About the Journal


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.


Some submissions will be immediately rejected by the editors. Submissions that are sent for review are subject to a rigorous blind review process. At least two experts will review the submission. Everyone involved in the review process will hold all information contained in the paper as confidential until publication. Peer reviewers are usually asked to submit their review within four weeks.


We publish three regular issues a year (Jan 31, May 31, Sep 30) and sometimes special issues too.


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.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


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.



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

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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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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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