More than Human Centred Design

Submitting Papers


Full papers published at DIS2020 are ACM archival publications and will be made available through the ACM in the Digital Library.

Important Dates

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Abstract and title due:
(title, abstract, authors, and other metadata)
January 24, 2020
(The submission system closes at 17:00 PST)
Paper submission deadline: January 31, 2020
(The submission system closes at 17:00 PST)
Paper notifications to authors: April 9, 2020
Papers Program: July 8-10, 2020

Contribution Areas

DIS2020 invites papers that are well aligned with the theme of DIS2020: More than human centered design. We also invite papers that can contribute to any of the four following areas described below. Please note that papers will be submitted to the papers track, independent of the contribution area theme. The DIS 2020 Papers split committees will be comprised of Associate Chairs that collectively represent expertise across all contribution areas.

Critical Computing and Design Theory

Critical computing and design theory have contributed to one another for decades. This area seeks papers that carry this work into a new generation–exploring the relationships among design inquiry, politics, aesthetics, ethics, and craftsmanship as well as unpacking the notion of criticality in design and computing.

Design Methods and Processes

Share your inventions and insights that open up new spaces for design, allow for engagement with new, difficult to access communities, and enable designers to play with exciting new materials. This area seeks papers that document, innovate and/or advance the methods and processes used by UX and service design practitioners; user researchers from industry, academia, and NGOs; and academic design researchers working in HCI and interaction design.

Experiences, Artifacts, and Technology

Interactions with digital artifacts and technologies are an inescapable facet of our everyday experience. This area seeks papers that explore new relationships and intersections amongst and between experiences, artifacts and technologies, and the ways in which meaningful and impactful interactions are designed, created and engendered.

Change Through Design

Design has the potential to enact positive change and/or tackle large-scale and complex societal, cultural, economic, environmental, and/or political challenges in the world. What are the political, ethical, and moral dimensions of design? Who is allowed to participate in design processes, and who are our designs for? This area seeks papers about design activism discourses, approaches, processes, tools, and inspirational cases/exemplars.

Preparing and Submitting Your Submissions

Abstract and Title Submissions

DIS 2020 has two submission deadlines for papers. The first deadline, January 24, requires you to submit title, abstract of less than 150 words, and meta-data for your paper. We will use this information to help plan the specifics of the review process. The second deadline, January 31, is for the final version of your paper. You can also update your paper title and abstract as needed.

Paper Formatting and Length

All submissions should be formatted using the following templates:

We have chosen to use the most recent ACM SIGCHI paper format (also recently used for CHI 2020).

Papers should be no longer than 10 pages, excluding the reference section. This includes all figures, tables, appendices, and an abstract of less than 150 words. References do not count towards the page limits. Submissions that are over the required length will be rejected.

We no longer have the category of “Notes”; however, you may submit a paper that is between 4-10pages that will be reviewed based on its contribution.

All Papers must present original, unpublished research. Papers are not allowed to be under concurrent review with other conferences, journals, or venues.

DIS Anonymisation Policy

The DIS papers review process is based on blind reviewing. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions (Note: changing the text color of the author information is not sufficient). Also, please make sure that identifying information does not appear in the document’s meta-data (e.g., the ‘Authors’ field in your word processor’s ‘Save As’ dialog box). In addition, we require that the acknowledgments section be left blank as it could also easily identify the authors and/or their institution.

Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors’ discretion. We do expect that authors leave citations to their previous work unanonymized so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. However, authors are required to cite their own work in the third person, e.g., avoid “As described in our previous work [10], … ” and use instead “As described by [10], …”

In order to ensure the fairness of the reviewing process, DIS uses double-blind reviews, where external reviewers don’t know the identity of authors, and authors don’t know the identity of external reviewers. In the past few years, some authors have decided to publish their DIS submissions in public archives prior to or during the review process. These public archives have surpassed in reach and publicity what used to happen with tech reports published in institutional repositories. The consequence is that well-informed external reviewers may know, without searching for it, the full identity and institutional affiliation of the authors of a submission they are reviewing. While reviewers should not actively seek information about author identity, complete anonymization is difficult and can be made more so by publication and promotion of work during the DIS review process. While publication in public archives is becoming standard across many fields, authors should be aware that unconscious biases can affect the nature of reviews when identities are known. DIS does not discourage non-archival publication of work prior to or during the review process but recognizes that complete anonymization becomes more difficult in that context.


You must submit your Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit a Paper to the Precision Conference submission system (PCS) by January 24, 2020. The NOI is an entry in PCS with tentative author names, title and abstract. You can make changes as many times as you like before the final submission deadline on January 31, 2020. Note that this represents a compromise between the tight review schedule this year and the submission deadline being close to public holidays. There will be no further extensions!

As part of the submission process, authors must submit an abstract, keywords, and meta-data related to the submission’s contents. We encourage you to include your contribution type(s) in the metadata related to your submission.

Review Process

Papers follow a rigorous blind peer review process. This process is managed by the Technical Program Chairs (TCs), the Split Chairs (SCs) for each split, and Associate Chairs (ACs). Confidentiality of submissions is maintained throughout the review process.

After the submission deadline, each paper will be assigned to a split committee during the PCS submission process, in consultation with SCs, and at the discretion of the technical program chairs. Please note that papers will be submitted to the papers track, independent of the contribution area theme. The DIS 2020 Papers committees will be divided into splits (likely 4 depending on the total number of submissions) and be comprised of Associate Chairs that collectively represent expertise across all contribution types. This is different from previous DIS conferences and is intended to foster discussion across contribution types and also ensure an equitable workload across ACs.

SCs will then assign each paper to a primary AC (1AC) as well as a secondary AC (2AC). The 1AC will find two external reviewers. Each external reviewer as well as the 2AC will write a detailed review of their assigned papers and assess the contribution of the research to the field. Thus, each paper will receive 3 detailed reviews. As part of this process, we will strive to find ACs and reviewers who are experts in the topic area of each submission.

After the reviews have been written, the 1AC for a paper will ensure scholarly content and broader impact of reviews and write a meta review of the paper that summarises the reviews from the two external reviewers and the 2AC. If 1ACs disagree with the other reviews, they will be encouraged to write a review as well as a meta-review; we will strive to distinguish between the 1AC’s assessment of the paper and the summarization of the other reviews.

The 1AC will present a recommendation for the paper’s acceptance or rejection to the SC responsible for the paper, who will review meta reviews and spot check reviews.

SCs and ACs will meet at a virtual program committee meeting with the TCs to discuss the final acceptance of papers for inclusion in the DIS 2020 program.

Upon Acceptance of Your Paper

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of their Paper on or before the notification date of April 9, 2020. Meta reviews will describe any further changes that the authors are expected to make to the paper prior to its publication. These should be made as part of a “camera ready submission” into PCS by the deadline of April 23, 2020. Final changes will be checked by members of the program committee prior to making a final acceptance of the paper. If authors are unable to meet the requirements for changes, the program chairs will be notified and may reject the paper.

All accepted submissions require a signed form assigning copyright or licence to the ACM, or an upfront fee to ACM to enable Open Access. Responsibility for obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the DIS conference.

Additionally, each accepted submission requires a full conference registration fee to be paid, unless the person presenting the Paper is a first-author student, in which case, a student registration fee has to be paid.

All published papers will appear online in the ACM Digital Library and be distributed digitally to conference delegates as part of the conference proceedings.

At the conference, authors of accepted papers must be in attendance to present their papers and answer questions from the audience. Presenters of Papers will have a presentation slot of approximately 20 minutes, though this may be altered prior to the conference based on scheduling needs. Papers whose authors are not at the conference to present may be removed from the ACM Digital Library and the conference proceedings.

DIS2020 Technical Program Chairs

Audrey Desjardins (University of Washington)
William Odom (Simon Fraser University)
Marianne Graves Petersen (Aarhus University)