Papers and Notes

Quick Facts

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

  • Important Dates:
    • Submission deadline: September 25, 2015 (12:00pm noon PDT).
    • Reviews sent to authors: November 18, 2015.
    • Rebuttal period closes: December 1, 2015 (12:00pm noon PDT).
    • Decision notification: December 14, 2015.
    • Reviews released: December 16, 2015.
    • Camera-ready papers due : January 8, 2016 (12:00pm noon PDT).
  • Submission: Precision Conference.
  • Submission format: anonymized 10-page Paper or 4-page Note in the CHI Proceedings Format with 150 word abstract.
  • References do not count toward the page limits.
  • Selection process: Refereed.
  • At the conference: presenters of Papers have a 20-minute slot (including questions); presenters of Notes have a 10-minute slot (including questions).
  • Archives: Papers and Notes are archived in the conference proceedings, available on the ACM Digital Library.


Message from the CHI Papers & Notes Chairs

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

Both Papers and Notes represent mature, complete research; Notes typically represent more focused contributions than Papers. See Papers Versus Notes: What’s the Difference?

Authors must present accepted Papers and Notes at the CHI Conference. Accepted manuscripts appear in the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which is listed in 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!

Dan Morris and Juan Pablo Hourcade
Papers and Notes Co-chairs


Preparing and Submitting Your Paper or Note

1. Write and format your Paper or Note. Your submission must be original; it cannot be published or under concurrent review elsewhere. If you make multiple submissions to CHI 2016 Papers and Notes, they should be distinct from each other. A Paper is no more than 10 pages long, while a Note is no more than 4 pages long. References do not count toward these lengths. The lengths do include figures, appendices, and an abstract of less than 150 words. Submissions that exceed these limits will be rejected.

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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 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. Since not everyone who reads the Paper or Note will view the supplementary material, your submission must stand on its own, and will be reviewed as such.

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3. Select a subcommittee. receives over 2,000 Papers and Notes submissions, so – 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 or note, 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 contribution. If you are unsure, you can email the subcommittee chairs for advice. The program committee will re-assign submissions to a different subcommittee if the subcommittee selected by the authors does not have adequate expertise in the submission’s topic.

The CHI 2016 subcommittees are:

For more information about CHI subcommittees, see Selecting a Subcommittee.

4. Make Your Submission. Authors may submit and resubmit their materials to Precision Conference as often as they please before the submission deadline of September 25, 2015 (12:00pm noon PDT). All materials – the submission itself, your video figure, and the metadata required by the submission form – must be submitted before this deadline. No extensions will be granted. The submission system will open for submissions approximately four weeks before the submission deadline.


CHI Papers and Notes Review Process

After you submit your Paper or Note, it will undergo a rigorous review process. This is managed by the two Papers chairs and nine subcommittees, each comprising between two and six Subcommittee Chairs (SCs) and a panel of Associate Chairs (ACs). The review process is as follows:

  • Most Papers and Notes are assigned to the subcommittee chosen by the author (see: Selecting a Subcommittee). The SCs will then assign the submission to two ACs – a primary AC (1AC) and a secondary AC (2AC), based on their expertise. When the Papers chairs or SCs believe that a paper will get a more thorough review in a subcommittee other than the one selected by the author, it will be re-assigned to another subcommittee prior to its assignment to ACs.
  • The 1AC assigns each Paper or Note to two carefully selected external reviewers (topical experts who are not part of the CHI Program Committee). The 2AC assigns each Paper or Note to a third external reviewer.
  • Reviewers review the Paper or Note according to the review criteria specified in the Guide to Reviewing CHI Papers and Notes.
  • The 1AC completes a meta-review based on the reviews.  Based on numeric criteria that indicate disagreement among reviewers, the 2AC may also be required to write a meta-review.
  • Authors see preliminary reviews and can respond with a rebuttal. The rebuttal offers authors an opportunity to rebut factual errors in reviews, or to answer questions asked by reviewers.
  • The 1AC and 2AC compose recommendations to the committee based on all the reviews and the author’s rebuttal.
  • The committee discusses and finalizes decisions at a two-day committee meeting.  For CHI 2016, the Games and Play subcommittee will do this through virtual interactions, while all other subcommittees will meet face-to-face.  During the meeting, ACs on other subcommittees may be asked to read and review the paper when the topic area spans multiple subcommittees.
  • Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.


These stages in the review process are consistent from year to year; for the specific dates each stage will occur for CHI 2016, see the Papers and Notes Call for Participation.
New for CHI2016, one subcommittee with be held virtually. This Virtual Subcommittee is still being planned, but papers submitted to this track will be reviewed in the same process, but without the subcommittee participating in the physical program committee meeting.


Interactivity for Papers and Notes

We strongly encourage authors of Papers and Notes submissions to also participate in Interactivity. This is most applicable to Papers or Notes that describe interactive technologies or experiences. Interactivity for Papers and Notes allows authors to present a hands-on demonstration of their research in a high-visibility, high-impact forum. Authors of Papers and Notes who wish to participate in Interactivity are required to prepare a separate, non-anonymized submission for the Interactivity track. There will be no formal association between submissions to Interactivity and their associated Paper or Note. The content of the submission can be adapted from the existing Paper or Note submission. In the event that your Paper or Note is not accepted, you will have the opportunity to also withdraw your Interactivity submission, but you must do so by December 22, 2015. Please refer to the Interactivity for Papers and Notes section in the Interactivity Call for Participation for more details.


Upon Acceptance of Your Paper or Note

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection on December 14, 2015. At this point, contact authors of conditionally accepted Papers and Notes will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit a final version by January 8, 2016. A member of the Program Committee will check that the final version meets the requirements for publication and, if so, will finalize the acceptance. Authors are encouraged to submit their revision earlier than the 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 deadline, the Papers Chairs will be notified and may be required to drop the paper from the program.

At the time of the final submission, authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a 30-word statement summarizing the contributions of your paper. They will also 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 both before and at the conference.

Authors will also be required to either assign copyright or license to the ACM or pay a fee to ACM for Open Access. 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. Note 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.

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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 or Note after the Conference

Accepted Papers and Notes 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 and Notes will be archived on the ACM Digital Library.