying is a form of physical, verbal or psychological abuse. While bullying existed long before the internet, the appearance of smartphones brought to the spread of a form of online aggression known as electronic bullying or cyberbullying. Bullying behavior represents a serious and common issue in schools for children and adolescents, and it is very frequent in school’s area with little adult supervision, such as playgrounds or cafeterias. 

Bullying is also common in workplaces among adults and can include different forms of behaviors, such as making offensive comments, denying training or promotions, and spreading rumors.

Victims of bullying during childhood or adolescence experience adverse and long-term consequences for their health that may last into adulthood. Additionally, individuals prone to bullying in childhood are more likely to commit bullying as adults.

Bullying is a cause of various mental health issues, including depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and low self-esteem.

There is a need for interventions and programs to prevent and reduce bullying in diverse settings and social contexts, including family, school and workplace. Indeed, improving the awareness and knowledge of bullying at different levels, is an important step to reduce its incidence. 

We welcome submissions looking at:

  • School-based educational intervention to prevent and reduce bullying
  • Improving the awareness and knowledge of bullying in workplaces
  • Promotion of family interventions aimed to help parents to recognize bullying and be able to help their children
  • Preventing bullying in adolescent from disadvantage household backgrounds 
  • Anti-bullying legislations for bullying prevention and control in different social contexts
  • Community-based interventions to effectively prevent bullying incidents through the identification of risk factors


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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Bullying prevention" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.