CSCW 2019


Important Dates

The following are important dates for CSCW 2019:

  • March 28, 2019: Abstract & metadata due (5:00pm PDT)
  • April 4, 2019: Paper submissions due (5:00pm PDT)
  • June 3, 2019: First-round notification (Revise & Resubmit or Reject)
  • June 27, 2019: Revised papers due (5:00pm PDT)
  • July 30, 2019: Final notification
  • TBD: Camera-ready papers due (5:00pm PDT)
  • November 9-13, 2019: Conference in Austin, Texas, USA

Call for Papers

CSCW is an international and interdisciplinary peer reviewed conference seeking the best research on all topics relevant to collaborative and social computing. We invite authors to submit papers that inform the design or deployment of collaborative or social systems; introduce novel systems, interaction techniques, or algorithms; or study existing collaborative or social practices. The scope of CSCW 2019 includes social computing and social media, crowdsourcing, open collaboration, technologically-enabled or enhanced communication, work practices, CSCL, MOOCs, and related educational technologies, multi-user input technologies, collaboration, awareness, information sharing, and coordination. This scope spans socio-technical domains of work, home, education, healthcare, the arts, sociality, entertainment, and ethics. Papers can report on novel research results, designs, systems, or new ways of thinking about, studying, or supporting shared activities.

CSCW encourages papers that make a contribution to building CSCW systems including (but not limited to) technical enablers for CSCW applications; methods and techniques for new CSCW services and applications; and evaluation of fully-built CSCW systems and lab and field settings. To support diverse and high-quality contributions, CSCW employs a two-phase review process and does not impose an arbitrary length limit on submissions. Accepted papers will be published in the journal Proceedings of the ACM: Human Computer Interaction (PACM HCI).

Contributions to CSCW across a variety of research techniques, approaches, and domains, including:

  • Social and crowd computing: Studies, theories, designs, mechanisms, systems, and/or infrastructures addressing social media, social networking, wikis, blogs, online gaming, crowdsourcing, collective intelligence, virtual worlds or collaborative information behaviors.
  • System design: Hardware, architectures, infrastructures, interaction design, technical foundations, algorithms, and/or toolkits that enable the building of new social and collaborative systems and experiences.
  • Theories: Critical analysis or theory with clear relevance to the design or study of social and collaborative systems, within and beyond work settings.
  • Empirical investigations: Findings, guidelines, and/or studies on practices, communication, collaboration, or use as related to collaborative technologies. CSCW 2019 welcomes diverse methods and approaches.
  • Mining and modeling: Studies, analyses and infrastructures for making use of large- and small-scale data.
  • 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: Including applications to healthcare, transportation, gaming, ICT4D, sustainability, education, accessibility, global collaboration, or other domains.
  • Collaboration systems based on emerging technologies: Mobile and ubiquitous computing, game engines, virtual worlds, multi-touch, novel display technologies, vision and gesture recognition, big data, MOOCs, crowd labor markets, SNSs, or sensing systems.
  • Ethics and policy implications: Analysis of the implications of socio-technical systems and the algorithms that shape them.
  • 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/or spatial boundaries.

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Submission Process Details

CSCW 2019 is using the new version of Precision Conference System (PCS 2.0):

Authors submitting papers for peer-review to ACM publications must comply with the SIGCHI Submission and Review Policy ( including, but not limited to:

  • That the paper submitted is original, that the listed authors are the creators of the work, that each author is aware of the submission and that they are listed as an author, and that the paper is an honest representation of the underlying work.
  • That the work submitted is not currently under review at any other publication venue, and that it will not be submitted to another venue unless it has been rejected or withdrawn from this venue.
  • That the authors have the rights and intent to publish the work in the venue to which it is submitted, if the work is accepted. For conference papers, this includes the expected ability and intent to have an author of the paper register for and attend the conference to present the paper, if required.
  • That any prior publications on which this work is based are documented appropriately in the paper and/or in a supplemental cover letter available to reviewers. This documentation includes providing an explanation of the incremental contribution of the submitted CSCW 2019 paper that extends prior results published elsewhere. (In cases of double blind review, this information should be supplied to the paper chairs only.)

In cases where an author feels a particular representation cannot be made, but that submission is appropriate, the author should contact the paper chairs prior to submission to discuss the situation and determine whether submission will be permitted.

All submissions must be new work that has not been published in a peer reviewed conference or journal. Work previously published in workshops that do not have published proceedings may be submitted (as-is or extended) to CSCW 2019. Work previously published in workshops that do have published proceedings may only be submitted if the work is substantially extended from the workshop paper. In any case where part of a submitted paper has been previously published, the authors should contact the Paper Chairs to inform them of the prior publication, including its citation and a brief description of the changes incorporated into the CSCW 2019 submitted version.

Regarding the re-publication in English of work previously published in another language, please refer to section 1.5.4 of the ACM SIGCHI policy:

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 detailed instructions provided by the publisher. Copyright release forms must be signed for inclusion in the proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.

Formatting and Length

Papers accepted to CSCW 2019 will be published in the Proceedings of the ACM: Human Computer Interaction (PACM HCI) journal. The journal uses the single-column ACM Small article template.

The ACM Small template is available for download as part of the ACM Master Template: Please use the most recent version of the master template, even if you have previously downloaded it. Word users: if the typefaces are not showing up correctly, be sure you have installed the fonts included in the ACM template download. Authors using the Overleaf platform can use the templates provided within Overleaf. Papers should be converted to PDF before submission.

Note: In preparing initial submissions, authors should make their best effort at matching the ACM-Small template styles and conventions, but please don’t worry about perfect formatting at this stage! Any smaller formatting issues can be addressed during the revision cycle and camera-ready preparation stage.

There is no minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Typical papers are under 10,000 words. Shorter, more focused papers are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. Papers whose length is incommensurate with their contribution will be rejected.

Blind Review Policy

Papers are subject to blind reviewing. Your submission must have authors' names and affiliations removed, and avoid obvious identifying statements. Papers that include obviously identifying information will be desk-rejected. Please check in particular the front page, headers and footers, and the Acknowledgement section.

Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous, but rather should be done without identifying yourself as the author. For example, say "Prior work by [authors]" instead of "In our prior work."

CSCW does not have a policy against uploading preprints to SSRN or arXiv before they are submitted for review at the conference; authors may choose to do this at their own risk.

Revision Cycle

Papers will undergo two review cycles. After the first round of review, a submission will receive either a "Revise & Resubmit" (R&R) or a "Reject" notification (along with the reviews themselves). Authors of papers designated "Revise & Resubmit" will have three weeks to revise their paper in response to the reviewers' comments. Authors will need to allocate time for a possible revision cycle. The revision cycle enables authors to address issues raised by reviewers that may have been a cause for rejection under prior conference reviewing schemes, such as the need to improve readability/grammar, discuss missing citations, redo some analyses, adopt terminology familiar to the field, and/or reframe ideas more clearly.

With the resubmission of R&R papers, authors are asked to provide a letter explaining how they approached the comments by the reviewers and incorporated the changes in the revision. This is not an invitation to submit extended abstracts or incomplete papers; please submit only completed work of publishable quality. Incomplete or otherwise inappropriate submissions will be desk-rejected without review.

Review Criteria

Authors will be able to indicate the primary methodological orientation of their paper, when they upload the paper to the PCS reviewing system:

  • Technical/Systems, e.g. building novel systems, algorithms, implementing novel features in existing systems, etc.
  • Empirical-Qualitative, e.g. ethnography, workplace studies, qualitative user studies, etc.
  • Empirical-Quantitative, e.g. "big data," quantitative user studies, statistical methods, etc.
  • Design, e.g. design implications, guidelines, methods, techniques, etc.
  • Mixed Methods, e.g., combined qualitative and quantitative empirical research, design explorations combined with technical feature development.
  • Theoretical, e.g. conceptual frameworks, theory underpinning CSCW studies/domains, theoretical analysis, and essays.

Video Figures

Consider submitting a video that illustrates your work, either as a video figure judged as part of your submission (no more than three minutes long). Videos are not required for paper submissions, but are strongly encouraged, particularly for papers contributing novel systems or interaction techniques.

Presenting at the Conference

All papers accepted for CSCW 2019 are expected to be presented at CSCW 2019 by at least one of the authors.

For Those With Travel Restrictions

The conference will find ways to accommodate those who are unable to travel to the United States due to geo-political reasons. Such papers will be included in the proceedings regardless of the author registration status, and we will seek ways for authors to present their work remotely at the conference.

The presenting author of an accepted CSCW 2019 paper who is unable to attend due to legal travel barriers (like the US travel ban) may apply to present at ECSCW 2020 instead. Please be in touch with the paper chairs if you are eligible and would like to explore this option.

Reciprocally, CSCW 2019 will accommodate presentations of work accepted to ECSCW 2019 in case there are authors prevented from traveling to ECSCW because of legal travel barriers.

Program Committee Members

To Be Announced

Papers Co-Chairs

Darren Gergle (Northwestern University)
Airi Lampinen (Stockholm University)
David A. Shamma (FXPAL)