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International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing
International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing


Special Issue on: "Open" Prisons: Learning/Working/Educating/ Inspiring/Involving - Inclusion for People in Prisons

Guest Editor: Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece

The International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing has a clear editing strategy: to bring light in to areas where research and applied technologies meet key social needs. Social and humanistic computing can have a significant contribution in the discourse for the "correction" strategies in prisons. In many cases, prisons are considered as anathema, dark places without light in the end of the tunnel. But this should not be the case.

This special issue promotes the role of the information technologies as a key enabler of actions that bring light into prisons, providing channels for the creativity of prisoners and setting challenges for their behaviour and motivation to be part of the society.

The following are the four pillars of the editing strategy:

  1. Discussion of the big agenda of "open" prisons.
  2. Discussion of the key reflective actions on learning/working/educating/inspiring/involving - inclusion for people in prisons including policies, government regulations, research programs, pilot programs, social involvement, etc
  3. Discussion of the role of information technology as key enabler of "open" prisons initiatives worldwide.
  4. Sound propositions for things we must do.

The "Open" Prisons special issue aims at helping in communicating and disseminating the vision of a better world. The issue is intended to initiate a dialogue between the government and the research community based on a well-defined context.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Education programmes in prisons and programs of human development
  • Requirements analysis for information technology infrastructures in prisons towards inclusion
  • Modern technologies for employment creation in prisons
  • Prototypes and development of information systems focused at Learning/working/educating/ inspiring/involving
  • Facilitating access to literacy programmes, basic education and vocational training
  • Tele-working
  • Policies and strategies
  • ICT training for the prisoners - information skills development strategies
  • Special actions for women in prisons

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

1-2 Page Abstract: 15 May 2007

Manuscripts due by: 30 September 2007

Notification to authors: 30 October 2007

Final versions due by: 15 December 2007