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September 11, 2016

Read the ISQOLS Seoul Conference Re-cap

The 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference in Seoul, South Korea (Aug 25-27) was a huge success! Read all about it here

Check out the ISQOLS Facebook page to view the entire photo album

June 24, 2016

ARQOL Impact Factor

The Impact Factor of ARQOL in 2015 was 0.894
(compared to 0.818 in 2014). Its ranking was 45/93 in the category "Social Sciences Interdisciplinary" (Q2).

I wish to thank you for your contribution to ARQOL and I look forward to relying on your expert reviews in future.

On the occasion of the 2015 impact factor release, we would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to Applied Research in Quality of Life.

As you may have already heard, the 2015 impact factor is 0.894(Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® 2016) and for the last 3 years Applied Research in Quality of Life has seen the following impact factor trend:

Year Impact Factor Citations*
2015 0.894 302
2014 0.818 193
2013 0.642 141
Of course, the impact factor is just one measure of the health of a journal; should you be interested in more information on alternative metrics that have developed over the past years, please find an overview here.
We would like to explicitly express our gratitude to you, the entire Board, reviewers and all those who contribute to this journal for their valued commitment. Please pass on our sincere thanks as well as this message to your colleagues.

May 27, 2016

Human Needs: Overview Entry Published Open Access

A member of ISQLS, Michael A. Dover, a social worker and sociologist at Cleveland State University, has published Human needs: Overview, as an open access entry in the Encyclopedia of Social Work (Online edition), Edited by Cynthia Franklin. New York: Oxford University Press and National Association of Social Workers. It is available via a search for Human Needs Overview, Encyclopedia of Social Work. This 14,000 word peer-reviewed entry provides a comprehensive overview of theories of human need. Following an introduction, the entry includes sections on: History of Theories of Human Need in Social Work (Charlotte Towle; David Gil); Needs Theory in Social Work's Interdisciplinary Foundation; The theory of human need (Doyal and Gough, THN); Self-Determination Theory (Deci and Ryan, SDT); Comparing SDT and THN; Conceptual Issues for theorizing human need in relation to human well-being, subjective and objective quality of life, human spirituality, wants and desires, postmodernist critiques, universality or relativity, harm, strengths/deficits, capabilities; Human needs and social work education, policy, practice, activism, and ethics; Relationship of needs, rights, and justice; future directions.

Human Needs: Annotated Bibliography Published

A member of ISQOLS, Michael A. Dover, a social worker and sociologist at Cleveland State University, has published Human Needs, a 15,000 word annotated bibliography appearing in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work, Edward Mullen, editor. New York: Oxford University Press, April 1, 2016. This entry is a substantial update of the author's 2010 entry in the same publication.

March 31, 2016

Introducing ISQOLS Discussion Groups & Group Director Positions!




Please visit this link to learn more: 


ISQOLS By-laws state that our members be given opportunities to interact, coordinate, serve in leadership roles, and pursue interdisciplinary research across a variety of disciplines. To better accomplish these goals, ISQOLS has created six categorical and thematic discussion groups within the organization. These discipline-specific groups, help focus attention on specific topics and categories within Quality-of-Life studies and help define "quality-of-life" in more tangible and applicable ways.  It also helps ISQOLS move towards interdisciplinary research by encouraging members to interact with researchers from different backgrounds based upon a similar interest in a particular category.

All six Discussion Groups will be primarily facilitated online on the isqols.org website, via the online forums. Each group will be represented at the ISQOLS Annual Conferences as “program tracks” for paper and presentation submissions.



All ISQOLS Members are invited to join any Discussion Group of interest on our forums page on our website: http://www.isqols.org/forums/.

Select any group, introduce yourself, post, read, comment on the forum topics.

What to post: Any links to chapter-related articles, blogs, topics, videos, journals, etc.; Discussion posts or ideas; Any questions you have for QoL professionals or ISQOLS members; Any comments or answers to posted questions; Job postings and research opportunities; Request for feedback on personal research
What not to post: Unrelated topics, posts, articles; Unkind, unhelpful, rude comments; solicitations of any kind

Subscribe to receive updates in your inbox whenever there is an update on this forum. You can also unsubscribe any time.


Positions available: 6, one for each of the 6 ISQOLS Discussion Groups

Position duration: 2016 calendar year

Positions description:  Each of the 6 ISQOLS Discussion Group requires a Director for the annual year. The primary role of each Discussion Group Director is to facilitate his/her Discussion Group’s online presence on the isqols.org website and encourage online interaction via the group forums. Discussion Group Directors will also play a large role in paper submission process for ISQOLS Annual Conferences. (see below for details)


The title of ISQOLS Discussion Group Director

Experience in an ISQOLS leadership role

Official ISQOLS Discussion Group Director Certificate at the end of service year


1. Managing Discussion Group Forums:

• Each Discussion Group Director will be responsible for managing his/her respective group forum on the isqols.org website (http://www.isqols.org/forums/)

• Posting relevant content (articles, discussion questions, external links, job opportunities, research, blogs, etc.) at least twice per month in his/her respective Discussion Group forum on website

• Moderate the Discussion Group forums by welcoming new forum guests, responding to user posts, removing and reporting inappropriate content, ensuring all discussions are respectful and courteous

• Highlighting any specific news/items related to their Discussion Group topics.

2. Serving on Conference Scientific Committee

• Each Discussion Group Director will also asked to serve on conference scientific committees, to select appropriate papers related to their Discussion Group.

• Each Discussion Group Director will also serve as track/session chairs if they attend the conference.


• Must be a current ISQOLS Member (any and all geographical locations welcomed!)

• Must be able to show demonstrated knowledge and experience with selected discussion group, either via relevant research and/or employment


Discussion Group Director Application Procedure:


To apply for a Discussion Group Director position, please visit http://www.isqols.org/stay-connected/discussiongroups/ to complete an application form.

If you would like to nominate a fellow ISQOLS Member to serve as a Discussion Group Director, please send his/her name to office@isqols.org

January 15, 2016

2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals are now being accepted online!

2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference

Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals are now being accepted online!

January 15-March 15



Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference in Seoul, South Korea.  Visit the 2016 Annual Conference website for Instructions and links to the submission pages and online submission site (http://www.isqolsseoul2016.org/)

All Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposal submissions must be submitted through the online submission website. Only electronic submissions will be considered for review.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Abstracts for Session Presentations Submission Deadline: March 15th
  • Pre-conference Workshop Proposals Submission Deadline: March 15th
  • Review Process begins March 16th 
  • Decisions Rendered: Late March/Early April 
  • Conference Registration begins March 1st
  • Presenter Confirmation Deadline: May 15th
  • Presenter Registration Deadline (All presenters must be registered): June 25th



January 2, 2016

Join us or Renew your ISQOLS 2016 Membership!

Happy New Year!
The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies invites you to JOIN US AS A NEW MEMBER or RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP for 2016!

Why Join ISQOLS?
Read our 2016 Membership Brochure!

2016 ISQOLS Member Brochure

November 23, 2015

free dissemination book: Health and Quality of life

We have recently published a report (online book) about “Health and Quality of life  in Institutionalized Older Adults with Dementia”, in Spanish. The book has been edited by M. João Forjaz and Carmen Rodriguez Blazquez (Health Institute Carlos III) and authored by researchers in several Spanish institutions.
This book might be of great interest for the Spanish and Portuguese speaking researchers.
The book “Salud y calidad de vida de personas mayores con demencia institucionalizadas”, published by the Institute of Health Carlos III, Spain, is freely available at:

Thanking you in advance.
Best regards,
Fermina Rojo-Perez


Affiliation of the editors:


Mª Joao Forjaz, PhD

Científica titular OPIS/Scientific Researcher

Instituto de Salud Carlos III/Health Institute Carlos III

Escuela Nacional de Sanidad/National School of Public Health

Avda. Monforte de Lemos, 5

28029 Madrid (Spain)

Tel. +34918222062



Carmen Rodríguez-Blázquez, PhD

Centro Nacional de Epidemiología/National Centre of Epidemiology

Instituto de Salud Carlos III/Carlos III Institute of Health

Avda. Monforte de Lemos, 5

28029 Madrid (Spain)

Tel. +34918222657



October 9, 2015

Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 5

Journal of Happiness Studies, Volume 16 Number 5 is now available online.

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24, Issue 11

Quality of Life Research, Volume 24 Number 11 is now available online.

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