n Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa - Editorial




Over the years Ergonomics SA has striven to be an internationally recognised journal which publishes research conducted in developing countries around the globe. With the current support from the IEA, and the holding of the ODAM Conference in Grahamstown, South Africa earlier this year, we, as Industrially Developing Countries (IDCs), have had extensive exposure for the growing number of outstanding ergonomics projects being run within IDCs. It is therefore imperative that the problems, solutions, ideas, and developments in the various regions be shared with others in order that we become more aware of what is being done in a cross section of IDCs and are able to draw on this knowledge to assist in improving our own local conditions. We therefore urge all IDCs to publish their work in recognized journals such as Ergonomics SA. While papers based on rigorous laboratory research are the backbone of any academic journal, in developing countries there is a crucial need for articles discussing tried and tested practical applications. Hence papers on field-work, both in the form of empirical studies and as assessments of the benefits of practical implementations within industry, are sorely sought for publication. This journal offers Ergonomists in IDCs the opportunity to present work done in developing countries, allowing other developing regions to benefit from their findings.


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