Special Issue on "Serious Games for Cultural Heritage"

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline 13 of July, 2012

ICTs provide powerful tools to build Cultural Heritage applications enabling a better understanding and appreciation of our present and past both by specialists and the general public, supporting the preservation, reproduction, representation and fruition of artifacts, sites and intangible goods in the form of Virtual Heritage. While multimedia archives and the digitization of artefacts and sites offer easy access of cultural content to people regardless of space and time constraints, it is through game mechanics that a much larger public could be motivated to explore such impressive resources. For this reason, games with educational purposes, namely Serious Games (SG), are becoming more and more popular. The target of SGs in the Cultural Heritage domain is to actually spread cultural content at its maximum extent by exploiting this medium's intrinsic features.

The goal of this Special Issue is to collect papers on case studies, perspective applications, technological and methodological issues related to SGs for Cultural Heritage to define the best practices and highlight both the challenges and benefits of SGs in the Cultural Heritage sector. Authors are invited to submit papers on original and unpublished research and practical applications concerning SGs for a range of educational objectives related to tangible and intangible heritage, including history, archaeology, art, cultural awareness, natural/environmental heritage. In particular, we call for contributions on topics including but not limited to:

  • Challenges and trends in Serious Games for Cultural Heritage
  • User engagement and motivation
  • Assessment of the learning impact
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Game mechanics suited for CH education
  • Personalization, adaptivity and Artificial Intelligence
  • Game architectures
  • Psychology and Pedagogy
  • Best practices in the development and adoption of SGs for CH
  • Generation and representation of cultural content in Games
  • Culturally relevant Non-Player Characters
  • Applications and case studies

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. Please follow the format instructions for the journal. When submitting, please select the option "Serious Games for CH" as the manuscript type in the journal submission system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jocch.

Guest Editors

Michela Mortara (CNR-IMATI, Italy)
email: michela@ge.imati.cnr.it
Francesco Bellotti (DIBE, University of Genova, Italy)
email: franz@elios.unige.it

Important Dates and Results

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2012
Extended Deadline: July 13, 2012
Papers submitted: 16
Author notification: October 15, 2012 (planned) October 22, 2012 (effective)
Results of first revision cycle: 4 papers conditionally selected (revision requested)
Publication: Volume 6, Issue 2 - June 2013


We would like to acknowledge and thank the anonymous reviewers that helped us to evaluate the submissions:

  • Alfredo Ferreira
  • António Brisson
  • Arjan Egges
  • Augusto Palombini
  • Bruno pref Zuga
  • Chiara Eva Catalano
  • Colleen Morgan
  • Damien Djaouti
  • Dimitrios Christopoulos
  • Erik Van Der Spek
  • Feng Tian
  • Franca Giannini
  • Francesco Robbiano
  • Francisco V. Cipolla-Ficarra
  • Frans pref Mäyrä
  • Gonçalo Pereira
  • Hubert Mara
  • Ian Dunwell
  • Igor Mayer
  • Ioana Stanescu
  • Ivàn Martìnez
  • Jannicke Baalsrud
  • Jean-Pierre Jessel
  • Jeffrey Earp
  • Kostas Karpouzis
  • Laura Fava
  • Lily Diaz
  • Lisa Fischer
  • Livio de Luca
  • Lorenzo Cantoni
  • Manuel Fradinho
  • Margherita Antona
  • Maria Popescu
  • Marjorie A. Zielke
  • Matteo Dellepiane
  • Michela Mortara
  • Michela Spagnuolo
  • Milos Kravcik
  • Minica Houry-Panchetti
  • Mirjam Eladhari
  • Nicola Orio
  • Pablo Moreno
  • Raffaele de Amicis
  • Ralf Klamma
  • Richard pref Beacham
  • Rilla Khaled
  • Ronan Querrec
  • Rui Prada
  • Ryan Shaw
  • Samantha Clarke
  • Selma Rizvic
  • Sven Havemann
  • Theo Lim
  • Thomas Hainey
  • Vedad Hulusic
  • Werner Kriechbaum
  • Wim Westera

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