alt.chi : Call for Participation

Quick Facts

  • alt.chi consists of both external and invited submissions
  • Submission deadline: 7 January 2014 (5:00pm PT)
  • Online submission: PCS Submission System
  • Open reviewing period: 8 January 2014 - 23 January 2014
  • Juror decision period: 24 January 2014 - 2 February 2014
  • Notification: 5 February 2014
  • Camera-ready deadline: 19 February 2014
  • Submission format: Camera-ready, 10 page paper in Extended Abstract Format, including an abstract of no more than 100 words and a brief submission history of the paper. Optional 5 minute video figure. Submitted papers will be openly discussed by members of the CHI community in an online discussion forum. Selected contributions to the online discussion will be invited as commentary to be archived as part of the alt.chi Extended Abstracts. Authors are welcome and encouraged to invite members of the community to discuss their paper.
  • At the conference: presenters have a 15-minute slot (including questions, stop after 12 minutes).
  • Archives: Extended abstracts; DVD and ACM Digital Library

What is alt.chi?

alt.chi is a forum for controversial, risk-taking, and boundary pushing presentations at CHI. The CHI program committee formed alt.chi as a forum for innovative and insightful work that can go unrecognized through the standard review process. alt.chi papers often innovate methodologically, critique accepted practices, or take on controversial questions. alt.chi's open and juried review processes ensure that the year's best work in human computer interaction finds a space at CHI.

New this year: alt.chi commentaries

alt.chi subject matter often cuts across CHI sub-communities. The discussions alt.chi papers generate are as important as the paper itself. This year, we will invite a selection of alt.chi open reviewers to revise their work as a short commentary to be published with the alt.chi paper. These commentaries will amplify and enrich alt.chi presentations of provocative work.

Message from the alt.chi Chairs

alt.chi 2014 proudly continues the tradition of bringing substantive, thought-provoking, original work to CHI through an alternative approach. alt.chi is appropriate for submissions that prove difficult to assess through mainstream procedures, whether for reasons of methodology or content. Forum discussion allows dialogue about the potential significance of a submission, and Juried selection ensures that high standards for excellence are maintained. alt.chi hosts some of the most audacious and insightful presentations at the conference. This is the avant-garde of CHI.

Therefore, we invite the submission of bold, compelling, critical, and innovative works that challenge or re-imagine human computer interaction research and design. alt.chi 2014 is methodologically inclusive and accepts reports, analyses, designs, and systematic inquiries - whether quantitative, qualitative, or both. Especially encouraged are works that speak to the conference theme of "One of a CHInd," exploring the challenges and possibilities of engagement and partial connections across different disciplines, communities, and purposes at CHI. alt.chi 2014 is an opportunity to re-shape the conversation by introducing a vibrant intellectual community to a new way of doing work. We invite you to change the game.

Daniela Rosner, University of Washington
Lilly Irani, University of California, San Diego

Preparing and Submitting your alt.chi Submission

Submissions must be formatted in Extended Abstract Format. Submissions may not be more than 10 pages long, and the abstract within the Extended Abstract should be no longer than 100 words. alt.chi submissions should not be accepted or under review anywhere else while in submission.

We welcome completely fresh submissions tailored to the specific goals and values of alt.chi. However, authors may also submit controversial or compelling work not accepted in other tracks. In particular, authors of highly discussed papers that are submitted but not accepted into the CHI Papers and Notes track may be invited to submit their work to alt.chi. In these cases, authors will be asked to submit the reviews that their CHI submission has previously received, along with a brief explanation of why they believe their paper will be a good fit for alt.chi.

Authors may request assistance from a volunteer english review service. See details in the alt.chi English Review section.

Optional Video Figure

Your submission may be accompanied by a short digital video figure or interactive illustration that is up to five minutes in length and no more than 100 MB final data size. Since not everyone who reads the paper may view the video figure, your submission must stand on its own without the figure, and will be reviewed as such. Some guidelines for creating video submissions can be found at: Guide to Submitting a Video as Supplementary Material.

alt.chi English Review

alt.chi aims to attract unusual, interesting, thought-provoking work to be presented at CHI. We're all about removing barriers to the presentation of great work, and one of those barriers involves language. We want to ensure that submissions to alt.chi are judged on the merits of the ideas, not the grammar of the writing.

To take advantage of our English review service, here's what you need to know:

  • To request English review, email your paper draft to Include the phrase "[alt.chi english review]" in the subject line -- if it doesn't include this, we don't guarantee a quick response.
  • The alt.chi submission deadline is 7 January 2014. We ask authors who want to use our English review service to send drafts between 25 November and 6 December. We will ask that English reviewers return reviewed drafts by 15 December in order to give the authors enough time to revise.
  • English reviewers are providing an editorial service focused on grammar and clarity -- they are not providing feedback on the content of the submission (that happens later, during the open reviewing period).
  • Requests will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. The sooner you send your request for English review, the sooner your work will be reviewed.
  • After receiving an English review from our volunteers, it is up to you to alter your submission according to your reviewer's suggestions.
  • The English review service does not directly affect your submission's acceptance or rejection.
  • Our English reviewers are volunteers; please be patient.
  • The English review service does not alter the submission process. You must complete your submission before the deadline, even if you have not received any feedback from the English Review Service team.

We hope you find this service helpful. This is a pilot program, tried only once at CHI before. Your feedback will help us decide whether and how to handle this service going forward.

alt.chi Decision Process

alt.chi is Juried for CHI 2014. During the period between submissions and notifications, members of the CHI community will be invited to discuss the submission in a public, non-anonymous, forum*. Anyone who is interested will be able to view and discuss your work. Authors will be encouraged to invite appropriate members of the CHI community to comment on their work, and the alt.chi committee will also invite discussions. We want to encourage discussion and debate on what makes a good alt.chi (or regular CHI) submission, and, ultimately, what pushes the field forward. After the open reviewing period, a jury of experts will evaluate the work based on:

  • How compelling it would be to an open-minded CHI audience.
  • How well it embodies alt.chi's values of creativity, criticality, reflection, and originality.
  • The nature of the discussions that the submission provoked.

Our jury for 2014:

Nic Bidwell
Elizabeth Churchill
Gilbert Cockton
Dan Cosley
Andy Dearden
Carl DiSalvo
Paul Dourish
Darren Gergle
Beki Grinter
Mark Gross
Steve Jackson
Jofish Kaye
Jen Mankoff
Brenda Laurel
Shwetak Patel
Nimmi Rangaswamy
Christine Satchell
Lucy Suchman
Alex Taylor
Janet Vertesi
Terry Winograd

*all reviewers will be required to consent to a review agreement prior to participating in the selection process.

Upon Acceptance of your alt.chi Submission

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 5 February 2014. Final versions of accepted Extended Abstracts must be uploaded to PCS by 19 February 2014.

At the Conference

All accepted alt.chi papers will be presented at the conference.

After the Conference

Accepted alt.chi papers will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts, available at the conference on DVD and in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.