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                  C A L L   F O R   A R T I C L E S

            Journal of Systems and Software Special Issue on

     Interplay between Usability Evaluation and Software Development

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              *     Submission deadline: June 15, 2009     *
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Software development is highly challenging. Despite many significant
successes, several software development projects fail completely or
produce software with serious limitations, including (1) lack of 
usefulness, i.e., the system does not adequately support the core tasks 
of the user, (2) unsuitable designs of user interactions and interfaces, 
(3) lack of productivity gains or even reduced productivity despite 
heavy investments in information technology.

Broadly speaking, two approaches have been taken to address these
limitations. The first approach is to employ evaluation activities in a
software development project in order to determine and improve the 
usability of the software, i.e., the effectiveness, efficiency and 
satisfaction with which users achieve their goals. To help software 
developers’ work with usability within this approach, more than 20 years 
of research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has created and compared 
techniques for evaluating usability. The second approach is based on the 
significant advances in techniques and methodologies for user interface 
design that have been achieved in the last decades (e.g., participatory 
design and user-centered design).
However, the Software Engineering (SE) community has recognized that
usability does not only affect the design of user interfaces but the
software system development as a whole. In particular, efforts are 
focused on explaining the implications of usability for requirements 
gathering, software architecture design, and the selection of software 
components.

The interplay between these two fields, and between the activities they
advocate to be undertaken in software development, have been limited.
Integrating usability evaluation at relevant points in software 
development with successful and to-the-point results has proved 
difficult. Research inSE and HCI has been done mainly independently of 
each other with no in substantial exchange of results and sparse efforts 
to combine the techniques of the two approaches. As a result, the state 
of industry practice is unfortunately still quite immature and even in 
some cases the basic principles and currently available usability 
evaluation methods are not understood.
On the other hand, some major advances, including new methods and 
strategies, have recently been made in the SE & HCI fields that might be 
of interest to practitioners.

Our aim as guest editors of this special issue is to offer Journal of 
Systems and Software readers information that helps them integrating 
usability evaluation at relevant points in software development. For 
that reason, on one hand, papers that cover in a practical way basic 
evaluation principles that help organizations with possibly weak 
evaluation approaches to incorporate some of the well known
usability evaluation methods and/or strategies will be welcomed, as well 
as papers that provide some light about the new trends on the interplay 
between usability evaluation and software development, so more 
sophisticated organizations could take some advantage of them. According 
to that aim, some issues that might be of interest to readers are:

- Lessons learned and recommendations on the interplay between usability
evaluation and software development
- Empirical studies of usability evaluation methods applied to software
development activities
- Comparisons of usability evaluation methods
- Effectiveness of usability evaluation methods on providing feedback to
design activities
- Usefulness of software development artifacts as the basis for 
usability evaluations
- Practical issues about new trends of usability evaluation in software
development
- Influence of specific artifacts obtained during software development 
on usability evaluation techniques selection
- Effectiveness of usability evaluation methods in emerging techniques 
for User Interface design
- Best practices for particular domains (web-based systems, agile 
projects, model-driven development, small/fast track projects, etc.)


SUBMISSIONS OF PAPERS

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted via 
the online submission and peer review systems at: 
http://ees.elsevier.com/jss.
Follow the submission instructions given on this site. Please select the 
article type as “Special Issue: Usability in SD”. All manuscripts should 
comply with the journal’s Guide for Authors. Please refer to the 
following site:

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505732/authorinstructions.

The manuscripts submitted for the Special Issue of the Journal of 
Systems and Software should be significant extensions of the papers 
presented at the First International Workshop on the Interplay between 
usability Evaluation and Software Development (I-USED 2008); as far as 
size is concerned, all workshop papers need to be extended by at least 
30 percent. In addition, authors that have not participated in this 
workshop are also encouraged to submit their papers.

The Journal of Systems and Software seeks to bridge theory and practice. 
Thus, both theoretical and practical articles are welcome. However, 
theoretical articles must include some empirical evaluation, practical 
demonstration, or substantive discussion of the practical application of 
the proposed idea. All articles selected for publication will be 
reviewed by at least three reviewers knowledgeable in the topic. For 
acceptance, at least two reviewers must recommend eventual publication.


IMPORTANT DATES

June 15, 2009:        Submission deadline
September 25, 2009:   Notification of decisions in the first round of 
reviews
November 6, 2009:     Revision due in the first round of reviews
December 4, 2009:     Revision due in the second round of reviews
December 11, 2009:    Final notification of decisions
March of 2010:        Expected publication date (subject to JSS 
editorial calendar)


GUEST EDITORS

Silvia Abrahao
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
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Kasper Hornbæk
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Natalia Juristo
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
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Effie L-C Law
ETH Zurich, Switzerland and
University of Leicester, UK
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Jan Stage
Aalborg University, Denmark
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___________________________________________________________
  Silvia Abrahão, Ph.D.
  Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación (DSIC)
  Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV)
  Camino de Vera s/n - 46022 Valencia, España

  Phone : + 34 96 387 7000 ext. 83510
  Fax   : + 34 96 387 7359
  Web   : http://www.dsic.upv.es/~sabrahao
  Despacho: D-305 (Tercer Piso, Edif. DSIC)
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