Guidelines & Rules

MobileHCI Requires Novel Manuscripts

Paper submissions must not have been published previously. A paper is considered to have been previously published if it has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal or meeting proceedings that is reliably and permanently available afterward in print or electronic form to non-attendees, irrespective of the language of that publication. This includes papers that are reviewed only as abstracts, but are published as a complete paper.

MobileHCI Supports Sharing Preliminary Work

MobileHCI sees significant value in sharing early work through posters, demos, and informal venues. Indeed, MobileHCI strongly encourages the submission of exciting, early research as a MobileHCI poster or demo. Sharing preliminary research through these short, lightly reviewed venues does not inhibit subsequent publication at MobileHCI-provided that the MobileHCI submission makes a contribution beyond (i.e., provides more or newer information than) the previous, shorter document.

Non peer-reviewed documents such as theses and tech reports are not considered prior publications, and thus do not preclude submission of a paper on the same topic by the same authors. Prior work should, of course, be referenced appropriately. Please take special note of the ACM Plagiarism Policy, in particular the section on self-plagiarism.

Concurrent Submission is Prohibited

A paper identical or substantially similar (or even a subset or superset) in content to one submitted to MobileHCI should not be simultaneously under consideration at another conference or journal during the entire duration of the MobileHCI review process (i.e., from the submission deadline until the notification of decisions are emailed to authors). This restriction applies even if the overlap in review timelines between MobileHCI and another venue is just a few days or a few hours, and even if it is your intention to withdraw the submission from the other venues as soon as it is accepted by one of them. This restriction also applies even if the other venue allows simultaneous submission. We will make every effort to identify simultaneous submissions, and Mobile HCI reviewers are often familiar with the papers under review at other related conferences and journals; as such, submissions that are substantially similar run the risk of being rejected by MobileHCI and the other venues on grounds of duplication alone.


All references must be complete, accurate, accessible to the public, and conform to the Conference Proceedings Publication Format. Do not cite publications that are proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.

Anonymous Submission Process

Paper submissions are anonymous and must therefore remove all author and institutional information from the title and header area of the first page of the paper.

Furthermore, all references must remain intact. If you previously published a paper and your current submission builds on that work, the reference - with authors - should appear in the references. Submission should not have blank references (e.g., "12. REMOVED FOR REVIEWING").

We encourage authors to refer to their previous work in the third person. Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper, while encouraged, is left to the authors' discretion.

This policy seeks to balance two goals. The first goal is to emphasize for all parties involved that reviews assess the content of a submission, not its authors. This is why names must be omitted from the masthead. The second goal is to encourage papers that clearly explain the research. Sometimes doing so requires (at least implicitly) disclosing information about the authors or an institution. This is why anonymization within the body of the paper is encouraged, but at the authors' discretion.

Preparing the Submission

See the Submission and Formatting instructions and the guide on writing a good paperon the MobileHCI 2015 web site for full information on preparing your manuscript.

Mobile HCI 2015 does not enforce paper lengths as known from previous conferences in this series. Papers must contain an abstract that is less than 150 words long and clearly states the paper's contribution to the field of MobileHCI. Submitted PDFs must be no larger than 10 megabytes and should be prepared using the MobileHCI 2015 Archive format.

Authors are encouraged to include video material with their papers. These should be uploaded as additional files. Videos cannot exceed 40 megabytes. Further information can be found on the on the supporting video material webpage .

Submissions will be made using Precision Conference . The authors must be prepared to sign an ACM copyright transfer form before the submission is published.

What's New?

There are several new things this year for MobileHCI:

  • No limit to paper length: the length must be justified by your contribution.
  • This author guide. The program chairs decided to adapt this author guide originally from UIST and modified for ISWC) to help authors in the process of writing and submitting high-quality papers.
  • Contribution and impact ratings in the review form. See the Review Criteria section.
  • No contribution statement is required.
  • No ACM copyright procedure (see the final submission section).

Final Submission

Please upload your camera-ready paper without any copyright notice till May 31, 2015. Subsequently, ACM will send you a copyright form, which you have to complete. Once completed, you will receive the copyright information to be put into your paper. Please submit then the final paper (including the new copyright notice) via the submission system.

Presentation at the Conference

Upon acceptance, you have to present your paper at the conference. At least one author of each paper must register by the early registration deadline July 12, 2015.

Each paper of 6 pages or more has a time slot of 24 minutes (18 minutes presentation and 6 minutes for questions) and each shorter paper has a time slot of 12 minutes (9 minutes presentation and 3 minutes for questions).

More Information

Accepted Papers will be distributed in the conference proceedings on digital format. They will also be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.

If you have questions about Full and Short Papers for MobileHCI 2015, contact the Program Chairs Hans Gellersen and Ken Hinckley at