Quick Facts
  • Submission: 19 Aug 2007 through 19 Sept 2007 (5:00pm PDT)
  • Author rebuttals: 11-15 Nov 2007
  • Notification: 10 Dec 2007
  • Camera Ready: 11 Jan 2008
  • Submission Format: Anonymized 4 page paper in HCI Archive Format, 150 word abstract, 30 word contribution and benefits statement
  • At the Conference: 15 minute talk including questions
  • Archives: Main conference proceedings; print, DVD, and ACM Digital Library
Message from the CHI Notes Chairs

CHI Notes as a participation category is in its third year. Modeled on the successful UIST TechNotes and CSCW Notes categories, CHI Notes are briefer and more focused than CHI papers, but follow the same deadlines and reviewing process used for Papers.

Tiziana Catarci, Universitą di Roma "La Sapienza"
Boris de Ruyter, Philips Research
Contact us: chi2008-notes@acm.org

What is a CHI Note?

Topics for CHI Notes
CHI Notes will be drawn from the same general types of contributions discussed in the Papers call for participation. In addition, the following descriptive examples, which are characterized in contrast to submissions to the CHI 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 designing or studying interactive 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.

How CHI Notes are different from CHI papers

  • CHI Notes are shorter than CHI papers. They have a maximum length of 4 pages.
  • CHI Notes are much more focused and succinct contributions to the research program and are likely to have a smaller scope of contribution than CHI papers. 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.
  • CHI Notes 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 are Archival for Purposes of Future Publication

Submissions containing research contributions that authors would like to include in a full-length paper at a future conference should be submitted to the Works-in-Progress venue rather than to CHI Notes. Additionally:
  • Submissions without a clear research contribution will not be accepted. A description of completed work (as in a project deliverables report or class project paper) is not acceptable.
  • 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.
Preparing and Submitting your CHI Note

Write and Format Your Note
Notes must be anonymized and no more than 4 pages long, including figures, references, and appendices. Notes must contain an abstract that is less than 150 words long and clearly states the Paper's contribution to the HCI field. Final submission PDFs must be no larger than 4 megabytes large. Please read the HCI Archive Format for detailed information on how your Paper should be written and formatted.

Authors should read the the guide to successful archive submissions for tips on how to write a good paper.

Craft a 30 word Contribution and Benefits Statement
Authors must develop a 30 word contribution and benefits statement for their Note. A contribution/benefit statement describes the contribution made by the Note to HCI and the benefit that readers can gain from it. This statement will be entered when the Note is submitted, and will be seen and assessed by reviewers along with the Note.

Prepare Video Figure (Optional)
Your Note may be accompanied by a short digital video figure or an interactive illustration that is up to two minutes in length and no more than 30 MB final data size. Please see the guide to successful video submissions for production hints. Since not everyone who reads the Note may view the video figure, your Note must stand on its own without the figure, and will be reviewed as such.

Make Your Final Submission
Authors are advised to log into PCS submission system and become familiarized with the online submission process well before the deadline. Authors can submit and resubmit materials as often as they please before the deadline. This includes descriptive information (meta-data) you provide during the upload process, as well as the abstract, your Note, contribution and benefits statement, and (optional) video figure.

The submission site will be locked promptly at the deadline, 19 Sept 2007 (5:00pm PDT), and authors will no longer be allowed access to the submissions. To be fair to all authors, no extensions will be granted.

CHI Note Review Process

Notes undergo a rigorous review process akin to that of the CHI Papers venue. This process is managed by the Notes chairs and a committee of associate chairs. The stages of the review process are as follows:

  1. Each Paper is assigned to an associate chair, based on their expertise
  2. Associate chair assigns Paper to at least three hand-picked reviewers
  3. Associate chair completes a meta-review based on the reviews. They may also seek further reviews of the Paper
  4. Authors see preliminary reviews and can respond with rebuttal
  5. Associate chair (and potentially secondary associate chair) compose recommendation to committee based on reviews and rebuttal
  6. Committee discusses and finalizes decisions at a two-day Paper committee meeting

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.

Upon Acceptance of your CHI Note

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 10 Dec 2007, or shortly after. Contact authors of accepted Notes will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the camera ready version of their Notes. These will be due on 11 Jan 2008 (5:00pm PST).

Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed form releasing publishing copyright to the ACM. Attaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI conference.

Presenting your CHI Note at the Conference

Authors will present their work in a scheduled session with other Papers and CHI Notes. Notes authors will be allowed 15 minutes (about a 10 minute talk with 5 minutes of questions) to present their work.

See Conference Technical Support for information about the computing and A/V equipment that will be provided by the conference as well as for tips on preparing and giving a good CHI talk.

Your CHI Note After the Conference

Accepted Notes will be distributed in the CHI Conference Main Proceedings (Print and DVD). They will also be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide. Video figures of accepted Notes will be archived on the Conference DVD and the ACM Digital Library.