CSCW 2010: The 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work • February 6–10, 2010 • Savannah, Georgia, USA


Papers & Notes


Submissions and Reviewing:

(See also Guide to Successful Submissions)

CSCW is an international and interdisciplinary conference that has a special focus on how technology intersects with social practices. We invite submissions that detail existing sociotechnical practices, and/or inform the design or deployment of collaborative systems. The purview of CSCW includes, but is not limited to, technologically enhanced collaboration, cooperation, and communication. It includes socio-technical activities at work, in the home, in education, in medicine, in the arts, for socializing and for entertainment. Potential areas of interest for stimulating new ways of thinking about, studying or supporting shared activities include:

Papers and Notes should detail research contributions to knowledge in the field of CSCW – that is, research into communication or collaboration technologies and how such technologies mediate people’s social activities. Papers and Notes will be presented at the CSCW conference and will be included in the conference Proceedings and as archival works in the ACM Digital Library.

Papers and Notes should present original, unpublished research; in accordance with ACM policy, CSCW does not accept submissions that have been published previously in refereed or formally reviewed publications or currently under consideration for such publication.

Papers (10 pgs.) and Notes (4 pgs.) will be reviewed by the same committee of reviewers and will go through the same review process. Authors should choose the type of submission that better fits the scope and contribution of their work. Guidelines for deciding whether a Paper and Note is the most appropriate for your submission are described below.

All Papers and Notes should relate the presented work to previous research or experience, highlight which aspects of the work are novel, and make clear the most significant contribution(s). Papers will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing, and contribution to conference program diversity. The different length of Papers (10 pages) and Notes (4 pages) allows authors to choose an appropriate submission based on the amount of contribution or scope of the work. Submissions will be evaluated according to the submission type (Paper or Note) selected by the author - there will be no mechanism for re-considering a submitted Paper as a shorter Note. We recommend that submitters consider carefully whether their work in its current state is more appropriate for a Paper or a Note.

Papers Notes
A Paper must break new ground and provide complete and substantial support for its results and conclusions as a significant contribution to the field. Successful submissions typically represent a major advance for the field of CSCW. A Note must report new results and provide support for the results as a contribution to the field. Compared to Papers, Notes may offer a more limited discussion of related work, or they may provide a novel design without a full blown evaluation or less exhaustive explanation of implementation detail. While Notes are held to the same standard of scientific quality as Papers, the scope and scale of the contribution is more focused and succinct than Papers.
Papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including the abstract, all figures and references, and must be formatted according to the detailed submission instructions found here. Notes must be no longer than 4 pages, including the abstract, all figures, and references, and must be formatted according to the detailed submission instructions found here.

Any questions about submitting a Paper or a Note should be directed to

Papers and Notes will be reviewed “as is”, on the basis of the submission. However there will be an author response process where the primary contact author will have access to the reviews of the submission and can respond with clarifications and reactions to the reviews before the final accept/reject decision is made. Submitters should plan to be able to access the PCS system during this “rebuttal” period, and should allocate time to formulate a thoughtful response. Papers and Notes will be accepted or rejected on the basis of reviews and author responses - the schedule does not allow time for authors to make substantive revisions to submissions.

Papers and Notes are subjected to a blind review process: the submitted copy should have all authors’ names and affiliations removed, and should avoid any obvious identifying features. While authors should leave citations to their own relevant work unanonymized, they should reference it in a way that doesn’t readily identify them as the authors. For example use “Prior work by [ref]” instead of “In our prior work.”

Papers and Notes must include an abstract of no more than 100 words. Authors who are submitting Papers or Notes are also encouraged to consider submitting videos that illustrate their work, either as a short video figure (judged as part of your submission) or as a standalone longer video (that you should submit as an independent video submission). The video figure must be no more than two minutes in length and 30MB in size. Good quality video figures will appear in the Video Proceedings. Please refer to the Call for Videos for details on Full Videos and how to produce videos of acceptable quality.

CSCW 2010 Papers and Notes submissions must be received by 5pm PDT June 1st, 2009. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered. Submissions must be uploaded online at the ACM SIGCHI conference site:

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All submitted materials for rejected work will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted Papers and Notes will be kept confidential until the date of the conference with the exception of the paper’s title, authors and abstract which will be used as part of the advanced program description. 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.

Final versions of accepted Papers and Notes and copyright release forms must be formatted according to the detailed instructions.

CSCW 2010 will continue the “Best of CSCW” awards program. This program will run in accordance with SIGCHI guidelines. After first review, papers or notes of a suitable standard will be nominated for secondary review in order to award “Honorable Mention” and “Best” status to outstanding submissions. Approximately 5% of submissions may be nominated for best Paper or Note and 1% of total submissions are awarded “Best of CSCW” status.

Papers & Notes Co-Chairs