Journal of Occupational Health Psychology®

ISSN: 1076-8998
eISSN: 1939-1307
Published: quarterly, beginning in January
ISI Impact Factor: 2.178
Psychology - Applied : 14 of 75

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Protecting Our Work Force
Joseph J. Hurrell Jr. seeks more interdisciplinary research on worker safety, health and well-being (from Monitor on Psychology, March 2010)

New Editor Appointed


The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology® publishes research, theory, and public policy articles in occupational health psychology, an interdisciplinary field representing a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and specializations. Occupational health psychology concerns the application of psychology to improving the quality of work life and to protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of workers.

The Journal has a threefold focus on the work environment, the individual, and the work–family interface.

The Journal seeks scholarly articles, from both researchers and practitioners, concerning psychological factors in relationship to all aspects of occupational health and safety. Included in this broad domain of interest are

  • articles in which work-related psychological factors play a role in the etiology of health problems
  • articles examining the psychological and associated health consequences of work
  • articles concerned with the use of psychological approaches to prevent or mitigate occupational health problems

Special attention is given to articles with a prevention emphasis. Authors should consider the financial costs of identified problems and/or economic benefits of interventions they evaluate. Manuscripts dealing with issues of contemporary relevance to the workplace, especially with regard to minority, cultural, or occupationally underrepresented groups, or topics at the interface of the family and the workplace, are encouraged.

Each article should represent an addition to knowledge and understanding of occupational health psychology.

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Joseph J. Hurrell Jr., PhD

Assistant Managing Editor

Svetlana Efremova

Associate Editors

Janet L. Barnes-Farrell
University of Connecticut

Terry A. Beehr
Central Michigan University

Arla Day
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Joseph G. Grzywacz
Oklahoma State University

International Advisory Board

Peter Y. Chen
University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Frida Marina Fischer
University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Gwendolyn Puryear Keita
American Psychological Association, Public Interest Directorate, Washington DC

Michiel Kompier
Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Michael P. Leiter
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Editorial Board

Amy Adler
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland

Bengt Arnetz
Wayne State University School of Medicine

F. Curtis Breslin
Institute for Work & Health Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ronald J. Burke
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Adam Butler
University of Northern Iowa

Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang
Michigan State University

Sharon Clarke
University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Yochi Cohen-Charash
Baruch College, CUNY

Chris Cunningham
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Evangelia Demerouti
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Jane E. Ferrie
University College London, London, United Kingdom

Gwenith G. Fisher
Colorado State University

Michael T. Ford
University at Albany, SUNY

Charlotte Fritz
Portland State University

Michael R. Frone
State University of New York at Buffalo

Daniel C. Ganster
Colorado State University

Alicia A. Grandey
Pennsylvania State University

Jonathon R. B. Halbesleben
University of Alabama

Leslie Hammer
Portland State University

Sandy Hershcovis
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Jenny M. Hoobler
University of Illinois at Chicago

Irene Houtman
TNO Work and Health, Hoofddorp, Netherlands

Steve Jex
Bowling Green State University

Loraleigh Keashly
Wayne State University

Laurent M. Lapierre
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Yongmei Liu
Illinois State University

Vicki J. Magley
University of Connecticut

Russell A. Matthews
Bowling Green State University

Joseph Mazzola
Roosevelt University

James A. Meurs
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Timothy P. Munyon
University of Tennessee

Pamela Perrewe
Florida State University

Tahira M. Probst
Washington State University Vancouver

Vincent Rousseau
University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Steven Sauter
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio

Aaron Schat
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Irvin Schonfeld
The City College of New York

Norbert Semmer
Unitobler, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

William S. Shaw
Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Robert R. Sinclair
Clemson University

Sabine Sonnentag
University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Christiane Spitzmueller
University of Houston

Naomi Swanson
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark Tausig
University of Akron

Sharon Toker
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Mo Wang
University of Florida

Nicholas Warren
University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut

Mina Westman
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Despoina Xanthopoulou
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Liu-Qin Yang
Portland State University

Dieter Zapf
Goethe-University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal (.rtf, PDF, or .doc).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Joseph J. Hurrell Jr., PhD
Editor, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology®
1796 Stonelick Hills Drive
Batavia, Ohio 45103

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology are evaluated according to the following general criteria:

  • Mastery of the relevant literature
  • Theoretical/conceptual framework
  • Measures of key constructs
  • Research design
  • Data analysis
  • Interpretations and conclusions
  • Writing style (clarity)
  • Appropriateness of topic for JOHP
  • Theoretical contribution to occupational health psychology
  • Practical implications for occupational health psychology

While the journal doesn't have restrictions regarding manuscript page length, typical submissions are 30 to 40 double-spaced pages in length, with up to 4–6 figures and 3–4 tables. Extra figures, tables or additional material can be placed in a "supplementary material file."

Submission letters should include a statement regarding any possible conflict of interest in conducting or reporting of their research and a statement of compliance with APA ethical standards. Authors are also encouraged to suggest up to five reviewers who are especially qualified to review their work and who would not have a conflict of interest in serving as a referee.

Masked Review Policy

The journal accepts submissions in masked review format only.

Each copy of a manuscript should include a separate title page with author names and affiliations, and these should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Furthermore, author identification notes should be typed on the title page. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.

Manuscripts not in masked format will not be reviewed.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Relationship Between Work and Family Life

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 4, October 1999. Articles discuss issues in work–family research, including work hours and burnout; work–family conflict; well-being during organizational restructuring; job insecurity and children's grade performance; dependent-care responsibility; work–family interaction and psychological well-being in telework; and work-related stress.

  • Studies of Urban Mass-Transit Operators

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 2, April 1998. Articles discuss issues with urban bus drivers, including coping with time pressure, passengers, and traffic safety; psychophysiological stress reactions; objective stress factors, accidents, and absenteeism; psychophysiologic sensitization to headlight glare among drivers with and without cardiovascular disease; improving working conditions; and health outcomes.