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SIGCHI Policy for Papers Review at CHI Conference

The purpose of the CHI Papers Review Policy is to provide a framework within which the CHI Papers (Co-)Chairs will design their review process. It is intended to be a policy document, not a process document. The SIGCHI Publications Board is responsible for policy, while the Papers (Co-)Chairs are responsible for the review process.

  1. Quality in published papers. CHI is committed to strengthening the discipline of HCI and its constituent sub-disciplines by maintaining a high standard of quality in the papers it publishes. Therefore CHI looks for papers each of which makes its own significant and potentially valuable contribution to the relevant sub-discipline's body of published work The quality of execution of the reported work must be sufficient to gain the trust of readers and ensure that they can extract from the paper the value and benefits it claims to offer. CHI sets these standards of quality in the belief that they are similar to, and therefore consistent with, the quality measures applied by other HCI conferences and journals.
  2. Fairness in reviewing. CHI has a policy of reviewing papers on a fair and even-handed basis across all sub-disciplines, and takes this into account in recruiting and instructing reviewers. Each reviewer prepares his or her review of a paper independently of other reviewers. A committee member may then organize an anonymous discussion of the paper, but only between reviewers who have already submitted a full review in draft. The review criteria applied are derived from CHI's policy on quality and therefore emphasize significance of contribution and benefit to be gained by readers. Reviewers are expected to assess significance in terms of relevant past work. The criteria also ask that work be carried out to sufficient standards of validity that readers can place trust in the results and apply them with confidence. A high standard of written presentation is also expected. These criteria apply equally to all submitted papers. They are spelled out in the CHI Call for Participation and in the review form used by CHI reviewers. They provide the basis on which the papers committee selects the papers to be included in the program.
  3. Continuity and evaluation in the review process. CHI is committed to maintaining an appropriate level of continuity across conferences and to ensuring that process changes are adequately evaluated. The introduction of process changes should be viewed as part of the long-term, incremental development of the review process, and steps should be taken to minimize undesired outcomes. Thus every effort should be made to verify perceived problems before addressing them with process changes. Equally, effort should be devoted to identifying process problems that might go undetected and therefore unaddressed. All proposed solutions should be tested before their introduction, as thoroughly and as early as possible. The outcome of those changes that are introduced to the process should be evaluated and the results delivered in time to inform those responsible for the next conference. Detection, verification, testing and evaluation must be based on review process data, and will involve storing these data, making them accessible and addressing related security and privacy issues.

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