Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

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.


Section Policies


Only the editors or invited special guests will write the editorials.

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Please submit all articles to this section. The editors will consider submissions of wellbeing research from any discipline. We will most readily accept interdisciplinary articles, but we may also accept exceptional articles that draw on only one discipline.

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Critical Notices

Critical Notices are direct responses to articles published in the International Journal of Wellbeing. Critical Notices must be less than 2,000 words including references and footnotes.

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Expert Insight

The editorial team of the International Journal of Wellbeing will regularly interview leading experts researching wellbeing.

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Book Reviews

Book reviews are by invitation from the editors only. Book reviews should be less than 1,500 words for regular books and less than 2,000 words for reviews of edited collections of papers.

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Invited Articles

Occasionally the editors will specifically invite an individual to submit an article to this section. Invited articles will sometimes be reviewed by the editors, instead of the normal blind review process.

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Peer Review Process

Some submissions will be quickly rejected by the editors (desk rejection). In most cases this is because the editor appraises the submission to be:

  1. Insufficiently interdisciplinary (e.g., it fails to incorporate or acknowledge important and relevant research from other disciplines), or 
  2. Below exceptional quality (as a guideline, studies incorporating aspects of these elements decrease the chance of being judged ‘exceptional’ – student samples, small samples, WEIRD samples, presenting only basic analysis (e.g., correlations), insufficient justification (e.g., a new measure of an aspect of wellbeing without the justification of need for such a measure to be created), or poorly written (e.g., writing is not concise, general writing standard is not fit to send to reviewers). 
  3. In addition, the editor may judge that the submission is not of great interest to the broad and large readership of the IJW (e.g., the submission is focused specially in a niche area) and may recommend a different field or journal.

Submissions that are sent for review are subject to a rigorous double-blind review process. At least two subject-matter experts will review submissions that pass the desk rejection phase. Everyone involved in the review process will hold all information contained in the paper as confidential until publication. Once reviewers are obtained they are usually asked to submit their review within four weeks. Unfortunately, the process of finding willing subject-matter experts to review submissions is getting more and more difficult. So, the process of securing reviewers often adds weeks or even months to the total review process.


Publication Frequency

As of 15 October 2019 the IJW will move to a regular publication schedule as follows:

Issue 1 will be published on February 1st

Issue 2 will be published on June 1st

Issue 3 will be published on October 1st

Special issues will be published irregularly and use the notation s1, s2, etc.

Individual journal items (e.g. articles) will be published as soon as they are ready and are added to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.


Open Access Policy

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.



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Why ‘wellbeing’ and not 'well-being'?

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.


Statement of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

This statement sets out the responsibilities of various parties involved with publishing research in the International Journal of Wellbeing



The International Journal of Wellbeing Charitable Trust will do all that it can within the bounds of ethics and relevant laws to ensure that the International Journal of Wellbeing continues to publish high quality research that is free to readers and preferably authors too. Specifically, the International Journal of Wellbeing Charitable Trust will:

  • manage its finances in a responsible way so as to ensure that bills are paid in a timely manner
  • appoint suitable editors and other positions for the International Journal of Wellbeing (IJW) in such a way that the academic quality and credibility of the journal is maintained
  • publish and promote high quality wellbeing research around the world, especially interdisciplinary research
  • ensure that any funding or other revenues do not affect editorial processes or the high research quality standards of the IJW
  • change or withdraw published material if it is found to be in violation of research ethics
  • change published material to correct any errors identified



Editors will do their best to ensure that the IJEW publishes high quality research on wellbeing while serving authors and the academic community as best they can. Specifically, editors will:

  • organise timely reviews or desk rejections of submissions
  • ensure that double-blind review standards are followed
  • alert other editors to conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from editorial duties that would involve a conflict of interest for them
  • communicate with authors clearly and in a timely manner
  • make publication decisions based solely on the quality of the work submitted (this assumes no ethics violations)
  • treat submissions as confidential within the group of IJW editors, reviewers, and other staff until they are published



Reviewers will uphold research and professional ethics in their important role in the academic community. Specifically, reviewers will:

  • alert editors to conflicts of interest in regards to any review activities
  • alert editors to any potential research or professional ethics violations they notice in any submission
  • provide honest and constructive feedback to authors and editors
  • treat any manuscript they see as confidential and be careful to keep the manuscript secure from theft or accidental loss
  • communicate with editors clearly and in a timely manner, including returning reviews in a timely manner



Authors have a huge responsibility in terms of upholding research and professional ethics. Specifically, authors will:

  • only submit work that is not already published or under review elsewhere, or work that not substantively very similar to work that is not already published or under review elsewhere
  • only list as authors people who have made significant contributions to the research
  • acknowledge the true sources of ideas and strings of words by using accurate citations and references
  • permit reviewers and editors to access data and information to understand and assess submissions
  • be honest accurate in their depictions of other people and ideas
  • not submit work that expresses prejudice or hate for any group based on their membership in that group
  • only submit work that is properly academic in tone, such as always being respectful of others
  • submit work that is based on carefully performed research and honest reporting of the findings
  • clearly state the source of any funding for the research and any other potential conflicts of interest