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Sun, 19 Aug 2007 13:41:52 -0400
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JUS Call for Articles: Special Issue

New Frontiers in Usability
for Users' Complex Knowledge Work and Collaborations

Call for Papers for a Peer-Reviewed Special Issue of JUS

At the "Workshop on HCI & Information Design to Communicate Complex 
Information" in Memphis in February 2007, a group of practitioners 
and academics presented and discussed their new studies related to 
making systems usable and useful for knowledge work. Focusing on 
various information, communication, and decision support systems, 
they examined usability and usefulness in terms of design, 
development processes, evaluation, cognition, domain expertise, and 
workplace ecologies. JUS would like to publish one or more special 
issues on important themes that surfaced at the workshop and that 
strongly affect how usability specialists approach their work and 
research when designing for and evaluating complex products for complex work.

Useful and usable systems for complex work involve supporting domain 
experts in solving open-ended, unstructured, complex problems 
involving extensive and recursive decision-making. Complex work 
occurs in numerous fields from evaluating inventory to allocating 
resources to making medical judgments to gathering intelligence to 
conducting research in academia to building online communities. A few 
examples of possible themes for this special JUS issue include:
    * Understanding how domain experts retrieve and use information 
on  the web and, therefore, how to design for this audience and these tasks
    * New methods required for evaluating complex products for complex work
    * Rethinking usability for visual analytics and complex knowledge work
    * Community websites as complex work with distinct usability approaches
    * Understanding how domain experts perceive complexity and 
simplicity in medical environments

Articles on these and other themes related to complex works will 
introduce JUS readers to this important and growing area of practice 
and research.

Please send to Barbara Mirel or Mike Albers a notice of your 
intention to submit in the form of a two page (single spaced) 
abstract, including the thesis of your intended piece.

Submission Schedule
Response to JUS Special Issue editors of your intent to 
submit:                         September 1, 2007

Invitation to submit issued                       September 15, 2007
Paper submitted:                                  November 1, 2007
Peer review completed and comments to authors:    February 1, 2008
Final paper submitted:                            May 15, 2008
Publication:                                      Summer or Fall 2008.

Special Issue Editors:
Barbara Mirel  ([log in to unmask])
Mike Albers ([log in to unmask])

JUS Associate Editors for the Special Issue
Whitney Quesenbery  ([log in to unmask])
Ginny Redish ([log in to unmask])

The Online International Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) is a 
peer-reviewed, international, online publication dedicated to promote 
and enhance the practice, research, and education of usability engineering.

Submission guidelines can be found at:

Dr. Michael J. Albers
Associate professor
Technical & Professional Communication
Department of English
East Carolina University
Greenville NC  27858  

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