Embedding e-Science applications

Call For Papers (Archived)

Special Issue of the Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Work: An International Journal (JCSCW) - Embedding eResearch Applications: Project Management and Usability

Co-edited by:
 - Dimitrina Spencer (University of Oxford, UK)
 - Ann Zimmerman (University of Michigan, USA)
 - David Abramson (Monash University, Australia)

e-Research projects promote large scale, multidisciplinary research across institutional and national boundaries creating new forms of collaboration practices and posing challenges to existing ones. The complexity of these projects has given rise to a new set of challenges in project management and organisation, which have had significant impacts on design, development and uptake of new technologies.

The goal of this special issue is to provide insights into the mechanisms of project management, leadership and facilitation in terms of relationships management. This will include analyzes of practices, tools, and techniques in project organisation, coordination and collaboration and how these relate to user engagement, design, and development. We will also explore the links between the strategies for managing requirements for usability (managing for usability) and the collaborative approaches to system development (designing for usability).

Topics may include (among others):

•    the role of project managers, leaders and facilitators in user engagement, requirements and design;

•    developing and managing a common vision;

•    managing the software development lifecycle;

•    managing agile software development projects;

•    generating shared understanding across distributed teams;

•    the use of software tools for project management and requirements tracking;

•    organisational barriers to collaboration and team development; legal, financial and socio-political constraints among others;

•    managing sustainability, uncertainty, change, risk, and conflict;

•    managing different contexts, distributed teams and workers;

•    issues of power, implementation and responsibility;

•    managing barriers of language and culture;

•    managing different types of working groups, mixed teams;

•    building trust in a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team;

•    tools and forms of communication to manage disparate teams and different stakeholders;

•    approaches to incorporating user-centred design practices;

•    managing relationships with users and user expectations;

•    the role of funding bodies, commerce, industry, research councils, universities and departments and other important actors for the success or failure of e-science projects. 

The Journal

Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) disseminates innovative research results and provides an interdisciplinary forum for the debate and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical, practical, technical, and social issues in CSCW. The journal encompasses the diverse nature of research within the field and its related areas. Coverage ranges from ethnographic studies of cooperative work to reports on the development of CSCW systems and their technological foundations.


Full Paper Submission: 15 July 2009

Notification of Acceptance: 25 September 2009

Camera Ready Papers Submission: 10 November 2009


Please submit manuscripts of about 5000-10000 words specifying the working title of the special issue ‘e-Science Management’ to:

Review Process

All papers submitted will be peer-reviewed by three independent experts in the field.

Please address any further queries with subject heading ‘JCSCW Special Issue’ to: