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Papers & Notes

Call for Participation

Quick Facts

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

  • Submission deadline: 19 September 2012 (5:00pm PDT)
  • Online submission: PCS Submission System
  • Author rebuttals: 12-19 November 2012 (5:00pm PST)
  • Notification: 14 December 2012
  • PCS submission for final acceptance: 11 14 January 2013 (5:00pm PST)
  • Camera-ready deadline: 20 21 January 2013 (5:00pm PST)
  • 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.
  • Selection process: Refereed
  • At the conference: presenters of Papers have a 20-minute slot (including questions, stop after 17 minutes); presenters of Notes have a 10-minute slot (including questions, stop after 8 minutes).
  • Archives: Papers and Notes are archived in main conference proceedings, available on DVD and in the ACM Digital Library.

Message from the CHI Papers & Notes Chairs

CHI Papers and Notes are archival publications of original research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). CHI Papers and Notes are read and cited worldwide. They have broad impact on the development of HCI theory, method and practice. 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. 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 of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which is listed in the ACM Digital Library.

Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University
Stephen Brewster, Glasgow University


Preparing and Submitting Your Paper or Note

  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 divided into topical subcommittees to help handle the over 1,800 Papers and Notes submissions and provide high-quality reviews by experts. When you submit a paper, you will state which subcommittee you want to handle your submission. You will see a list of subcommittees and descriptions of the topics they cover, the names of the Subcommittee Chairs, and the names 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 (main) contribution to the field of HCI. If you are unsure, you can email the subcommittee chairs for advice. As an author, this empowers you to choose the appropriate audience to review your research.

    See 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. See 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. All submissions will be handled by the same program committee, but the committee will have different expectations for Papers and Notes. See Papers versus Notes: What is the difference?
  4. 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. Over length submissions will be rejected. See
  5. 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 100 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. See Guide to a Successful Video Submission
  6. Make Your Submission. Authors may submit and resubmit their materials to the online PCS submission system as often as they please before the submission deadline of 19 September 2012. 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 5 September 2012.

CHI Paper and Notes Review Process

Papers and Notes undergo a rigorous review process, managed by the Papers & Notes 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. See CHI Papers and Notes Review Process

Upon Acceptance of Your Paper or Note

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection on or near December 14, 2012. Contact authors of conditionally accepted Papers and Notes will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the final version of the paper.  A member of the program subcommittee will check that the resubmission meets the committee requirements for publication and, if so, will finalize the acceptance. If not, there may be little or no additional time for authors to make revisions and the submission will be dropped from the program.  Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form assigning 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.

Your Paper or Note at the Conference

Authors are required to present their work in a scheduled session with other CHI Papers and CHI Notes. Paper authors will be allowed 20 minutes total (about a 15 minute talk with 5 minutes of questions) to present their work. Notes authors will be allowed 10 minutes (about an 8-minute talk with 2 minutes of questions) to present their work. Papers whose authors are not at the conference to present their paper may be removed from the DL.

Presenting at CHI 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 or Note after the Conference

Accepted Papers and Notes will be distributed in the CHI Conference Proceedings available on DVD and 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. 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!