Special Issue "Gamification and Games for Learning"

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Carina González

University of La Laguna (ULL),38200 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
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Interests: intelligent tutoring systems; intelligent interfaces; human centered design; UX; serious games; gamification; e-learning; digital culture
Guest Editor
Dr. Joan Arnedo Moreno

Open University of Catalonia (UOC)08018 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: use of games and gamification in distance learning education
Guest Editor
Dr. Alberto Mora-Carreño

Open University of Catalonia (UOC),08018 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: gamification design in the field of learning environments; healthcare; wellness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The inclusion of game experiences in learning processes has been positively shown as a technique to motivate learners. Thus, experiences are introduced in courses by considering game design principles in non-leisure environments like the course structure layout (gamification or gameful design). This topic has garnered great interest in both academia and industry, as reflected by the amount of academic publications in the recent years, especially those showing case studies, hands-on experiences, or the business growth of the enterprises specialized in gamification.

This Special Issue aims to cover all aspects of gamification including user studies, design frameworks, techniques and strategies, methodologies, tools and applications, ecosystems, analysis and assessment, personalization approaches, systems integrations, data management, architectures, innovations to market, as well as any work in progress. Our main goal is to bring together stakeholders for exchanging ideas and experiences and encouraging networking between academia and industry.

We welcome submissions from all topics of gamification applied to any learning process, including but not limited to the following:


  • User studies
  • Design frameworks
  • Techniques and strategies
  • Methodologies
  • Tools and applications
  • Technological ecosystems
  • Analysis processes
  • Assessment processes
  • Personalization approaches
  • Systems integrations
  • Data management
  • Architectures

This Special Issue will contain the expanded versions of selected papers presented at the CHI PLAY 2019 (https://chiplay.acm.org/2019/)  and co-located events such as GAMILEARN'19, held in Barcelona, Spain, 22–25 October 2019.

Dr. Carina González
Dr. Joan Arnedo Moreno
Dr. Alberto Mora-Carreño
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Informatics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Gamification in learning
  • Serious games
  • Playful experiences
  • Gameful design
  • Engineering of gamification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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