Focus Section of Interaction Design and Architecture(s): Designing Self-Care for Everyday Life (Nov 2014)

Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014

To be published at the Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A) (ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Self-managing a chronic condition is a challenging activity. It requires patients and caregivers to deal with symptoms and the possible resulting disability, to manage emotions, and mediate their relationship with health professionals. Self-care technologies have tried to help in these tasks in multiple ways, including watching the evolution of symptoms, performing health measurements, or connecting with others that have the same condition. Nevertheless, self-care technologies often fail to integrate themselves into people’s everyday life.

Designing self-care technology for everyday life requires an in-depth understanding of the self-care strategies people use, the contexts in which they live, and tools they have at their disposal. Acquiring this understanding requires new approaches to the design of self-care technologies.

The aim of this focus section is to invite researchers to explore the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, and theoretical insights of self-care technologies to broaden the scope of IxD&A and HCI research in self-care. This body of work is likely to inform the new generation of more holistic self-care technologies that takes into account people’s everyday life and experiences.

Full CFP:

We welcome research papers that discuss the issues of design, development, deployment, and use of self-care technologies in everyday life, from topics including, but not restricted to:

• Success (and failure) stories of self-care technologies;
• Societal effects of self-care technologies;
• Appropriation of self-care technologies;
• Challenges of using self-care technology in everyday life;
• Solutions created by patients and caregivers;
• Collaboration and division of work in self-care;
• Enabling patient empowerment;
• Bridging clinical and non-clinical settings;
• Design processes for creating more integrated self-care technologies that fit everyday life;
• Theories and schools of though involved in the design of self-care technology;

Self-care; self-management; chronic care; self-care technology; personal health management; patient empowerment.
Deadline for submission: 21 November, 2014
Other important dates:
• Notification to the authors: 15 December, 2014
• Revised Submission: 21 January, 2015
• Second Notification to the authors: 13 February, 2015
• Final camera ready version: 20 February, 2015
• Publication of the special issue: end of February 2015

Submission procedure
The manuscripts should be submitted either in .doc or in .rtf format.

All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Authors are invited to submit a 8-14 pages paper (including authors’ information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors’ guidelines at

Authors’ guidelines
Link to the paper submission page: (when submitting the
paper please choose Domain Subjects under: “IxD&A focus section on:
‘Designing Self-Care For Everyday Life’)

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics
of the paper format can be found on the website of the IxD&A Journal
where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors,
publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editors:

Guest Editors:
• Nervo Verdezoto, Aarhus University
• Francisco Nunes, Vienna University of Technology
• Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology
• Erik Grönvall, IT University of Copenhagen

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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