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

Submission Guidelines–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.

Reports should be submitted via the conference submission management system. Reports should be written in English and not exceed 6 pages, including figures and references. The report must include the title, an abstract of up to 150 words, and keywords. Unlike research papers, experience report submissions should include author names and 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 report submissions will be published in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

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.

The ACM Template for Conference Proceedings

Camera-ready reports (due June 17) must follow the ACM template for conference proceedings. We strongly encourage authors to use the template for initial drafts of reports (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. Read more about the new template and available formats here. For your SIGDOC 2017 Experience Report, 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; experience reports can be up to 6 pages.

Important Numbers

  • 6: Maximum number of pages for Experience Reports
  • 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 Experience Reports

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

Here are two example Experience Reports:

Keep in mind that these are only illustrative examples: we encourage authors to structure and scope their reports 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.