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Bo Begole, Parc, USA
Stephen Payne, University of Manchester, UK

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Stephen Payne Bo Begole

Research Papers present significant contributions to research and practice in all aspects of Human Computer Interaction. All accepted papers are presented at the CHI Conference and are published in the CHI Conference Proceedings. The CHI Proceedings are read and cited worldwide and have wide impact on the development of HCI theory, method and practice.

Accepted papers 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 will score highly on innovation, contribution and quality of thought and writing. Reach beyond: submit your best work.

Contact us:

Make submissions via the SIGCHI PCS siteexternal link


As an interdisciplinary conference, CHI accepts the following types of contributions:

  • Case Studies of the development and use of interactive systems that provide new insights for HCI research or practice.
  • Interaction Technologies - a new technique or device.
  • Interactive Systems - descriptions of the architecture, interface, and evaluation of a new interactive system.
  • Methods and Tools - new methods, processes, techniques, and tools for use in interactive system design, development and deployment.
  • Metrics by which the performance of interactive technologies can be measured and compared more meaningfully.
  • Reflective Analyses - thought-provoking well substantiated analyses of HCI issues.
  • Reports of Fieldwork and Ethnography - findings, guidelines, and so on, from studies of real world settings, or of technology use in such settings, with clear relevance to the design and deployment of interactive systems.
  • Reports of Laboratory Studies tests of theory, explorations of new phenomena using well-designed controlled studies of human-computer interactions.
  • Theories and Models presentation and critical analysis of HCI theories, including but not limited to formal approaches.

In all cases, a Research Paper must break new ground and provide complete and substantial support for its results and conclusions. Successful submissions typically represent a major advance for the field of HCI. Research Papers undergo a rigorous review process. We recommend that potential submitters consider carefully whether their work in its current state is more appropriate for the CHI Notes (4 page submission) or the Work-in-Progress venues.

Preparing your submission

Before you start writing please download and read the Conference Proceedings Publication Format that contains information about how your paper should be structured and the appropriate use of language.

Example Papers

Authors planning to submit a Research Paper to CHI 2007 may find it useful to read some of the papers that were nominated for the Best Paper award at CHI 2006. These papers represent a good sample of best practice in papers drawn across the CHI community. The full list of Best Papers and Best Paper Nominees is here.

Blind Reviewing and Paper Anonymity

The CHI 2007 review process will continue to use blind reviewing. As in previous years, we will use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions. Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors' discretion. We do expect that authors leave citations to their previous work unanonymized, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors.

Contribution and Benefits Statement

CHI authors are expected to develop a 30-word contribution and benefits statement for their paper. This statement will be entered when the paper is submitted, and will be seen and assessed by reviewers along with the paper. A contribution/benefit statement describes the contribution made by the paper to HCI and the benefit that readers can gain from it. Examples can be found in A Guide to Successful Submissions: Papers and CHI Notes: (Note: Examples of Contribution and Benefit Statements).

Review Process and Criteria


Paper submissions are reviewed by HCI researchers and practitioners who have been selected for their expertise. An associate chair manages each paper's review.

  • First, papers are reviewed by a minimum of three reviewers.
  • Second, the authors view the reviews and have the opportunity during a one week period (20-25 November 2006) to write a response to correct factual review errors.
  • Third, the associate chair completes a meta-review that typically recommends acceptance or rejection based on the reviews received and any author comments.
  • Fourth, recommendations are reviewed at a two-day program committee meeting. In cases where a paper has received widely divergent reviews, it is read and discussed by associate chairs with appropriate expertise before the final decision is made.
  • Fifth, authors revise accepted papers to camera-ready requirements.


The form and content of submitted papers must be acceptable as received. All papers are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Clarity. The paper must be clearly and concisely written in international English, with appropriate use of tables and figures.
  • Contribution and Benefit. The ultimate criterion of acceptance of a paper lies in its contribution and benefit. A paper must make a clear contribution to an identified area of HCI and offer significant benefit or benefits to its target readers. It should be evident how general the contribution is, and how the audience to which the paper is addressed will benefit. Papers making one clear, significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than papers making several lesser contributions.
  • Originality. The paper must cite previously published work. It should show both how it builds on previous contributions, and how, where, and why it goes beyond what is currently known.
  • Validity. To benefit from its contribution, a paper's readers must be able to make use of its results with confidence. Thus, the paper must provide evidence of the validity of its results. Methods for establishing validity vary depending on the nature of the contribution. They may involve empirical work in the laboratory or the field, the description of rationales for design decisions and approaches, applications of analytical techniques, or "proof of concept" system implementations.

Making your submission

A complete paper submission, which includes descriptive information (meta-data) you provide during the PCS upload process, as well as the abstract, your paper, and contribution and benefits statement, is due 29 September 2006, 5:00PM (1700) PDT.

  • Your submission must be original work. It cannot have been published elsewhere, nor can it be under concurrent review for publication by another conference or journal.
  • Your submission must conform to the Conference Proceedings Publication Format and in its final PDF form must be no longer than ten (10) pages, including references, appendices, and figures.
  • All references must be complete, accurate, accessible to the HCI public, and conform to the Conference Proceedings Publication Format. Do not cite publications that are proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.
  • Your submission must be in the PDF file format, and be no larger than 4 megabytes in size.
  • Your submission must be in English.
  • Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.
  • Submissions arriving after the deadline or with improper formatting or anonymization will not be considered.
  • Please download the Conference Proceedings Publication Format for details on how to prepare your submission including anonymizing your paper, language usage guidelines, and how to produce and test your PDF document. The paper and abstract, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission.

Failure to meet any of these requirements is grounds for the rejection of your submission without further review.

Video Figures

Your paper may be accompanied by a short digital video figure up to five minutes in length, or an interactive illustration, no more than 30 MB final data size (please see the Guide to Successful Submissions: Video). Your paper must stand on its own without the video figure, as the video figure may not be available to everyone who reads the paper (video figures will be archived on the Conference CD and the Digital Library).

CHI 2007 does not accept digital video clips requiring a specific computing platform or additional software to play. If you compress your video with unusual software or codecs you risk the distinct possibility that reviewers will not be able to watch your clip, or it will need to be re-encoded for the conference disc. We highly recommend QuickTime (.mov) and QuickTime-compatible file formats for your digital video submission. Any video file that can be played with the latest version of QuickTime Player (available from the QuickTime web page) is acceptable.

CHI 2007 requires that a video figure accompanying a paper be submitted as an additional file attached to your submission through the PCS system by the Research Papers submission deadline, 29 September 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT.

Upon Acceptance ...

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 21 December 2006 or shortly after.

The primary author of an accepted paper will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy.


Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed copyright release form. Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people rests with the author, not CHI 2007.

Confidentiality of Submissions

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. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.

At the Conference

Authors will present their work in a scheduled session with other papers and CHI notes. Presenters of papers will be allowed 30 minutes (including questions) to present their work. Presenters should bring their own laptops for their presentation. See Standard Technical Support for information about the computing and A/V equipment that will be provided by the conference

After the Conference

Your paper will become and remain accessible to thousands of computing researchers and practitioners world-wide as part of the ACM Digital Library.

Paper Submission Checklist

Well in advance of the deadline (29 September 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT):

  • If you wish to request a mentor, please contact the mentoring program no later than 29 June 2006.
  • Read all the above material and the Conference Proceedings Publication Format.
  • If your paper submission contains a video figure, read the Guide to Successful Submissions: Video. Note that the video figure or interactive illustration has a 30 MB data size limit and must require no special software to be viewed.
  • Generate a test PDF file of your submission and check it prints out correctly in no more than 10 pages and is smaller than 4 megabytes in size
  • Prepare a 30 word Contribution and Benefits statement. This statement should be appended as an additional page of your PDF file with no other content on this page. This statement will also be entered into the PCS system when you enter your submission.
  • Prepare an anonymized version of your paper in the Conference Proceedings Publication Format; note that author names and affiliations must be removed from the title page and the body of the paper must contain an abstract as per the CHI Paper format guidelines.
  • Double check that the paper has been anonymized, and conforms to the other submission requirements, as described above. Papers that fail to meet the submission requirements by the submission deadline WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. Please direct any questions or problems to
  • Your video figure is submitted to the PCS system as an additional file for your paper, with the same deadline.
  • Prepare a 150 word abstract clearly stating the paper's contribution to HCI. This will be entered into the PCS system when you upload the PDF of your paper, and is also part of your paper.
  • Go to the CHI 2007 Submission web site and follow the instructions to submit the PDF file by 29 September 2006, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT (in the interest of fairness to all authors NO EXTENSIONS will be granted).

Important Dates:

29 June 2006:
Mentor Request Deadline.

29 September 2006,
5:00 PM (1700) PDT:
Submission Deadline.

3 November 2006:
Reviews deadline.

Week of 20 November 2006:
Authors may respond
to reviews.

Week of 22 December 2006:
Notification of acceptance
or rejection.

19 January 2007:
Final camera-ready copy due.