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01 April 2021

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IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors

Special Issue Editor(s)

Ruud Pikaar, ErgoS Human Factors Engineering, Enschede, The Netherlands
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David C. Caple, David Caple & Associated Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia
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Cecilia Österman, PhD, Linnæus University, Kalmar, Sweden
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Ergonomics and Human Factors Practitioner Case Studies


Practitioners apply Human Factors/Ergonomics (HF/E) principles and methodologies to real-world settings. They apply what has been learned about human physical and cognitive capabilities to system design. They design solutions to help people achieve their goals. They work within constraints, schedule demands, funding allocations, and resource limitations seeking optimal solutions for their end-users and project stakeholders. Practitioner work is conducted in the field rather than a laboratory. This Special Issue on Practitioner Projects will share insights from real-world HF/E projects.

If you are a Practitioner, this is an opportunity to share your best practices and lessons learned through publishing a case study.

A case study involves the systematic design and implementation of a work system within the context of a (investment) project. HF/E professionals interpret and integrate the results of scientific research. Feedback from practice can benefit researchers as well as practitioners. Unlike scientists, HF/E Practitioners usually don't write scientific papers, or may find it difficult to follow the scientific traditions. To tackle these problems, the IEA organizes Practitioner sessions and encourages Practitioners to present cases and submit case study papers.

A project case study paper should include: 1) a stepwise systems approach; 2) an actual HF/E intervention related to performance and wellbeing; and 3) feedback on project results and methodology. In this Special Issue, we are not looking for reports on scientific experiments within a company setting or about activities without the intention to intervene.

The 21st Triennial Congress of the IEA, to be held in Vancouver, June 13-18, 2021, will have dedicated practitioner streams to promote the sharing of best practice and networking among professionals, as well as fostering communication between researchers and those applying research in real settings. We invite HF/E Professionals to participate and to consider submitting a full paper for this Special Issue.

Sessions on Company Case Studies have been part of the IEA Triennial Congress since 2006 "Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics". A review of published cases and a summary of cases presented at the IEA meetings in Recife (2012) and Melbourne (2015) can be found in "Case studies underrated – or the value of project cases" (Pikaar, IEA2018).

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Submission Instructions

Since you may not be used to writing a scientific paper, we offer additional assistance (download the Practitioner Submission Guidance.pdf (www.iea2021.org/call-for-papers) or contact the Guest Editor at [email protected]).

  • Please submit a 2-page abstract through the IEA 2021 conference management system by September 25, 2020. Upon submission, make sure to select the “Practitioner” Track.
  • Around November 1, you will be notified about the acceptance of your abstract, including a recommendation on how to proceed. Your options will be to: revise the abstract, submit a 4 to 8-page paper for the proceedings, or prepare a full article for consideration the IISE TOEHF Special Issue.
  • If you receive our recommendation to write a full paper for IISE TOEHF, and agree to do so, the deadline for submitting your paper will be April 1, 2021.
  • To submit your paper, go the TOEHF submission system (a link is below), where you can find authors instructions, along with submission templates and checklists. The following submission types are invited for this Special Issue: Applications and Case Reports.
  • Within about a month from your submission, the guest editors will provide feedback.
  • A revised paper addressing the editors’ feedback will be due by September 1, 2021.

Instructions for Authors