It’s in the Interface: Content, Practice, and Production in the Age of Streaming Television

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Communication Technology

Journal of Communication Technology


Call for Papers

It’s in the Interface: Content, Practice, and Production in the Age of Streaming Television

In this issue, we seek to critically rethink media cultures and practices at the intersection of the user and the interface of communication technology. As more communication technology becomes available to more people and the speed of innovation continues to evolve, how we interact with these technologies through their representative interfaces is rife for critical interrogation. For instance, technology often replicates old media, be it in style or mechanic, such as the ability to dog-ear pages on a number of e-readers such as the Kindle or Nook, or the addition of a vinyl record scratching sound when pausing during a mix session on Is there something particular comforting in seeing the recognizable? Is this interface more presented for ease of use or more for nostalgia? Or how about haptic media interfaces, with the added dimension of touch for our sensory utilization of the technology. How does our experience with the interface change our interpretation of the technology? Is it even the technology, or do most users see the interface as a separate construction or notion form the product itself? Does the perpetual expansion of new technology and participatory media forms, change the interface between users and shared creative “small media” content? (Hjorth 2014, Pink et. Al, 2016, Richardson 2018)? Investigating these points of intersection, interaction, and immersion are essential to understanding the affordances and constraints of the interface. Interface matters as shown in television second screen adaptions versus remote controls (Cruickshank, et. al, 2007). Ito, Sakata, & Nakanishi (2017) examined how “the amount of information on an interface screen (would) maximize the willingness of young users” to use the interface. Others have looked at how the interface helps in deciding when a patient is discharged from medical care (Jain, 2017). As technology evolves and older forms mature, in both offline and online contexts, the levels of engagement and digital embodiment must adapt to these new dynamics. This issue seeks to capture and explore an important interdisciplinary event across all forms of the user-interface dynamic, from technology, to games, to internet and media studies, or even cultural studies examining the effect of the interface upon the cultural milieu.

Topics may include:

•           Theoretical approaches to interface design and utility

•           User studies examining interface interactions and adoption

•           Haptic interfaces and the role of touch in digital media

•           Sound as materiality in digital interfaces

•           Critical analyses of the user-interface relationship

•           Accessibility and universal design of interfaces 

•           Rejection or abstention from some interface design

•           Generativity in interface design and consumption

•           Mobility and interface design


Guideline for Paper Submission:

Submissions should follow the manuscript guidelines for JoCTEC.


•           Prepare the manuscript using APA (6th ed) citation style, with text of no more than 9,000 words (inclusive of abstract, figures/tables, and references).

•           Submit the manuscript in Word format with all author-identifying information omitted to allow for blind peer review.

•           Confirm manuscript is not before another journal for consideration, and that the manuscript has not been previously published, including in a language other than English.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2019.

Full papers should be emailed to Theo Plothe (plothet at <>). Authors of accepted manuscripts will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2020. Please note that acceptance of papers does not ensure final publication as all articles must go through the journal's usual review process.