Monday, March 07, 2011

Introducing a New Jounral - International Journal of Wellbeing

This looks like a move in the right direction - I would assume this is an extension of the positive psychology movement (Martin Seligman is co-author of an article in this inaugural edition). The International Journal of Wellbeing debuted last month I believe, and it seems to be an open access publication.

Here are some selections from their "About the Journal" page:
The International Journal of Wellbeing welcomes timely original high-quality scholarly articles of appropriate length on the topic of wellbeing, broadly construed. Although focused on original ideas, the International Journal of Wellbeing also publishes competent and timely review articles and critical notices. Book reviews are at the request of the editors only.We encourage submissions that are genuinely interdisciplinary (i.e. that draw on research from more than one discipline and will be of value to wellbeing researchers from more than one discipline), but we will also consider wellbeing research that is uni-disciplinary if it is of exceptional quality. Uni-disciplinary submissions should be from within the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, or economics.

Some submissions will be immediately rejected by the editors. Submissions that are sent for review are subject to a rigorous blind review process. At least two experts will review the submission. Everyone involved in the review process will hold all information contained in the paper as confidential until publication. Peer reviewers are usually asked to submit their review within four weeks.

The International Journal of Wellbeing provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Please note that the authors retain the copyright to their work and that the International Journal of Wellbeing has the right of first publication of the work.

All content of the International Journal of Wellbeing is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License. This license allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The license also prevents others from using the work for profit without the express consent of the author(s). The license also prevents the creation of derivative works without the express consent of the author(s). Note that derivative works are very similar in nature to the original. Merely quoting (and appropriately referencing) a passage of a work is not making a derivative of it.

The decision to close the hyphenated gap between ‘well’ and ‘being’ is intentionally forward looking. We know that in some disciplines (e.g. philosophy) wellbeing is still hyphenated. A cursory glance over journals from other disciplines demonstrates that many of them are already making the transition to dropping the hyphen. We expect that the hyphen will eventually disappear from all disciplines because of how the term is usually used. Both ‘well-being’ and ‘wellbeing’ most often refer to the general subject or topic of what makes a life go well for someone; they both tend to include consideration of things that makes peoples’ lives go better and worse. To avoid confusion about when ‘well-being’ means the opposite of ill-being and when it means the topic of what makes a life go well for someone, we propose the following. ‘Wellbeing’ should to refer to the topic of what makes a life go well for someone and ‘well-being’ should refer to the more specific concept – the opposite of ill-being.
The table of contents for this first issue looks good. Their editorial and advisory board is impressive - a lot of well-known names:


  1. Dan Weijers, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  2. Aaron Jarden, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, New Zealand
  3. Nattavudh Powdthavee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Advisory Board

  1. Roger Crisp, St Anne's College Oxford University, United Kingdom
  2. Paul Dolan, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  3. Bruno S. Frey, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, United States
  5. Irwin Goldstein, Davidson College, United States
  6. Carol Graham, The Brookings Institution, United States
  7. Dan Haybron, Saint Louis University, United States
  8. John Helliwell, University of British Columbia, Canada
  9. Todd Kashdan, George Mason University, United States
  10. Simon Keller, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  11. Simon Kemp, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  12. Richard Kraut, North Western University, United States
  13. Stephen Palmer, City University London, United Kingdom
  14. Richard D. Parry, Anges Scott College, United States
  15. Mozaffar Qizilbash, University of York, United Kingdom
  16. Toni Ronnow Rasmussen, Lund Universitet, Sweden
  17. Ken Sheldon, University of Missouri, United States
  18. David Sobel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
  19. Michael Steger, Colorado State University, United States
  20. Torbjörn Tännsjö, Stockholm University, Sweden
  21. Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Monash University, Australia

Section Editors

  1. Nicholas Agar, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  2. Erik Angner, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
  3. Lisa Bortolotti, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  4. Christopher J. Boyce, Paris School of Economics, France
  5. Ben Bradley, Syracuse University, United States
  6. George Burns, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  7. Ramon Das, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  8. Dale Dorsey, University of Kansas, United States
  9. Michalis Drouvelis, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  10. Elizabeth Dunn, University of British Columbia, Canada
  11. Owen Flanagan, Duke University, United States
  12. Suzy Green, Sydney University, Australia
  13. Chris Heathwood, University of Colorado, United States
  14. Paul E. Jose, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  15. Georgios Kavetsos, City University, United Kingdom
  16. Simon Luechinger, University of Luzern, Switzerland
  17. Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine, United States
  18. Lindsay G. Oades, University of Wollongong, Australia
  19. Evgeny Osin, State University, Moscow, Russian Federation
  20. Acacia C. Parks, Reed College, United States
  21. Richard D. Parry, Anges Scott College, United States
  22. William Ransome, Griffith University & Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  23. Daniel Russel, Wichita State University, United States
  24. Claudia Senik, Paris School of Economics, France
  25. Tim Sharp, University of Technology Sydney & RMIT University, Australia
  26. Angus Skinner, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  27. Alena Slezackova, Masaryk University & the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  28. Margarita Tarragona, Iberoamericana University, Mexico
  29. Neil Thin, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  30. Stephen Wu, Hamilton College, United States
  31. Jingping Xu, University of Texas, United States

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