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Kasper Hornbæk <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 21 Jun 2005 09:00:56 +0200
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SPECIAL ISSUE ON "The Interplay Between Usability Evaluation and User
Interaction Design" 
EDITOR: Kasper Hornbæk ([log in to unmask]) and Jan Stage ([log in to unmask]) 
DEADLINE: August 15, 2005
The International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, published by
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, provides the highest quality of current
research in HCI. 
For this special issue, manuscripts should be submitted to the
co-editors of the special issue. The first submission is due on August
15, 2005. Your submission should either be an expanded version of the
paper from the NordiCHI Workshop on the theme of this special issue,
where you have taken into account the comments from participants at your
NordiCHI presentation, or a new paper that deals with the topic
described below. Both types of submissions will go through the same
review process. 
The theme of the special issue is the interplay between usability
evaluation and User Interaction Design. Research into how to build
usable systems consists of two, largely independent strands. On the one
hand, more than 20 years of research in HCI has created and compared
techniques for usability evaluation. On the other hand, methods for
design of user interaction have significantly advanced in the last
decades, through the widespread of for example contextual design, agile
development methods, and participatory design. However, we have seen
little substantial exchange of results between the strands, and sparse
efforts to combine their methods in practice. Larry Constantine, a
prominent software development researcher, and his colleagues observe
that "Integrating usability into the software development process is not
easy or obvious" (Juristo et al. 2001, p. 21). 
In practical software development, usability evaluation and user
interaction design are frequently carried out in surprising independence
of each other. For example, integrating usability evaluation at relevant
points in user interaction design with successful and to-the-point
results has proved difficult. The organization of software development
and short development cycles exacerbate this difficulty. 
With this special issue, we seek to significantly advance our
understanding of issues that influence the interplay between usability
evaluation and user interaction design. To accomplish this goal, we
solicit papers describing qualitative or quantitative empirical studies
of the current state of that interplay and/or efforts to improve it. 
Possible topics include studies that explore: 
• organizational, social and psychological factors affecting the
interplay between usability evaluation and user interface design, 
• different products from user interaction design as the basis for
usability evaluation, 
• usability evaluation techniques particularly relevant in specific
development phases, 
• various forms of feedback from usability evaluation to user
interaction design and their strengths and weaknesses, 
• characteristics of usability evaluation results needed in user
interaction design, 
• integration of usability evaluation into existing or novel approaches
to user interaction design or software development. 
Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the same
work has not been and will not be published nor is presently submitted
elsewhere, and that all persons listed as authors have given their
approval for the submission of the paper. Further, that any person cited
as a source of personal communication has approved such citation.
Written authorization may be required at the Editor’s discretion.
Articles and other material published in the International Journal of
Human-Computer Interaction represent the opinions of the authors and
should not be construed to reflect the opinions of the Editors or the
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is
accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right
to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned
exclusively to the Publisher. The Publisher will not refuse any
reasonable request by the author for permission to reproduce any of his
or her contributions to the Journal. 
Responsibility for the accuracy of material in the manuscript, including
appropriate reference to related work, lies entirely with the authors. 
Note the page limit: The manuscript should fit within 30 double-spaced
pages including references, figures, and tables. 
See the full call for further details.

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