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Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Editor: Patricia R. DeLucia, PhD
Rice University

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society publishes peer-reviewed scientific studies in human factors/ergonomics that present theoretical and practical advances concerning the relationship between people and technologies, tools, environments, and systems. Papers published in Human Factors leverage fundamental knowledge of human capabilities and limitations – and the basic understanding of cognitive, physical, behavioral, physiological, social, developmental, affective, and motivational aspects of human performance – to yield design principles; enhance training, selection, and communication; and ultimately improve human-system interfaces and sociotechnical systems that lead to safer and more effective outcomes.

Articles encompass a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches, including laboratory and real-world studies; quantitative and qualitative methods; ecological, information-processing, and computational perspectives; human performance models; behavioral, physiological, and neuroscientific measures; micro- and macroergonomics; evaluative reviews of the literature; methodological analyses; and state-of-the-art reviews that cover all aspects of the human-system interface. Human Factors also publishes special issues that focus on important HF/E areas in an integrated manner.

Human Factors published its first issue in 1958. It is the flagship journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Submissions on a wide variety of topics are welcome.

Human Factors will be of particular interest to those with a focus on areas such as human factors/ergonomics, human-systems integration, automation, robotics, human-computer interaction, transportation, health-care systems, aviation and aerospace, aging, teamwork, education and training, military systems, architecture, applied psychology, biomechanics, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, industrial engineering, neuroergonomics, and user-centered design.

To submit your work, read the Information for Authors (see below) and then upload your submission at

Average time from submission to first decision is 45 days.

Download the Call for Papers flyer.


2017 Impact Factor: 2-Year Impact Factor: 2.371; 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.531. Human Factors ranks 3rd of 16 in Ergonomics, 17th of 47 in Industrial Engineering, 28th of 82 in Applied Psychology, 29th of 51 in Behavioral Sciences, and 33rd of 78 in Psychology. Human Factors maintains a cited half-life of more than 10 years.

$10,000 Human Factors Prize

The Human Factors Prize is an initiative to encourage the highest-quality submissions to the journal. The recipient of the annual prize receives $10,000 cash, and the article is published in Human Factors. The topic for the 2018 Human Factors Prize is HF/E research and applications of mixed reality (MR), commonly referred to simply as VR or virtual reality. Submissions were accepted between 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on June 15 and 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on July 16, 2018.


Editorial Board


Information for Authors


HFES Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Paper Award Winners


Recent Special Issues


Most-cited and most-read papers can be found on the journal page.


Guidelines for Reviewers


To volunteer as a reviewer, send cover letter and CV to

Accessing Human Factors

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ISSN 0018-7208
8 issues/year: Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Nov, Dec

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