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On This Page:    Submission and Review Criteria
   Review Process
   Submission Instructions
   Confidentiality of Submissions
   Upon Acceptance
   At the Conference

Papers present significant contributions to research, development and practice in all areas of the field of human-computer interaction. The CHI Proceedings are read and cited worldwide. They have wide impact on the study of HCI principles, theories, and techniques, and on their practical application. To ensure maximum impact, all papers are presented at the CHI Conference, and the Proceedings are included as an issue in ACM's archival CHI Letters series.

A Guide to Successful Papers Submissions is available. Also, mentoring for papers is available to assist less-experienced authors. The deadline to request a mentor is 8 June 2001.

Submission and Review Criteria
Paper submissions are reviewed by volunteers drawn from the international technical community of HCI researchers and practitioners. The content and written presentation of submitted papers must be acceptable as received. The review process ensures that papers are assessed rigorously and without bias by applying the same comprehensive set of criteria to every paper. All paper submissions should be prepared with these criteria in mind:

1. Contribution to the field of HCI and benefit to be gained: The contribution should be made clear in the paper and in its abstract, outlining the direct significance to others in identified areas of HCI. Papers making one clear, significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than papers making several lesser contributions. Suitable contributions include:

  • an interactive system that supports the needs of end users
  • an interaction technique, device, or other component of the user interface
  • a tool or implementation technique for use in interactive system design and development
  • a methodology, technique, software architecture, programming technique, or development process for use in interactive system development; or findings from the study of its use
  • a theory or model relevant to the design and development of an interactive system
  • guidelines or design heuristics that help achieve a design goal
  • empirical findings, quantitative or qualitative, assisting the design and development of interactive systems, or concerning the validity of related theories
  • a design briefing or case study, identified as such in its title, presenting experience gained in creating or adapting designs and applying other HCI contributions to real-world conditions
  • a thought-provoking, well substantiated analysis of an HCI-related issue

The paper must make clear how the contribution addresses a problem of concern to an identified audience in HCI. It must also make clear to what extent the described solution or answer has been successful and how the audience can thus benefit, now or in the future. The paper should discuss the extent to which the benefits could be generalized beyond the context in which the work was done.

2. Validity of the results: To gain benefit from the paper, the target audience must be able to make use of its results with confidence. The paper should therefore provide sufficient evidence of the validity of these results, including rationale for design decisions and approaches adopted. It should be clear that a presented design, technique, tool or method solves the stated problem; and that a presented model, finding, or guideline is based on sound methods of study and analysis.

3. Originality of the work: The paper must identify and cite published work relevant to the paper topic. It should explain how the presented work has built on previous contributions, and should indicate where and why novel approaches have been adopted.

4. Written presentation: The paper's contribution and argument should be clearly and concisely presented, with appropriate use of figures, and careful writing.

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Review Process
Each paper will be reviewed by a group of four to six reviewers. Reviewers will not know the identity of the authors of the papers. The reviewer-assignment process will include matching author-supplied keywords and other paper information against reviewer expertise. Based on the reviews, a Papers Associate Chair will develop a summary review and recommend acceptance or rejection. Final decisions will be made at a program committee meeting, where the Papers Committee as a whole will review the recommendations.

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Each paper must be in the Conference Publications Format.

To ensure that reviewers cannot identify the authors of the paper, you must prepare and submit an anonymous version of the paper. Author names and affiliations must be removed throughout the paper. Authors' prior work must be mentioned as though someone else authored the paper.

Papers must be submitted electronically for reviewing; a final camera-ready version will be requested for those papers that are accepted.

Papers must be no longer than eight pages, including references, appendices, and figures. They must include title, author information, abstract, keywords, body, and references. The type of contribution should be clear from the title; for example, the phrase "design briefing" or "case study" should be included in the title of such papers.

The abstract must be 150 words or less and must clearly state the paper's contribution to the field of HCI. All references must be complete, accurate, and conform to the Conference Publications Format.

Color figures must be provided on separate pages at the end of the manuscript and are included in the page count. Paper acceptance does not guarantee publication of a color figure.

The paper may be accompanied by a short video figure up to two minutes in length. The video figure will be reviewed along with the paper. However, the paper should stand on its own without the video figure, as the video may not be available to everyone who reads the paper. Acceptance of a paper does not guarantee acceptance of a video figure.

Please note that:

  • Your submission must be in English.
  • Your submission must be anonymous; author names and affiliations must not be included.
  • Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people rests with you, not CHI 2002.

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Submission Instructions   NEW!
Prepare your abstract, the statement of contribution and benefits and the PDF file of the anonymous version of your paper. The paper must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, following the instructions for electronic submissions, by the papers deadline, 14 September 2001, 17:00 (5:00 p.m.), your local time. Follow the instructions to submit the PDF file and enter the requested information, including author information, keywords, and abstract.

If you are submitting a video figure, see the checklist for how to submit your videotape.

For reviewing, we will use your electronically submitted PDF file. However, if we have problems handling the PDF file for your paper, we may contact you individually shortly after the deadline to work out the problems or possibly to request a backup hardcopy printout.

If you do not have web access, please contact the Papers Co-Chairs at to arrange an alternative submission procedure.

Please note that:

  • Submissions will not be accepted by fax or email.
  • Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.

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Confidentiality of Submissions
Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All submitted materials will be kept confidential until either (1) the date of the conference, 20 April 2002, or (2) the date online access to accepted papers begins, 4 February 2002; authors will decide whether they want to make papers available for online access and discussion.

Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publications that are proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.

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Upon Acceptance
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Nov. 15. Accepted Papers will be published in the CHI 2002 Conference Proceedings. The primary author of each accepted paper will receive an Author Kit with detailed instructions on how to submit the camera-ready copy. It is due by 7 December 2001. If your submission is accepted, it will not be published without copyright release forms signed by the first listed author or a representative of the first author's institution. Authors will have the opportunity to volunteer to have their paper showcased on chiplace in the months before the conference to encourage interest in, and discussion of, the papers presented.

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At the Conference
Authors of accepted papers will present their work in a scheduled session with other papers. Since the full papers are published in the CHI 2002 Conference Proceedings, it is important that oral presentations do not try to cover all details of the paper.

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Please perform the activities in this checklist to ensure completeness in your submission.

  • Read the conference schedule, submitting to CHI, and the guide to successful papers submission.
  • If your paper submission contains a video figure, read the additional information on video submissions for more information.
  • If you wish to request a mentor, please see the description of the mentoring program and contact no later than 8 June 2001.
  • Prepare your paper in the conference publications format.
  • Write the 150-word abstract, clearly stating the paper's contribution to HCI.
  • Create and test a PDF file of an anonymous version of your paper.
  • Follow the instructions for electronic submissions to submit the PDF file and enter the requested information, including author information, keywords, and abstract.
  • If your submission includes a video figure, prepare up to 2 minutes of video suitable for publication. To support the blind review process, the videotape must not contain affiliations or author information. If accepted, your final version should contain this information. When you make your electronic submission, be sure to check the box for an accompanying video figure, note your submission number on the videotape, and send the videotape, along with a printout of the submission summary page you obtained from the electronic submission web site, to arrive at the conference office by 14 September 2001, 17:00 (5:00 pm, EST):
  • CHI 2002 Conference Office
    703 Giddings Avenue
    Suite U-3
    Annapolis, MD 21401


Elizabeth Comstock
PictureTel Corporation

M. Angela Sasse
University College London



14 September 2001
(5:00 pm, your local time)


instructions for electronic submissions

guide to successful papers submissions

anonymous submissions

statement of contribution and benefits

 see also

conference schedule
publications format
technology support
producing & testing PDFs
request a mentor

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