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CFP: IJHCS Special Issue on Family Communication Technologies

The deadline for submissions to the above special issue has been extended to
14th February, 2008. Details of the special issue follow.

Special issue on: The Family & Communication Technologies
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Linda Little, Elizabeth Sillence,
PACT Lab, Northumbria University, UK

Abigail Sellen, Alex Taylor
Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK

New communication technologies are increasingly being used in family and
social contexts to support and extend relationships. Yet the social aspects
of these communication technologies and impact upon family life are often
overlooked by researchers and designers keen to create task-based products.
With this in mind we feel that attention should now focus on the social
aspects of communication technologies within the family if we are to better
understand how and why people are using and adapting communication
technologies to suit their family and social lives. Questions naturally
arise related to social and moral values, trust, privacy, disclosure,
exclusion, status within the home and also the impact upon the
home/work/leisure divide. We want to focus on issues of context, purpose and
benefit to see if we can build up a richer, more detailed account of real
technology usage and impact upon family life.

1) The need to understand how current technology use impacts upon family
life. What are the positive and negative aspects of use?
2) What kinds of communication technologies are people using and why?
3) What factors influence take-up and continued use of communication
4) What impact do communication technologies have upon the familyıs social
and moral values?
5) Evidence and examples of the benefits of communication technologies in
supporting and increasing social interactions within the family.
6) How do we empirically and ethically investigate technology use within the
7) Will pervasive or ubiquitous systems affect family communication?

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
seeks to foster a scientific understanding of how communication technologies
impact upon family life. The purpose is to provide a timely review of
research efforts on the topic.

- Theoretical papers dealing with descriptive or explanatory models of the
impact and use of communication technologies within the family
- Methodological papers concentrating on how to analyze the use of
communication technologies within the family and how to discover the
structure of user behaviour
- Empirical papers may use either qualitative or quantitative techniques

- The role of communication technologies used within the family
- Social and cultural aspects of the family and communication technologies
- Psychological resources and limitations of family communication
- Conceptual frameworks for understanding how communication technologies
impact upon family life
- Lessons from field trials on the nature of communication technologies for
family use
- Fundamental methods and principles of user research in dealing with
communication technologies used in family contexts
- The impact of pervasive or ubiquitous technologies on family communication

Linda Little, PACT Lab, Northumbria University,
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Elizabeth Sillence, PACT Lab, Northumbria University,
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Abigail Sellen, Microsoft's Cambridge Lab, Microsoft UK,
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Alex Taylor, Microsoft's Cambridge Lab, Microsoft UK,
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Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words. Papers should be submitted
according to the IJHCS Guide for authors, and will be refereed in the
standard way. All manuscripts should be submitted online. The IJHCS Guide
for authors and online submission are available at

To submit to the Special Issue, please select Article Type OEOESI: Family
(eds. Little et al.)ıı and clearly state in the OEOEEnter Commentsıı section
that the paper is intended for the OEOEThe family and communication
technologies Special Issue being edited by Linda Little, Elizabeth Sillence,
Abigail Sellen and Alex Taylor.

If you are a first time user of the journalıs online submission tool, you
will have to register yourself as an author on the system. If you have any
problems with the system please contact Fred Kop, Journal Manager, at
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Target publication date: February 2009
September 2007, Call for papers
14 February 2008, 1st Submission deadline
30 April 2008, Notification of 1st review
30 June 2008, 2nd Submission
30 September 2008, Final notification
30 October 2008, Final revisions due

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