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Call for Papers for a Special issue of Pediatric Exercise Science: Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Physical Activity
01/09/2015
Pediatric Exercise Science

Call for Papers for a Special issue of Pediatric Exercise Science: Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Physical Activity

The editors of Pediatric Exercise Science are pleased to announce a special thematic issue dedicated to the topic of Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Physical Activity to be published in November 2015. They invite you to submit original research communications, commentaries, or letters-to-the editor on the topics listed below:

• Efficacy of exercise and physical activity for weight loss in children

• Mechanisms linking exercise, physical activity and obesity in children

• Genetics of exercise, physical activity and obesity in children

• Gene-by-physical activity interactions and obesity in children

• Role of maturation in explaining variation in physical activity and adiposity in children

• Correlates and determinants of exercise, physical activity and obesity in children

• Effectiveness of real-world physical activity interventions for weight loss and weight gain prevention in children

• Technology-mediated physical activity interventions for weight loss in obese children (e.g. mHealth, eHealth, exergaming)

• Efficacy and effectiveness of exercise and physical activity in the management of risk factors in the obese child

• Cardiometabolic responses to exercise in children with obesity

• Inflammatory response to exercise in children with obesity

• Optimal exercise regimens and physical activity modalities in children with obesity

The deadline for submissions to this special issue is January 9, 2015. Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 1, 2015, and the special issue will be published in November of 2015.

Please submit your research contribution to PES via ScholarOne Manuscripts. The Submission Guidelines for PES are available at journals.humankinetics.com/submission-guidelines-for-pes. Please clearly indicate in your cover letter that you would like your article considered for this special issue at the time of submission.

The guest editor for this special thematic issue is Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD. Please contact the guest editor if you have any questions about the suitability of potential manuscripts for this special issue

Nurse Researcher, Pediatrician, Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Healthcare Technology Letters: Wearable Healthcare Technology
10/13/2014
Healthcare Technology Letters

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Healthcare Technology Letters: Wearable Healthcare Technology

Submission deadline: 13th October 2014

Wearable technology is all around us and is having an increasing impact on our everyday lives. Healthcare is undoubtedly one of the greatest applications of this technology. Wearable healthcare technology revolves around communicating and interfacing with devices of many different types, and educating end-users including practitioners.

From the design of software for smartphones to use existing sensing technologies; and digital ‘plasters’ that sense physiological wellbeing; through to inferring behaviour from multiple wearable sensing technologies; wearable healthcare technology is an exciting area where the full potential is only just being realised.

In this special issue we want to showcase cutting edge wearable technologies that are enabling better healthcare management and delivery, and defining new trends in patient self-monitoring.

To this end, we are welcoming submissions in areas including:

-- Novel sensors for wearable technology

-- Use of existing and novel platforms for sensing/acquiring/processing health data

-- Novel communication techniques for high volume data management

-- Wearable sensor networks

-- Implantable/subcutaneous sensing solutions

-- Wearable solutions for physiological measurement

-- Disruptive technologies in wearable healthcare

Submitted articles should not have been previously published or be currently under review by other journals or conferences/symposia/workshops. Papers previously published as part of conference/workshop proceedings can be considered for publication in the special issue provided that they are modified to contain at least 40% new content and no passages of text are identical. Authors of such submissions must clearly indicate how the journal version of their paper has been extended in a separate letter to the editorial office at the time of submission. Moreover, authors must acknowledge their previous paper in the manuscript and resolve any potential copyright issues prior to submission.

Papers should be a maximum of 6 pages and formatted according to the Healthcare Technology Letters Author Guide. Submissions should be marked as being for the Wearable Healthcare Technology Special Issue. All submissions are subject to the journal’s peer-review procedures.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 13th October 2014

Author notification: 1st December 2014

Final manuscripts: 12th January 2015

Publication: February 2015

Biomedical Engineer, Computer Scientist, Health Services Researcher, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Smart Devices and Collective Intelligence for the Telemedicine and Healthcare System
05/31/2015
International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Smart Devices and Collective Intelligence for the Telemedicine and Healthcare System

Guest Editors:

Dr. S. K. Sabut and Prof. Srikanta Patnaik, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University, India

Integration of technology and medical sciences is playing a major role in the global momentum of the healthcare industry. Smart and collective intelligence medical devices are emerging as a critical component for hospitals as well as telemedicine platforms. Today, more flexible implementations of intelligent devices are being designed that allow access to geographically distributed knowledge and the software capable of processing this information, which is likely to be the patient-confidential.

Intelligent biomedical electronics and devices brings together researchers in studying and using models, equipment and materials inspired by biological systems to monitor devices, instrumentation sensors and systems, micro-nanotechnologies and biomaterials. There are devices which measures physiological information about the patient, and environmental information such as humidity, temperature and carbon monoxide level. This physiological and environmental data is now collated to assess the patient’s state of health and to identify external factors. The ability to automatically capture and manage patient data from intelligent devices is now becoming the part of the function of improving both patient safety and clinical outcomes. The healthcare industry is experiencing an unprecedented level of technology interoperability, integrating multiple sources of real-time and life-critical data.

This special issue will cover various research areas of smart devices and collective intelligence relating to telemedicine and clinical practices.

Subject Coverage

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

• Healthcare devices and technologies

• Intelligent sensors for physiological information

• Embedded healthcare system

• Wearable medical devices

• Medical imaging and image processing

• Medical signal analysis and processing

• Bioinstrumentation, biosensors and bio-micro/nano technologies

• Biomechanics and bio-robotics

• Neural and rehabilitation engineering

• Diagnostics and therapeutics devices

• Smart fitness devices

• Computer-aided diagnosis

• Data analytics for clinical care

• Biomarker discovery and biomedical data mining

• Intelligent medical data management

• Predictive modelling for personalised treatment

• Data integration for healthcare

• Medical recommender systems

• Optimisation models for planning and recommending therapies

• Text mining for biomedical literature and clinical notes

• Intelligent systems for electronic health records

• Computational intelligence methodologies for healthcare

• Effective information retrieval for healthcare applications

• Fibre optic and laser technology in medical applications

• User interface keypads and switches

• Semantic web, linked data, ontology and healthcare

• Continuous monitoring and streaming technologies for healthcare

• Collaboration technologies for healthcare

• E-communities, social networks and social media for patients and caregivers

• Intelligent user-interfaces for medical devices and software

• Bioinformatics and computational biology

• Biomedical modelling and computing

• Visual analytics for healthcare

• Wireless communications and device data control and fusion

• Tissue engineering and biomaterials

• Clinical engineering

• Healthcare information systems and telemedicine

• Emerging topics in biomedical engineering

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 31 May, 2015

Notification to authors: 31 July, 2015

Final versions due: 31 August, 2015

Bioinformatician, Biomedical Engineer, Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Nurse Researcher, Physician Researcher, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics: Healthcare Systems and Technologies
01/31/2015
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, http://tii.ieee-ies.org/ eic.tii@gmail.com 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 http://tii.ieee-ies.org/. Please submit your manuscript in electronic format through the Manuscript Central web site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tii. 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 http://tii.ieee-ies.org/o/PC.pdf are fulfilled. Before submitting manuscript check the review criteria (http://tii.ieee-ies.org/o/RC.pdf) and other information (http://tii.ieee-ies.org/o/DI.pdf)

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. gerhard.hancke@up.ac.za

Kim-Fung Tsang, Electronic Engineering Department, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, ee330015@cityu.edu.hk

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
11/01/2014
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, patric.spence@uky.edu

References:

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
09/30/2014
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
01/15/2015
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 (Belinda_Borrelli@Brown.edu) and Lee Ritterband, PhD (LEER@virginia.edu). 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