Guidance for Authors

Please note: Currently the Journal of Living Labs is not accepting submissions via the website, however we do consider directly relevant manuscripts. Please submit a short (max. 200 words) expression of interest via email to Kristof Santa 


Thank you for your interest in publishing via the Journal of Living Labs. The information below serves the purpose of guiding you through the preparation of your manuscript.

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Living Labs publishes papers on the co-development and the real-world validation of innovations within health and social care.

 The Journal`s mission is to report new literature from real-world settings; combine various articles from the social sphere and act as a forum to share findings and encourage discussions, whilst stimulating the flow of information across the boundaries of relevant disciplines.

 The Journal encompasses literature that explored a wide range of experiences and initiatives, including social life and systems as well as policies to increase awareness and understanding of the lived-in reality of individuals and its consequences to find or facilitate the investigation of solutions to real-world issues that are local and grounded in a specific context.

The Journal aims to promote; publish and pioneer thought provoking work conducted in a user-centred, open innovation ecosystem (e.g., Living Lab) based on a systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real-life communities and settings via a series of qualitative and creative methods to collect; analyse and share data.

 The Journal`s topics of interest include:

  • Innovative processes
  • Evaluation of innovative technologies and associated study protocols
  • Social implications of clinical research
  • Participatory design methodologies
  • Health inequalities
  • Access to health services; medical records and data
  • Cost-effective and efficient delivery of services

Manuscript types

This journal accepts the following submissions:

  • Original articles
  • Research and Evaluation articles
  • Study protocols
  • Reviews:
    • Systematic literature reviews
    • Meta analysis
    • Critical reviews
    • Scoping reviews
    • State-of-the-art
    • Rapid reviews
  • Letters to the editor
  • Commentaries
  • Perspectives
  • Opinion pieces

Please refer to the Guidance for Authors for full details of the submission requirements for each type of paper