Call for Papers: Lighting Research Methods

Contribute to our special issue on Lighting Research Methods

Are you concerned that we need strong evidence for the effects of light to support application recommendations and standards?

Do you have insight into the best ways—or new methods—to investigate the effects of light on people, plants, or animals?

Then, consider submitting a manuscript to the LEUKOS Special Issue on Lighting Research Methods.

LEUKOS is a source of solid research knowledge, and we want to see more of it. This special issue will promote exceptional research in applied lighting by collecting in one place a set of articles that will be a resource collection for professors, students, and other researchers. We invite excellent and original manuscripts that emphasize research methods within the contexts of illuminating engineering and lighting design, encompassing all of the related fields, including psychology, physiology, photobiology, neuroscience, cognitive science, vision science, engineering, and architecture.

What can I contribute?

  • Best practices for research designs to evaluate factors that influence the effects of light on people, animals, or plants;
  • Physiologically based research methods, where optical radiation is manipulated as an independent variable, and dependent measures are physiological markers (e.g., salivary cortisol, blood pressure, pupil diameter, body temperature, blood melatonin);
  • Psychophysical-based research methods, where optical radiation is manipulated as an independent variable, and dependent measures are perceptual responses (e.g., brightness, color, preference);
  • Metrology, including the what, why, and how of characterizing a visual stimulus or luminous environment as an independent variable, including uncertainty in physical measurements, and considerations for field versus laboratory studies;
  • Ambulatory measurements, such as ecological momentary assessments for collecting participant responses, and light-logging actigraphy dosimeters for characterizing the light stimulus;
  • Simulated environments versus real environments, including virtual reality, and their role in investigating human responses to optical radiation;
  • Statistical methods, including topics such as sample size planning, and independent samples versus repeated measures;
  • Internal and external validity, including generalizability of research results. A subtopic includes the merits and limitations of long-term and short-term studies;
  • Novel methods for the visual and graphical communication of qualitative and quantitative research results;
  • Ethical considerations in applied lighting and applied lighting research;
  • Reviews that appropriately summarize and organize material for people not already versed in rigorous experimental methods.

Why contribute to LEUKOS?

  • Your article will be published in a widely read and cited journal (2016 Impact Factor: 2.969) enabling you to effectively contribute to the development of the research area.
  • Your research will be validated by a robust double-blind peer review process.
  • You can share your research using our open access options.
  • You can follow the impact of your research using My Authored Works.
Submission Instructions

We require that every manuscript be of high scientific quality and clearly written in professional English. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. As with all manuscripts published in LEUKOS, the selection process will be based on a double-blind peer review.

If you would like preliminary comments about suitability of a topic that you are considering for this special issue, then please send a tentative title and abstract to:

Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2018.

The submission website for LEUKOS is located at: Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript.

To ensure that your manuscript is correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, please select “Special Issue: Lighting Research Methods” when reaching the “Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue?” step in the submission process.

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