Call for Papers


Comhéadan (Interface as a common point or link)


Join us in Limerick, Ireland, July 16-17, 2015

The ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) invites you to submit a research or technical paper, experience report, or interactive poster on the design of communication, including user experience, information architecture, documentation, interaction design, and user research methods, in research, education, industry, recreation, and social exchanges.

Industry and academic researchers (including graduate and undergraduate students) are encouraged to submit Research Papers, Experience Reports, and Posters. Contributions may include studies of design processes, research methods, pedagogical practices, deployment analyses, and situated use studies related to the design and use of communication systems and artifacts.

SIGDOC will be co-located with the IEEE International Professional Communications Conference (July 12-15) and the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (July 15) in Limerick, Ireland.

Submit your Proposal


Topics of Interest

Proposals should address topics including, but not limited to:

  • Content Strategy

  • Technical Communication

  • User Experience

  • International and Intercultural Communication Design

  • Learning Systems/Environments

  • Open Source Design Solutions

  • Collaborative Platforms

  • Design Methods and Principles

  • Digital Humanities and Design

  • Project Management

  • Information Design and Information Architecture

  • Computer-Mediated Communication

  • Experience Architecture

Submission types

This year we are introducing a new way of submitting for SIGDOC. First, short proposals will be submitted for review. Once a proposal is reviewed and accepted, the author(s) will write either a full-length paper (Research and technical papers or experience reports) or extended abstract (posters and panels). The full-length papers and extended abstracts will then be reviewed, sent back to the authors for final edits and ACM formatting, and resubmitted as “camera-ready” submissions. Papers and extended abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

A new video, with captions, describes the new submission process: Submitting a proposal for SIGDOC 2015

Research and technical papers

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, and/or in the design, development and/or deployment of novel systems. Papers will be reviewed for academic standards, relevance, conceptual quality, innovation, and clarity of presentation. Proposals not to exceed 500 words. The results described must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Final papers not to exceed 10 pages in length in ACM SIGDOC conference format (available at the site), including figures and references.

Experience reports

These reports present experience and reflections on a particular case, methodology or design idea from real life projects and deployments. They are reviewed for usefulness, clarity and reflection. Strong Experience Reports discuss both benefits and drawbacks of the approaches used and clearly call out lessons learned. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology usage and practice, or describe broad project experiences. Proposals not to exceed 500 words. Final papers not to exceed 6 pages in length in ACM SIGDOC conference format, including figures and references.

Note: At least one author from a paper must register and attend the conference in order for the paper to be included in the Proceedings. Multiple papers will be grouped thematically by the Program Chair into 75 minute panels at the conference.



Posters are a less formal presentation of work in progress, theories, experimental work, new concepts, late-breaking research results, or work that is best communicated in conversation. Poster proposals may describe original research or novel designs. Successful applicants should bring their completed posters, up to 1x2m in size, to SIGDOC 2015 where they will be displayed at a special session during the conference. Proposals not to exceed 250 words. Final extended abstracts not to exceed 2 pages summarize poster in ACM SIGDOC conference format.

Panel Proposals

Panels should be comprised of multiple presenters organized around a specific topic relevant to the SIGDOC audience. Proposals not to exceed 250 words. Final extended abstracts not to exceed 2 pages summarize panel in ACM SIGDOC conference format.

Note: All members of the panel must register for and attend the conference for the extended abstract to be included in the Proceedings.

Workshop Proposals

Workshops provide opportunities for engaged introductions to new developments in the field and participatory discussion of current ideas and practice. Successful workshop proposals explain clearly how registrants will participate in workshop activities and must include a schedule indicating times, registrant activities, and speakers. Proposed Workshops with no evidence of active participation by registrants will not be accepted. Workshops are scheduled for a half day on Thursday, 7/16, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Proposals not to exceed 1500 words.

Important Dates

This year the SIGDOC conference team has developed a new conference proposal design, with different due dates for proposals and final full-length articles/posters.

  • January 1, 2015: Proposal system open for submissions

  • January 20, 2015: Research and technical paper, Experience report, Poster, Panel, and Workshop proposals due

  • February 25, 2015: Proposal reviews completed

  • April 30, 2015: Research and technical papers, Experience reports, Posters, and Panel papers full-length papers/extended abstracts due

  • May 15, 2015: Full-length reviews completed

  • June 1, 2015: “Camera-ready” paper/extended abstract revisions and final posters due

Student Research Competition Deadlines

  • February 20, 2015: Submissions due
  • February 23, 2015: Submission reviews completed
  • March 6, 2015: Notification sent to participants
  • March 20, 2015: 100 word abstracts due

If you have any questions, please email the program chair: Dawn M. Armfield (armfi002 (at) umn (dot) edu).