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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Health Education & Behavior: Non-Communicable Disease in Africa and the Global South
Health Education & Behavior

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Health Education & Behavior: Non-Communicable Disease in Africa and the Global South

Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) seeks to publish a special issue of the journal focused on global health promotion science, policy and practice that addresses non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa, with potential implications for other regions in the global south. The goal of the special issue is to draw attention of transdisciplinary researchers and practitioners engaged in health promotion research to the increasing NCD burden in the African region.

Submission of manuscripts that address multiple chronic diseases, health and/or behavioral outcomes, is encouraged.

Submission Requirements

All manuscripts should be submitted online at the HE&B submission portal. The site contains detailed instructions on how to submit and track the progression of a manuscript through the review process. To be considered for inclusion in this series, manuscripts must be submitted by January 15, 2015. Earlier submissions are encouraged.  Please select manuscript type “NCD Africa”.  All papers will undergo standard peer review by the HE&B editors, guest editors, guest editorial board, and peer referees, as defined by HE&B policy. The HE&B Web site provides detailed instructions for authors.

Anticipated Publication

The supplement is expected to be published in February 2016.

Questions can be directed to Editorial Manager Deborah Gordon-Messer,

Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Health Policy and Technology: Human Factors, Behaviour and Innovation
Health Policy and Technology

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Health Policy and Technology: Human Factors, Behaviour and Innovation

Increased demands on health services, ageing populations, a finite number of skilled staff, issues of drug resistance, increasing litigation and information governance etc., are all increasing pressure on health service delivery. Across the globe health providers are being driven to innovate, develop and integrate innovative health technology solutions, which aim to address the formal operational needs of clinicians. Solutions are also no longer confined to the purely technical but must embrace the social and informal impact of technology in addition to the formal intended use [IGI].

The role of hospitals and general practitioners must adapt to accommodate limited capacity and resource availability issues.  Increasingly information and its management have become ubiquitous. As electronic clinical pathway use gains ground and electronic heath record implementations grows, the innovation opportunities for the digital hospital expand. At the same time the explosion in technologies such as the Internet of Things and nanotechnology threatens a cheap sensor revolution. This provides increasingly active support for cheaper and less resource intensive telecare and its evolutions.

For example: live monitoring allows management of patient care, increasing the effectiveness of persuasive and preventative care, thus reducing the need for expensive or undesirable care procedures; Empowerment in elderly care offers patients the opportunity to take control of their care, and gives health funders the change to reduce core costs. However, change drives new issues and recent research in behavioural economics raises significant questions considering health policy concerning decision-making and patient ‘well-being’. At the same time our ability to manage the related exploding data sets is both a challenge and an opportunity for innovative cause and effect discovery through the font of big data. To this mix must be added the growing interconnectivity and opportunities for seamless care offered by innovations in pervasive computing. The ubiquitous nature of social media to spread views, information and dis-information, and as a platform for lobbying and comment on health, offers another innovative opportunity that can serve both patient and healthcare organisation alike.

Health informatics research is therefore shaping the future form of digital hospitals; however, such innovative solutions raises complex information, technology, policy and governance issues that need to be addressed for safe, cost effective and legitimate future health activity.

Scope and Focus of the Special Issue

The aim of this special issue is to feature a wide range of innovative informatics technologies, highlighting not only how such innovations satisfy formal and technical needs, but also consideration and integration of diverse human factors, stakeholder activities and behavioural issues and their impacts.

A potential, but not exhaustive list of topics and themes for the special issue include:

• What is health innovation and how does it impact Human factors?

• Innovation health policy–formal, technical and informal.

• Innovation trends in health

• Key emerging technology themes and their health impact.

-- IOT

-- Additive manufacturing

-- Electronic hospital

-- Pervasive computing

• The Human-technology interface

• Behavioural economics in the health domain.

• Care and the social informatics innovation dimension

• Design for health innovation

• The economics of innovations–too costly or a necessary cost for future savings?

• The digital hospital, fact or fantasy?

• The promise of big data innovations, policies and compliance

Special Issue Editors

Vaughan Michell, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Stephen R. Gulliver, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Associate Editors

Kecheng Liu, University of Reading, UK

Weizi Li, University of Reading, UK

Deborah J. Rosenorn‐Lanng University of Reading, UK

Keiichi Nakata, University of Reading, UK

Melanie Humphreys, Keele University, UK


IGI: Michell V., Gulliver S. Rosenorn‐Lanng D., Currie W. Patient Safety and Quality Care Through Health Informatics, IGI Global 2014

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 18 December 2014

Initial Review Report: 18 March 2015

Final Revised Manuscript: June 2015

Publication:  Fall 2015

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Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology
Volume in the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology


Dr. Victor C. X. Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014

Full Chapters Due: January 15, 2015

For release in the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series.

Series Editors: Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece) and Anastasia N. Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

ISSN: 2328-1243

The Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series aims to provide a channel for international researchers to progress the field of study on technology and its implications on healthcare and health information systems. With the growing focus on healthcare and the importance of enhancing this industry to tend to the expanding population, the book series seeks to accelerate the awareness of technological advancements of health information systems and expand awareness and implementation.

* * *

Health education and technology integration started in our primitive society. While modern doctors and nurses use cutting edge technology to treat terminal diseases, shamen in tribes still use a rudimentary technology to treat tribal men and women. Technology contributes to human health and longevity. The more technological advances people have, the longer people live. However, technology is just one factor leading to health and longevity. Health education is the catalyst that plays a more crucial role in maintaining health and longevity. People living in the early 1900s could expect to live an average of approximately 50 years. Now American men live an average of 78 years and American women live an average of 80 years. This lifespan has been changed due to medical breakthroughs firmly supported by health education and technology integration. Health education and technology integration go hand in hand to advance medical breakthroughs.

One in 25 Americans was 65 or over at the turn of the 20th century. In 1994, one in eight Americans was 65 or over. The number of older adults (aged 65 and older) has increased eleven-fold since the turn of the 20th century. As people age, researchers study successful aging by integrating technology; in this way, technology has contributed to longevity in our society. The number of adults over age 85 has quadrupled. The average life span in Japan is longer than that in the United States. Both Japan and the United States are more technologically advanced countries, emphasizing health education at the grassroots level. China has not lagged behind. China developed cutting edge technologies to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and the World Health Organization declared that China has achieved the Millennium Development Goals target of reversing tuberculosis (TB) incidence by 2015 and has successfully eradicated malaria.

As the 70 million baby-boomers in the United States will retire very soon, we are entering an adult-oriented society, if not an aging society, from a youth-oriented society. Health education and technology integration will become more and more important in maintaining a whole nation’s health and longevity. Health education takes many forms ranging from lifelong education, gerontology, health promoting exercises, nutrition education, lifestyles, literacy education, and clinical depression to medical education, nursing education and physical therapy. The ubiquitous computer alone cannot describe the sophisticated level of technology used to contain and treat diseases.

Such a timely and relevant volume would not be possible without contributions from scholars/researchers and practitioners in the fields of adult education, medical education, nursing education, clinical psychology, biological science, kinesiology, and technology. Researchers and professionals are required to write chapters by using a language that can be understood by scholars as well as the general public who believe that health education and technology integration should be promoted at the grassroots level.

Instead of specifying chapter titles, which will limit the potential research areas, authors are encouraged to propose their own chapter titles and a brief (no more than one page) proposal to the editor based on the theme of the book and the introduction.


The Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology will feature full length chapters (around 12,000 words per chapter) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of concepts related to different issues, tools, methodologies, applications and trends in advancing health education through technology at all levels in this evolving society.

Target Audience

• Adult learning professionals

• Faculty and graduate students in health education and technology

• Doctors and nurses, including dieticians

• Researchers and practitioners in the health care industry

• Policy makers in the health care industry

• Librarians assisting researchers, practitioners, faculty, and students in health education and technology

• Computer programmers in promoting technology in health education

Recommended Topics

Given the broad theme of this volume, contributing authors may determine their own research topics and send their chapter proposals to the editor for consideration for inclusion in the volume. This volume intends to address all pertinent issues and concerns in adult and community education in our evolving society. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Adult health education through technology

• Child grief education through technology

• Depression control through technology;

• Relationship between health education and technology

• Managing disease through technology

• Sleep study through technology

• Nursing education through technology

• The role of medical doctors fostering health education through technology

• Adult literacy and technology

• Self-directed learning and technology

• Assessing heath education through technology

• Benefits of health education and technology

• Rural health education and technology

• Anxiety study via technology

• Nursing training through technology;

• Technologies in promoting traditional Chinese medicines

• Successful aging through technology

• Promoting longevity through technology

• New brain research through technology

• Nutrition education through technology

• Community health education through technology

• Promoting health education through technology by relying on physical therapy

• Holistic health education through technology

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners (adult learners and adult educators) are invited to submit on or before October 15, 2014 a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. More than one chapter proposal from well-established researchers and practitioners is welcome. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 5, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 15, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed in a double-blind review process. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Advancing Health Education through Technology. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

October 15, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

November 5, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

January 15, 2015: Full Chapter Submission

February 15, 2015: Review Results Returned

March 15, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (by Word document) to: Victor C.X. Wang at

Allied Health Professional, Dietitian, Gerontologist, Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Neuroscientist, Nurse Educator, Nurse Researcher, Nutritionist, Physical Therapist, Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert, Sleep Specialist
Call for Papers for a Symposium in Health Communication: Using Visual Narratives and Graphic Medicine to Communicate About Health
Health Communication

Call for Papers for a Symposium in Health Communication: Using Visual Narratives and Graphic Medicine to Communicate About Health

Submission deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015

Symposium editor: Andy J. King (

Health communication researchers and practitioners frequently use narrative messaging strategies to influence behavior change and its antecedents. Theorizing and research on these narratives, however, focuses primarily on textual content and style features, often ignoring the aural and visual elements that might factor into an audience’s reception of these narratives. Further, an area of interest of communication-relevant research and practice has emerged that is almost completely absent in health communication research: graphic medicine. Graphic medicine refers, generally, to the use of comics to communicate information about medicine, clinical education, illness experience, and public health.

Health Communication invites submissions for a symposium (a collection of related articles) on visual narratives and graphic medicine. Researchers and practitioners from communication, medicine, public health, nursing, health sciences, and other related fields are encouraged to submit original research articles to this symposium. These articles should offer theoretically grounded research that contributes to the field of health communication (broadly considered). Manuscripts that consider the role of visual narratives and graphic storytelling in comics/graphic novels, video games, picture books, animated or illustrated videos, data visualization, virtual reality, social media, or text narratives with complementary visual components will be considered. All theoretical and methodological perspectives interested in graphic storytelling will be considered. Papers must fit the journal aims, however, and as such need to contribute to theory and practice.

Two types of submissions are encouraged, although others will be considered:

(1) Full-length original research articles that conform to the general guidelines of submissions at Health Communication, reporting on original research on visual narratives or graphic medicine;

(2) Brief reports (2,000 words or less, including references) about the development or implementation of interventions using visual narratives or graphic medicine.

When submitting your manuscript to Health Communication ( be sure to indicate in your cover letter that you are submitting to the symposium on visual narratives and graphic medicine, as well as indicate if your submission is a full-length article or a brief report. Multiple submissions from one research group will be considered. Manuscripts submitted should not be under review at another journal. For questions about submission fit, topical areas, or anything related to the symposium, please contact symposium editor Andy J. King, Ph.D. (

Deadline for symposium consideration is May 1, 2015. The symposium will appear in a printed issue, with articles made available online ahead of print.

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

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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.

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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.

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