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Special Issue "The Effects of Natural Environments on Human Health"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
We welcome submissions of papers involved in developing a better understanding of the relationship between natural environments and human health. 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.
Prof. Dr. Alan Ewert
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Behavioral Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Human Health
- Natural Environments