Call for Papers: Special Issue of Applied Ergonomics on ‘Ergonomics Applications in Sport and Outdoor Recreation’

Guest editors: Paul Salmon and Anne-Claire Macquet

The aim of this special issue is to provide researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to present the latest applications of ergonomics theory and methods in the areas of sports and outdoor recreation. In particular, we are seeking submissions that clearly describe ergonomics-based work that is directly impacting sports practice or that makes clear the potential impact and/or implications for practice. Importantly, the connection to the discipline of ergonomics should be clear and intuitive. The impetus for the special issue is provided by the growing number of novel and innovative ergonomics applications in sport and outdoor recreation system design, optimisation, and evaluation. A significant focus of the special issue will be on the increasingly applied nature of ergonomics research and practice in sport. As a result, articles should have a strong focus on the applied nature of the work being described and the translation of ergonomics knowledge, theory, principles and research in practice.

Papers are welcomed on the following topics:

  • Reviews of ergonomics theory and methods and their use/applicability/utility in sport and outdoor recreation;
  • The impact of ergonomics-based interventions on sports practice/injury;
  • The use of ergonomics theory (e.g. recognition primed decision making, situation awareness) and methods (e.g. hierarchical task analysis, cognitive task analysis) to inform the development of sports training, coaching, tactics, and outdoor education programs;
  • The evaluation of elite sports performance through ergonomics theory and methods;
  • Applications of ergonomics theory and methods to understand and prevent sport and outdoor recreation injuries;
  • Case and experimental studies investigating ergonomics issues in sport and outdoor recreation; and
  • The use of ergonomics theory/methods/guidelines in the design of sports equipment, clothing, and footwear.


It is proposed that the special issue be published towards the end of 2016 or early 2017, with final accepted versions of all manuscripts to be submitted to the publishers on the 1st December 2016. The proposed schedule is outlined below:

  • Call for papers: 1st November 2015
  • Full Paper submission: 31st March 2016
  • Expected date for return of reviews: 1st June 2016
  • Revised papers submission: 31st July 2016
  • Acceptance of papers: 1st September 2016
  • Final submission of Special Issue: 1st December 2016

All papers will be subjected to the standard peer-review procedures of the journal. In addition, reviewers will be asked to consider the applied nature of the work – articles not incorporating this will not be deemed suitable for publication in the special issue. Potential authors are requested to submit their paper, abstract, or an outline of their paper for consideration to Professor Paul Salmon ( or Dr Anne-Claire Macquet ( prior to electronic submission so that the Guest Editors can ensure its scope and quality is suitable for the special issue.

Following approval, papers should be submitted online via the journal website and Elsevier Editorial System ( Formatting and manuscript preparation guidelines for authors can also be found here.

When specifying ‘Article Type’ authors should select ‘SI: Ergonomics in Sport’. Failure to do so will cause the papers to go unrecognised as belonging to the special issue.

All papers will be double blind peer reviewed and managed/monitored through EES.

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