CALL FOR PAPERS, COMPUTER-SUPPORTED COOPERATIVE WORK 2013 (CSCW 2013)
San Antonio, TX, Feb 23-27
CSCW is an international and interdisciplinary conference focused on how
technology intersects with social practices. To support diverse and
high-quality contributions, CSCW employs a two-phase review process
described below. CSCW does not impose an arbitrary length limit on
submissions; please refer to the call below for details about aligning
paper contribution and length.
* May 25, 2012: Title and Abstract requested (to improve reviewer match)
* June 1, 11:59 Pacific Daylight Time: Submissions due
* July 27: First-round notification (Revise & Resubmit or Reject)
* August 27, 11:59 Pacific Daylight Time: Revised papers due
* October 19: Final notifications
* November 26, 11:59 Pacific Daylight Time: "Camera-ready" due
Title, abstract and paper submissions must be made via the Precision
Conference System. A link to the submission site will be made available
by early May.
We invite submissions that detail existing practices or inform the
design or deployment of systems. The scope of CSCW includes, but is not
limited to, social computing, technologically-enabled or enhanced
communication, collaboration, information sharing, and coordination. It
includes socio-technical activities at work, in the home, in education,
in healthcare, in the arts, for socializing and for entertainment. New
results or new ways of thinking about, studying or supporting shared
activities can be in these and related areas:
- Social Computing. Studies, theories, designs, mechanisms, and software
infrastructures addressing social networking, user-generated content,
online gaming, crowdsourcing and collective intelligence, virtual
worlds, collaborative information seeking, etc.
- Theories and models. Critical analysis or organizing theory with clear
relevance to the design or study of social and collaborative systems.
- System design. Hardware, architectures, infrastructures, interaction
design, technical foundations, or toolkits that enable the building of
new social and collaborative systems.
- Empirical investigations. Findings, guidelines, ethnographic studies
of technologies, practices or use of communication, collaboration and
social communication technologies.
- Methodologies and tools. Novel methods or combinations of approaches
and tools used in building systems or studying their use.
- Domain-specific social and collaborative applications. For healthcare,
transportation, gaming (for enjoyment or work), ICT4D, sustainability,
collective intelligence or global collaboration, or other domains.
- Collaboration systems based on emerging technologies. Mobile and
ubiquitous computing, game engines, virtual worlds, and sensor-based
- Crossing boundaries. Studies, prototypes, or other investigations that
explore interactions across disciplines, distance, languages,
generations, and cultures, to help better understand how to transcend
social, temporal, and spatial boundaries.
Papers should detail original research contributions. Papers must report
new research results that represent a contribution to the field. They
must provide sufficient details and support for their results and
conclusions. They must cite relevant published research or experience,
highlight novel aspects of the submission, and identify the most
significant contributions. Evaluation is on the basis of originality,
significance, quality of research, quality of writing, and contribution
to conference program diversity.
PAPER LENGTH (new for CSCW 2013)
There is no arbitrary minimum or maximum length imposed on papers.
Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a
paper relative to its length. Papers should report research thoroughly
but succinctly: brevity is a virtue. Many research papers will be 10
pages long (the previous length limit for papers) but may be shorter if
the contribution can be described and supported in fewer pages. While we
will review papers longer than 10 pages, the contribution must warrant
the extra length: the more you write, the more work for reviewers!
Shorter, more focused papers (called Notes in years prior to 2013) are
encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. Papers whose
length is incommensurate with their contribution will be rejected.
Papers will be presented at the CSCW conference and will be included in
the conference proceedings archived in the ACM Digital Library. CSCW
does not accept submissions that were published previously in formally
reviewed publications or that are currently submitted elsewhere.
Submissions must be in the HCI Archive Format.
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Papers are subject to blind reviewing. Your submission should have
authors' names and affiliations removed and avoid obvious identifying
features. Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous,
but please cite it without identifying yourself as the author. For
example, say "Prior work by [author]" instead of "In my prior work."
Papers must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Titles and
Abstracts that are uploaded to PCS early will be used to find the best
possible reviewer matches. Consider submitting a video that illustrates
your work, either as a video figure judged as part of the submission (no
more than two minutes long and 30MB in size) or as a longer stand-alone
submission to the video track (Call for Videos). Videos are not required
for submission of papers.
CSCW 2013 Papers submissions must be uploaded online at the PCS
submission system by 11:59 Pacific Daylight Time on June 1, 2012 to be
considered. Confidentiality of submitted material will be maintained.
Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of Papers will be
used in the Advance Program. Submissions should contain no information
or material that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of
publication, and should cite no publication that will be proprietary or
confidential at that time.
Final versions of accepted Papers must be formatted according to the
detailed instructions. Copyright release forms must be signed for
inclusion in the proceedings and ACM Digital Library.
CSCW 2013 will continue the "Best of CSCW" awards program, in accordance
with SIGCHI guidelines. Upon acceptance, some Papers will be nominated
for additional review to identify "Honorable Mention" and "Best" awards.
Approximately 5% of submissions may be nominated and 1% of total
submissions awarded Best Paper.
REVIEW PROCESS (new as of CSCW 2012)
Papers will undergo two review cycles. After the first review a
submission will receive either a "Revise&Resubmit" or "Reject"
notification. Authors of papers that are not rejected have about 4 weeks
to revise and resubmit them. The revision will be reviewed as the basis
for the final decision. This is like a journal process, except that it
is limited to one revision with a strict deadline.
The primary contact author will be sent the first round reviews.
Revise&Resubmits will require significant attention to prepare the
resubmission for the second review. Authors of Revise&Resubmits will be
asked to provide a description of how reviewer comments were addressed.
Submissions that are rejected in the first round cannot be revised for
CSCW 2013, but authors can begin reworking them for submission
elsewhere. Authors need to allocate time for revisions after July 27,
when the first round reviews are returned. Final acceptance decisions
will be based on the second (revised) submission.
The revision cycle enables authors to spend a month to fix the English,
integrate missing papers in the literature, redo an analysis, adopt
terminology familiar to this field, and perhaps even gather more data,
problems that in the past could lead to rejection. It also provides the
authors of papers that would have been accepted anyway the opportunity
to make their submissions even stronger contributions to the CSCW
research literature. The revision is submitted with a letter where the
authors explain how the paper was revised, allowing more interaction
between authors and reviewers.
This review process is not an effort to change the “quality bar” for
CSCW, either to raise or lower it! Instead, the intent is to give more
authors a chance to clear the bar. This process may lead to more diverse
kinds of papers qualifying. Reviewers have more time to consider the
significance as well as the technical quality of submissions. Authors
from related disciplines have an opportunity to adjust to the literature
and terminology found in CSCW.
This is not an invitation to submit extended abstracts or incomplete
papers. As in the past, submit the paper that you would like to have
published. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Nearly half of
submissions may be rejected on the first round, enabling the reviewers
to focus on papers that have a good chance for acceptance. The strongest
first round submissions will receive reviews that make it clear to the
authors that few or no revisions are required for acceptance Acceptance
is not guaranteed for papers making the second round; however, the CSCW
2012 experience showed that the majority of papers that made it to the
second round were accepted. As a specific data point, nearly all
submissions that received an average review score of 4 (out of 5) or
higher were accepted.
Additional author benefits: The rebuttal, which was focused on pointing
out reviewing flaws, is replaced by a revision, which can be more
appealing to read and actually improve your work. Authors of papers not
making it through the first round benefit from a very quick turnaround.
The CSCW 2012 program was the largest in the history of the conference,
and reactions from the community were largely very positive. To get a
sense of the range of topics covered, you can view the CSCW 2012 program
which comprised 164 papers, 65 interactive posters, 14 workshops, as
well as demos, videos, and other events http://cscw2012.org/. CSCW 2013
expects to build on this success.
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