Call: “Enhancing Quality of Life and Health with ICT” – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

Call for Papers

“Enhancing Quality of Life and Health with ICT”
Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

Deadline for manuscript submissions: July 31, 2022

NOTE from the guest editors:

IJERPH normally requires a publication fee, but we are waiving this fee for up to 10 authors of the special issue. You are invited to submit contributions, ten of which will be free of all publishing costs if accepted by the journal after peer reviews. We hope that you can make use of this opportunity to publish in this prestigious journal.

Prof. Dr. John Waterworth E-Mail Website
Department of Informatics, Umeå University, Sweden
Interests: HCI and user psychology; ICT for successful ageing; ICT and health

Prof. Dr. Mark Chignell Website SciProfiles
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
Interests: human factors; aging technologies; user interface design; healthcare ergonomics; social computing

Dear Colleagues,

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an increasingly important component of modern society, touching almost every aspect of our lives. It is used for applications such as communication, entertainment, sensing and control, and in a wide variety of setting such as homes, cars, workplaces and public spaces. ICT-based transformations are generally positive, but can have negative impacts on quality of life and health. Examples include the overuse of social media and other applications, leading to disturbed sleep, low self-esteem in the young, and a sense of isolation from current social channels in the elderly. However, ICT can also be used in ways that specifically safeguard or enhance health, for example, through sensor-based intelligent systems that monitor health, diagnose disease, or encourage more healthy lifestyles and greater exercise, leading to an improved quality of life.

For this Special Issue, we are seeking contributions that address ways in which ICT can be designed and applied to help maintain and enhance quality of life and health, including both physical and mental wellbeing. Examples include, but are not limited to, the design and use of ICT to:

  • enhance personal safety and a sense of security;
  • provide mental and physical exercise programs to maintain health;
  • encourage healthy eating and lifestyle patterns;
  • overcome mental health issues such as depression, phobias, and eating disorders;
  • provide experiences that aid meditation, relaxation, revitalization and recuperation;
  • monitor and provide feedback on personal health parameters;
  • increase social interaction and participation to help combat isolation and loneliness;
  • mitigate or reverse the negative impact of other ICTs.

We are interested in cases highlighting innovative ways of deploying new and existing technologies in realistic settings, for these and other related areas of application. Contributions that include empirical measures of effectiveness and impacts on users’ lives are particularly welcome. More theoretical approaches to the design of health-enhancing technologies are also sought, as are review articles covering specific areas and aims of use relevant to addressing quality of life and health with ICT.

Manuscript Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs) [but see note above –ML]. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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