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UPDATED—January 16, 2019. This sample paper describes
the formatting requirements for SIGCHI conference proceedings, and offers recommendations on writing for the worldwide
SIGCHI readership. Please review this document even if you
have submitted to SIGCHI conferences before, as some format details have changed relative to previous years. Abstracts
should be about 150 words and are required.
ACM Classification Keywords

H.5.m. Information Interfaces and Presentation (e.g. HCI):
Miscellaneous; See for the
full list of ACM classifiers. This section is required.
Author Keywords

Authors’ choice; of terms; separated; by semicolons; include
commas, within terms only; required.

This format is to be used for submissions that are published
in the conference proceedings. We wish to give this volume
a consistent, high-quality appearance. We therefore ask that
authors follow some simple guidelines. You should format
your paper exactly like this document. The easiest way to do
this is to replace the content with your own material. This
document describes how to prepare your submissions using

On each page your material should fit within a rectangle of 7
× 9.15 inches (18 × 23.2 cm), centered on a US Letter page
(8.5 × 11 inches), beginning 0.85 inches (1.9 cm) from the
top of the page, with a 0.3 inches (0.85 cm) space between
two 3.35 inches (8.4 cm) columns. Right margins should be
justified, not ragged. Please be sure your document and PDF
are US letter and not A4.

The styles contained in this document have been modified
from the default styles to reflect ACM formatting conventions.
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classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed
for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation
on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than the
author(s) must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, or
republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission
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© 2016 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.
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For example, content paragraphs like this one are formatted
using the Normal style.
LATEX sometimes will create overfull lines that extend into
columns. To attempt to combat this, the .cls file has a command, \sloppy, that essentially asks LATEX to prefer underfull lines with extra whitespace. For more details on this,
and info on how to control it more finely, check out http:
Title and Authors

Your paper’s title, authors and affiliations should run across
the full width of the page in a single column 17.8 cm (7 in.)
wide. The title should be in Helvetica or Arial 18-point bold.
Authors’ names should be in Times New Roman or Times
Roman 12-point bold, and affiliations in 12-point regular.
See \author section of this template for instructions on how
to format the authors. For more than three authors, you may
have to place some address information in a footnote, or in a
named section at the end of your paper. Names may optionally
be placed in a single centered row instead of at the top of each
column. Leave one 10-point line of white space below the last
line of affiliations.
Abstract and Keywords

Every submission should begin with an abstract of about 150
words, followed by a set of Author Keywords and ACM Classification Keywords. The abstract and keywords should be
placed in the left column of the first page under the left half
of the title. The abstract should be a concise statement of the
problem, approach, and conclusions of the work described.
It should clearly state the paper’s contribution to the field of
Normal or Body Text

Please use a 10-point Times New Roman or Times Roman font
or, if this is unavailable, another proportional font with serifs,
as close as possible in appearance to Times Roman 10-point.
Other than Helvetica or Arial headings, please use sans-serif
or non-proportional fonts only for special purposes, such as
source code text.
First Page Copyright Notice

This template include a sample ACM copyright notice at the
bottom of page 1, column 1. Upon acceptance, you will
be provided with the appropriate copyright statement and
unique DOI string for publication. Accepted papers will be
distributed in the conference publications. They will also be
placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain

\subsection, and \subsubsection commands will work
fine in this template.
Figure 1. Insert a caption below each figure. Do not alter the Caption
style. One-line captions should be centered; multi-line should be justified.

Test Conditions








Table 1. Table captions should be placed below the table. We recommend
table lines be 1 point, 25% black. Minimize use of table grid lines.

accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide. See
policy for the ACM’s copyright and permissions policy.

Place figures and tables at the top or bottom of the appropriate
column or columns, on the same page as the relevant text (see
Figure 1). A figure or table may extend across both columns
to a maximum width of 17.78 cm (7 in.).
Captions should be Times New Roman or Times Roman 9point bold. They should be numbered (e.g., “Table 1” or
“Figure 1”), centered and placed beneath the figure or table.
Please note that the words “Figure” and “Table” should be
spelled out (e.g., “Figure” rather than “Fig.”) wherever they
occur. Figures, like Figure 2, may span columns and all figures
should also include alt text for improved accessibility. Papers
and notes may use color figures, which are included in the
page limit; the figures must be usable when printed in blackand-white in the proceedings.
The paper may be accompanied by a short video figure up
to five minutes in length. However, the paper should stand
on its own without the video figure, as the video may not be
available to everyone who reads the paper.

Subsequent Pages

Inserting Images

On pages beyond the first, start at the top of the page and
continue in double-column format. The two columns on the
last page should be of equal length.

When possible, include a vector formatted graphic (i.e. PDF
or EPS). When including bitmaps, use an image editing tool to
resize the image at the appropriate printing resolution (usually
300 dpi).

References and Citations

Use a numbered list of references at the end of the article,
ordered alphabetically by last name of first author, and referenced by numbers in brackets [1, 2, 7]. Your references should
be published materials accessible to the public. Internal technical reports may be cited only if they are easily accessible
(i.e., you provide the address for obtaining the report within
your citation) and may be obtained by any reader for a nominal fee. Proprietary information may not be cited. Private
communications should be acknowledged in the main text, not
referenced (e.g., “[Borriello, personal communication]”).
References should be in ACM citation format:
publications/submissions/latex_style. This includes citations
to internet resources [1, 3, 4, 9] according to ACM format,
although it is often appropriate to include URLs directly in the
text, as above.


Quotations may be italicized when “placed inline” (Anab,
Longer quotes, when placed in their own paragraph, need
not be italicized or in quotation marks when indented
(Ramon, 39M).

The written and spoken language of SIGCHI is English.
Spelling and punctuation may use any dialect of English (e.g.,
British, Canadian, US, etc.) provided this is done consistently. Hyphenation is optional. To ensure suitability for an
international audience, please pay attention to the following:
• Write in a straightforward style.
• Try to avoid long or complex sentence structures.


The heading of a section should be in Helvetica or Arial 9point bold, all in capitals. Sections should not be numbered.

• Briefly define or explain all technical terms that may be
unfamiliar to readers.


• Explain all acronyms the first time they are used in your
text—e.g., “Digital Signal Processing (DSP)”.

Headings of subsections should be in Helvetica or Arial 9point bold with initial letters capitalized. For sub-sections and
sub-subsections, a word like the or of is not capitalized unless
it is the first word of the heading.

Headings for sub-subsections should be in Helvetica or Arial 9point italic with initial letters capitalized. Standard \section,

• Explain local references (e.g., not everyone knows all city
names in a particular country).
• Explain “insider” comments. Ensure that your whole audience understands any reference whose meaning you do
not describe (e.g., do not assume that everyone has used a
Macintosh or a particular application).

Figure 2. In this image, the map maximizes use of space. You can make figures as wide as you need, up to a maximum of the full width of both columns.
Note that LATEX tends to render large figures on a dedicated page. Image: c b d ayman on Flickr.

• Explain colloquial language and puns. Understanding
phrases like “red herring” may require a local knowledge
of English. Humor and irony are difficult to translate.

3. Add tags to the PDF

• Use unambiguous forms for culturally localized concepts,
such as times, dates, currencies, and numbers (e.g., “1–5–
97” or “5/1/97” may mean 5 January or 1 May, and “seven
o’clock” may mean 7:00 am or 19:00). For currencies,
indicate equivalences: “Participants were paid ₩ 25,000,
or roughly US $22.”

5. Set the tab order to “Use Document Structure”

4. Verify the default language

For more information and links to instructions and resources, please see:
The \hyperref package allows you to create well tagged
PDF files, please see the preamble of this template for an

• Be careful with the use of gender-specific pronouns (he,
she) and other gendered words (chairman, manpower, manmonths). Use inclusive language that is gender-neutral
(e.g., she or he, they, s/he, chair, staff, staff-hours, personyears). See the Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing for further
advice and examples regarding gender and other personal
attributes [10]. Be particularly aware of considerations
around writing about people with disabilities.

Your final submission should not contain footer or header
information at the top or bottom of each page. Specifically,
your final submission should not include page numbers. Initial
submissions may include page numbers, but these must be
removed for camera-ready. Page numbers will be added to the
PDF when the proceedings are assembled.

• If possible, use the full (extended) alphabetic character set
for names of persons, institutions, and places (e.g., Grønbæk, Lafreniére, Sánchez, Nguyễn, Universität, Weißenbach, Züllighoven, Århus, etc.). These characters are already included in most versions and variants of Times, Helvetica, and Arial fonts.

We recommend that you produce a PDF version of your submission well before the final deadline. Your PDF file must
be ACM DL Compliant. The requirements for an ACM Compliant PDF are available at:


The Executive Council of SIGCHI has committed to making
SIGCHI conferences more inclusive for researchers, practitioners, and educators with disabilities. As a part of this goal,
the all authors are asked to work on improving the accessibility
of their submissions. Specifically, we encourage authors to
carry out the following five steps:
1. Add alternative text to all figures
2. Mark table headings



Test your PDF file by viewing or printing it with the same software we will use when we receive it, Adobe Acrobat Reader
Version 10. This is widely available at no cost. Note that
most reviewers will use a North American/European version
of Acrobat reader, so please check your PDF accordingly.
When creating your PDF from Word, ensure that you generate
a tagged PDF from improved accessibility. This can be done
by using the Adobe PDF add-in, also called PDFMaker. Select
Acrobat | Preferences from the ribbon and ensure that “Enable
Accessibility and Reflow with tagged Adobe PDF” is selected.

You can then generate a tagged PDF by selecting “Create PDF”
from the Acrobat ribbon.

It is important that you write for the SIGCHI audience. Please
read previous years’ proceedings to understand the writing
style and conventions that successful authors have used. It
is particularly important that you state clearly what you have
done, not merely what you plan to do, and explain how your
work is different from previously published work, i.e., the
unique contribution that your work makes to the field. Please
consider what the reader will learn from your submission, and
how they will find your work useful. If you write with these
questions in mind, your work is more likely to be successful,
both in being accepted into the conference, and in influencing
the work of our field.

Sample text: We thank all the volunteers, and all publications
support and staff, who wrote and provided helpful comments
on previous versions of this document. Authors 1, 2, and
3 gratefully acknowledge the grant from NSF (#1234–2012–
ABC). This whole paragraph is just an example.

Your references should be published materials accessible to
the public. Internal technical reports may be cited only if they
are easily accessible and may be obtained by any reader for a
nominal fee. Proprietary information may not be cited. Private
communications should be acknowledged in the main text, not
referenced (e.g., [Golovchinsky, personal communication]).
References must be the same font size as other body text.
References should be in alphabetical order by last name of
first author. Use a numbered list of references at the end
of the article, ordered alphabetically by last name of first
author, and referenced by numbers in brackets. For papers
from conference proceedings, include the title of the paper and
the name of the conference. Do not include the location of the
conference or the exact date; do include the page numbers if
References should be in ACM citation format: http://www.acm.
org/publications/submissions/latex_style. This includes citations to Internet resources [4, 3, 9] according to ACM format,
although it is often appropriate to include URLs directly in
the text, as above. Example reference formatting for individual journal articles [2], articles in conference proceedings [7],
books [10], theses [11], book chapters [12], an entire journal
issue [6], websites [1, 3], tweets [4], patents [5], games [8],
and online videos [9] is given here. See the examples of citations at the end of this document and in the accompanying
BibTeX document. This formatting is a edited version of the
format automatically generated by the ACM Digital Library
( as “ACM Ref.” DOI and/or URL links
are optional but encouraged as are full first names. Note that

the Hyperlink style used throughout this document uses blue
links; however, URLs in the references section may optionally
appear in black.

1. ACM. 1998. How to Classify Works Using ACM’s
Computing Classification System. (1998).
2. R. E. Anderson. 1992. Social Impacts of Computing:
Codes of Professional Ethics. Social Science Computer
Review December 10, 4 (1992), 453–469. DOI:

3. Anna Cavender, Shari Trewin, and Vicki Hanson. 2014.
Accessible Writing Guide. (2014).

#BINGO #CHI2014. Tweet. (1 May 2014). Retrieved
Febuary 2, 2015 from https:
5. Morton L. Heilig. 1962. Sensorama Simulator. U.S.
Patent 3,050,870. (28 August 1962). Filed Februrary 22,
6. Jofish Kaye and Paul Dourish. 2014. Special issue on
science fiction and ubiquitous computing. Personal and
Ubiquitous Computing 18, 4 (2014), 765–766. DOI:

7. Scott R. Klemmer, Michael Thomsen, Ethan
Phelps-Goodman, Robert Lee, and James A. Landay.
2002. Where Do Web Sites Come from?: Capturing and
Interacting with Design History. In Proceedings of the
SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing
Systems (CHI ’02). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1–8.
8. Nintendo R&D1 and Intelligent Systems. 1994. Super
Metroid. Game [SNES]. (18 April 1994). Nintendo,
Kyoto, Japan. Played August 2011.
9. Psy. 2012. Gangnam Style. Video. (15 July 2012).
Retrieved August 22, 2014 from
10. Marilyn Schwartz. 1995. Guidelines for Bias-Free
Writing. ERIC, Bloomington, IN, USA.
11. Ivan E. Sutherland. 1963. Sketchpad, a Man-Machine
Graphical Communication System. Ph.D. Dissertation.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
12. Langdon Winner. 1999. The Social Shaping of
Technology (2nd ed.). Open University Press, UK,
Chapter Do artifacts have politics?, 28–40.


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