Call: Special issue of PsychNology on “Cool”

PsychNology invites authors to submit papers for a theme issue on “Cool”. This issue follows the Cool aX Continents, Cultures and Communities Workshop (see, but we welcome all contributions, whether they build on work presented at the workshop or not. The focus of the theme issue will be on designing for cool in the context of new and emerging technologies. Current literature and work on cool predominantly focuses on specific demographics of society without exploring its broader application.

This theme issue aims to explore and discuss the notion of cool and how it crosses the boundaries of continents, cultures and communities. Papers should contribute to a deeper understanding of the different facets and contexts of cool, and whether cool as a concept can be globally defined.

Areas relevant to the call include:

  • Designing Cool Products/Technologies
  • Measuring Cool
  • How do artefacts become cool?
  • How can ordinary items be appropriated in cool ways?
  • Culture and Cool
  • Being Cool
  • Defining Cool
  • Perceptions of Cool
  • Methodologies for Designing Cool
  • Context Specific Studies of Cool

Manuscripts that do not fall in one of these particular areas but follow the general theme of this call are also welcome.

Submission procedure and requisites:

Submissions should be .doc files, sent in electronic form to both and mentioning in the subject: “Submission to  Cool”. They must be in good English and checked for compliance with PNJ formatting guidelines (

Manuscripts should have not been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere in the submitted form. All papers will be pre-screened by guest editors and thoroughly reviewed in a double blind process.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1st June, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 18th June 2012
Revision due:  27th July 2012


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