International Society for Quality of Life Research
International Society for Quality of Life Research

Quality of Life Research Journal

Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid communication of original research, theoretical articles and methodological reports related to the field of quality of life in all the health sciences. The journal also publishes editorials, literature, book and software reviews, correspondence and abstracts of conferences. The journal's 5-year impact factor is 2.99.

ISOQOL members receive free online access to Quality of Life Research. Members also receive a discount on an print subscription to the journal, from 1 January to 31 December of the current year. Log in to your member profile to access your free online subscription or contact the ISOQOL office regarding a print subscription.  

Quality of Life Research Co-Editors-In-Chief

Frans Jeroen Oort
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan R. Boehnke
University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

Call for Papers

The Editors of Quality of Life Research are planning a special series to highlight innovative developments related to patient-reported outcome (PRO) data collected outside of standard data collection contexts (e.g., at the clinic, on the internet, at home). We are seeking papers that exemplify excellent science to develop and/or expand the methodological or application of PRO data in ambulatory or other clinical settings, including but not limited to:

Methodological Development

  • State of the science on ecological momentary assessment
  • Comparing results from registry or clinical setting PRO data and more standard design contexts
  • Mixed methods for working with chart-abstracted text data, electronic health records, and quantitative PRO data
  • Design implications for clinical and other applications for PRO assessment

Innovative Applications

  • Novel and practical ways of interpreting and sharing data with clinicians in real-time
  • Statistical methods for working with individual patient data to inform clinical decision-making
  • Difference in the use and interpretation of PRO data collected in a clinical setting


Quality of life has become a prominent subject in biometry, philosophy, social science, clinical medicine, health services, and outcomes research. Therefore, the journal's scope reflects the wide application of quality of life assessment and research in the biological and social sciences. Manuscript submissions of original work are subjected to peer review for originality, scientific quality and relevance to a broad readership.

Quality of Life Research welcomes scientific articles in the following categories:

  • Full-Length Original Articles (must include a structured abstract, maximum word limit of 4,000 words exclusive of abstract, tables, figures, and references)
  • Brief Communications (maximum word limit of 1,500 words, exclusive of abstract, tables, figures, and references).

For more information, please visit the journal page on the Springer website and click Instructions for Authors.

Become a QLR Peer Reviewer

Individuals with expertise in quality of life research and patient-reported outcomes are encouraged to become peer reviewers. To get started, register with the Editorial Manager program. If you are unfamiliar with Editorial Manager, this guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to register.


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