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Announcement: COVID-19 impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

ISOQOL 2020 in Prague

2020 THE FUTURE IS NOW: A Vision for the Future of Outcomes Measurement and Quality of Life Research
The year 2020 is commonly used by science-fiction writers to make predictions about the future. Similarly, the ISOQOL 2020 annual conference provides an ideal opportunity for the ISOQOL community to look forward. The 2020 conference in Prague will focus on important developments in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating patient-centered outcomes data, with an emphasis on what the future might look like for current and future generations of outcomes and quality of life researchers. Learn More

New Abstract Categories for 2020
ISOQOL leadership and members identified a strategic goal of balancing HRQL methods, theory and substantive applications in the society’s initiatives and activities. As a result, the abstract categories for the 2020 Annual Conference have been updated.
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Important Dates

20 January 2020
Workshop and Symposium Abstract Submissions Due

6 April 2020
Oral, Brief & Poster Presentation Abstract Submissions Due

24 April 2020
Scholarship Applications Due

ISOQOL MWM Symposium

Development and Stakeholder Perspectives of Core Outcomes Sets
Core Outcome Sets (COS), standardized collection of patient outcome measures prescribed for specific populations, are being requested and defined by a range of stakeholders including researchers, regulators, payers, physicians, patients, and health care systems with increased frequency. The methods to define and maintain COS are varied.  The differing perspectives of stakeholders may influence clinical research care and medical product development. While outcomes data from COS may help to better evaluate outcomes and quality of care in a standardized way, there remain questions regarding development, implementation, and use of COS, and acceptability of such endpoints for key stakeholders. Measuring What Matters provides a valuable space for exploration of these issues from a variety of perspectives. Learn More

About the ISOQOL Measuring What Matters Symposium
The first ISOQOL Measuring What Matters Symposium (MWM) took place July 2016. After two highly enriched and successful events, the symposium has become an annual event.

MWM is intended to be a more intimate event with fewer attendees and a more targeted focus than the ISOQOL Annual Conference. Though past MWM Symposia have taken place in the United States, future Symposia locations will depend on topic proposals. A call for topic proposals is released to the membership every August. Learn More


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Call for papers: PREMs

Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes launches new Thematic Series

​​​​​​​The Editors of Journal of Patient-reported Outcomes are pleased to invite submissions to the journal’s new Thematic Series on Patient-reported Experience Measures (PREMs)


We are pleased to announce that all articles published in Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes are included in Scopus, PubMed, PubMed Central and DOAJ.

Aims and scope

The Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes (JPRO) is an international, open access, multi-disciplinary journal publishing original manuscripts in the field of patient-reported outcomes (PRO). JPRO will consider original research and review articles, brief communications, commentaries, editorials, and reviews of recent books and software advances relevant to the following topics:

  1. PROs in clinical trials.
  2. PROs in clinical practice.
  3. Patient, family, community, and public engagement.
  4. Qualitative studies on the development and application of PROs.
  5. Studies of the social and behavioural determinants of health using PRO measures.
  6. Patient-Reported Experience Measures.

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About the Society

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    86 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    59 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    191 days from submission to acceptance
    37 days from acceptance to publication

    190 Altmetric mentions