Special Issue on E-business Usability

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: 15th April 2009



International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR)

Guest Editors: Dr Constantinos Coursaris (Michigan State University, US) & Dr Savvas Papagiannidis (Newcastle University, UK)

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field that has attracted researchers, educators, and practitioners from many different disciplines. To better utilize information communication technologies, we need to better understand the interplay among users, tasks, technology, and environment in the context of e-business applications and services.

The objective of the special issue is to provide an open and constructive discussion forum of important HCI research issues related to the history, reference disciplines, theories, practice, methodologies, techniques, new development, and applications of the ways humans interact with information communication technologies, especially in the business, managerial, organizational, social and/or cultural contexts.

The editors are looking for interesting and novel research that address important HCI challenges in today's electronic communities and organizations by drawing upon theories and/or methodologies from all relevant reference disciplines. The special issue is open to all types of research methodologies (e.g., conceptualization, theory development, case study, action research, experimentation, survey, simulation).

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Informed user interface design and evaluation for all types of business and organizational applications such as:
    • B2B, B2C, C2C E-Commerce
    • E-marketplace and supply chain management
    • Group collaboration and social computing
    • Negotiation and auction
    • Enterprise systems
    • Intranets and Extranets
  • Human factors issues related to human interaction with e-business technologies
  • The perceptual, behavioral, cognitive, motivational, and affective/emotional aspects of human and their interaction with e-business technology
  • The impact of e-business interfaces on attitudes, behavior, performance, perception, and productivity
  • Digital documents/genres and human information seeking behavior
  • Small-screen mobile devices and pervasive computing for e-business
  • Integrated or innovative approaches and guidelines for analysis, design, and development of interactive devices and systems
  • Usability engineering, metrics, and methods for user interface assessment
  • Evaluation of end-user computing in a work or non-work environment
  • E-business technology acceptance and diffusion issues from cognitive, behavioral, affective, motivational, cultural, and user interface design perspectives
  • Gender and technology
  • Issues related to the elderly, the young and special needs populations
  • Interface design for group, community, and other collaborative environments
  • Adaptive interfaces
  • Computer-augmented environment and virtual reality
  • Cross-cultural interfaces and communities
  • Interaction through wireless communication networks
  • Interfaces for distributed environments
  • Multimedia design
  • Usability testing
  • User support systems
  • Communities of interest, practice, civil society, and social change
  • Mobile, weblog, and marketplace communities
  • Universal access and usability
  • Visualizing social interaction

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Human-Computer Interaction Value for E-business on or before 15th of April 2009. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at  All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. To submit a paper, please send it as an email attachment to both guest editors.


  • Last date for submitting the manuscript: April 15, 2009
  • End of the first review cycle: June 1, 2009
  • Tentative date for completing the revised papers: July 1, 2009
  • Tentative date for completing the second review cycle: August 1, 2009
  • Publication: April 1, 2010


The primary objective of the International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR) is to provide an international forum for researchers and practitioners to advance the knowledge and practice of all facets of electronic business. Emerging e-business theories, architectures, and technologies are emphasized to stimulate and disseminate cutting-edge information into research and business communities in a timely fashion. The secondary objective of this journal is to develop a comprehensive framework of e-business by taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding e-business and its implications on businesses and economies. This journal will serve as an integrated e-business knowledge base for those who are interested in contributing to the advancement of e-business theory and practice through a variety of research methods including theoretical, experimental, case, and survey research methods.

This journal is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association:

Editor-in-Chief: In Lee, Ph.D.