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Late-Breaking Results


Important Dates

Simone BarbosaSimone Barbosa

Mentor Request Deadline:
13 September 2004
Mandatory Abstract Submission Deadline:
6 December 2004 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Submission Deadline:
13 December 2004 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Notice of Acceptance:
31 January 2005
Additional Information
Rashmi SinhaRashmi Sinha
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About Late-Breaking Results

Late-Breaking Results comprise two presentation formats: short talks and interactive posters. This track provides an opportunity for both practitioners and researchers to present a concise report of new findings, or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant to the HCI community.

Submissions to this track can include, but are not limited to, the following types of work:

  • Evaluation of systems, techniques and other phenomenon relevant to HCI this can include either experimental or other types of evaluation.
  • Reflections from Practice lessons learned, broad conclusions, or principles derived from practice, backed by thought-provoking and well-substantiated analyses.
  • Design Briefings accounts of the design (rationale, process, outcomes and evaluation) of an innovative application, user interface, or system.
  • Methodologies and Tools new methods, processes, techniques, and tools for use in interactive system design and development.

Short talks are brief oral presentations by the author, while interactive posters focus more on visual presentation and discussion between the author and attendees around the poster. Authors should decide carefully which format is the most suitable for their work. Unlike previous CHI conferences, accepted work in EITHER category will be published as 4-page papers in the CHI 2005 Extended Abstracts CD.

This submission category aims to attract attention from a broad range of disciplines covering a spectrum of topics and methodologies. The following topics are especially encouraged: multidisciplinary work, social impact of technology, design research — what methods work in which contexts, human-centered design and innovation, and cross-cultural design.

Short Papers have become very popular; as a result, this submission category is VERY competitive. Additionally, other tracks such as Doctoral Consortium, Interactivity, Workshops, Panels, and SIGs might be more appropriate for your submission. Specifically:

  • If you have a working demo that you would like to present, then consider submitting your work to the Interactivity category.
  • If you are making a substantive contribution to the field of HCI, then your paper might be more appropriate for the main Papers category, which has an earlier deadline.
  • If you are looking to encourage discussion of a topical issue, then consider submitting a Panel or SIG proposal.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


All submissions, whether a short talk or an interactive poster, comprise four-page papers. All accepted submissions will be published on the CHI 2005 Extended Abstracts CD. The first part of your submission is an abstract, due 6 December 2004. The second part of your short paper submission is the paper itself, which is due 13 December 2004.
  • a concise description of the idea
  • analytical exploration or experimental assessment of your work
  • the implications of the work to the field of HCI
  • recommendations for further investigation and incorporation into practice

The four-page submission should include:

If your submission includes statistical analysis, then we recommend that you refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in case of questions or doubts about how to accurately report the results of your work.

Full literature searches are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. Summaries of wider findings or reduced versions of longer papers are unsuitable submissions as a Short Papers. Please download the Conference Publications Format Word document (Conference Publications Format )for details on how to prepare your submission.

The paper, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread, and correctly formatted. A detailed guide is provided in the Guide to Successful Submissions: Short Papers (pending). Please note the following points:

  • 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 CHI Papers format and be in its final PDF form. It must be no longer than four pages, including references, appendices, and figures.
  • All references must be complete, accurate, accessible to the HCI public, and conform to the Conference Publications Format.
  • You submission should be no larger than 4 megabytes in size.
  • Your submission should not contain your name, organizational affiliation or any other identifying information. If your paper is accepted, then this information should be added to the paper. Please leave room in your submission to include this information in the camera-ready version.
  • Your submission must be in English and target an international audience.
  • Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publications that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.
  • Submissions arriving after the deadline will never be considered.

How to Submit

Part 1: Abstract
Your abstract must be submitted by 5:00 PM (1700) PST on 6 December 2004 at the CHI 2005 Submission web site ( Abstract submission is mandatory; papers for which abstracts have not been submitted will be rejected without review. Include the paper's title and keywords, leaving room for (but not including) the authors' names and affiliations. The abstract in the submitted paper need not correspond exactly to the previously submitted abstract, but there should not be any changes to the title.

This information is used to assign your paper to reviewers, so it is to your benefit to be as complete and accurate as possible.

Part 2: Final Short Paper
Your complete 4-page paper must be submitted as a PDF no later than 5:00 PM (1700) PST 13 December 2004 at the CHI 2005 Submission web site ( Follow the instructions for the file upload and enter the requested information, including author information, keywords, and abstract.

Note that the process of producing a PDF file of your submission can sometimes cause changes in the length of the contributions. Authors are advised to generate and check PDFs of their submissions to verify that their final submission stays within the length (4 pages) and file size (4 megabytes) limits of the short papers submission category.

If you are unable to produce PDF files, please contact the Late-Breaking Results co-chairs by 2 December 2004 to explore alternative means of submission.

Video Figures

Your submission 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 instructions for video figures). Your submission must stand on its own without the video figure, as the video figure may not be available to everyone who reads your submission (video figures will be archived on the Conference CD). Acceptance of a submission does not guarantee acceptance of a video figure. Subject to the same data size limitation, you may alternatively submit an interactive illustration. Your interactive illustration must run cross-platform and require no additional software to be viewed (please, no .exe files). Appropriate formats include Microsoft Powerpoint Show, Macromedia Flash or Macromedia Director, QuickTime interactive movies, or any other self-contained format.

Please note that acceptance of your submission does not guarantee that your video figure will also be accepted.

CHI 2005 requres that video figures accompanying a submission be submitted through the PCS system by the Late-Breaking Results submission deadline, 13 December 2004, 5:00 PM (1700) PST.

Requests for Mentoring

CHI 2004 provides mentors for those who would like assistance in preparing their submissions. Please see Mentoring for more information. The deadline to request a mentor is 13 September 2004.

Review Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed based on the originality of the work, the quality of the written presentation and its contribution to the field of HCI. The submission’s suitability for presentation as a Short Talk or an Interactive Poster will be considered as well.

  1. Contribution and Benefit. A short paper submission should make a contribution to either research or practice in the field of HCI. Due to the brevity of the format, papers making one significant contribution are more likely to be accepted than those making several lesser contributions.
  2. Originality and Innovation. The submission should make an original contribution to the field of HCI. It should show both how it builds on previous contributions, and how, where, and why it goes beyond current knowledge or practices.
  3. Clarity. The submission must be clearly and concisely written in international English, with appropriate use of tables and figures.

Review Process

Paper submissions are reviewed by HCI researchers and practitioners who have been screened for appropriate experience and expertise. Each paper is reviewed by at least three reviewers on multiple criteria. The reviewers also provide comments about each paper. The co-chairs examine the reviews ratings and comments and make a recommendation for acceptance or rejection. This decision is then notified to the authors.

Upon Acceptance

Authors will be notified by email of acceptance or rejection the week of 31 January 2005. The primary author of an accepted paper will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy. Because of publication schedules, revisions of accepted proposals will not be possible. Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed copyright release form.

Authors of accepted interactive posters must also produce a poster in preparation for the conference. The poster is expected to follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) poster size format (A0) in portrait orientation. The dimensions for A0 format are 84cm x 119cm, or approximately 33" x 47".

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, 2 April 2005. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.

At the Conference

Each short talk presenter will have a total of 15 minutes for their presentation. The talk should take at most 10 minutes, leaving at least 5 minutes for discussion. Presenters are encouraged to bring their own laptops for their presentation. Due to budget constraints, CHI 2005 will not be able to provide computer support in every session. A digital projector (800x600 or better) will be provided for Macintosh or PC laptop projection. If presenters need on-site rental equipment at their own expense, contact information will be provided at a later date.

Interactive poster authors must attend their poster during a scheduled poster session for discussion with conference attendees. We also encourage you to be available during breaks.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


(1) Are the short papers blind reviewed?

Short papers are blind reviewed. Apart from the authors’ names and affiliations, the paper submission is regarded as the final publication-ready version. Please do not include author information in your submission.

(2) Does space need to be reserved for the copyright in the bottom corner of the paper or poster abstract?

Yes. Please leave this space clear as described in the Conference Publications Format.

(3) Will video clips be be accepted as part of the submission process?

Yes, they will be accepted. Short digital video clips are optional. Your submission should stand on its own without the video figure, as the video figure may not be available to everyone who reads your submission (video figures may be archived on the conference proceedings CD).

(4) Will video clips be published along with papers on the proceedings CD?

Clips may or may not be published along with the short paper on the CD. This will depend on the clip's quality and space available on the CD. See the Video Figures section above.

(5) ) In previous CHIs there has been a separate student poster category. Is there one for CHI 2005?

At CHI 2005, the short paper category combines the student poster and the general poster categories. However, we encourage students to submit both interactive posters and short talks.

(6) I haven’t yet published at CHI. Can I get any help in framing my paper for the CHI community?

CHI 2005 has a mentoring program for new participants to the CHI submission process. This would be a good way to prepare for a CHI short paper submission. The deadline to request a mentor is 13 September 2004.

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