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Authors: Papers and Notes

Quick Facts

  • New this year:
    1. This year, the CHI program committee consists of subcommittees that each focus on a subset of topics in human-computer interaction. The author decides which subcommittee reviews his or her paper. This empowers you to choose the appropriate audience to review your research.
    2. The author selects a contribution type that guides how the paper should be evaluated by reviewers and by the program committee. By officially recognizing different contribution types, CHI encourages a variety of submissions, and guides referees to use review criteria appropriate to the type of contribution.
    3. Papers and Notes are handled by the same program committee.
  • Submission Start: 19 August 2008
  • Submission End: 19 September 2008 (5:00pm PDT)
  • Author rebuttals: 10-16 November 2008
  • Notification: 14 December 2008
  • Camera Ready: 12 January 2009
  • Submission Format: Anonymized 10 page Paper or 4 page Note in CHI Archive Format with 150 word abstract. Authors also must specify the review subcommittee, contribution type, and keywords.
  • At the Conference: Present a talk of 25 minutes (Papers) or 15 minutes (Notes), including questions.
  • Archives: Main conference proceedings; print, DVD, and ACM Digital Library.

Message from the CHI Papers and Notes Chairs

CHI Papers and Notes are archival publications of original research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Papers present significant contributions to research and practice in all aspects of Human Computer Interaction. Notes present brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy but may not merit a full paper. See Papers versus Notes: What is the difference?

Authors must present accepted Papers and Notes at the CHI Conference. Accepted manuscripts appear in the ACM CHI Proceedings on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and in the ACM Digital Library. CHI Papers and Notes are read and cited worldwide. They have broad impact on the development of HCI theory, method and practice.

The submission and review process differs this year on the following three points:

  1. The CHI program committee consists of subcommittees that each focus on a subset of topics in human-computer interaction. The author decides which subcommittee reviews his or her paper. The CHI program committee is now divided into topical subcommittees to help handle the over 1,000 Papers and Notes submissions while improving the quality of reviews. When you submit a paper, you will designate which subcommittee you want to handle your submission. You will see a list of subcommittees, descriptions and examples of the topics they cover, the name of each Subcommittee Chair, and the names of some of the Associate Chairs serving on each subcommittee. Using all of this information, it is your responsibility to select the subcommittee that offers the best expertise to assess your research, and that you believe will most fully appreciate your contribution to the field of HCI. As an author, this empowers you to choose the appropriate audience to review your research.
    Selecting a subcommittee
  2. The author selects a contribution type that guides how the paper should be evaluated by reviewers and by the program committee. You will also designate the contribution type that best fits your paper, selected from a list of contribution types. By officially recognizing different contribution types, CHI encourages a variety of submissions, and guides referees to review your Paper or Note using criteria appropriate to the type of contribution. Each contribution type will have its own review criteria, but the primary criteria for significance of all Papers and Notes remains the research's contribution to HCI. The CHI program committee strongly encourages reviewers to review your paper according to its contribution type.
    Selecting a contribution type
  3. Papers and Notes are handled by the same program committee. Finally, you will indicate whether your submission is a Paper or a Note. Rather than having one committee for Papers and one committee for Notes, all submissions will be handled by the same program committee this year.
    Papers versus Notes: What is the difference?

All other parts of the submission and review process will be the same as previous years, as summarized below.

  1. Write and Format Your Anonymized Paper or Note. Your submission must be original. It cannot be published or under concurrent review elsewhere. A Paper is no more than 10 pages long, while a Note is no more than 4 pages long. This includes figures, references, appendices and an abstract of less than 150 words long.
    HCI Archive Format, Guide to successful archive submissions, and Guide to Reviewing CHI Papers and Notes – What has Changed in 2009.
  2. Prepare Video Figure (Optional). Your submission may be accompanied by a short digital video figure or interactive illustration that is up to five minutes in length and no more than 30 MB final data size. Since not everyone who reads the Paper or Notes may view the video figure, your submission must stand on its own without the figure, and will be reviewed as such.
    Guide to successful video submissions
  3. Make Your Final Submission. Authors will submit and resubmit their materials to the online PCS submission system as often as they please before the submission deadline (to be announced). This includes descriptive information (meta-data) you provide during the upload process (e.g., keywords, the subcommittee that will handle your submission, and contribution type) as well as the abstract, your submission, and (optional) video figure. No extensions will be granted after the deadline. The submission system will open for submissions on August 19, 2008.
  4. Details of the CHI Paper and Notes Review Process. Papers and Notes undergo a rigorous review process, managed by the Papers chairs and several subcommittees, each comprising a coordinator and associate chairs. Authors will be provided with preliminary reviews and can respond with a rebuttal. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process.
    CHI Review Process
  5. The Process for Accepted Papers. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection (notification date to be announced). Contact authors of accepted Papers and Notes will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the camera ready version of their manuscript. These will be due on (date to Be Announced). Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form releasing publishing copyright to the ACM. 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.
  6. Presenting your CHI Paper or Note at the Conference. Authors will present their work in a scheduled session with other CHI Papers and CHI Notes. Paper authors will be allowed 25 minutes (about a 18-20 minute talk with 5-7 minutes of questions) to present their work. Notes authors will be allowed 15 minutes (about a 10 minute talk with 5 minutes of questions) to present their work.
    Conference Technical Support describes the computing and audiovisual (A/V) equipment provided by the conference, and tips on preparing and giving a good CHI talk.
  7. Your CHI Paper or Note after the Conference. Accepted Papers and Notes will be distributed in the CHI Conference Main Proceedings (Print and DVD). They will also be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide. Video figures of accepted Papers and Notes will be archived on the Conference DVD and the ACM Digital Library.

Accepted Papers and Notes may come from any arena of HCI activity: academia or business; science, engineering, or craft; analysis or design. But acceptance is highly competitive - all accepted Papers and Notes will score highly on innovation, contribution and quality of thought and writing. Submit your best work!
Scott Hudson, Carnegie Mellon University
Saul Greenberg, University of Calgary
Contact us: papers@chi2009.org