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Late Breaking Results (Short Papers)


Birgit BomsdorfBirgit Bomsdorf
FernUniversitšt Hagen

Important Dates
Mentor Request Deadline:
6 October 2003 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Submission Deadline:
12 January 2004 [5:00 PM (1700) PST]
Notice of Acceptance:
23 February 2004

Additional Information

George EnglebeckGeorge Engelbeck
Cisco Systems, Inc.,
George EnglebeckCecilia Kremer Vieria da Cunha
Tecgraf/Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro,
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Message from Birgit, George, and Cecilia, Co-Chairs
Late Breaking Results report late-breaking, important work that is likely to influence the CHI community. Contributions should present exciting new findings and innovative designs, demonstrate promising work in progress that is still in a state to be influenced through discussion, raise thought-provoking or argumentative opinions, or present tightly argued essays. We look forward to seeing the best group of late-breaking results ever!

About Late Breaking Results

Authors must choose one of two formats for presenting their work: Short Talks or Interactive Posters. Short talks are brief oral presentations by the author, while interactive posters focus more on visual presentation and discussion between the author and attendees around the poster. Authors should decide carefully which format is the most suitable for their work. Short talks and interactive posters have become a very popular way to present late breaking results; as a result, this submission category is very competitive. Carefully consider alternatives such as the Doctoral Consortium, Demonstrations, Workshops, Panels, Design Expo, and formal and informal SIGs.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Short talks submissions are four-page papers. Interactive poster submissions comprise a one-page abstract and a poster sketch. Accepted submissions are published in the CHI2004 Extended Abstracts. A submission should include:
  • a concise description of the idea
  • the results or findings
  • the implications of the work to the field of HCI
  • recommendations for further investigation

Full literature searches are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. Summaries of wider findings or reduced versions of longer papers are unsuitable submissions as a Late-Breaking Result. This submission category is intended for original and unpublished work that has not been presented previously or elsewhere.

Please download the Conference Publications Format for details on how to prepare your submission. The paper and abstract, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the abstract and paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread, and correctly formatted. For examples of past accepted submissions please see the CHI2004 Sample Gallery; a detailed guide is provided in the Guide to Successful Submissions: Papers.

How to Submit

Upload your submission in PDF format to the CHI2004 Electronic Submission Web site by the due dates noted above. Follow the instructions for the file upload and enter the requested information, including author information, keywords, and abstract.

Please note that you can only upload one file. If you are submitting a poster, provide either a two-page PDF file containing both the one-page abstract and the one-page poster sketch, or combine two separate one-page PDF files (abstract and poster sketch) into a ZIP archive.

Note that the process of producing a PDF file of your submission can sometimes cause changes in the length of the contributions. Authors are advised to generate and check PDFs of their submissions to verify that their final submission stays within the length and file size (4 megabytes) limits of the Late Breaking Results submission process.

If you are unable to produce PDF files, please contact the Late Breaking Results co-chairs by January 1, 2004, to explore alternative means of submission.

Video Figures

Your submission may be accompanied by a short digital video figure up to two minutes in length, or an interactive illustration, no more than 30 MB final data size (please see the instructions for video figures). Your submission must stand on its own without the video figure, as the video figure may not be available to everyone who reads your submission (video figures will be archived on the Conference CD). Acceptance of a submission does not guarantee acceptance of a video figure. Subject to the same data size limitation, you may alternatively submit an interactive illustration. Your interactive illustration must run cross-platform and require no additional software to be viewed (please, no .exe files). Appropriate formats include Microsoft Powerpoint Show, Macromedia Flash or Macromedia Director, QuickTime interactive movies, or any other self-contained format.

Please note that acceptance of your submission does not guarantee that your video figure will also be accepted.

CHI2004 requres that video figures accompanying a submission to Late Breaking Results be submitted through the PCS system by the Late Breaking Results submission deadline, 12 January 2004, 5:00 PM (1700) PST.

Requests for Mentoring

CHI 2004 provides mentors for those who would like assistance in preparing their submissions. Please see Mentoring for more information. The deadline to request a mentor is 6 October 2003.

Review Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed based on the force and clarity of the results, the originality of the work, the quality of the written presentation and its contribution to the field of HCI in a wide perspective. The submission’s suitability for presentation as a Short Talk or an Interactive Poster will be considered as well.

Review Process

Paper submissions are reviewed by HCI researchers and practitioners who have been screened for appropriate experience and expertise. Each paper’s review is managed by an Associate Chair.

First, papers are reviewed by 4 to 6 reviewers. Second, the associate chair writes a meta-review that typically recommends acceptance or rejection based on the reviews received. Third, recommendations are reviewed by the co-chairs; in cases where a paper has received widely divergent reviews, it is read and discussed by associate chairs with appropriate expertise before the final decision is made.

Upon Acceptance

Authors will be notified by email of acceptance or rejection the week of 23 February 2004. The primary author of an accepted paper will receive instructions on how to submit publication-ready copy. Because of publication schedules, revisions of accepted proposals will not be possible. Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed copyright release form.

Authors of accepted interactive posters must produce a poster in preparation for the conference; see the Conference Publications Format for detailed instructions. Please note that submissions can not be published without a signed copyright release form.

Confidentiality of Submissions

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All submitted materials for rejected papers will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted papers will be kept confidential until the date of the conference, 24 April 2004. Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publications that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.

At the Conference

Short talks consist of a 10-minute presentation with another 5 minutes for discussion. Presenters are encouraged to bring their own laptops for their presentation. CHI2004 will identify local vendors for on-site rental equipment at presenters' expense (details forthcoming) but due to budget constraints will not be able to provide computer support in every session. A digital projector (800x600 or better) will be provided for Macintosh or PC laptop projection. Interactive poster authors must attend their poster during a scheduled poster session for discussion with conference attendees. We also encourage you to be available during breaks.

After the Conference

Your paper or poster abstract will become and remain accessible to thousands of computing researchers and practitioners world-wide as part of the ACM Digital Library.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


(1) Are the late-breaking papers and posters blind reviewed?

Late-breaking results papers and posters are NOT blind reviewed. The paper submission is regarded as the final publication-ready version. Please include author information in your submission.

(2) Does space need to be reserved for the copyright in the bottom corner of the paper or poster abstract?

Yes. Please leave this space clear as described in the Conference Publications Format.

(3) Will video clips be published along with papers and poster abstracts on the proceedings CD?

Clips may or may not be published along with the short paper on the CD. This will depend on the clip's quality and space available on the CD. See the "Video Figures" section above.


(1) Will video clips be accepted as part of the submission process for short papers?

Yes, they will be accepted. Short digital video clips are optional. Your submission should stand on its own without the video figure, as the video figure may not be available to everyone who reads your submission (video figures may be archived on the conference proceedings CD).


(1) Must I follow the Conference Publications Format for the abstract, or I can organize it differently?

Please follow the Conference Publications Format.

(2) Do one-page abstracts need their own abstracts?

No, the one-page text is "the abstract," which could be structured into different sections.

(3) What is a "one page poster sketch"?

The preparation of the sketch is up to you. The sketch should be very close to the final version and expressive enough to convince reviewers to accept it.

Two presenters from CHI 98 donated images of their posters to help give attendees an idea of what a poster may look like.

Henrik Gater, Viktoria Research Institute, PACCESS: Enabling Easy Access to Radiology Images at a Hospital.

Jacek Gwizdka, University of Toronto, Electronic Engineering Notebook: A Study in Structuring Design Meeting Notes.

(4) How large should the poster be at the conference?

The poster is expected to follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) poster size format (AO) in either landscape or portrait orientation. The dimensions for AO format are 84cm x 119cm, or approximately 33" x 47".

(5) In previous CHIs there have been a separate student poster category. Is there one for CHI2004?

CHI2004 combines the student poster and the general poster categories.

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