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Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:18:33 +0100
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Journal of Visual Languages and Computing

*Special Issue on Semiotics, Human-Computer Interaction and End-User 


Over the last three decades, semiotics has inspired a number of 
researchers interested in the design of interactive languages and 
interactive systems. The hallmark of semiotic approaches to computing is 
to view computers as a /medium/ for signs, their transformation and 
their use in communication. This also applies for the programming of 
computers by both ICT experts and domain experts. One of the main 
attractions to explore computers and Human-Computer Interaction from a 
semiotic perspective is that many semiotic approaches allow accounting 
for both the design of user interfaces and the design of End-User 
Development (EUD) environments and languages with the same set of 
concepts, frameworks or methods.

As the diversity of interface modalities and media has increased and 
enabled sophisticated multimodal multimedia communication between users 
and systems, semiotics is gaining more attention by human-computer 
interaction researchers and professionals. The role of ICT in 
contemporary societies - no matter how diverse their cultural background 
is - calls for technologies that users can reinterpret and adapt easily 
in relation to a rapid change of the use context often provoked by the 
technology itself. The stage is thus set for semiotics to make relevant 
contributions to the move from ‘easy to use’ to ‘easy to develop’.

The aim of the special issue is to collect current research to semiotic 
approaches to HCI and especially to EUD, providing a reference point for 
current and future researchers interested in relating semiotics with HCI 
and EUD.

We invite articles that discuss what Semiotics has, can and might 
contribute to the field of HCI and End User Development. The following 
list of topics serves as an indication for relevant themes:

·The Need for Semiotic studies

oSemiotic Models, Methods, and Frameworks for HCI and EUD

oSemiotics and Cultures of participation

oSemiotics in Empirical studies of EUD practices

oSemiotic and user (re)appropriation of software in context

·Supporting Evolution through Semiotics

oSemiotics informing EUD language and interactive systems design.

oMashups and Web remix technologies

oSemiotics in the Design of//Interactive Languages

oAbductive reasoning support for EUD

oSupport for EUD-related collaboration among non-professional programmers

·Critique and Commentary

oSemiotic theories and HCI

oSemiotic theories and EUD

oSemiotically-informed frameworks, methods and techniques for 
interactive systems design and EUD


oSemiotics and Visual Languages

oSemiotics and User Interface Languages

oSemiotics and Interaction Languages

The number of accepted papers will be between three and ten. If the 
number falls below three, there will be no special issue and the 
accepted papers will be published as regular papers. Submitted 
manuscripts must not have appeared or been under review elsewhere. All 
submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by at least three reviewers in 
accordance with the refereeing procedure of Journal of Visual Languages 
and Computing.


Abstract submission Dec 20, 2015
Paper submission: Jan 30, 2016
Revision/rejection notification: March 30, 2016
Revised paper due: June 30, 2016
Acceptance notification: Sept 15, 2016
Final Manuscript Due: Nov 30, 2016
Publication: April, 2017


Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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