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

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Submission Date:
March 01, 2014

Notification Date:
March 01, 2014

Final Paper Submission:
January 15, 2015

Journal Details

Name: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Publisher: Elsevier


Call for papers:
Call for Papers
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 under Background
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 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 ( 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 (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

See also our section on the Editors.

Christian P. Janssen, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco
Sandy J. J. Gould, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, London
Simon Y. W. Li, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Duncan P. Brumby, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, London
Anna L. Cox, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, London

Further information
For further information, please check this website, including the Background and FAQ sections. Potential authors can send queries to Christian Janssen,

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