As I write this From the Editor, I am reminded of the quote by former United States President Abraham Lincoln: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”.
In the 1980s, I realized that there was a gap in global interprofessional publications around the construct of work. I had the thought to create an interdisciplinary, international journal called WORK. After a conversation with Dr. Gary Kielhofner and his introduction for me to meet with a small publishing company, Andover Press, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation was begun in 1990. Over “the life in the years” of WORK, we continue to publish high quality double blind peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. We have advanced the evidence-based literature on many topics that are relevant to work such as ergonomic considerations with children, youth and students, the challenges facing an 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. WORK provides readers with knowledge to inform the evidence-base and conceptual information that can incorporate theory to practice.
WORK started being published quarterly, then eight times a year and currently, 12 issues yearly. WORK is abstracted/indexed widely such as in MEDLINE, PubMed, Scopus, Social Scisearch, Web of Science: Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences and Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition. WORK has a modest, but respectable impact factor of 0.902 and is endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). We pride ourselves on being an author friendly journal.
With issue 59.1, we added an occupational ergonomics section to WORK which is included multiple times each year. In conjunction with issue 61:3, which was devoted to work and pain, we made available free-to-read, a special collection of 25 articles on pain that have been previously published in WORK. You can access these articles at: https://www.iospress.nl/25-articles-on-pain-free-to-read/
To celebrate our 29th anniversary, we will begin to include in each issue, a special section devoted to Ergonomics in a Global World. This special section will include contributions of full length papers from the IEA2018 Congress. The inaugural special section, published in this issue of WORK, was kindly guest edited by Sara Albolino who was the Co-Chair of the IEA2018 (Tuscany Region) Organizing Committee. I thank Sara and others in the IEA2018 Organizing Committee for their commitment to this monthly special section.
Besides the special section, there are 13 other articles published in this issue. These articles are on interesting topics such as: the influence of the wearable posture correction sensor on head and neck posture: sitting and standing workstations; the relative deprivation and job satisfaction in Army officers; job satisfaction and job-related stress among nurses; and a randomized control field trial on the effects of introducing electric adjustable height desks in an office setting on workplace physical activity levels.
In 2016, the Learn at WORK webinars began. in 2018 and 2019, this series is being presented in cooperation with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Here is the list of our 2019 Learn at WORK webinars:
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 1pm-2pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
Wheelchair Accessibility of Mosques in Riyadh presented by Hashem Abu Tariah and colleagues.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5306235811899631105
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
The impact of customer incivility and verbal aggression on service providers: A systematic review presented by Valentina Sommovigo.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1164081940462995457
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
Ergonomics and Standing Desks presented by Allison Mula.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8218182406904670979
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
With a little help from our friends: Collaborative research partnerships in three workplace-based occupational disease research projects presented by Desre Kramer and Emily Haynes.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3911180955674224130
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
More than a job: Career development of individuals with cystic fibrosis presented by Pablo S. Saldana.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6460900040982414594
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
The efficacy and efficiency of disability management in job retention and job reintegration: A Systematic Review presented by Dominique Van de Velde.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8674132286757505795
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
Perspectives on the use of a telehealth service-delivery model as a component of school-based occupational therapy practice presented by Daniel Rortvedt.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5243087562007142145
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
Decent Work, Work Motivation and Psychological Capital: An empirical research presented by Tânia Ferraro.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2229869349017379329
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, from 1 pm-2 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST):
Job satisfaction and its related factors among dentists: A cross-sectional study presented by Joanna Kobza.
If you missed any of the webinars, you can find the recordings at the Learn at WORK YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOJalCXvSg9fPHaFFs48PuQ
Finally, over “the life in the years” of WORK there are many people to thank for helping the journal to be a success. I thank our authors, editorial board members, external reviewers, guest editors, our publisher, IOS Press and our three editor assistants: Victoria Hall, Liz Auth and Amanda Nardone. I am grateful for your support and for the opportunity to work with each of you.
As always, I welcome hearing from you.