Call for Full and Perspective Papers, Demonstrations, and Resources

ACM CHIIR 2021 invites submissions focused on user-centered approaches to the design and evaluation of systems for information access, retrieval, and use. Contributions may explore improvements to existing systems and interfaces, propose novel theories, models, and systems, or focus on understanding individual and group interactions with information and information systems. CHIIR is a multi-disciplinary research meeting. In addition to studies of interactive systems, information interaction, and retrieval, we encourage submissions on related topics such as human-human information interaction, novel interaction paradigms, new evaluation methods, and related research in a range of communities such as sociology, ethnography, psychology, and human-computer interaction. We welcome submissions using a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. ACM CHIIR operates under the ACM Conference Code of Conduct.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Information seeking, including task-based and exploratory studies
  • Search interfaces, including those for specialized tasks, populations and domains
  • Information access methods and systems for users of all abilities
  • User-centered design approaches to humans interacting with information and systems
  • Interaction techniques for information retrieval and discovery
  • Online information seeking, including log analysis of search and browsing
  • Modeling and simulation of information interaction
  • Information use, including measures of use and broader sense-making
  • Field and case studies of information searching, design and access
  • User-centered evaluation methods and measures, including measures of user experience and performance, experiment and search task design, eye-tracking and neuro-physiological approaches, data analysis methods, and usability
  • Human interaction and experience with conversational information systems
  • Context-aware and personalized search, including design, contextual features and analysis of information interaction
  • Information visualization and visual analytics, including search result presentation
  • Enabling and studying multi-modal interactions with information
  • Collaborative information seeking and social search, including social utility and network analysis for information interaction
  • Conversational search and other types of stateful and multi-turn interactions between users and search applications
  • Insights and analyses related to human experiences and usage trends with recommendation technologies
  • Information interaction and seeking with mobile devices and services

Contribution Types

Full papers: High quality, original research of relevance to CHIIR may be submitted as a full paper (maximum 9 pages + references). Submissions should include an analysis or evaluation using rigorous techniques such as laboratory studies, field experiments, in situ observational studies, crowdsourcing, simulations of search behavior, or log analysis. Authors should describe their methods, specific techniques, and search context in sufficient detail to allow for replication and reuse. Accepted full papers will be published in the proceedings, and presented as paper presentations at the conference.

Perspective papers: A special category of full papers (maximum 9 pages + references), perspective papers should present novel ideas or insights concerning approaches, key challenges, or theoretical or methodological issues that have the potential to inspire substantive discussion and lead to significant advances in the field. These papers should not consist primarily of literature reviews or the presentation of stand-alone studies, but may take the form of:

  • Reflections upon the body of research, considering how the field, the theories, the models, and the methods have developed;
  • Discussion of the implications of research findings on users in the real world;
  • Proposals for and discussions of theories or models of information-interaction; or critical, provocative, and creative contributions to stir debate and discussion.

Short papers: Short papers (maximum 4 pages + references) should report on original, significant, high-quality research. A short paper could present a more focused study of smaller scope than a full paper. For example, work in progress, preliminary research analysis, case studies, or late-breaking results are suitable for short papers. Accepted short papers will be published in the proceedings, and presented as posters at the conference.

Demonstrations and Resources: We welcome two types of submissions (both maximum 4 pages + references).

  • Demonstration papers should enable presenters to give participants first-hand experience of novel research prototypes, operational systems, or in-progress concepts in development. They provide the opportunity to exchange ideas gained from implementing IR systems and to obtain feedback from expert users. The submission should both describe and show the proposed solution, addressing questions such as: What problem does the prototype/system/concept seek to address? How does it do so? Who are the target users? How will you demonstrate this work? How does the work compare with those that exist already? Finally, how, where, and when will your technology have a technical or commercial impact? The authors should submit a short video of the demo in addition to the paper describing the work. The authors are also encouraged (but not required) to include a URL where the demo itself can be accessed.
  • Resource papers should describe publicly available datasets or open source software that are new or not well-known, allowing researchers to replicate research results and providing a citable paper when using that resource. Resource papers will be evaluated based on the quality of the resource, its novelty compared to other available alternatives, how well it has been described, and its potential for investigating a variety of research questions. For submissions of datasets, authors should provide a public URL for downloading. For submissions of software, the source code, dependencies on external libraries, and installation instructions must be available on a public Web page or in a publicly accessible repository. All datasets and source code must be licensed in such a manner that it can be legally and freely used, at the minimum in academic and research settings.

Wireless network access, along with a table and poster mount backdrop, will be provided for all accepted demonstrations and resources. Accepted demonstration/resource papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

Workshops: Original workshop proposals (maximum 4 pages including references) should be highly interactive and could be either full-day or half-day. We welcome workshops that address important issues, discuss potential solutions, integrate various approaches, and offer innovative perspectives within the themes of the conference and have strong potential to contribute to the evolution of research and development of human computer interaction and information retrieval. Workshop proposals are not anonymous. Workshops that were accepted to CHIIR 2020 may be resubmitted. Please see the Call for Workshop Proposals for more information.

Tutorials: Proposals for tutorials (maximum 4 pages including references) should address topics relevant to the themes of the conference and could be either full-day or half-day. Each proposal is expected to cover the selected topic in depth by providing the audience with different perspectives, approaches, and recent developments and advances in the community. Tutorial proposals are not anonymous. Tutorials that were accepted to CHIIR 2020 may be resubmitted. Please see the Call for Tutorial Proposals for more information.

Accepted workshop and tutorial proposal papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

Doctoral consortium: Doctoral Consortium proposals (maximum 4 pages including references) should include the abstract, motivation, research questions, (planned or ongoing) methodology, progress made, and future plans. The CHIIR Doctoral Consortium, held in conjunction with the main conference, provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present and discuss their research with senior researchers and other doctoral students in a seminar format. The Doctoral Consortium focuses on 1) advising students regarding current critical issues in their research, and 2) making students aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their research as viewed from different perspectives. Accepted proposals are eligible for publication in the proceedings. Doctoral Consortium submissions are not anonymous. Please see the detailed Call for Doctoral Consortium Participation for more information.


  • October 6 - Workshop and tutorial proposals due
  • October 6 - Abstracts for Full and Perspectives papers due
  • October 13 - Full and Perspectives papers due
  • October 27 - Short papers and Demo papers due
  • Doctoral Consortium application due date will be announced

Format and submission

Please use the ACM Proceedings format with Word and LaTeX templates here:

Full paper, perspective paper, and short paper submissions will be double-blind reviewed, and must be fully anonymized when submitted. Please do not include your name or affiliation, or other identifying details so far as this is possible. Submissions for tutorials, demonstrations, resources, workshops and the doctoral consortium will be single-blind reviewed, and should not be anonymized.

Authors should note that changes to the author list after the submission deadline are not allowed without permission from the PC Chairs. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, attend, and present the work at the conference.

The submission system will open in September 2020.