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Occupational Health Science

Occupational Health Science

Editor-in-Chief: Robert Sinclair

ISSN: 2367-0134 (print version)
ISSN: 2367-0142 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41542

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Occupational Health Science is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing leading edge scholarship on behavioral, social, and psychological aspects of occupational health.

  • Research with international perspective, on all aspects of occupational health
  • Delivers multidisciplinary scope through theory-based and descriptive articles
  • Affiliated with the Society for Occupational Health Psychology

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This peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to presenting leading edge scholarship on behavioral, social, and psychological aspects of occupational health. The journal publishes papers that represent important empirical and/or theoretical contributions to our understanding of phenomena related to worker safety, health, and well-being. The journal combines a multidisciplinary orientation, an international perspective, a translational/evidence-based practice focus, and a flexible approach that welcomes both deductive (theory-based) and inductive (descriptive) articles. The contents include articles of interest to academics as well as practitioners in applied psychology, public health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, nursing, occupational safety, epidemiology, ergonomics, human resource management, organizational behavior, sociology, and economics.

Journal Scope:

This journal primarily considers empirical and theoretical investigations that enhance understanding of phenomena related to worker safety, health, and well-being.  Below is a list of sample topics that are covered by the journal (this list is based on the topic list of the APA/NIOSH Work Stress and Health conference: www.apa.org/wsh). Submissions on other topics related to the major aims of Occupational Health Science also will be accepted.

1. Occupational Stress. Environmental and individual factors that contribute to the stress process; moderators of stress-outcome relationships.

2. Economic Factors and Occupational Health (e.g., job insecurity, unemployment, income disparity, and financial stress).

3. Occupational Health Interventions: Organizational, individual, social policy level, and multilevel interventions; health promotion; integrated safety & health programs, cost-benefit analyses of occupational health interventions

4. Workplace Diversity and Discrimination: Minority and Immigrant Workers, Age/Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Disability Discrimination, Occupational Health Disparities.

5. Workplace Aggression: prevalence, antecedents, and consequences of physical/verbal violence, harassment, bullying, incivility – prevalence, antecedents.

6. The Employment Relationship: Contract and temporary work; Self-employment; Seasonal Work; Under- and over-employment; unemployment; job insecurity.

7. Work Schedules: Part-time work; Night/evening work; Weekend schedules; irregular schedules; overtime; long work hours; flexible schedules; telecommuting.

8. Human Resource Management and Benefits: Health, pension, and other benefits; FMLA issues, Pay equity; Workers’ compensation program issues; job accommodations.

9. Work, Life, and Family: Work-life balance; Work-family conflict; Child and dependent care; Formal and informal family supports; Positive spillover.

10. Organizational Practices: Lean production; Downsizing and resizing; Globalization; Outsourcing; Continuous improvement; Process reengineering; Emerging technologies.

11. Job and Task Design: Worker control; Work pace and work overload; Emotional labor; Physical demands.

12. Social and Organizational Context: Organizational climate and culture; Social support; Supervision and leadership; Group dynamics; Communication.

13. High Risk Jobs and Populations: Younger and older workers; Hazardous work environments; High-risk occupations.

14. Traumatic Stress and Resilience: Assessment, prevention, mitigation, and treatment of traumatic stress; Resilience; PTSD; Treatment seeking.

15. Mental and Physical Health consequences of Job Stress: Depression, Obesity, Substance abuse, Musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and immune system function; Suicide.

16. Sleep, Fatigue, and Work: Effects of work schedules on sleep; Sleep disorders and medications; Health and productivity implications of sleep disruptions.

17. Aging and Work Stress: Job design for aging workers, Attitudes toward aging workers; Disability management and accommodations; Health benefit implications.

18. Health Services and Health and Productivity Management: Employee Assistance Programs; Vocational rehabilitation & counseling; Disability management.

19. Organizational Climate, Management & Training: Safety communication motivation and leadership, hazard identification and elimination, safety climate and culture, other specific aspects of climate related to occupational health (e.g., psychosocial safety, violence prevention, diversity, justice, family support).

20. Professional and Educational Development: Graduate/Undergraduate/Employee training in Occupational Health disciplines; Career development programs.

21. Research Methodology: Innovations in occupational health research design, measurement, methodology.

22. Prevention / Intervention Methods and Processes: Field intervention design, barriers, and challenges; Intervention evaluation/implementation methods and standards.

23. Positive Aspects of Well-being. Job satisfaction, work engagement, job involvement, positive work experiences, benefit finding.

24. Individual Differences in Occupational Health: personality, coping skills, demographic factors affecting occupational health outcomes.

25. Occupational health and employee retention: Health influences on turnover; Presenteeism; Absenteeism; Commitment; Organizational citizenship behaviors.

26. Rehabilitation and accommodation for disabilities: re-entry to the workplace after injury and illness; accommodation for workers with disabilities, especially those disabilities that were work-related.

27. Accidents and injuries: Environmental and individual factors related to workplace accidents and injuries.

28. Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD): Environmental and individual factors related to development of MSD.

29. Health promotion: The effectiveness of health promotion by organizations, for example, offering health programs for exercise or smoking cessation.

30. Dissemination and Implementation Science: Research approaches for translation of knowledge into practice, including identification of factors or methods affecting intervention adoption, scale up and sustainability.

Peer Review Process


Occupational Health Science is committed to providing authors with feedback that is timely, fair, civil, and constructive.   Once a manuscript is submitted into the online editorial system, the editorial team makes an initial assessment on the submission’s fit with the journal’s mission, as well as its basic quality.  Then, submissions are assigned to an action editor who selects at least two suitably qualified peer reviewers to provide reviews. The review process is double blind; both reviewers and authors remain anonymous (prior to submission, manuscripts should be prepared for blind review by removing identifying information from the manuscript). The review process considers the quality of the contribution in relation to the article format selected from those above.  Reviewers also evaluate the manuscript relative to the following criteria: (1) Fit of the article with Occupational Health Science, (2) Quality of Writing, (3) Quality of Methods, (4) Implications for Scientific Advancement, and (5) Implications for Practice.  Articles should follow the most recent formatting/publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association.  The journal aims to have reviewers complete their reviews within 6 weeks of receiving the manuscript and to have editors make a decision within approximately 4 weeks of receiving the reviews. 

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    Occupational Health Science is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing leading edge scholarship on behavioral, social, psychological, and technological aspects of occupational health. Occupational Health Science publishes papers that represent important empirical and/or theoretical contributions to understanding of phenomena related to worker safety, health, and well-being. The distinctive features of this journal include a multidisciplinary orientation, an international perspective, a translational/evidence-based practice focus, and a flexible approach that allows for both deductive (theory-based) and inductive (descriptive) articles. As a multidisciplinary journal, Occupational Health Science publishes articles of interest to academics as well as practitioners in the fields of occupational health psychology, applied psychology, public health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, nursing, occupational safety, epidemiology, ergonomics, sociology, human resource management, organizational behavior, and economics.  

    Occupational Health Science is open to a diverse array of submissions including:


    ·       Review Articles that provide quantitative (i.e., meta-analytic) or qualitative summaries of the state of the literature and critically assess gaps and issues in past research, thereby directing future research on topics related to occupational health.  Review articles will typically be approximately 9,000 words long.


    ·       Major Empirical Contributions that extend understanding of worker safety, health and well-being. These contributions will typically be 6,000-8,000 words long. Examples of include:

    o   Theoretically-driven empirical investigations testing specific hypotheses.

    o   Inductive research on occupational health phenomena where basic knowledge is needed as a foundation for future deductive hypothesis generation (these articles should clearly justify the need for an inductive approach).

    o   Methods-focused articles devoted to the development and dissemination of innovative methods for collecting, analyzing, understanding, and interpreting occupational health-related data.  Examples include studies describing the development of new measures of occupational health constructs and articles describing/applying new techniques for gathering/analyzing scientific data.

    o   Qualitative studies.


    ·       Brief Research Reports that offer new insights on occupational health topics, but with a narrower focus than major empirical contributions. Brief Research Reports will typically be approximately 3,000 words in length. Such studies typically have less emphasis on theory and can include replication studies aimed at accumulating evidence on previously studied topics. Prospective authors of replication studies are encouraged to consult with the editor prior to submitting their article.


    ·       Practitioner Reports that are aimed at improving the application of occupational health science to workplaces. Practitioner reports will typically be approximately 3,000 words in length. Article formats can include:

    o   Intervention studies that provide data evaluating the effectiveness of occupational health interventions. Such studies can include either successful or unsuccessful interventions; in each case the study will be evaluated primarily on its contribution to occupational health practice (although interventions should still maintain sufficient scientific rigor to support their conclusions).

    o   Review of evidence-based recommendations for professional practice such as the description of an intervention program in practice or that illustrate current usage patterns of various stress-management techniques or family supportive programs.


    ·       Alternate Formats. Occupational Health Science will be open to proposals for alternate formats of submissions (prospective authors should consult with the editor before submitting such articles). Alternate format articles will typically be 6,000-8,000 words although shorter and longer submissions will be considered as appropriate to the aims of the contribution (authors are encouraged to contact the editor with inquiries). Examples of alternate format articles could include:

    o   Dialogues/Debates over contemporary theoretical/practical/methodological issues.

    o   Discussion of issues related to the improvement of training and education in occupational health science.

    o   Special issues consisting of multiple articles sharing a common theme.

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