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Applied Research in Quality of Life

Applied Research in Quality of Life

The Official Journal of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Daniel Shek

ISSN: 1871-2584 (print version)

Journal no. 11482

Richard Estes, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Alex C. Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

M. Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA

Associate Editor
Janet T.Y. Leung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong;

Book Review Editor
Graciela Tonon,
Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora and Universidad de Palermo, Argentina

Pioneers in Quality of Life Theory and Research

Adrian J. Tomyn, Cairnmiller Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Editorial Policy Board

Ferran Casas, University of Girona, Spain; Laura Camfield, University of East Anglia, UK; Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics, France; Robert Cummins, Deakin University Australia; Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California, USA; Richard J. Estes, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Wolfgang Glatzer, Goethe University, Germany; Kenneth C. Land, Duke University, USA; Filomena Maggino, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Italy; Alex C. Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; Valerie Møller, Rhodes University, South Africa; Heinz-Herbert Noll, ZUMA, Germany; Don Rahtz, College of William & Mary, USA; M. Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA; Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University-Rotterdam, Netherlands

Emeritus Members of the Editorial Review Board

Abbott Ferris, Emory University, USA; Diana L. Gill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA; Ron Hill, Villanova University, USA; Ralph Kober, Monash University, Australia; Janne J. Liburd, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Mahar Mangahas, Social Weather Stations, Philippines; David Mick, University of Virginia, USA; William Pavot, Southwest Minnesota State University, USA; Mariano Rojas, FLASCO-Mexico/ UPAEP, Mexico; A. Coskun Samli, University of Northern Florida, USA; Chenting Su, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Joachim Vogel, Statistics Sweden, Sweden;  Ben Warner, Jacksonville Community Council Inc., USA; Bruno Zumbo, University of British Columbia, CA.

Editorial Review Board

Erik Angner, George Mason University, USA; Asher Ben-Arieh, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Tomislav Benjak, Croatian Public Health Institute, Croatia; Michael Bosnjak, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Laura Camfield, University of East Anglia, UK; Ferran Casas, University of Girona, Spain; Marcus Chiu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Hyekyung Choo, National University of Singapore, Singapore; C.B. Claiborne, Texas Southern University, USA; Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics, France; Robert A. Cummins; Deakin University, Australia; Martin Dempster, Queen's University Belfast, UK; Richard J. Estes, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Annis Fung, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; León R. Garduno Estrada, Universidad de las Américas, Mexico; Rose Gilroy, Newcastle University, UK; Wolfgang Glatzer, Goethe University, Germany; Carol Graham, University of Maryland, USA; Bjørn Grinde, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway; Stephan Grzeskowiak, Rouen Business School, France; Ronald Hays, UCLA School of Public Health, USA; Meg Holden, Simon Fraser University, Canada; Stefan Höfer, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria; Scott Huebner, University of South Carolina, USA; Andreas Knabe, Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Germany; Stefan Kruger, North West University, South Africa; Dong-Jin Lee, Yonsei University, Korea; Kenneth C. Land, Duke University, USA; Filomena Maggino, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Italy; Dwight Merunka, University of Aix-Marseille and Euromed Management, France; Alex Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; Srimanta Mohanty, The Social Planning Council of Peel, Canada; Valerie Møller, Rhodes University, South Africa; Georg P. Mueller, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Heinz-Herbert Noll, ZUMA, Germany; Giampaolo Nuvolati, Universita degli studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy; Jan Ott, Erasmus University-Rotterdam, Netherlands; Mark Peterson, University of Wyoming, USA; Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University, USA; Maurizio Pisati, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy; Michael J. Polonsky, Deakin University, Australia; Don Rahtz, College of William & Mary, USA; Fabiola Riccardini, ATDISA/ DCSA, Italy; Andrew Sharpe, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, Canada; Clifford J. Shultz, II, Loyola University Chicago, USA; Anusorn Singhapakdi, Old Dominion University, USA; M. Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA; Mehdi Taghian, Deakin University, Australia; Habib Tiliouine, University of Oran, Algeria; Walter N. Toscano, Universidad Nacional de la Matanza, Argentina; Ming-chang Tsai, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Muzzafer Uysal, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA; Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University-Rotterdam, Netherlands; Jiyun Wu, Rhode Island College, USA; Grace B. Yu, Yonsei University, Korea; Deniz Yucel, William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA; Keith J. Zullig, University of  West Virginia, USA.         


Introducing the Official Journal of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies: Applied Research in Quality of Life  

Introducing the Official Journal of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies: Applied Research in Quality of Life

Alex Michalos, University of Northern British Columbia

M. Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Richard Estes, University of Pennsylvania

November 3, 2005

We, the editors, are very pleased to bring to the quality-of-life research community a new journal, the Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL). ARQOL focuses on publishing conceptual and methodological papers dealing with quality-of-life studies in the applied disciplines of the social and behavioral sciences. The field of quality-of-life studies is an interdisciplinary program of research focusing on the conceptualization and measurement of concepts related to quality of life and social indicators. Examples of concepts directly related to quality of life and social indicators include happiness, subjective well being, life satisfaction, the good life, the good society, economic well being, family well being, quality of work life, community quality of life, spiritual well being, leisure well being, social well being, emotional well being, psychological well being, and quality of home life, among others. These concepts are applied to specific geographic populations (e.g., quality of life of specific countries, regions, states, provinces, and trading blocks) and demographic groups (e.g., children well being, quality of life of the elderly, quality of life of the poor, quality of life of the homeless, quality of life of the disabled, and quality of life of women). The same concepts are applied to specific institutional sectors (e.g., travel and tourism, hospitality, sports and recreation, food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, architecture, landscape design, education, transportation, telecommunications, healthcare, business administration, public administration, social work, management, marketing, agricultural economics, environmental science, and economic development). ARQOL focuses on application of quality-of-life concepts to institutional sectors as described above.

Recognition of the Field 

The field of quality-of-life studies and social indicators has grown over the past 30 years. Quality-of-life studies are regularly published in many disciplines of basic and applied social sciences. A testament of the recognition of the field is the establishment of two professional societies--the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and the International Society for Quality-of-Life Research (ISOQOL) and their growing membership. Both societies were founded in 1995. Furthermore, the Social Indicators Working Group of the International Sociological Association has served to bring together many sociologists over the past 30 years or so. There are three journals widely recognized in the field of quality-of-life studies, namely Social Indicators Research (SIR), Quality-of-Life Research (QOLR), and Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS). The growing success of these journals is evidence of the increased recognition of the field of quality-of-life studies.

Goals and Rationale 

The objective of ARQOL is to fill a major gap in the growing field of quality-of-life studies. This gap is the lack of a journal that focuses on applied social and behavioral sciences. The goal is to fill a growing niche in applying quality-of-life concepts, models, methods, and indicators to impact decision makers. Decision makers are typically professionals influenced by knowledge produced and disseminated in their own professional disciplines. For example, there are many quality-of-life conceptual and methodological studies that can influence community planners—decision makers operating in towns, cities, counties, and rural regions within every country. ARQOL should appeal to these decision makers through a track on community planning and development. Another example involves social workers—decision makers housed in institutions of social welfare and social services. The proposed journal will target these decision makers through another track on social welfare and social services. In other words, ARQOL should fill a huge void in the literature—translating and transforming many of the quality-of-life concepts (as well as creating new ones) for use by various segments of decision makers. Evidence of the need for applied science of quality-of-life studies includes the 2002, 2004, and 2005 community indicators conference (Williamsburg, Virginia; Reno, Nevada; and Burlington, Vermont) that attracted hundreds of participants--most of them were community developers, community planners, and community indicator specialists working at the community level. These conferences were sponsored primarily by the Community Indicators Consortium, a network of professional associations, government agencies, and foundations (e.g., ISQOLS, Community Statistical Systems Network, International Sustainability Indicators Network, Alliance of Regional Stewardship, Association for Community Health Improvement, Urban League, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Brookings Institution, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the United Way of America). Another example includes the conferences sponsored by ISOQOL on health-related quality of life research. ISOQOL conferences attract a significant segment of decision makers in health-related specialties. Many of them are medical researchers working in pharmaceutical firms and research hospitals worldwide.

Other QOL Research Journals 

Currently there are four journals that focus on quality-of-life studies as a scientific field of study. These are Social Indicators Research (SIR), Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS), Quality of Life Research (QOLR), and this journal (ARQOL). SIR seems to attract studies focusing on measurement of QOL in a variety of settings in relation to various population groups. JOHS focuses on studies dealing with subjective well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction. In contrast, QOLR focuses on health-related quality-of-life studies.
ARQOL is not designed to compete directly with SIR, JOHS, and QOLR. The focus of ARQOL is applied research by targeting professionals in the applied social and behavioral science disciplines. Although most of the studies published in QOLR seem to focus on testing the quality-of-life impact of pharmaceutical products on certain disease-specific patients (e.g., diabetics, patients with coronary disease), ARQOL will focus on studies related to nursing, psychotherapy, and community public health—tracks that overlap only in a marginal way with QOLR.
ARQOL also has three other features, namely special issues reflecting hot topics within the various tracks, a book review section, and an oral history section. With respect to the special issues, each section editor will propose issuing a call for papers on a special topic regarded as attracting media attention. These special issues should attract additional visibility in the professional discipline of the respective track.
In regard to book review section, ARQOL has a book review editor (Leon Schiffman, USA; and Elaine Sherman, USA) who will manage this section. The book reviews editor will work closely with the track editors to identify hot-off-the-press books involving topics related to the various tracks. The book reviews will be an attractive feature that can add a new dimension of visibility to the journal.
The oral history section is also an attractive feature to all researchers working in quality-of-life studies. The oral history section serves to enhance community bonds within the field of quality-of-life studies. A sense of community is established by knowing the gurus of the discipline, reading about them, their life experiences, what inspired them to engage in quality-of-life research, as well as, their important contributions. The oral history section is managed by an oral history editor, namely Michael Frisch. Every issue (or every other issue) will carry an interview with a prominent and senior quality-of-life researcher. These interviews will link to oral history videos that will be streamlined through ISQOLS website. ISQOLS members can view the interviews live as well as read the interview scripts in the journal.


We believe that ARQOL will serve to accelerate applied quality-of-life research in many areas of the social and behavioral sciences. This research should provide the tools needs to help policy makers make decisions to develop and evaluate programs designed to enhance the quality of life of their stakeholders. Our hope for this journal is to become a prominent scientific publication outlet for many quality-of-life researchers who do good applied research in their respective disciplines.

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    The aim of this journal is to publish conceptual, methodological and empirical papers dealing with quality-of-life studies in the applied areas of the natural and social sciences. As the official journal of the ISQOLS, it is designed to attract papers that have direct implications for, or impact on practical applications of research on the quality-of-life. We welcome papers crafted from interdisciplinary, inter-professional and international perspectives. This research should guide decision making in a variety of professions, industries, nonprofit, and government sectors, including healthcare, travel and tourism, marketing, corporate management, community planning, social work, public administration, and human resource management. The goal is to help decision makers apply performance measures and outcome assessment techniques based on concepts such as well-being, human satisfaction, human development, happiness, wellness and quality-of-life. The Editorial Review Board is divided into specific sections indicating the broad scope of practice covered by the journal. The section editors are distinguished scholars from many countries across the globe.

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