The SSM is the association behind three academic journals: Motivation Science (APA), Motivation and Emotion (Springer) and Advance in Motivation Science (Elsevier). Members receive physical issues of Motivation Science and have online access to Motivation and Emotion. 


Motivation Science 

Editors: Guido H.E. Gendolla & Rex A. Wright 

Motivation Science is a multi-disciplinary APA journal that publishes significant contributions to the study of motivation, broadly conceived. The journal publishes papers on diverse aspects of, and approaches to, the science of motivation, including work carried out in all subfields of psychology, cognitive science, economics, sociology, management science, organizational science, neuroscience, and political science. 

Primarily, Motivation Science features empirical papers on motivational topics, although theoretical papers and reviews of the literature will also be considered. Find out more about the journal and how to submit on the American Psychological Association website.  


Motivation and Emotion 

Editor: Michael Richter 

The Society for the Science of Motivation (SSM) is the official sponsor of Motivation and Emotion. The sponsorship gives SSM members free online access to the journal. It also gives the SSM a voice in selecting the journal editor and an ability to advertise SSM news and information. 

Motivation and Emotion publishes theoretical papers and original research reports of either a basic or applied nature from any area of psychology and behavioral science, provided that the focus is on motivation and/or emotion. While the primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation, animal studies are also published, provided they are relevant to general motivation and/or emotion theory. Find out more about the journal and how to submit on the Springer website. 


Advances in Motivation Science 

Editor: Andrew J. Elliot 

Advances in Motivation Science aims to become a premier cross-disciplinary outlet for cutting edge theoretical and empirical contributions in the area of motivation research. Each volume of the series will include a broad scope of engaging articles that overview entire research programs conducted by some of the most respected scholars in psychology. The series will be of interest to those with theoretical and applied interests alike and will lay out important directions for future research. Motivation research has long been and continues to be integral to the scientific study of psychology and this series will be the place to go for literature reviews of the most important work being conducted in the field. 

The volumes of the Advances in Motivation Science series are available to the users of subscribed institutions on the Elsevier website.

Welcome to the SSM 

The Society for the Science of Motivation is an international, interdisciplinary organization of researchers who study motivation. Its mission is to encourage inquiry into all aspects of motivation from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and to facilitate the dissemination of findings to a broad scientific audience. 

The SSM provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information, foster discussion of new ideas and findings on motivation among researchers, and encourages exchange and collaboration in research. It will do this through a list serve, online information exchange, annual conferences, and a journal dedicated exclusively to motivation research.