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A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation

Impact Factor


77-79, 12 issues

Latest issue

78:2 online 07 June 2024

Next issue

78:3 scheduled for July 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1990

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Aims & Scope

WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. The journal's subtitle has been deliberately laid out: The first goal is the prevention of illness, injury, and disability. When this goal is not achievable, the attention focuses on assessment to design person-centered intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or controls that use scientific evidence to support best practice. WORK occasionally publishes thematic special issues and sections, but in general, issues cover a wide range of topics such as decent work and economic growth, gender equality, occupational safety, and health, good health and wellbeing, working from home, ergonomic considerations with children, youth and students, the aging workforce, workplace violence, injury management, performing artists, ergonomic product evaluations, and the awareness of the political, cultural, and environmental determinants of health related to work.

At WORK, we are committed to fostering a community of learning and knowledge-sharing. The Learn at WORK podcast, previously a webinar series, is an extension of this commitment, offering a platform to stay informed, inspired, and engaged with the latest developments in work.

Dr. Karen Jacobs, the founding editor, and her editorial board especially encourage the publication of research studies, systematic reviews, clinical practice, case study reports, and Sounding Board commentaries. WORK contains the following columns authored by editorial board members: Bridging the Gap: Hospital to WorkplaceEquitable Work Transitions and Mobility and Return to Work Corner. With an internationally renowned interdisciplinary editorial board,_ WORK_ maintains high standards in the double-blind peer review evaluation and publication of manuscripts. All manuscripts are reviewed expeditiously and published in a timely manner. WORK prides itself on being an author-friendly journal.

WORK celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2024.

WORK is endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)

Editorial Board


Karen Jacobs
Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215

Editor's Assistant

Lindsey Sousa

Bridging the Gap: Hospital to Workplace

Leonard Matheson
Epic Rehab
Chico, CA, USA

Equitable Work Transitions and Mobility

Lynn Shaw
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada

Return to Work Corner

Phillip D. Rumrill, Jr.
Human Development Institute - University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, USA

Editorial Board

Ademola James Adeyemi
Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic
Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria

Mohammad Khursheed Alam
Jouf University
Al-Jawf, Saudi Arabia

Tom J. Albin
High Plains Engineering Services
Minneapolis, USA

Khader Almhdawi
Jordan University of Science and Technology
Irbid, Jordan

Boshra A. Arnout
Zagazig University
Zagazig, Egypt

Antonio López Arquillos
University of Malaga
Malaga, Spain

Andreja Bartolac
University of Applied Health Sciences
Zagreb, Croatia

ConneMara Bazley
CMara Consultants LLC
Carbondale, USA

Herbert C. Biggs
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia

Gail Bloom
George Washington University
Washington D.C., USA

Evandro Eduardo Broday
Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR)
Ponta Grossa, Brazil

Jeff Bruno
Bruno Evaluation & Consulting
San Luis Obispo, USA

Ariel Chiang
Fu Jen Catholic University
Taipei, Taiwan

Marina L. Ciccarelli
Curtin University
Perth, Australia

Daniel Cezar Da Cruz
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds, United Kingdom

Bhibha M. Das
East Carolina University
Greenville, USA

Kermit Davis
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, USA

Sara Dockrell
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Nancy Doyle
Boston University
Boston, USA

Asnat Erez
Ono Academic College
Kiryat Ono, Israel

Tomeico Faison
Therapeutic Solutions of NC
Cary, USA

Liat Gafni-Lachter
University of Haifa
Haifa, Israel

Vahid Gharibi
Arak University of Medical Sciences
Arak, Iran

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak
University of Connecticut
Storrs, USA

Ali Golabchi
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

Anita Hamilton
University of the Sunshine Coast
Sippy Downs, Australia

Suzanne Harmse
University of Pretoria
Gauteng, South Africa

Paul Harrington
Drexel University
Wallingford, USA

Courtenay Harris
Curtin University
Perth, Australia

Jane Harte
James Cook University
Atherton, Australia

Alan Hedge
Cornell University
Ithaca, USA

Jaejin Hwang
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, USA

Ev Innes
Southern Cross University
Lismore, Australia

Tiago Jesus
The Ohio State University
Columbus, USA

Jennifer Kaldenberg
Boston University
Boston, USA

Waldemar Karwowski
University of Central Florida
Orlando, USA

Karsten Kluth
University of Siegen
Siegen, Germany

Clara Lombardo
Polyclinic University Hospital of Messina
Messina, Italy

Bei Lyu
Huaibei Normal University
Huaibei, China

Nancy MacRae
University of New England (Emeritus)
Saco, USA

Florian Magnani
Ecole Centrale de Marseille
Marseille, France

Mohsen Mahdinia
Hamadan University of Medical Sciences
Hamadan, Iran

Sreekanth Kumar Mallineni
Majmaah University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Raquel Martinez
Life Occupational Therapy Limited
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Hugh McLoone
Bellevue, USA

Linda Leah Miller
EWI Works International Inc.
Edmonton, Canada

Gemma Milligan
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Beatriz Minghelli
Instituto Piaget
Lisbon, Portugal

Claudia Mont'Alvão
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Beata Mrugalska
Poznan University of Technology
Poznan, Poland

Alessandro Naddeo
University of Salerno
Fisciano, Italy

Matty van Niekerk
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa

Linda Niemeyer
Boston University
Boston, USA

Dan Odell
Google Daydream Virtual Reality
Bay Area, USA

Jiaxi Peng
Chengdu University
Chengdu, China

Susan Peters
Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing
Boston, USA

Jennifer Phillips
Boston University
Boston, USA

Venerando Rapisarda
University of Catania
Catania, Italy

Navah Ratzon
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel

Valerie Rice
US Army (retired), VitaLife Center
San Antonio, USA

María Martínez Rojas
University of Málaga, Malaga

Daniel Rortvedt
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, USA

Mohsen Sadeghi-Yarandi
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran

Martha Sanders
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, USA

Rachel Santarsiero
Stantec Consulting
Edmonton, Canada

Hassan Izzeddin Sarsak
Batterjee Medical College
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Adam Schwartz
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA

Ardalan Shariat
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran

Damian Siu
Prince of Wales Hospital
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Craig E. Slater
Boston University 
Boston, USA

Thomas Smith
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA

Billy C.L. So
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Shaheed Soeker
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa

Tanja A. Stamm
Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Kate Stewart
Boston University
Boston, MA, USA

Andreja Švajger
University Rehabilitation Institute
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Thomas Tenkate
Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto, Canada

Luca Testarelli
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Giuseppe La Torre
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Nishu Tyagi
Directorate General of Health Services - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Delhi, India

Ermanno Vitale
University of Catania
Catania, Italy

Maren Wright Voss 
Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing
Boston, USA

Amy Wagenfeld
Boston University
Boston, USA

Kathryn Wise
McMaster University
Hamilton, Canada

Andree Woodcock
Coventry University
Coventry, United Kingdom

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Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of €1500 / US$1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or €2150 / US$2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

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Peer Review Policy

WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is unknown to the reviewers and the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to the Editor's Assistant. The Editor's Assistant will then invite reviewers to comment on the work and might consider inviting the reviewers suggested by the author(s). Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

As a standard policy, decisions are based on two reviews, in some specific circumstances one review may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editor-in-Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time (3–5 months).

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Logical ordering of ideas
  • Consistency with purpose and scope of work
  • Contribution to the evidence based literature
  • Sound research methodology, statistical approach, and interpretation    
  • Quality of references    
  • Writing style/clarity in English

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept with no additional edits
  2. Accept with minor to moderate revisions
  3. Revise and resubmit
  4. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further review is requested
  2. The authors are required to make minor or moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and Editor are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and a decision is made for official acceptance or the manuscript is sent back to the authors for additional edits. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers and the Editor detailing the improvements made to the manuscript.
  3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final.

Latest Articles

Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:

Introduction to the special issue on work-related pain
Remko Soer, Karen Jacobs

Determinants of psychological injury among health and social care workers in community settings: A systematic review
Sharon Parker, Asmare Gelaw, Anya Johnson, Helena Nguyen, Anu Jolly, Vivien Forner, Connie Deng, Alex Collie

Efficacy of occupational rehabilitation in return to work for back pain: A systematic literature review
Laura Völkel, Linda Kalski, Sarah Häußler, Bernd Wolfarth

Burnout syndrome, work ability, quality of life and physical activity in teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Campo Grande, Brazil
Gustavo Christofoletti, Lúcio Barbosa Neto, Gildiney Penaves de Alencar, Thomaz Nogueira Burke

Study of musculoskeletal disorders risk factors and discomfort in sculptors in the north of Mexico
Aidé Aracely Maldonado-Macías, Patricia Eugenia Sortillón-González, David Saénz-Zamarrón, Juan Luis Hernandez-Arellano, Enrique Javier De la Vega-Bustillos

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