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

Call for Participation

Submission Guidelines


Overview

The ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) invites you to submit a proposal for a research or technical paper, experience report, interactive poster, panel session, or workshop that examines how contexts of use shape content design practices and the user experience.

  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Dates: August 11-13, 2017
  • Theme: Contexts of Use and Implications for Content and User Experience Design

Our ability to make use of information is a function of the settings in which we access and attempt to apply that information. As a result, usability is contextual, and effective content and user experience (UX) design is a matter of understanding the variables affecting how individuals interact with content in a given context of use.

The 2017 conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) asks attendees to explore connections between context, use, content, and design and to examine the role of data, analytics, and user feedback in content and UX design processes. The conference further asks attendees to consider innovative approaches to cultivating productive, mutually beneficial partnerships between design experts working in industry and design experts working in academia; these groups often share interests and goals but opportunities for cross talk and knowledge sharing have been limited.

Topics

The conference organizers invite industry and academic researchers to submit proposals that address topics including, but not limited to:

  • Frameworks, approaches, methods, or theories designers can use to study and understand the contexts in which individuals use communication technology
  • Ways in which different media create new contexts for communication and require new approaches to content and UX design
  • Factors/variables that affect use (and ideas of usability and design) in different contexts of use
  • Ways in which designers can use data, analytics, and metrics to drive more user-centered content and UX design processes
  • Methods for teaching content and UX design
  • Methods used to research the contexts in which individuals communicate, access, and use information
  • Effects language and culture can have on approaches to UX design in international and intercultural contexts
  • Approaches designers can use to connect content and UX design practices to local contexts/local communities
  • Ways in which legal and ethical factors can affect content and UX design practices in different contexts
  • Approaches designers can use for addressing issues of disability and accessibility in different contexts
  • Approaches designers can use to apply research in different academic and industry contexts
  • Partnerships and relationships designers can use to examine/research different contexts of use
  • Approaches to cultivating productive, mutually beneficial partnerships between design experts working in industry and design experts working in academia

Submission Types

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 are 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, 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 and/or reports will be grouped thematically by the Program Chair into 75 minute panels at the conference.

Experience reports

Experience reports present experience and reflections on a particular case, methodology or design idea from real life projects and deployments. Reports 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 are not to exceed 150 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 an experience report must register and attend the conference in order for the report to be included in the proceedings. Multiple papers and/or reports will be grouped thematically by the Program Chair into 75 minute panels at the conference.

Posters

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 the conference where they will be displayed at a special session during the conference. Proposals are not to exceed 250 words. Final extended abstracts not to exceed 2 pages in ACM SIGDOC conference format.

Panel Sessions

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

Workshops

Workshops provide opportunities for engaged introductions to new developments in the field and participatory discussion of current ideas and practices. 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. Proposals are not to exceed 1500 words.

Important Dates

The timeline for the conference is as follows:

  • January 17, 2017 11:59 PM PST: Proposals due
  • February 25, 2017: Notification of acceptance/request to submit full-length paper or extended abstract
  • April 17, 2017 11:59 PM PST: Drafts of initial papers and extended abstracts due
  • May 17, 2017: Reviews of/comments on papers and extended abstracts returned
  • June 10, 2017 11:59 PM PST: Papers and extended abstracts (final version) due
  • August 11th, 12th, and 13th: SIGDOC 2017

Submission Process

Submit a Proposal Online

You may submit a proposal for a research or technical paper, experience report, interactive poster, panel session, or workshop.

Proposals for individual and collaborative research papers, technical papers, experience reports, and posters should not exceed 500 words (250 words for posters or 150 words for experience reports) and should include the following:

  • The name, affiliation, and email of the primary submitter; if a collaborative proposal, include the names and email addresses of collaborators (not included in word count).
  • The focus/topic of the proposed paper, report, or poster
  • The connection of the topic to the conference theme
  • The approach/method used to examine this topic
  • The connection of the topic to prior work/research in the field
  • The takeaway attendees can gain from this proposed paper, report, or poster and use in their own work

Proposals for panel sessions should be 250 words and should include the following:

  • The name, affiliation, and email of the primary submitter
  • The names and email addresses of all panel members (not included in word count).
  • The focus/topic/theme of the proposed panel session
  • The connection of that topic to the conference theme
  • The connection of the topic to prior work in the field
  • The title and a summary of the presentation proposed by each panel session member

Proposals for workshops should not exceed 1500 words and should include the following:

  • The name, affiliation, and email of the primary submitter
  • The names and email addresses of all workshop members (not included in word count).
  • The focus/topic/theme of the proposed workshop
  • The connection of that topic to the conference theme
  • The connection of the topic to prior work in the field
  • An explanation and schedule of workshop activities

If your proposal for a

  • research paper, technical paper, or experience report is accepted, you will be asked to submit a full-length paper, not to exceed 10 pages.
  • poster or panel session is accepted, you will be asked to submit an extended abstract, not to exceed 2 pages.
  • experience report, you will be asked to submit a full-length report , not to exceed 6 pages.

Full-length papers and extended abstracts will then be reviewed and sent back to authors for final edits and ACM formatting. Authors will then resubmit papers and abstracts as “camera-ready” submissions. Papers and extended abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

Proposals may be submitted online or as .docx files attached to an email message sent to the SIGDOC 2017 Program Chair, Beth Keller, at sigdocconference@gmail.com.

Submit a Proposal Online

Questions

Questions on the CFP or the process described here should be emailed to the Program Manager, Beth Keller, at sigdocconference@gmail.com.