FAQ Related to Template changes
Last update: 26 March 2021, 12:00 (CET)
UbiComp / ISWC full papers need to be submitted in a single-column format to the IMWUT journal (IMWUT Submissions) following the IMWUT author guidelines
. In contrast, contributions to UbiComp / ISWC workshops, doctoral symposium, posters, and demos as well as ISWC notes, briefs, and the design exhibition have to be submitted through the PrecisionConference system in the double-column format specified below in UbiComp / ISWC Submissions
UbiComp / ISWC Submissions
- We will be using The ACM Publication System (TAPS) process supported by an external vendor, Junction Publishing.
- The correct template for submission is: single column Word Submission Template and single column LaTeX (using the “manuscript,review,anonymous” style available in template).
- The correct template for publication in the DL is: single column Word Submission Template and LaTeX template using “sigchi” style in acmart.
- Both papers and extended abstracts will use the same publication formats.
- You can download the Word/LaTeX Master Article templates.
Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 will use ACM Master Article Templates AND Publication Workflow for publication of BOTH the proceedings and extended abstracts. This ACM page gives a rationale behind the change. This is a significant change, so please carefully read the following instructions. Additional Information is also provided in the later half of this page.
Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 Proceedings Format
We will follow the workflow defined by the ACM, so please read the instructions on the ACM page carefully. A key difference is that the ACM workflow requests authors to produce final versions by themselves, but Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 will hire a vendor to complete this process.
1) Authors prepare their manuscript in the designated single column format in pdf using Word or LaTeX. The authors then submit the pdf and source file to PCS. Reviewers will review the papers in the single column format. There is no minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Redundant or verbose writing is strongly discouraged. Here you can see some example papers.
Upon acceptance of an article, authors revise the manuscript and submit publication ready source files (Word or LaTeX) to PCS. For Word users, the source files should be in the same single column format (word documents will be converted to two-columns by a vendor). LaTeX users should use the “sigchi” style, which will change the source file to two columns. For both Word and LaTeX source files, a vendor then runs validations and produces the final publication version of record (a two column PDF and responsive HTML) using TAPS. Authors must approve these proofs and can request layout changes if necessary.
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Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 Extended Abstracts Format
We eliminate the traditional extended abstract format (landscape) and use the same template as full papers. So, please read and follow the instructions above. An important difference is that THERE ARE PAGE LIMITS for extended abstracts. Please follow instructions in the respective call for submissions regarding page limit.
The Ubicomp/ISWC conference committee is asking all authors to work on improving the accessibility of their submissions. Please see the Guide to an Accessible Submission for more details.
If you have any questions or concerns with regards to publication templates, please contact Ubicomp/ISWC publication co-chairs email@example.com.
Brian Lim, National University of Singapore
Desheng Zhang, Rutgers University
Additional Information on the New Publication Workflow
The main motivation behind the new ACM publication workflow is to support accessibility and multi-format representations (here is an example). To that end, ACM decided to move to the new publishing culture that separates content from presentation. Another motivation is to reduce the manual work of editors to detect and fix problems in manuscripts for production. TAPS and the new template (partially) automate it.
The aim of this page is to provide an explanation and additional details caused by the change. This page concludes with Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
A critical aspect of this change is that what the reviewers see during the review process (single column) is different from how the final publications will appear (two columns), and here you can see some example papers. This is a change in the process from what we have followed before. See Q&A below for details.
Another critical aspect of the new workflow is that page length is no longer the measure of the size of submissions. We have considered word or character counts as alternative measurements, but unfortunately there is no established, consistent way to count them. Different tools have different ways of counting words and characters. So, CHI has decided to remove the hard size limit from paper submissions. However, this does not mean that authors are allowed to waste readers’ time with redundant and verbose writing. Authors and reviewers are expected to work together to keep papers concise. The longer the paper is, the more significant the contribution must be. A paper that extends beyond the typical length will be scrutinized in particular detail.
Another related change is that we eliminate the traditional CHI extended abstract format (landscape). We use the same format as full papers (portrait) for extended abstracts. The author’s submit their work in the ACM’s submission format (1-column pdf). If accepted, the authors upload publication ready source files (1-column Word or LaTeX) to PCS and our vendor, Junction Publishing, will produce publication versions (pdf and html) using TAPS. The publication (pdf) will be in two-columns. There are page length limits for extended abstracts (at the time of submission, calculated using the single column template), but the specific numbers are different from previous years.
A critical change is that we eliminate the traditional Ubicomp/ISWC extended abstract format (landscape). We use the same format as full papers (portrait) for extended abstracts. The author’s submit their work in the ACM’s submission format (1-column pdf). If accepted, the authors upload publication ready source files (1-column Word or LaTeX) to PCS and our vendor, Junction Publishing, will produce publication versions (pdf and html) using TAPS. The publication (pdf) will be in two-columns.
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Figure 1: ACM approximation of the correlation between word count and page length in terms of pages.
Any transition of this significance will require work of people to adopt new practices. We recognize that some authors and reviewers will bear more of this work than others. We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation. To be better prepared, we strongly encourage authors to test the new template early and familiarize themselves with it. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. As volunteers we will try to provide you with help and support.
Figure 2: A SIGCHI diagram highlighting the different people and systems involved in publication.