Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid communication of original research, theoretical articles and methodological reports related to the field of quality of life, in all the health sciences. The journal also offers editorials, literature, book and software reviews, correspondence and abstracts of conferences.

Quality of life has become a prominent issue in biometry, philosophy, social science, clinical medicine, health services and outcomes research. The journal's scope reflects the wide application of quality of life assessment and research in the biological and social sciences. All original work is subject to peer review for originality, scientific quality and relevance to a broad readership.

This is an official journal of the International Society of Quality of Life Research.

  • Promotes the rapid communication of original research, articles and methodological reports on quality of life
  • Reflects the broad interest in quality of life assessment and research in the biological and health sciences
  • An official journal of the International Society of Quality of Life Research
  • 96% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Co-Editors-in-Chief
  • Jan Böhnke,
  • Claudia Rutherford
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

2.773 (2019)
Impact factor
3.104 (2019)
Five year impact factor
31 days
Submission to first decision
183 days
Submission to acceptance
616,797 (2019)
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    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • ISOQOL

    The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).


    Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.

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Electronic ISSN
1573-2649
Print ISSN
0962-9343
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