IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors: A journal by and for ergonomics and human factors researchers and practitioners. Contribute to our Special Issue on Occupational Exoskeletons and Exosuits

IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors

Exoskeletons and exosuits combine human intelligence with machine power to augment or improve a user’s physical performance or capacity.  This rapidly expanding technology is an emerging opportunity in the occupational domain, with the potential to improve task performance and reduce the risks of injury.  However, a current challenge is to make this technology effective at reducing workload while limiting adverse outcomes that may be barriers to its acceptance.  Unfortunately, relatively little is known currently about the effects of exoskeletons and exosuits on the human body or human behaviors, nor is much known about the achievable occupational benefits and potential limitations of this new technology.

This special issue will include contributions that address the potential or actual advantages and challenges associated with the occupational applications of exoskeletons and exosuits to facilitate their safe and effective implementation in diverse occupational settings.

What can I contribute?

  • Submissions are welcomed using any of the journal’s manuscript types (i.e., Original Research, Methods/Models/Theories, Reviews, Brief Reports, Position Papers, Viewpoints, Historical Perspectives, Emerging Issues, Applications, and Case Reports)
  • Submissions addressing the perceptual, cognitive, physical, environmental, safety, usability, psychosocial, or organizational ergonomics related to the current or future use of exoskeletons and exosuits
  • Methodological diversity is encouraged; relevant papers including qualitative approaches, action research methodologies, surveys, computer modeling, technical measurements, and observational approaches are all invited for submittal

Why contribute to the IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors?

  • Accepted papers will be published in a widely read and cited journal, enabling you to effectively contribute to the development of the research area
  • Your research will be validated by a robust double-blind peer review process
  • You can share you research using our open access options
  • You can follow the impact of your research using My Authored Works 

How can I contribute?

Letters of intent (LOIs) are strongly encouraged prior to submission, but are not required. Prompt feedback will be provided to ensure there is compatibility with the special issue. LOIs should be addressed to Dr. Maury A. Nussbaum at nussbaum@vt.edu.

All papers should be submitted through the journal’s ScholarOne online submission website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/oehf).  Complete information about the journal, including author instructions, review criteria and procedures, and submission templates, are available at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uehf21/current.  All submissions must abide by the journal’s requirements, and the journal’s regular processes will be followed for review of submissions.

During the online submission process, please indicate that your submission is for this special issue, entitled “Occupational Exoskeletons and Exosuits”, when prompted for this at the submission website.

Dates to remember

  • Optional Letter of Intent - March 31, 2018
  • Submission of Manuscripts Due - June 30, 2018
  • Notification of First Review Decision - August 15, 2018
  • Expected Publication - Winter 2018

For any questions about this special issue, including questions about the relevance/suitability of a planned submission, please contact the Special Issue Editors below.

Editorial information

  • Special Guest Editors: Michiel de Looze, PhD, TNO, The Netherlands (michiel.delooze@tno.nl)
  • Special Guest Editor: Carisa Harris-Adamson, PhD, University of California-San Francisco, USA (Carisa.Harris-Adamson@ucsf.edu)
  • Special Guest Editor: Brian D. Lowe, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, OH (bfl4@cdc.gov)
  • Special Guest Editor: Maury A. Nussbaum, PhD, Virginia Tech, USA (nussbaum@vt.edu)
  • Special Guest Editor: Marty Smets, MSc, Ford Motor Company, USA (msmets@ford.com)