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CHI Notes

Paul M. Aoki
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), USA

Ed Cutrell
Microsoft Research, USA

Important Dates:
23 June 2005: Mentor Request Deadline.
23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT: Submission Deadline.
2 November 2005: Reviews deadline.
Week of 14 November 2005: Authors may respond to reviews.
16 December 2005 or shortly after: Notification of acceptance or rejection.
10 February 2006: Final camera ready copy due.

Additional information:

Message from Ed and Paul, Notes Co-Chairs
After you've read the description below, we hope that you'll be as excited as we are about the new CHI Notes venue! Unlike the submissions in the Work-in-Progress venue, the short papers in CHI Notes will appear in the CHI Proceedings, read and cited worldwide. We expect CHI Notes to be every bit as competitive as the Papers venue. We encourage you to submit your best work: clear, significant and well-substantiated contributions to the field.
About CHI Notes
CHI Notes is a new participation category, modelled on the successful UIST TechNotes and CSCW Notes categories. CHI Notes will be briefer and more focused than Research Papers, but will follow the same deadlines and reviewing process used in the Papers venue. The goal is to increase the diversity of the fully-reviewed technical program by encouraging submissions that might not fit well within the traditional Papers program.

How are CHI Notes similar to Research Papers?
  • CHI Notes are solid, self-contained contributions to the research program.
  • They will be rigorously peer-reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing and contribution to conference program diversity. (See the Guide to Successful Submissions: Papers and CHI Notes)
  • They must contain clear statements of contribution relative to closely-related work and of the significance of this contribution. A simple description of completed work (as in a project deliverables report or class project paper) is not acceptable.
  • They will be published in the main conference proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.
  • They will be presented by the author(s) at the conference.
  • The submission deadline is the same for both Research Papers and CHI Notes.
How are CHI Notes different from Research Papers?
  • CHI Notes are much more focused and succinct contributions to the research program.
  • They will have a maximum length of 4 pages.
  • They will likely have a smaller scope of contribution.
  • They will not necessarily have all the traditional elements of a submission to the Papers venue. For example, notes on applications may not cover the entire iterative design cycle (observation, design, implementation, evaluation, etc.) but may instead go into depth in specific areas.
  • They are not expected to include a discussion of related work that is as broad and complete as that of a submission to the Papers venue.
CHI Notes will be drawn from the same general types of contributions discussed in the Papers call for participation. For some examples of potential topics for CHI Notes please see the section below on Example CHI Notes.

To better understand whether CHI Notes is the right venue for you, please see the Table "How to determine whether to submit a Paper, a CHI Note or a Work-in-Progress".

An accepted CHI Note is considered archival for purposes of future publication. As a result:
  • Submissions without a clear research contribution will not be accepted.
  • Submissions of a preliminary nature will not be accepted.
  • Submissions with a high degree of intellectual overlap with a paper that has appeared in any publisher's formal printed proceedings (ACM, IEEE Computer Society, etc.) will not be accepted.
  • Submissions containing research contributions that authors would like to include in a full-length paper at a future conference should be submitted to the Work-in-Progress venue rather than to CHI Notes.
Preparing Your Submission
Before you start writing please download and read the Conference Proceedings Publication Format that contains information about how your note should be structured and the appropriate use of language.

Blind Reviewing and Paper Anonymity
The CHI 2006 review process will continue with blind reviewing. However, the intent is, as in previous years, to support a relaxed model, rather than attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the note. Notes should be anonymized so that the identity of the authors is not immediately obvious, but not so much that aspects of an author's personal or institutional identity that are integral to the work are suppressed. Thus, authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the note, as noted in the submission instructions. Further suppression of identity in the body of the note is left to the authors' discretion. We do expect that authors leave citations to their previous work unanonymized, so that those responsible for reviewing the note 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 note. This statement will be entered when the note is submitted, and will be seen and assessed by reviewers along with the note. A contribution/benefit statement describes the contribution made by the note 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).

A complete CHI Note submission, which includes descriptive information (meta-data) you provide during the PCS upload process, as well as the abstract, your note, and contribution and benefits statement, is due 23 September 2005, 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 four (4) 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 note submission including anonymizing your note, language usage guidelines, and how to produce and test your PDF document. The note 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.

How to Submit Your CHI Note
Your complete note must be submitted as a PDF no later than 23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT at the CHI 2006 Submission web site.

Requests for Mentoring
CHI 2006 will try to provide mentors for individuals who have not been published at CHI before and would like assistance in preparing their submissions. Please see Mentoring for more information. The deadline to request a mentor is 23 June 2005.

Please DO NOT request mentoring if your only question is the most appropriate venue to which to submit. Questions about the CHI Notes venue should be directed at the chairs chi2006-notes@acm.org. Less specific questions should be directed at the technical program chair chi2006-tp@acm.org.

Review Criteria
The form and content of submitted notes must be acceptable as received. All notes are assessed according to the following criteria:
  • Clarity. The note 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 note lies in its contribution and benefit. A note 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 note is addressed will benefit. Notes, because of their length, should focus on one clear, signficant contribution.
  • Originality. The note 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 note's readers must be able to make use of its results with confidence. Thus, the note 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.
Example CHI Notes
Authors planning to submit a CHI Note to CHI 2006 may find it useful to read some of the following Notes, selected as (diverse) examples from earlier UIST and CSCW conferences by the CHI Notes co-chairs. Please note that these are not formatted using the Conference Proceedings Publication Format for CHI 2006.

Begole, Matsakis and Tang, "Lilsys: Sensing Unavailability," CSCW 2004

Taylor and Swan, "List Making in the Home," CSCW 2004

Kobayashi and Igarashi, "Considering the Direction of Cursor Movement for Efficient Traversal of Cascading Menus," UIST 2003

In addition, the following descriptive examples, which are characterized in contrast to submissions to the Research Papers venue, may be helpful in understanding what kind of submissions may be suitable for CHI Notes:
  • A new implementation approach that has demonstrably addressed a significant technical issue (without extensive detail of the design process or evaluation of the implementation).
  • A new interaction technique and evidence of its utility compared to known techniques (described in sufficient detail to assist an expert reader in replicating the technique, but without exhaustive implementation detail and evaluation).
  • An incremental improvement or variation of an existing interaction technique with convincing evaluation.
  • A new methodology for studying systems that has demonstrable benefits for the HCI community (without extensive evaluation of the methodology).
  • A case study of the use of a system in a domain not typically studied by HCI researchers.
  • An analysis of a specific situation that could benefit from HCI research, especially situations not typically considered by HCI researchers.
These examples are not intended to be exhaustive or to exclude any of the types of contributions listed for Research Papers. However, prospective authors should recognize that certain types of contributions (such as reflective essays on complex topics) may offer substantially stronger research contributions in the format of the Papers venue.

Review Process
Paper submissions are reviewed by HCI researchers and practitioners who have been selected for their expertise. An associate chair manages each note's review.
  • First, notes are reviewed by a minimum of three expert reviewers.
  • Second, the authors view the reviews and have the opportunity during a one week period (14-18 Novemeber 2005) 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 by the CHI Notes program committee. In cases where a note has received widely divergent reviews, it is read and discussed by associate chairs with appropriate expertise before the final decision is made.
  • Fifth, an AC will work with authors to finalise camera ready versions of accepted Notes.
Video Figures
Your note may be accompanied by a short digital video figure up to two minutes in length, or an interactive illustration, no more than 30 MB final data size (please see the Guide to Successful Submissions: Video). Your note must stand on its own without the video figure, as the video figure may not be available to everyone who reads the note (video figures will be archived on the Conference CD and the Digital Library).

CHI 2006 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 reencoded 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 2006 requires that a video figure accompanying a note be submitted as an additional file attached to your submission through the PCS system by the CHI Notes submission deadline, 23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT.

Upon Acceptance
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 16 December 2005 or shortly after.

The primary author of an accepted submission 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 2006.

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 notes and papers. Presenters of notes will be allowed 10 minutes (plus questions) to present their work. Presenters are encouraged to 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 note will become and remain accessible to thousands of computing researchers and practitioners world-wide as part of the ACM Digital Library.

CHI Notes Submission Checklist
Well in advance of the deadline (23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT):
  • If you wish to request a mentor, please contact the mentoring program no later than 23 June 2005.
  • 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.
  • Generate a test PDF file of your submission and check it prints out correctly in no more than 4 pages. Submissions do not need to use 4 pages; they should be the minimum length needed to communicate the work.
  • Prepare and submit your note and your Contribution and Benefits statement
    • Prepare an anonymized version of your note in the Conference Proceedings Publication Format; note that author names and affiliations must be removed from the title page and the body of the note must contain an abstract as per the Conference Proceedings Publication Format guidelines.
    • Double check that the note has been anonymized, and conforms to the other submission requirements, as described above. Notes that fail to meet the submission requirements by the submission deadline WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. Please direct any questions or problems to chi2006-notes@acm.org.
    • Prepare a 30 word Contribution and Benefits statement.
    • Create a PDF file of your note and Contribution and Benefits statement that is no more than 4 megabytes in size (see instructions above).
    • Prepare an abstract (of no more than 150 words) clearly stating the note's contribution to HCI. This will be entered into the PCS system when you upload the PDF of your note, and is also part of your note.
    • Go to the CHI 2006 Submission web site and follow the instructions to submit the PDF file by 23 September 2005, 5:00 PM (1700) PDT (in the interest of fairness to all authors NO EXTENSIONS will be granted). You may also make final changes to your title at this time.
  • Prepare and submit a video figure (optional)
    • If your submission includes a digital video or interactive illustration, prepare up to 2 minutes of video suitable for publication, and see 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.
    • Your video figure is submitted to the PCS system as an additional file for your note, with the same deadline.