Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Environmental Design

Submit before May 1, 2024

You are invited to submit a manuscript for consideration in a special issue on Environmental Design. For this issue, the editors will consider manuscripts across a broad range of professions and occupations that address how the design of the working environment affects and promotes human well-being, comfort, and organizational effectiveness.

Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Optimizing the design of workspaces (e.g., home, office, classroom)
  • Optimizing the design of areas where humans operate (e.g., vehicle interiors)
  • Design of work furniture and associated accessories
  • Improvement of ambient conditions (e.g., heat, light, sound, vibration, air quality) in the workplace
  • Facilitation of work performance while promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact
  • The impact of environmental design across the lifespan (i.e., child development, healthy aging)

Submissions can be a full paper following the guidelines of the journal Work (attached). It can be a paper based on an experiment, a literature review, or a vision of research. It will be peer-reviewed, like any submission to the Journal. This invitation to submit is not a guarantee that the paper will be accepted by the reviewers and editors. 

Special Issue Editors

Kaitlin M. Gallagher, PhD (
Prof dr. Peter Vink (


January 1, 2024: Special issue open for submissions
May 1, 2024: Manuscript submission deadline
August 1, 2024: Reviews provided to authors
October 1, 2024: Final manuscripts due
Early/Late 2025: Publication of the special issue

About the Journal

WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation (impact factor: 2.3) is an interdisciplinary, international journal founded by Karen Jacobs, which publishes high-quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. Work is broadly defined as occupation, including employment, education, and volunteerism.

Instructions for Authors

Additional information about the journal, including detailed instructions for authors can be found at the WORK website:

Submissions should be submitted to the journal's online submission system: - under Section: Environmental Design.

All publication fees for this special issue are waived.