Online Social Environments for Active Ageing

Guest Editors


• Ana Isabel Veloso, University of Aveiro, Portugal
• Carlos Santos, University of Aveiro, Portugal
• Sonia Ferreira, Polytechnic of Viseu, Portugal 
• Liliana Costa, University of Aveiro, Portugal


Important dates


• Deadline: June 6, 2022 (extended)
• Notification to the authors:  July 25, 2022
• Camera ready paper: August 31, 2022
• Publication of the special issue: first half of September, 2022




The guest editors are proud to invite and welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners to discuss the design, development, and evaluation of digitally mediated products for active ageing, senior's citizen sense of belonging and perceived wellbeing.The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging to address several research contexts and suddenly the “Online Social Environments for Active Ageing” were started to be perceived somewhat as the 'new' environment.
Three big factors contribute – processual, social, individual – to determine the technological environments evolution and its relationship with the active aging. For sure the pandemic has generated a higher awareness about their potential, and it is likely that they will no longer be the same after the pandemic. Papers that report work that nurtures a post-pandemic view, namely, case studies, reviews and methodological proposals; pandemics/social confinement/ COVID-19; the socio-techno-ethical dimensions associated to the adopted digitally mediated strategies to overpass the boundaries of social distancing measures; digital policy strategies for active aging; impact of entrepreneur experiences are especially welcome.

Topics of Interest


Topics of interests can be grouped under three big themes: Theory on Online Social Environments for Active Ageing, Design and Development of Online Social Environments for Active Ageing and Evaluation Methods of Online Social Environments for Active Ageing. All of which, can also include studies that nurtures a post-pandemic view and strategy for a better Active Ageing.

Theory on Online Social Environments for Active Ageing

  • Information and Digital Literacy
  • Use or Non-use of Socio-Gerontechnology
  • Acceptance and Use of Technology
  • Intergenerational Differences in Uses and Gratifications
  • Physio-, Psycho- and Social Digitally-mediated Approaches to Active Ageing
  • Ethics assessment in the use of digitally-mediated interventions for active ageing

Design and Development of Online Social Environments for Active Ageing 

  • Designing Online Communities for Active Ageing
  • CoDesign and Community Centred Design Approaches
  • Accessibility tools and features
  • Experience Design for Active Ageing
  • Media Design Kits in Active Aging and Wellness
  • Development of Digital Services for Active Ageing

Evaluation Methods of Online Social Environments for Active Ageing

  • Process evaluation of digitally-mediated interventions
  • Prototype evaluation (Information, Interaction and Visuals)
  • Impact evaluation and Measure of Behaviour Changes
  • Social and ICT Usage Metrics
  • Scale Development and Validation


Submission procedure 


All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .rtf format. 
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Perspective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

Submission page -> link
(when submitting the paper please choose the section: 'SI: Online Social Environments for Active Ageing')

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editor:


• aiv [at] ua [dot] pt
• carlossantos [at] ua [dot] pt
• sonia [dot] ferreira [at] esev [dot] ipv [dot] pt
• lilianavale [at] ua [dot] pt

marking the subject as: 'IxD&A special issue on Online Social Environments for Active Ageing''.