Research in the Large: Using App Stores, Markets, and Other Wide Distribution Channels in Mobile HCI & Ubicomp Research

International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction

Computer Science: Human-computer interaction

Deadline: 14/10/2010 (Closed)

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The distribution of mobile applications has been greatly simplified by mobile app stores and markets. Both lone developers and large research and development teams can now relatively easily reach wide audiences. This provides a huge opportunity for both iterative development and gathering research data. Evaluation and research methods have to be adapted to this new context. An overview of successful strategies and ways to overcome the challenges inherent to wide deployment in a research context ranging from platform characteristics to gathering reliable research data however is not yet available.

Objective of the Special Issue

The guest editor encourages researchers to submit their work for inclusion in this special issue. Researchers and developers from academia and industry are invited to share experiences, insights and strategies for wide distribution of applications. The focus of the special issue is on building an understanding of the opportunity of the different channels and the issues and obstacles involved in a research context.

Recommended Topics

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

  • Analysis of the various data, logs and feedback resulting from publicly releasing applications
  • Effects of mobile ecosystem features (distribution, payment, service providers etc) on research and evaluation results
  • Ethical and validity concerns in research on such a large scale
  • Impact of differences between distribution platforms
  • Methods and experiences with research through app stores and other distribution platforms
  • New developments of distribution channels / app stores (including those for other devices than mobile phones)
  • Potential heading toward an "app store bubble"
  • Strategies for wide distribution of research applications


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Research in the Large: Using App Stores, Markets, and Other Wide Distribution Channels in Mobile HCI & Ubicomp Research on or before October 14, 2010. 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 submission.pdf. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Henriette Cramer,Guest Editor


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