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March 2, 2015

Time to renew your ISQOLS membership

This is an invitation to reconnect to ISQOLS by renewing / applying for your membership 2015.

As an active ISQOLS member you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • essential quality-of-life publications Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARIQ/ARQOL) and Social Indicators Network News (SINET),
  • discounts on quality-of-life literature like Journal of Happiness Studies (JoHS) or Social Indicatorios Research (SIR),
  • significant discount to books in Springer’s Social Indicators Research Book Series
  • access to a growing network of researchers worldwide and
  • significant discount on the registration fee to ISQOLS Conferences.


The year 2015 will be a great year ahead for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) with our 13th Conference taking place 15-17 October 2015 in Phoenix (AZ), USA.

All active ISQOLS members will receive a significant discount on the registration fee!


Membership renewal and payment can be done easily online by clicking on the following link:

If you haven’t already, you can set up a personal profile allowing the ISQOLS community to contact you based on your expertise in quality of life. Use the open blog to publish any ISQOLS-related news, event announcement or reading recommendation you want to share with others.

Thank you very much for your support of ISQOLS!

We value your participation, and look forward to new opportunities – together we can realize much progress in quality-of-life studies.


Best Wishes,


February 20, 2015

Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 1

Journal of Happiness Studies, Volume 16 Number 1 is now available at SpringerLink [ToC].

Call for papers – Special issue in Social Indicators Research: The economics of wellbeing in China

Guest editors

Zhiming Cheng, The University of Wollongong, Australia
Vinod Mishra, Monash University, Australia
Ingrid Nielsen, Deakin University, Australia
Russell Smyth, Monash University, Australia
Ben Wang, Macquarie University, Australia

China is currently the second largest economy in the world. Many, relatively unique, socioeconomic and behavioural phenomena exist in China. Studying these phenomena will not only deepen our understanding of the Chinese economy and Chinese society, but will also provide new insights about how China, and her residents, are shaped by, adapt to, and transform social and economic forces. The different socioeconomic and institutional context of China vis-à-vis that of the West provides opportunities for evaluating, extending, and creating theories of wellbeing.

With this Special Issue we seek to expand our knowledge of wellbeing in China. Submissions should address the broad area of wellbeing through adopting a methodological approach grounded in economics or an allied discipline. Submissions that are interdisciplinary in that they draw on behavioural insights from economics and other disciplines or adopt approaches that inform economics using insights from other disciplines are particularly welcome.

We interpret economics broadly in this context to mean methodological approaches used in economics and allied disciplines and empirical approaches/methods typically employed by economists and researchers in allied disciplines. It would be ideal if we could pull together a group of papers in which traditional methods used in economics were informed by other disciplinary approaches or the papers showed how economics could improve methodological approaches in other areas. An example of the former might be how the use of multi-item indicators can provide insights over and above single item indicators of wellbeing, typically used by economists. An example of the latter might be how causation can be established with observational data on subjective wellbeing using instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference or propensity score matching. These methods are commonly used in economics, but are relatively less used in some other social sciences. These issues could be illustrated using Chinese applications.

We are particularly interested in studies that:

1. Explore the psychometric properties of established measures of subjective wellbeing in China and their determinants or re-examine issues previously explored by economists using psychometrically validated measures of wellbeing

2. Use experimental methods and/or statistical approaches to address the causal relations between wellbeing and other variables

3. Examine wellbeing in the workforce and its relationship with organisational or societal outcomes

4. Develop new theory to understand wellbeing in the Chinese context

5. Examine issues with strong policy relevance such as urbanization, ageing, rural-urban migration, hukou reform, China’s one-child policy, education or other aspects of social and economic changes

6. Examine the socioeconomic integration of marginalised groups in Chinese society such as ethnic minorities, the urban poor or rural-urban migrants

7. Provide insights into growing urban income inequality or consumerism in China

8. Examine aspects of wellbeing of overseas Chinese in regions such as Africa and Europe and, in particular, address issues of integration for these groups with host communities

However, submissions are by no means limited to these topics.

While we welcome both theoretical and empirical studies and, in particular, studies that extend theory through application to Chinese phenomena, studies must have application or potential application to improving our understanding of wellbeing in China. Purely technical modelling or survey papers will not be appropriate.

We welcome empirical papers that use a range of different data sources. These include studies that:

1. Utilize data collected in fieldwork

2. Use lab and field experiments, including natural experiments

3. Utilize newly available (panel) data such as the China Family Panel Studies, China Household Finance Survey, Rural-Urban Migrants in China or the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey

Submission Process and Deadline
• Submission of final paper to the Special Issue: July 30, 2015
• Authors should submit their papers through
• Select Special Issue: Economics of Wellbeing in China when choosing article type
• Manuscripts should be prepared following the Social Indicators Research instructions for authors:
• Enquiries can be made by emails to

All submissions will be subject to normal double-blind peer reviews and editorial process in accordance with the policies of Social Indicators Research. Papers submitted to the special issue will be first reviewed by the guest editors and a decision will be made concerning which papers best contribute to the Special Issue.

Selected full papers will be sent out for external peer review following Social Indicators Research’s policy, and will receive comments from reviewers and the guest editors. As needed, manuscripts will be returned to authors for revision along with the reviewers’ comments. Revised manuscripts may be examined by the guest editors and external reviewers before making a final decision.

February 11, 2015

Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 10, Issue 1

Applied Research in Quality of Life Volume 10 Number 1 is now available on SpringerLink.

Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 56

Social Indicators Research Series, Volume 56: World Suffering and Quality of Life by Ronald E. Anderson is now available on SpringerLink (ToC)

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 121, Issue 1

Social Indicators Research, Volume 121 Number 1 is now available on SpringerLink (ToC).


Call for Paper: Quality Issues and Insights in the 21st Century

Dear colleagues,   

We would like to invite proposals for articles for an international blind peer-review scientific journal (Sixth Call for Papers) Quality Issues and Insights in the 21st Century” ISSN 2029-9575


Papers submitted to QIIC_6CFP_2015 should be original work and substantively different from papers that have been previously published or are under review in a journal or another peer-reviewed conference. We invite submission of papers describing innovative research on all aspects of quality and related areas. Submitted papers will be assessed based on their novelty, technical quality, potential impact, and clarity of writing.


 Application form: 28 February 2015

Full paper: 31 March 2015


We kindly invite you to subscribe to our new yahoo group – Scientia Socialis. We do hope it will be useful to share the information and experience.

 Just send an e-mail to:
You will be accepted.

Here are the details on scientiasocialis:
Group home page:
Group email address:


 Sincerely yours,

 Editorial Board

February 9, 2015

ISQOLS Call for Proposals for Hosting the 2016 Conference

ISQOLS Call for Proposals for Hosting the 2016 Conference

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, a nonprofit professional society, is seeking proposals for hosting the 2016 Conference. Typically we have about 300 attendees, and the conference is held over a three-day period and includes an opening session and reception, multiple sessions in which attendees present their research, a keynote luncheon, and a closing awards dinner. We strive to keep registration fees affordable yet we also must realize revenue from the conferences to support ISQOLS as a nonprofit scholarly society.

ISQOLS retains intellectual ownership of conferences, determines themes, sessions, and oversees the process of session and paper proposals. This can be done in conjunction with the organizing committee that is composed of the local partner and the ISQOLS President, Treasurer, Executive Director and VP of Programs along with selected other members as needed. Organizational matters can be handled in a partnership arrangement with the local organizer to secure venues and ISQOLS to assume financial responsibility unless other arrangements are made with the partner. Sponsorships are always needed, and the organizing committee should help secure these. ISQOLS will coordinate with the conference committee on items such as ensuring conference proceedings are provided, along with any special publications, and marketing of the event.


We invite you to consider this exciting opportunity to host an ISQOLS conference in your community. Please send the following information to be considered by the ISQOLS Executive Committee:

  • Proposed dates of conferences (typically this is anytime from September through November)
  • Venues for hosting the conference (often at universities but not always, we can host at a hotel if cost effective)
  • Suggested conference theme (note this will be decided in conjunction with the conference committee) and any ideas for major speakers (along with sponsorship as needed)
  • Brief overview of the host city and university
  • Proposed accommodation venues
  • Ideas for potential sponsorship, particularly of the opening session and reception, or awards dinner and any other events during the conference
  • Any other suggestions or ideas for implementing a successful conference are welcome including scholarships, or potential exhibitors for increasing revenues and interest in the conference.


After the Executive Committee selects the proposal, we will finalize details and clearly outline responsibilities for the organizing committee. Please submit proposals by March 15th, 2015. Our intent is to have a three-year schedule of conferences identified for ISQOLS.

2015 – Phoenix, USA
2016 –  Available
2017 –  Innsbruck, Austria

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to discussing this opportunity with you.


Rhonda Phillips
President, ISQOLS

January 29, 2015

Last Week to Submit for Co-Editor-in-Chief for QLR

The deadline to apply is Saturday, 31 January.

International Society for Quality of Life Research

seeks applicants for the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Quality of Life Research journal

Quality of Life Research (QLR) is the official journal of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), and is one of the key international outlets for research in health-related quality of life and health outcomes. The journal is published 12 times a year by Springer, one of the largest publishers of scientific books and journals.

The journal is seeking a Co-Editor-in-Chief with a strong scientific background in the field of health-related quality of life and health outcomes research, with a keen interest in and commitment to a rigorous but equitable peer-review process, and preferably with previous editorial experience. The applicant should be in a position to commit a substantial and sustained amount of time (minimally, 10 hours per week) to the journal. The Co-Editor-in-Chief position receives an annual stipend.

The new Co-Editor-in-Chief begins work on the journal in June of 2015.

Please read the linked document for more information regarding this position.

The application should include a cover letter describing the applicants’ interest in the position, outlining his/her ideas for the future of the journal, names of two references relevant to the position, and a curriculum vita.

Applications for the Co-Editor-in-Chief position should be sent to the ISOQOL office at

The application period is open until January 31, 2015.


January 26, 2015

Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 55

Social Indicators Research Series, Volume 55 : Qualitative Studies in Quality of Life by Graciela Tonon is now available on SpringerLink [ToC].

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