Editorial to the Inaugural Volume of the Journal
of Well-Being Assessment
Published online: 30 May 2018
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
We are pleased to announce the inaugural volume of the Journal of Well-Being Assessment, a
new journal dedicated to the advancement of the well-being assessment theory, research and
practice across domains and cultures. The journal aims at including different assessment topics
and theories within the common topic of well-being. A new journal on well-being assessment
not only brings together separate fields of assessment and well-being but also researchers and
practitioners interested in well-being assessment. We strongly believe that this journal is an
important addition to the field of well-being assessment and that further advancement in the
study of well-being is tied to the availability of high quality measures.
1 Why a New Journal?
The journal was founded to represent the growing needs for innovative and methodologically
rigorous measurement tools in the rapidly growing research field on well-being. Furthermore,
the worldwide expansion of well-being research calls for the development of fully tested
translated versions of existing measures for use within single national contexts, as well as new
well-being measures grounded into local traditions or applicable for international comparison.
Moreover, new further developments in the study of well-being and the description of new
constructs will require the development and evaluation of new assessment measures.
Research in well-being has been rapidly growing in recent decades. For example, Google
Scholar generated 52.682 publications containing ‘well-being’ in the title (from 1950 to 2018),
with 75% of them being published in the last 18 years (see Fig. 1). Half of all publications have
been released in the past eight years (from 2011).
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* Ingrid Brdar
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Rijeka,
Department of Psychology, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia