Dear all,

Following a number of requests the deadline for submissions to the International Journal of Human Computer Studies special issue on Designing for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing had been extended to April 15th 2013. Early submissions will of course be greatly appreciated. If you have questions about this special issue please contact [log in to unmask]


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SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Submissions to the special issue can be made through the online submission system: http://ees.elsevier.com/ijhcs/.

To ensure that your manuscript is correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, please select Special Issue: Emotional Wellbeing when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. Submissions should be formatted following the standard IJHCS guidelines for authors:

http://www.elsevier.com/journals/international-journal-of-human-computer-studies/1071-5819/guide-for-authors 


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IMPORTANT DATES

New submission deadline: 15th April 2013
Review completion date: July 2013 (Notification of 1st review)
Re-Submission by: August 2013
Final Acceptance: September 2013 (Notification of 2nd review)
Final Version due: October 2013


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AIMS AND TOPICS OF INTEREST

A growing body of research suggests that the HCI community - working collaboratively with healthcare researchers - has a valuable role to play in developing new technologies that support mental health and emotional wellbeing. For example, a number of systems have recently been developed specifically to support mental health interventions, including online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions, therapeutic computer games, virtual reality exposure therapies and relational agents designed to provide emotional support. There is also rapidly growing interest in passive and non-passive techniques to monitor emotional wellbeing and provide information that can increase emotional awareness, support positive behaviour and enable richer expressions of emotional states. Examples include physiological monitoring systems and affective diaries. Empowering and supportive relationships also play a vital role in emotional wellbeing. This raises many intriguing questions about the role and potential of social networking technologies, which the community has begun to address. Researchers have also begun to consider the differing emotional needs of distinct communities, the importance of emotional needs in physical healthcare and wellbeing more generally, and the design of systems that can provide ongoing support for lifelong or chronic conditions, e.g. bipolar disorders, chronic pain.

Research on technologies to support mental health and emotional wellbeing can draw on key themes in HCI research, including cognitive functioning, human memory and reminiscence, social connectedness, behaviour change, designing for reflection and affective computing. However there is a need to provide empirical evidence as to the effectiveness of different systems, approaches and design strategies. This special issue will build on the CHI 2012 workshop on Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing and the DIS 2012 workshop on Designing Wellbeing. It will provide a high impact forum in which to consolidate and extend knowledge in this rapidly evolving area. We will welcome high quality, thought provoking and original articles that address issues including, but not limited to: 

- Empirical studies of systems designed to support mental health interventions or emotional wellbeing.
- Empirical studies of systems that take account of the interconnected nature of physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Studies of systems that target specific populations, e.g. children, adolescents or older adults.
- Evidence-based, theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding and guiding the design of technologies to support emotional wellbeing.
- Strategies for evaluating technologies that support emotional wellbeing, including specific methods and tools for evaluating/measuring emotional wellbeing.
- Considerations of ethical requirements and the potentially negative impact of new technologies on mental health and emotional wellbeing, and recommendations to mitigate such effects.    

In keeping with the aims of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies, the special issue will focus on papers providing concrete research contributions with a user-centric and/or engineering element. Review papers and papers which are purely theoretical are normally not considered, although in rare cases exceptions can be made. If a paper has been published elsewhere, the new version must be substantially different (50% or more) from contributions people have sent to conferences, journals or magazines. 

Further details of specific areas of interest are also available at http://www.design4wellbeing.org


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GUEST EDITORS

David Coyle, University of Bristol
Anja Thieme, Newcastle University
Conor Linehan, University of Lincoln
Madeline Balaam, Newcastle University
Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University
Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research Cambridge 

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