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Call for Papers for a Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics: Healthcare Systems and Technologies
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Call for Papers for a Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics: Healthcare Systems and Technologies

Editor-in-Chief: Kim-Fung Man, Tel: +852-3442-7754 Fax: +852-2788-7283 Head of the Electronic Engineering Department, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The Theme: The market for healthcare services has increased exponentially. This is due to the growing tendency for personal healthcare to move away from the traditional hubs of healthcare, such as hospitals and clinics, to the private home and especially the mobile environment. In most developed countries an aging population contributes to the growth in the demand for distributed healthcare services. As a result of the nature of healthcare, the precision and real-time delivery of data is crucial. To fulfill all these requirements, advanced and smart technologies should be applied. For example, telehealth technologies can be used to tackle remote healthcare, and optimization of healthcare systems is essential for improving reliability and efficiency. Furthermore, without compromising reliability, energy saving methodologies are also required to prevent excessive energy consumption by healthcare systems. Another critical consideration is the role of technology standards in this rapidly-evolving landscape, as pointed out in the recent release of the white paper Standardize This: A Mobile Health Conversation You Can't Avoid, by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in collaboration with ICF International, examining the effect of mobile health information and communication technologies and its pervasive role.

This Special Session on “Healthcare Systems and Technologies” is focused on the development and application of advanced technologies and methodologies for healthcare applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following research topics and technologies:

-- Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) in healthcare

-- Health and environmental monitoring systems

-- Optimization of healthcare systems and data transmission

-- Auto-diagnosis of diseases

-- Telehealth: wireless technologies in healthcare

-- Patient tracking and in-/on- body sensor networks

-- Internet-of-Things (IoT) in healthcare systems

-- Ambient intelligent technologies for healthcare services

-- Mobile health

-- The role of standards to mitigate technological risks, facilitate interoperability and save on costs

Papers discussing new application areas and the resulting new developments at the interface of ambient intelligent technologies and healthcare are especially welcome.

All contributions must focus on the use of healthcare related applications. Results obtained by simulations must be validated by experiments or analytical results.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Follow the guidelines in “Information for Authors” in the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics Please submit your manuscript in electronic format through the Manuscript Central web site: On the submission page #1 in the popup menu of the manuscript type, select: SS on Healthcare Systems and Technologies

Submissions to this Special Section must represent original material that has been neither submitted to, nor published in, any other journal. Extended versions of papers previously published in conference proceedings may be eligible for consideration if conditions listed in are fulfilled. Before submitting manuscript check the review criteria ( and other information (

Note: The recommended papers for the section are subject to final approval by the Editor-in-Chief. Some papers may be published outside the Special Section, at the EIC’s discretion.

Timetable: Deadline for manuscript submissions 31 January 2015

Expected publication date (tentative) September 2015

Guest Editors:

Gerhard P. Hancke, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Kim-Fung Tsang, Electronic Engineering Department, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,

Biomedical Engineer, Computer Scientist, Gerontologist, Health Services Researcher, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Computers in Human Behavior: Social Media and the Crisis Lifecycle
Computers in Human Behavior

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Computers in Human Behavior: Social Media and the Crisis Lifecycle

Crises, disasters and other high consequence / low probability events are occurring more frequently and have the potential to impact more people regardless of geographic location. Advances in communication and technology allow virtually anyone to watch as a crisis develops. These same technologies that allow individuals to view a crisis can also be used to prepare, warn, coordinate, respond to and evaluate extreme events. Specifically, new technological developments based off web 2.0 allow people to send and receive information, share their experiences, and develop communities throughout the crisis lifecycle. Sellnow and Seeger (2013) note that “crises, . . . have a very clear developmental structure and, identifiable if not predictable order and pattern.”  However, little is known about how this computer mediated communication process evolves throughout the crisis lifecycle.  Individuals can use different social media platforms to seek information, communicate with others, provide information and express emotion. Organizations and government agencies now have the ability to communicate to specific audiences concerning risks and actions to take as they seek to meet informational needs (Seeger, Sellnow & Ulmer, 2003). However, the unique ways social media has evolved and can be used to study extreme events has received only limited attention from researchers. Platforms and applications such as collaborative tools, social media and content sharing applications have the potential to transform communication throughout the crisis lifecycle at the individual, organizational and social levels.

With such tools at the disposal of individuals and organizations, expectations will grow concerning the effectiveness of crisis warnings, coordination, response and recovery (Coombs, 2007). Understanding how the principals, practices and technology of collaborative tools, social media and content sharing applications facilitate communication throughout the course of a crisis is critical to successfully dealing with the new challenges associated with such events. These technologies have tangible, specific implications throughout the various stages of a crisis.

This special issue of Computers in Human Behavior seeks innovative research investigating the use and extension of computer based technology and tools that transform communication processes throughout the crisis lifecycle.  Of specific interest are manuscripts that examine the variety of channels allowing for the collaborative creation and dissemination of content, how these are used by crisis participants to manage risks, events, and responses and how these processes are initiated and evolve over time.  Papers from various perspectives, including first responders, agencies, NGOs, community members, crisis participants, technology and content providers are encouraged.  In addition, papers may be grounded in a wide array of events and risks such as weather, technology, food contamination, building and bridge collapses, infectious disease outbreaks, fires, floods, earthquakes, transportation, intentional violence and other disaster related events.

The overall goal of this special issue is to outline the current state of those technologies that can be used in crisis communication throughout the crisis lifecycle, and provide research which will outline possible directions for the future development and use of these technologies.

Important dates:

Paper Submission: November 1st 2014

Decision and Feedback after review: March 2015

Final Submission: May 2015

The final paper should be in accordance with the Journal’s Guide for Authors.

Guest editor Patric Spence, Division of Risk Sciences, Division of Instructional Communication & Research, University of Kentucky,


Coombs, W.T. (2007). Ongoing Crisis Communication: Planning, Managing, and Responding. California: Thousand Oaks.

Seeger, M. W, Sellnow, T. L, & Ulmer, R. R. (2003). Organizational communication and crisis. Prager: Westport, CT.

Sellnow, T. L., & Seeger, M. W. (2013). Theorizing Crisis Communication. John Wiley & Sons.

Computer Scientist, Information Scientist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics: Health Informatics for Ageing and Independent Living
International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics: Health Informatics for Ageing and Independent Living

Guest Editors:

Dr. Hissam Tawfik and Dr. Davide Bruno, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Owing to the increasing ageing population of the world, including the developing world, renewed research efforts have focused on exploring innovative service models and technologies aimed at ensuring an active and independent participation in social life, and personalised health, especially for the elderly.

This special issue will focus on recent developments in the field of health informatics and assistive technologies for supporting independent living, particularly for, but not limited to, the ageing population. A key goal is to exploit technological enhancements to help facilitate the creation of better user experiences and to increase support for active and independent living.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Emerging m-health and p-health trends and technologies to support independent living

User requirement studies focusing on the understanding of the target user's needs for improved e-health solutions design

Social and cultural factors influencing user acceptance of e-heath for the elderly and other target populations such as people with mobility difficulties

Applications of virtual reality and data mining for ageing and independent living

Technology adoption for ICT for independent living

Public involvement in assistive technologies for ageing and independent living

Practitioners' perception of current and emerging health informatics solutions

Case study scenarios and user acceptance studies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written)

All papers are refereed through a double blind process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 30 September, 2014

First reviews due: 30 November, 2014

Revised manuscripts due: 1 February, 2015

Final decision: 28 February, 2015

Biomedical Engineer, Computer Scientist, Gerontologist, Health Services Researcher, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist
Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of Health Psychology: eHealth and mHealth: Methodology, Assessment, Treatment, and Dissemination Studies
Health Psychology

Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of Health Psychology: eHealth and mHealth: Methodology, Assessment, Treatment, and Dissemination Studies

The near ubiquity of the Internet and mobile phones, including the widespread use of apps and social media across all age and ethnic groups, presents an unprecedented opportunity to assess and treat health behaviors throughout large segments of the population. There is a substantial proliferation, however, of technology interventions that are not evidenced based. In recognition of the rapidly evolving areas of the assessment and treatment of health behaviors using technology, and the increasing need for evidenced based treatments that can be integrated into people’s everyday lives, Health Psychology is calling for manuscripts that focus on methods, assessment and outcome studies in the domains of eHealth and mHealth.

“eHealth” generally refers to the use of information technology, such as the Internet, digital gaming, virtual reality, and robotics, in the promotion, prevention, treatment, and maintenance of health care. ‘mHealth’ refers to mobile and wireless applications including text messaging, apps, wearable devices, remote sensing, and the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The benefits of eHealth and mHealth interventions include availability and accessibility (use anywhere, anytime), cost-effective delivery, scalability, utilization of personalization and tailoring, provisioning of real-time strategies to users in their everyday settings, and ability to calibrate intervention intensity to user’s needs.

Submissions to this call should emphasize health behaviors and health psychology. Studies employing a variety of methodologies including epidemiological approaches, population and community-cohort designs, controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses will be considered. Empirical papers are preferred although theoretical and review papers will also be considered if they make a unique contribution to the area. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness studies of eHealth and mHealth interventions; (2) evaluation of technologies, particularly as it relates to user adherence, behavior change, and symptom improvement; (3) use of information and communication technology within the areas of assessment and measurement; and (4) theory and models within eHealth and mHealth research.

We encourage manuscripts from junior investigators, investigators from underrepresented groups, and from senior, established researchers and working groups. Editors for the special issue will be Belinda Borrelli, PhD ( and Lee Ritterband, PhD ( The deadline for submitting complete manuscripts is January 15, 2015. Publication of the special issue will be slated for the Fall of 2015.

Papers must be prepared in full accord with the Health Psychology Instructions to Authors and submitted through the Journal portal. Both brief reports and full length manuscripts will be considered. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Some papers not included in this issue may be accepted for publication in Health Psychology as regular articles. Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript that you would like to have the paper considered for the Special Issue on mHealth and eHealth.

Behavioral Scientist, Established Investigator, Health Services Researcher, Junior Investigator, Junior Researcher, Junior Scientist, Psychologist, Senior Investigator, Senior Researcher
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Advertising: Effective Health Messages in Advertising
Journal of Advertising

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Advertising: Effective Health Messages in Advertising

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Advertising dedicated to developing effective advertising messages for healthy behavior. Public health is a current critical topic, and engaging consumers to maintain a healthy lifestyle continues to be a challenge. Obesity rates continue to rise. More than 35% of adults and almost 17% of children and teens in the United States are obese, resulting in billions of dollars in health care costs and increased rates of chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. And despite many healthy menu options provided at fast-food and other restaurants and media attention to the epidemic of childhood obesity, consumers continue to make unhealthy food choices. Consumers also continue to smoke and maintain sedentary lifestyles—actions that contribute to increased health risks and health costs.

The purpose of this special issue is to address this topic by publishing and disseminating research on effective health messages and media strategies. Specifically, we seek manuscripts that provide consumers with information on making positive decisions related to their health. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary articles that offer strong theoretical foundations to help guide professionals in best developing appropriate and effective health messages. Papers may include conceptual frameworks, experiments, surveys, and qualitative approaches.

Potential research topics that may be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

• The role of advertising in providing health information and promoting behavior change

• Emotional advertising appeals in health messages

• The use of digital media in creating effective health messages

• The role of advertising in increasing health literacy

• The successful integration of new media with traditional media in reaching consumers with health messages

• Advertising’s relationship with public health

• The use of advertising in promoting positive ecological changes in the physical environment (e.g., walking trails, farmers markets, healthy vending)

• Message strategies that lead to increased physical activity in children (e.g., walking and biking to school)

• Mobile advertising messaging for healthy lifestyles

• Consumer attitudes toward health related messages

• Cross-cultural approaches in health messages

• The effects of health messages on children’s attitudes and behaviors

• The use of alternative approaches (e.g., product placement) in influencing healthy attitudes and behaviors

• Message strategies that reach higher-risk and sociodisadvantaged populations

Submission Requirements and Information

Submissions should follow the manuscript format guidelines for the Journal of Advertising found online at


The submission deadline is August 31, 2014. All manuscripts should be submitted through the Journal of Advertising online submission system, ScholarOne, at, from August 1 to 31, 2014.

Authors should select “SPECIAL ISSUE: Effective Health Messages in Advertising” at “Manuscript Type.” Please also note in the cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on Effective Health Messages.

Special Issue Editors

For additional information, please contact the guest editors for the special issue, listed here, at

• Marla Royne Stafford, University of Memphis

• Marian Levy, University of Memphis

Academic, Health Educator, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks.

A call for papers was launched and its deadline, which was June 30 has been postponed to August 22. Aim of this issue is to bring together the most relevant research from two EU-funded projects – TELL ME and Ecom@EU – that are currently investigating the factors that impact on communication strategies and their relative effectiveness during a pandemic.

This special issue will focus into the following main focuses:

• Crisis preparedness framework

• Tools for outbreak communication

• Models for outbreak communication

• Information management and access

• Public involvement in communications

• Governance and policy issues

• Ethical and legal issues

• Socio-cultural contexts

• Vaccination campaigns

• Social marketing

• Business continuity

• Mass media / Social media

• Training and education

• Risk and uncertainty

Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant