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Quick Facts about Papers

CHI Papers are archival publications of original research in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Important Changes

  • Submission format: Please use the appropriate template, available for both LaTeX and Word (Windows and Mac). Note that for CHI 2020, we are returning to a slight variant of the template from CHI 2018 due to the many problems with the template used for CHI 2019.   
  • Subcommittees: Every year, the makeup of subcommittees changes as the field shifts and volumes of submissions change: some earlier committees have either had a reduction in scope, while others have expanded. Please carefully review the CFP and linked documents to ensure you select up to two appropriate subcommittees for your submission.
  • Presentation length: at the conference, presentations of accepted papers will be 15 minutes in duration, including question time.

Important Dates

Submission Details:

  • Online Submission: Made to Precision Conference
  • Submission format: anonymized, 4 to 10 page (plus references) paper with a maximum 150-word abstract, based on  the appropriate template. References do not count toward the page limits.
  • Anonymization: Please ensure that your submission conforms to the Anonymization Policy. Consistent with CHI 2019, papers that violate the anonymization rule will be desk-rejected, so please carefully check your paper and supplementary material on PCS before final submission.

Selection process: Formally reviewed.

Archives: Papers are archived in the conference proceedings, available on the ACM Digital Library.

Message from the CHI Papers Chairs

CHI Papers are publications of original research in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). They represent mature, complete research. CHI Papers are read and cited worldwide, and have a broad impact on the development of HCI theory, method, and practice.

Authors must present accepted Papers at the CHI Conference. Accepted manuscripts appear in the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which appears in the ACM Digital Library. The ACM Digital Library includes a mechanism to enable authors to provide perpetual free public access to their papers.

Accepted Papers may come from any arena of HCI activity: academia or industry; science, engineering, or craft; analysis or design. Acceptance is highly competitive: all accepted Papers will score highly on originality, significance, validity, and presentation quality. We are looking forward to seeing your best work!

Pernille Bjørn, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Shengdong (Shen) Zhao, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Email: papers@chi2020.acm.org

Preparing and Submitting Your Paper

Step 1.

Write and format your paper. Your submission must be original; it cannot be published or under concurrent review elsewhere. If you make multiple submissions to CHI 2020 Papers, they should be distinct from each other. Papers should be between 4 and 10 pages long. References do not count toward this length. Page length includes figures, appendices, and an abstract of fewer than 150 words. Submissions that exceed these limits will be desk rejected.

A word about paper length. It should be noted that, in the past, authors were often encouraged to submit a maximum-length paper. For CHI 2020, authors are encouraged to submit a paper of length proportional to its contribution. If your research contribution requires only 4, 7, or 9 pages (plus references), please submit a paper of that length. Reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a submission relative to its length. Papers should be succinct, but thorough in presenting the work. Typical papers will be 8-10 pages long (plus references) but papers can be shorter (e.g. 4-5 pages) if the contribution is smaller. Shorter, more focused papers are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. Papers whose lengths are incommensurate with their contributions will be rejected. Papers shorter than 4 pages or longer than 10 pages (excluding references) will be desk-rejected.

Authors are strongly encouraged to work on improving the accessibility of their submissions, using recommendations found in the Guide to an Accessible Submission.

Useful links:

Step 2.

Prepare supplementary material (optional). Your submission may be accompanied by a short video or by other supplementary material.  Video figures do not have a specified limit for the duration, although we recommend staying within 5 minutes. Other supplementary material may include, for example, survey text, experimental protocols, source code, and data, all of which can help with replicability of your work. Any non-video supplementary material should be submitted as a single .zip file, including a README file with a description of the materials. Your total submission size (paper + supplementary material) must be no more than 120 MB. Because not everyone who reads the paper will view the supplementary material, your submission must stand on its own and will be reviewed as such. All supplementary material must be anonymized. None-anonymized submissions or material will be desk rejected.

In instances where your new submission builds directly on a project described in another, as-yet unpublished paper, it is recommended that you submit an anonymised version of that other paper as supplementary material. You may choose to also include a note of explanation as to the novel contribution of the present submission. If the previous work is already published, it may simply be cited in the body of the paper as per usual, and should not be included in the supplementary materials.

Also see:

Step 3.

Select a subcommittee. CHI receives over 3,000 Papers submissions. In order to provide high-quality reviews by experts for all submissions, the CHI program committee is divided into topical subcommittees. When you submit a paper, you will state a preference of two subcommittees whose mandates you believe your topic fits into. It is your responsibility to select the subcommittees that offer the best expertise to assess your research, and that you believe will most fully appreciate your contribution. If you are unsure, you can email the subcommittee chairs for advice. The program committee may re-assign submissions to a different subcommittee if neither of the subcommittees selected by the authors possesses adequate expertise in the submission’s topic.

Step 4.

Make your submission. Authors may submit and resubmit their materials to Precision Conference before the submission deadline. For CHI 2020, we will have a two-step submission process with two important deadlines:

  • Abstract Deadline: Authors must submit their title, abstract (150 word max), list of authors, subcommittee selections, and other metadata before this deadline. After this deadline, Precision Conference will only allow the contact author to edit his/her submission files, and will not allow modification to the submission’s metadata. No new submissions will be allowed after this deadline.
  • Submission Deadline: All materials – the paper submission itself, the video figure, and any other supplementary material  – must be submitted before this deadline. No extensions will be granted. Only papers that fulfilled the Abstract Deadline requirements can be uploaded.
  • Note that, unlike some other ACM conferences with two-deadline processes, you will be free to edit the content of your paper and other uploaded files up to the submission deadline. However, you will not be able to modify the metadata after this deadline (title, abstract, authors, subcommittee selections, etc.) These changes can be made once papers have been accepted for publication.

The submission system will open for submissions approximately four weeks before the Abstract submission deadline.

Details on the review process itself are described in the Papers Review Process.

Interactivity for Papers

We encourage authors of papers submissions to also participate in Interactivity (previously Demonstrations). This is most applicable to papers that describe interactive technologies or experiences and allows authors to present a hands-on demonstration of their research in a high-visibility, high-impact forum. Authors of papers who wish to participate in Interactivity are required to prepare a separate, non-anonymised submission for the Interactivity track. There will be no formal association between submissions to Interactivity and their associated paper. The content of the submission can be adapted from the existing paper.

Upon Acceptance of Your Paper

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection on the Decision Notification Date. At this point, contact authors of conditionally accepted papers will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit a final version by the Publication-Ready Deadline. For conditionally accepted papers where a shepherd has been provided, contact authors will receive additional information on how to work with their shepherd to make appropriate changes. These shepherded changes must be made by the Shepherd Ready Deadline, in order to allow appropriate time for shepherds and authors to agree on the final changes before the Publication-Ready Deadline. A member of the program committee will check that the final version meets the requirements for publication and, if so, will finalise the acceptance. Authors are encouraged to submit their revision earlier than the Publication-ready deadline, in case it is judged that the paper does not meet the committee requirements. If the authors are unable to meet these requirements by the Publication-ready deadline, the Papers Chairs will be notified and may be required to remove the paper from the program.

The publication-ready version has to follow the templates format.

Authors will be asked to submit a 30-second video preview summarizing the paper; this is optional, but highly encouraged, as it will increase the visibility of your paper before, at the conference, and in the ACM digital library in perpetuity.

Authors will also be required to assign either copyright or license to the ACM or to pay a fee to ACM for Open Access (details about ACM rights management: http://authors.acm.org, and about the ACM authorizer service: http://www.acm.org/publications/acm-author-izer-service). Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI conference.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date may affect the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Your Paper at the Conference

Authors are required to present their work in a scheduled session with other CHI Papers. Paper authors will be allowed up to 15 minutes total (about a 12 minute talk with 3 minutes of questions) to present their work. Papers whose authors are not at the conference to present their paper may be removed from the ACM Digital Library.

See also:

The Guide to a Successful Presentation describes the computing and audiovisual (A/V) equipment provided by the conference and gives tips on preparing and giving a good CHI talk.

Your Paper after the Conference

Accepted Papers will be distributed in the CHI Conference Proceedings available in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide. Video figures of accepted Papers will be archived on the ACM Digital Library.

Remote Presentation Videos

As CHI 2020 will not take place physically this year, full paper authors have a unique opportunity to submit a remote presentation video of their work. These videos will be published on the ACM Digital Library and the SIGCHI Youtube channel, and will be highlighted over the upcoming year to help your paper gain visibility.

Authors are invited to submit a Remote Presentation video of up to 15 minutes duration. These videos are meant to capture the presentation of a slide deck that would have been presented at CHI, had the conference been held. Submitted videos should:

  • Use an engaging presentation format. We recommend a full-screen recording of the slides along with a picture-in-picture video of the presenter.
  • Include an external subtitle file (.SRT format)
  • Use a standard resolution (1920×1080 recommended; alternative: 1280×720)
  • Be a maximum of 15 minutes long
  • Use the MP4 format, and a maximum file size of 200 MB 

The Guide to a Successful Remote Presentation page contains the full set of instructions. The guide provides technical details on how to create a good video, add subtitles, and properly transcode your video for submission. It is important that you read this document before recording your video, it will save you time and will keep presentations consistent.

To submit your video, modify your existing paper submission in PCS.