Call for Papers - The Effects of Natural Environments on Human Health


Date and Time:

Monday, May 1, 2017, 12:00pm

Registration Deadline:

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:59pm

For this Special Issue, we take a broad perspective of what constitutes human health and have moved past the more traditional “absence of disease” connotation to include an individual’s holistic well-being. Likewise, we take a more comprehensive view of natural environments to include areas and landscapes that contain a variety of factors associated with the natural world. Thus, greenways, municipal parks, wilderness areas, yard space, and other ways of connecting individuals to nature are considered. With the advancements in technology, submissions focusing on built environments, artificial elements of nature, virtual reality, and other digital and technologically-enabled environments are also welcome. Specific examples of topics that would be considered in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following: Historical connections between health and natural environments; health benefits and outcomes from the nature experience; sense of place in natural settings; urban and municipal natural landscapes and their contributions to health; negative health effects from natural environments; physical, psychological, neurological, cognitive, and behavioral effects from spending time in nature; physical activity in natural settings, and measuring health benefits of natural settings from an economic, spiritual, or cultural perspectives.

For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at:

You may send your manuscript until the submission deadline of 1 February 2018. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (

Behavioral Sciences is a peer-reviewed open access Psychology and Cognition journal that publishes original articles, critical reviews, research notes and short communications in the area of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, organizational behavior, organizational studies, and more. As an open source outlet, the research published is available to everyone without restriction, further increasing the audience potential for your work. The journal has been indexed by numerous services including ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index), EBSCOhost, ProQuest Central, PubMed Central, Web of Science, and PSYNDEX.

For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kind regards,
Ms. Janice Bi
Assistant Editor