Occupational Health Science
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.
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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