Forthcoming and Online First Articles

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (IJHFE)

Forthcoming articles have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication but are pending final changes, are not yet published and may not appear here in their final order of publication until they are assigned to issues. Therefore, the content conforms to our standards but the presentation (e.g. typesetting and proof-reading) is not necessarily up to the Inderscience standard. Additionally, titles, authors, abstracts and keywords may change before publication. Articles will not be published until the final proofs are validated by their authors.

Forthcoming articles must be purchased for the purposes of research, teaching and private study only. These articles can be cited using the expression "in press". For example: Smith, J. (in press). Article Title. Journal Title.

Articles marked with this shopping trolley icon are available for purchase - click on the icon to send an email request to purchase.

Online First articles are published online here, before they appear in a journal issue. Online First articles are fully citeable, complete with a DOI. They can be cited, read, and downloaded. Online First articles are published as Open Access (OA) articles to make the latest research available as early as possible.

Open AccessArticles marked with this Open Access icon are Online First articles. They are freely available and openly accessible to all without any restriction except the ones stated in their respective CC licenses.

Register for our alerting service, which notifies you by email when new issues are published online.

We also offer which provide timely updates of tables of contents, newly published articles and calls for papers.

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 papers in press)

Regular Issues

  • Method for the evaluation of distraction effects of head-up displays in vehicles using the example of smart glasses   Order a copy of this article
    by Katharina Wiedemann, Nadja Schömig, Frederik Naujoks, Alexandra Neukum, Andreas Keinath 
    Abstract: In the presented driving simulator study, we propose a new test protocol for the assessment of the distraction potential of head-up display (HUD) technologies in the driving context. The method combines driving-related measures with the visual detection response task (DRT) as common evaluation protocols using eye glance measurement are no longer valid. The protocol was applied comparing several use cases in two conditions: A head-down display (HDD) and a head-mounted HUD using smart glasses. The results revealed that in relation to a reference task (manual radio tuning), the smart glasses did not impair either driving performance or visual workload significantly. Additionally, they led to lower visual workload than the HDD when reading text messages, but not when performing simpler tasks. The study points towards a positive effect on the distraction potential of visual-manual tasks with head-mounted HUDs and includes a first proposal for a standardised distraction assessment for these technologies.
    Keywords: driver distraction; head-up displays; HUDs; smart glasses; driving simulator; method.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2023.10056065
  • Effect of different combat boots on peak ground reaction forces during walking   Order a copy of this article
    by Kamalpreet Sandhu, Moumita Sett Chatterjee, Vineet Srivastava, Madhusudan Pal 
    Abstract: The objective of this study is to compare two combat boots (boot A and boot B). No study in regards to differences in the kinetic responses are available amongst the Indian population. Ten (n = 10) trained, physically fit, non-smoking healthy male adults from Indian infantry soldiers with normal gait volunteered for the study. Three peak ground reaction forces (GRFs): medial-lateral (Fx), anterior-posterior (Fy) and vertical (Fz) were measured using the Kistler force platform. The heel strike (HS), toe off (TO), thrust (TH), propulsive force (PF) and Braking Force (BF) GRFs parameters were analysed. The significant differences were checked using a statistical analysis. It has been found that Fy was more significant in both the feet (left foot R2 : 95.61% and right foot R2 : 94.62%). The results of the present study indicate that boot B minimised the peak GRFs with the above mentioned parameters except TH.
    Keywords: ground reaction forces; GRFs; over-use injuries; marching; military boot; foot prevention.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2023.10056323
  • Comparison of grip force at the hand-handle interface during the use of housekeeping spray bottles   Order a copy of this article
    by Majed Zreiqat, Luz S. Marin, Wanda Minnick, Amber Vaughan, Christopher Shultz 
    Abstract: Housekeeping tasks are characterised by awkward hand postures, repetitive movements, and forceful exertion. Using the right tools to perform work-related tasks can minimise these associated risk factors. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of spray bottle type on the hand’s kinetics during the performance of a typical surface cleaning task as well as the user’s perception of comfort, ease of use, level of fatigue and trigger force. Three different commercially available plastic spray bottles (traditional with a trigger sprayer, a handheld pressure pump, and a motorised battery-operated sprayer) were evaluated experimentally using 20 subjects. The study results showed that the motorised spray bottle, overall, induced the least accumulative grip force (CGF) in comparison to the other two bottles. The index finger was found to be the greatest contributor to the CGF for both the motorised and traditional spray bottles, while the thumb was the prominent contributor for the pump spray bottle.
    Keywords: cleaning tools; hotel housekeepers; carpal tunnel; risk factors; pressure mapping.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2023.10056764