August 11-13, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Submission Guidelines—Research 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.

Papers should be submitted via the conference submission management system. Papers should be written in English and not exceed 10 pages, including figures and references. The full paper must include the title, an abstract of up to 150 words, and keywords. For first submissions, do not include author names or affiliations.

The results described must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All final materials (both text and images) must be the work of the submitter or the submitter must have the appropriate approval needed to publish such materials. Accepted paper submissions will be published in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

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.

The ACM Template for Conference Proceedings

Camera-ready papers (due April 17) must follow the ACM template for conference proceedings. We strongly encourage authors to use the template for initial drafts of papers (due April 17), but the template is not required for initial drafts.

In 2017, ACM consolidated all journal and proceedings templates into one Master Article Template. For your SIGDOC 2017 Research Paper, you need to use the ACM SigConf template style. You can access and use the SigConf template style in one of two ways:

  1. Download the Word (Windows version) master template or the Word (Mac 2011) master template. Then, follow the instructions in the User Manual for Windows or the User Manual for Mac for attaching the template to an MS file and selecting the SigConf template style. If you attach the template on the front end in this way, you can use the ACM styles as you write. NOTE: Word (Mac 2016) does not yet support the master template.
  2. Download the sample ACM_SigConf.docx paper based on the master template. Replace the content with your own material. Use the built-in styles (be careful not to change them!). Please also read the appropriate User Manual above for further instructions on using different elements available in the master template. NOTE: The sample paper available here is an extended abstract; research papers can be up to 10 pages.

Important Numbers

  • 10: Maximum number of pages for Research Papers
  • April 17, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST: Deadline for submitting initial draft of paper
  • May 17, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST: Reviews of/comments on papers and extended abstracts returned
  • June 10, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST: Deadline for “Camera-ready” paper revisions

Sample Research Papers

(NOTE: this year’s template looks different)
SIGDOC members can access SIGDOC 2016 proceedings on the conference website; several example Research Papers are available.

Here are two example Research Papers:

Keep in mind that these are only illustrative examples: we encourage authors to structure and scope their papers as they see fit (within the parameters of the submission guidelines). And we encourage submission on a wide variety of UX design and research topics, not just those addressed in these samples.