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CALL FOR PAPERS

International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET)
Special issue on
“The web as a cross-media platform: Beyond functional web usability”

Guest editor: Dr. Charlotte Wiberg, Umeċ University, Sweden
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The modern web is a mixture of applications, platforms and media blended
with advanced navigational structures in support of various kinds of
activities including marketing, gaming, collaboration, blogging, and much
more. More and more often, web sites employ the cross-media concept; they
include a wide range of media, such as television, chat, or mobile SMS and
MMS. Cross-media design, media convergence, experience design, funology,
affective computing, emotional design etc. are concepts that are becoming
increasingly popular in the design of web sites today.

Usability has historically been one of the core concepts in Human-Computer
Interaction research. While the web as the object of study has changed
dramatically during the last decade, the concept of usability as well as the
usability evaluation methods have not developed to keep up with this
transformation. While the traditional methods do provide support for
measuring functional web usability, including efficiency, learnability,
memorability, and so forth, we still lack appropriate methods for capturing
user experience, satisfaction, affect, emotions and enjoyment. These are
highly relevant issues for practitioners in the web design industry since
more and more of their customers require some kind of quality insurance of
designed web sites. Therefore, there is a need for novel research approaches
that can help to study new relevant aspects of the modern web and its use.

This special issue of International Journal of Web Engineering and
Technology aims at improving our understanding of the web as a cross-media
platform, an understanding that takes into account user experience and with
high level of interaction.

Topics of relevance may include, but are not limited to:
- Cases illustrating the web as a cross-media platform
- Usability studies showing new or revised methodological approaches that
goes beyond functional web usability in addressing user experience,
enjoyment, etc.
- Theoretical frameworks that address identified issues in relation to
experience design and usability for the web.
- Interaction studies of cross-media concepts on the web addressing, for
instance, user behaviour, choice of interaction platform, interaction
content etc.
- Cultural differences – how can web sites be designed cross-culturally in
order to optimise user experience when the individual differences are big
enough within a culture.

IMPORTANT DATES
Optional notification of interest (preferably accompanied with a half-page
abstract): April, 30, 2006
Full paper submission: June, 30, 2006
Response to authors: September, 2006
Final revision: November 2006
Publication: 2007


FORMAT
See https://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=48 or contact
the guest editor for more information.

SUBMISSION
Papers should be submitted by email to the guest editor:
Charlotte Wiberg, [log in to unmask]

For more information, feel free to contact [log in to unmask]

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Dr Charlotte Wiberg
Department of Informatics
Umeċ University, S-901 87 Umeċ
SWEDEN
http://www.informatik.umu.se/~colsson/

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The IJWET (https://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=48) is a
refereed international journal providing a forum and an authoritative source
of information in the fields of web engineering and web technology. It is
devoted to innovative research in the analysis, design, development, use,
evaluation and teaching of web-based systems, applications, sites and
technologies.

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