Submission Guidelines

Since ACM’s release of a new set of templates, there have been a number of difficulties associated with preparing manuscripts–especially with the Word templates. Because of these difficulties, we strongly recommend using Overleaf (an online LaTeX editing program) to draft and format your papers. However, you may still use the Word templates if you choose. Both options are briefly outlined below:


Use the Overleaf ACM Conference Proceedings template and set up a new project. To help you with using Overleaf, SIGDOC has produced a series of tutorial videos. These videos will walk you through setting up your document; editing the header information; adding text, tables, and figures; editing the bibliography; and completing your paper. SIGCHI has also produced a useful user manual that covers additional information.

Microsoft Word template

Download and use the Interim template (see preview PDF) along with the ACM Fonts.

Digital Accessibility

The SIGDOC conference committee is asking all authors to work on improving the accessibility of their submissions. For more information, please consider using SIGCHI’s Guide to an Accessible Submission.

Technical Support

If you have LaTeX-specific questions, please review the videos and user manual first. There are also a variety of helpful resources online, including TeX Stack Exchange and the Overleaf support site.

ACM is happy to provide authors working with LaTeX class and Word files technical help. Please direct your technical query to:

Submission to Conference Proceedings

We offer four different types of submissions for the conference proceedings:

  1. Research Papers (7-10 pgs.);
  2. Industry Insights; (2-3 pgs.);
  3. Experience Reports (4-6 pgs.); and
  4. Extended Abstracts and Poster Abstracts (for poster and panel submissions; 1-2 pgs.)

All authors who receive acceptance of their proposal can submit to the peer-reviewed conference proceedings (though paper submission is not required for participation in the conference). After notification of acceptance, full-length papers and extended abstracts will then be reviewed and sent back to authors for final edits and ACM formatting. Authors will then re-submit papers and abstracts as “camera-ready” submissions. Papers and extended abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. For examples of previous work published in the proceedings, please see below.

Research Papers

Sample research papers:

Example 1: Games, UX, and the Gaps: Technical Communication Practices in an Amateur Game Design Community by Karabinus & Atherton (2018)

Example 2: Designing for engagement: Using participatory design to develop a social robot to measure teen stress by Rose & Björling (2017)

Industry Insights

Experience  Reports

Sample experience reports:

Example 1: The challenges of exploring local place as a context of use in the study of interactive risk visualizations by D.P. Richards (2017)

Extended Abstracts and Poster Abstracts

Sample extended abstracts:

Example 1: Bugs and Emotion: A Content Analysis of Quality Assurance Player Feedback by Thominet (2018)