ISG Journal iv id="featured-content"> Author Guidelines

'Gerontechnology' publishes (i) peer-reviewed contributions: review articles,
original contributions, short articles, student papers, best practices, and (ii)
editor-reviewed material: correspondence, people (obituaries, distinguished
gerontechnologists, who is who), book reviews, ISG business and world news.
The author of each accepted manuscript may choose between free delayed open
access with an embargo of 4 issues, or for immediate open access after paying a
publication fee.

1.Article types

1.1 Editorial

An editorial of 1,000 words is composed on a subject of current concern, written
at the request of the editor-in-chief. An editorial is published after successful
editorial review.

1.2 Review article

A review article comprises up to 10,000 words of text, together with supporting tables
and figures. Three types of review articles are sought:

1.3 Original research or design

An original research or design article comes in two categories: short (up to 3,000
words) and full (up to 7,000 words). Short communications are meant to cover
new discoveries and developments that merit fast track publication. Short
communications will be published in the issue immediately following
acceptance. An original research or design article is published after successful
peer review.

1.4 Student papers

Student papers are short or full research communications derived from Master or
Doctoral thesis research and written by the student. Manuscripts that are
submitted in this category will receive extra guidance from editors and
reviewing peers. Care will be taken to assist the student author in producing a
scientifically valid publication, and to ease the first steps of our youngest
colleagues on the road towards a career in science or technology. Provided that
the topic of the submitted manuscript lies within the scope of the journal, no
immediate rejection of a student paper will occur. Student papers are published
after successful peer review.

1.5 Best Practice

Best practice is the description of an evidence-based methodology, a set of
procedures that has optimal outcomes or a new or unexpected application of an
existing technology that has recently come on the market. A Best Practice report
should not exceed 500 words and is always illustrated with a photo, graph or
other graphic material. Best practices are published after successful peer review.

1.6 Correspondence

Correspondence carries comments, questions raised in the field, or criticism on
published articles with responses of the original authors. Individual items in the
correspondence section will generally not surpass 500 words and may be
abridged by the editors. The editor-in-chief decides on acceptance of a
correspondence item or contribution. Editorial review will be exercised.

1.7 Book Review

The editors are happy to receive reviews of books relevant to the
multidisciplinary field of gerontechnology. Book Reviews should not exceed
1,000 words. The editor-in-chief decides on acceptance of a Book Review.
Editorial review will be exercised. Shortening may be needed.

1.8 ISG business

Gerontechnology gives limited space to items that are important or useful to the
membership of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) and its local
chapters. The editor-in-chief decides on acceptance of ISG business in
accordance with the president of the ISG. Editorial review will be exercised.

2. Writing standards and Font Policy

2.1 Authorship

For information on criteria for authorship, the number of authors and
contributors listed in acknowledgements please refer to

2.2 Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be in English. In case a manuscript is scientifically sound and
fitting in the scope of Gerontechnology, but the language is substandard, ISG
offers a correction service at the expense of the author or his/her affiliation.
Texts, formatted in MS Word, as well as graphical material (in EPS, PDF, JPEG
or TIFF ) should be submitted through the Open Journal System at Please include in the ‘Comments for the Editor’
information on prior or concurrent related submissions. The following headings
for the manuscript are required:
(1) Introduction (may include background, brief
literature review and research aim/question(s)), (2) Methods, (3) Results, (4)
Discussion(s), and (6) Conclusion(s). Subheadings under each of these major
headings are allowed. Please use consistent format for the same level of

Title Page

A Title Page is required for each submission. The Title Page should be submitted
as a separate file to “Supplementary File” via Open Journal System at To ensure a blind review, this is the only file
that should include the authors’ names. The Title Page needs to include: (a) Complete
manuscript title; (b) Authors’ full names, academic degrees (not the current
academic positions), and affiliations (should include department, organization,
town, and country); (c) Corresponding author’s name, address, telephone number,
and e-mail address; and (d) Acknowledgments, if the authors wish to include them.
A maximum of five printed lines (about 300 letters and spaces) are allowed for acknowledgements.
Please disclose the source of funding for the research. Other financial and material assistance,
specifying the nature of the support, should be acknowledged as well.
If the work has been presented orally previously,
for example at a scientific meeting, then the name, place and date of the conference should be noted.
Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from persons acknowledged by name,
as readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions.


Reviews, papers of original research or design, editorial and best practices
should contain a structured abstract with no more than 300 words.
The following headings are required: (1) Background, (2) Research Aim/question(s), (3) Methods,
(4) Results, and (5) Conclusion(s). Please provide 4-5 keywords below the abstract.
The keywords should express the content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.

Writing style

Gerontechnology is interdisciplinary. Assume that readers are researchers
or other professionals but not necessarily experts in your field.
Provide enough introductory material to establish an appropriate background.
Write concisely but not at the expense of clarity. The international system of units (SI units) should be used.
The text is single-spaced and uses a 12-point font.
In general numbers should NOT be written out.
Equations should be given on separate lines with the equation number in parenthesis at the right-hand margin.


Statistical methods description should be with enough detail
to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results.
Quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or
uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Avoid relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing,
such as the use of p values, which fails to convey important information about effect size.
References for the design of the study and statistical methods should preferably be to standard works with pages stated.
Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. Specify the computer software used.


A table should fit one column (width 67 mm) or two columns (width 140 mm) of one page (maximal height 210 mm),
with a 9 pt Arial font for the text. Supply tables as text files in Word, NOT as a graphic file.
In the manuscript, please list tables, one on each page,
after the References and indicate in the manuscript text the approximate place of each table.


Photos, Graphs and other graphic material (not tables) should be uploaded as supplementary files and be in black and white,
with or without grey-shades. Please refrain from using greyed background in figures as well as from 3D effects in 2D histograms
or graphs. Lettering should be in Arial-font. Font size should be 8 to 9 pt
when the figure is resized to either a width of 67 mm (1 column) or 140 mm (2 columns).
Maximal height of figures is 210 mm, including the caption. Place legends of graphs
and histograms within the figure field (captions are not included in the figure).
Best printing results of graphical material are obtained
when sending a file in one of the following formats: EPS, PDF, JPEG or TIFF.
The illustrations should be in good resolution. The dimension of a JPEG or TIFF graphic
- the width in pixels - should be 790 pixels for a one-column graphic and 1650 pixels for a two-column graphic.
Please do not artificially increase the resolution.
The pixels should bear the original information of the picture.
In the manuscript, captions of all figures should be listed on a single page, after the page with the last table.
Indicate in the manuscript text the approximate place of each figure.
The TOTAL number of tables and illustrations should be no more than 6.


All in-text citations and the reference list must be APA formatted.
80% of the references need to be current, published within the past 5 years,
with the exception of classic works in the field. All in-text citations must be cited in the Reference list.
Examples of APA formatted references are listed below.
Please list all authors and use the complete titles of journals in the Reference list.
Please also be noted the title of journal and volume number, book, or web-based article should use italic font style.


Carlijn Valk, Yuan Lu, Xipei Ren, Marjolein Wintermans, Ivar Kraaijevanger,
Jim Steenbakkers, Vincent Visser (2017). Towards personalized persuasive strategies for active ageing.
Gerontechnology, 16(3), 160-172


Michaels, P. J., & Balling, R. C., Jr. (2000). The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming. Washington, DC: Cato Institute.


United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016). Climate Change.
Retrieved from the Environmental Protection Agency website:

2.3 Informed consent and study design

Human subjects, including patients, have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent.
Complete anonymity is often difficult to achieve.
In relevant cases, informed consent should be obtained and indicated in the manuscript.
In case a randomised controlled trial is reported, authors should refer to the CONSORT statement,
available in six languages (, and follow its recommendations.

3. Copyright Notice

Copyright Protection: authors submitting manuscripts do so upon the understanding that the work is unpublished,
is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and has been checked and approved by all co-authors.
The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that they automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright
to the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG),
if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication by clicking the checkbox in the Open Journal System
at The work shall not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of ISG. The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like, or reproduced photographically, without the prior written permission of ISG. However, the ISG permits authors to reproduce their contributions on their own website for non-commercial purposes, provided a link is made to the content page of the issue in which the contribution appeared.

4. Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered
in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal
and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.