[New journal] International Journal of Human-Computer Studies – call for papers

Call for papers
Understanding Multitasking and Interruptions: Co-ordinating Approaches for New Insights

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Multitasking and interruptions have been studied using a variety of methods in multiple fields (e.g., HCI, cognitive science, computer science, and social sciences). This diversity brings many complementary insights. However, it also challenges researchers to understand how seemingly disparate ideas can best be integrated to further theory and to inform design practice. The aim of this special issue is to offer a platform to discuss how different approaches to understanding multitasking and interruptions can be combined to provide insights that are more than the sum of their parts. Intended contributions are review articles of methods, theoretical position papers regarding method integration, and practical examples of such approaches. Rather than focusing solely on a specific study, emphasis should be placed on the advantages and limitations of a specific method or methods. Papers that combine multiple methods or techniques are of particular interest. A longer description of the topic can be found here: http://www.cpjanssen.nl/IJHCS/

Submission types
Articles must be based on original research, although extended versions of published conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at least 50% new material. IJHCS likes to publish concrete research contributions with a user-centric and/or engineering element. We distinguish between empirical articles, theoretical articles, and practical example articles.

An ideal empirical article should clearly describe the following:

  • The method that was used for studying multitasking and interruptions.
  • Why this method was beneficial.
  • What the challenges were of this method.
  • What the insights were that this method gave (i.e., focusing on the research findings).
  • How this method can complement other approaches.
  • A preference is given to articles that apply a variety of methods and that focus on the benefits and challenges of combining such methods. However, articles that apply a single method are also welcome.

An ideal theoretical article should focus on a comparison of various methods or approaches for studying multitasking and interruptions. Rather than only summarizing the methods or approaches, the article should generate new insights or knowledge about these methods or approaches that can inform theory and practice.

An ideal practical example paper should describe how insights from various methods or approaches for studying multitasking and interruptions lead to the design and implementation of a practical system. The definition of a system is intended to be broad; for example, it can be a physical/technological system or a work procedure system.

Review process
Papers are subject to the regular IJHCS review process (see http://ees.elsevier.com/ijhcs/). Our reviewer panel consists of experts in the area of multitasking and interruptions, who have experience with various methods and techniques.

Letter of intent: send before 1 September 2013
Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to send a letter of intent with a topic outline of up to one page to Christian Janssen (cjanssen@ski.org) before 1 September 2013.

Submission & timeline
All submissions should be formatted according to IJHCS guidelines. Submission will go through the editorial website of IJHCS. When submitting, select “SI: Multitasking and Interruptions” as the article type. Please also indicate in your cover letter that your submission is for the “Multitasking and Interruptions” special issue.

  • 1 September 2013: 1-page letter of intent e-mailed to cjanssen@ski.org (encouraged, but optional)
  • 1 March 2014: Complete submissions due
  • 15 May 2014: Author notification (1st review round)
  • 15 August 2014: Revised submissions due
  • 31 October 2014: Author notification (2nd review round)
  • 15 January 2015: Final versions due


  • Christian P. Janssen, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, cjanssen@ski.org
  • Sandy J. J. Gould, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, London, s.gould@cs.ucl.ac.uk
  • Simon Y. W. Li, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, simonli2@ln.edu.hk
  • Duncan P. Brumby, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, London, brumby@cs.ucl.ac.uk
  • Anna L. Cox, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, London, anna.cox@ucl.ac.uk

Further information

Further information can be found on the website: http://www.cpjanssen.nl/IJHCS/.
Potential authors can send queries to Christian Janssen, cjanssen@ski.org.

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