Papers and Pictorials

Important dates

  • Papers & Pictorials: Title, abstract, authors, and other metadata submission deadline
    11 February, 2022 AoE
  • Papers and Pictorials: PDF submission deadline
    18 February, 2022 AoE 
  • Papers & Pictorials and Doctoral Consortium notifications:
    6 April, 2022
  • Papers & Pictorials and Doctoral Consortium publication-ready deadline:
    20 April, 2022
  • Video-ready deadline:
    11 May, 2022

The program this year

DIS will be completely asynchronous so no need to get up early or stay up late for your session. You can register here: Register Now

Here is how DIS would be structured this year:

On the first day of the conference(13th June), all papers as well as links to their videos will be up on the website, grouped into sessions/or as youtube playlists.

Anyone can watch or read any paper they like and then leave their questions in discord or twitter.We ask the authors of the papers to regularly check Discord and Twitter throughout the duration of the conference period regularly in order to monitor what questions they receive.

The authors can of course also answer any questions after the conference days, however, we aim to handle any questions and answers during the conference time window in order to suit our theme of digital wellbeing.Therefore, there is no need for the author (and viewers) to get up early or be online at a specific time, as they can answer any questions at a time that suits them best.

There will be an opening recording, where the General Chairs will say “welcome” and announce the Best Paper Honorable Mentions and Awards.

More updates will come from DIS general chairs and registration chairs once you are onboard or monitor DIS 2022 twitter handle for news and updates.

What are Papers and Pictorials?

DIS papers are written archival publications of original research. They are primarily textual and represent mature, complete research contributions. DIS pictorials are archival publications in which the visual components (e.g., diagrams, sketches, illustrations, renderings, photographs, annotated photographs, and collages) play a significant role in conveying the ideas and contributions in addition to the accompanying text. Pictorials leverage the power of visual communication with the effective use of high-quality images. They may have a practical or theoretical nature or both. As design perspectives have increasingly become integrated in HCI practice and research, new approaches are needed to communicate design practices, processes, products, and artefacts to the HCI community. Through pictorials, researchers, practitioners, industry professionals, artists, designers, and students from various disciplines, including interaction design, engineering, computer science, product design, social science, media studies, and the arts are encouraged to express and unpack their design practices and projects in visually rich ways. The pictorials format helps foster discussions among authors, conference attendees, and the wider community by sharing novel methods, insights, and lessons learned from engaging in or with the design of interactive systems and artefacts.

Preparing and Submitting Your Papers and Pictorials Abstract and Title Submissions

DIS 2022 has two submission deadlines for the papers and pictorials track. The first deadline requires a title, abstract of fewer than 150 words, and meta-data for your paper or pictorial. We will use this information to help plan the specifics of the review process. The second deadline is for the final version of your paper or pictorial. You can also update your paper or pictorial title and abstract as needed.

The templates and the rules for formatting are different for papers and pictorials. Please read them carefully.

Paper Formatting and Length

All paper submissions should be formatted using the templates described on this webpage:

We have chosen to use the most recent ACM paper format (also recently used for CHI2022).

Papers do not have a page limit. This is a change from prior years in which authors were encouraged to submit a maximum of 10 pages. Authors are instead encouraged to submit a paper with a length proportional to its contribution, and thus, there is no maximum (or minimum) length. However, clarity of writing is considered vital to a high-quality submission.
If your research contribution requires only 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 pages (single column, plus references), please submit a paper of that length. Reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a submission relative to its length. Papers should be succinct, but thorough in presenting the work. Shorter, more focused papers are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. Papers whose lengths are incommensurate with their contributions will be rejected. Papers may be perceived as too long if they are repetitive or verbose, too short if they omit important details, neglect relevant prior art, or tamper with formatting rules to save on page count.
For reference, the ACM TAPS webpage features a table comparing the page length of single-column manuscript and dual-column publication-ready version. Please submit your paper as a single-column manuscript via PCS. For the LaTeX template, the document class should be set


Due to the changes to the template, reviewers will be instructed to tolerate reasonable formatting errors that emerge from this change.
All papers must present original, unpublished research. Papers are not allowed to be under concurrent review with other conferences, journals, or venues.

Pictorial Formatting and Length

Pictorials must be submitted using the DIS 2022 pictorials templates (below) , they should not exceed 12 pages, excluding references. Please keep the first page of the submission following the template (see below) to include the submission’s title, author(s) and their affiliation(s) (leave blank for double-blind review), and a written abstract of no more than 150 words succinctly describing the background and context of the pictorial as well as its contribution to the DIS community. Further written parts known from other conference formats such as Introduction, Conclusion, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References are optional. The main part of the submission should be an annotated visual composition, and we encourage submissions to use the format creatively. Please go through previous years’ successful pictorials at DIS, TEI and C&C for inspiration.

PCS allows file sizes up to about 150 MB, but we suggest that you keep reviewers in mind and experiment with lower resolution to make the submission considerably smaller.
We strongly advise you to use the InDesign template to compose your Pictorial. If you do not have access to InDesign, please use the Word or Powerpoint template.

Important Note on Accessibility

Although the general instructions for ACM papers have changed, pictorials continue in the landscape format that has been developed for them. The templates above are the same as those introduced for DIS 2020 and 2021 pictorials. One of the primary reasons that ACM is moving to a new publications workflow for papers is accessibility. Pictorial authors are required to produce accessible work. Please ensure that “Enable Accessibility and Reflow with tagged Adobe PDF” is checked when you create your PDF submissions file. Please be sure that all images have the correct associated Alt Text.

Please see:

DIS Anonymisation Policy

DIS uses double-blind anonymous reviews, where external reviewers don’t know the identity of authors, and authors don’t know the identity of external reviewers. 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 ensure 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 or pictorial is left to the authors’ discretion. We do expect that authors leave citations to their previous work unanonymised so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. However, we suggest that authors 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 the past few years, some authors have decided to publish their DIS submissions in public archives prior to or during the review process. The consequence is that well-informed external reviewers may know, without searching for it, the identity and institutional affiliation of the authors of a submission they are reviewing. While reviewers should not actively seek information about author identity, complete anonymisation 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 recognises that complete anonymisation becomes more difficult in that context.


You must submit your Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit a paper or pictorial to the Precision Conference submission system (PCS) by 11th February, 2022. The NOI is an entry in PCS with tentative author names, title, abstract, and metadata. You can make changes as many times as you like before the final submission deadline on 18th February, 2022.

Review Process

After the submission deadline, each paper or pictorial 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 and pictorials will be submitted to the same track, independent of the contribution area. The DIS 2022 paper and pictorial committees will be composed of Associate Chairs that collectively represent expertise across all contribution types. The process will be similar to the DIS 2021 conference and is intended to foster discussion across contribution types and also ensure equitable workload across ACs.

SCs will then assign each paper or pictorial to a primary AC (1AC) and a secondary AC (2AC). The 1AC will find two external reviewers. Each external reviewer, and the 2AC will write a detailed review of their assigned submissions and assess the contribution of the research to the field. Thus, each paper or pictorial 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. We also highly encourage all authors to sign up and volunteer to be a reviewer. You can volunteer for reviewing on the same PCS portal. Please don’t forget to update your volunteering history and areas of expertise at
After the reviews have been written, the 1AC for a paper or pictorial will ensure scholarly content and broader impact of reviews and write a meta review of the paper or pictorial 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 submission and the summarisation of the other reviews.

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

SCs and ACs will meet at a virtual program committee meeting with the technical program chairs to discuss the final acceptance of papers and pictorials for inclusion in the program.

Upon Acceptance of your Paper or Pictorial

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of their paper or pictorial on or before the notification date. Meta reviews will describe any further changes the authors are expected to make to the submission before publication. These should be made as part of a “publication-ready submission” into PCS. Members of the program committee will check final changes prior to making a final acceptance of the paper or pictorial. If authors are unable to meet the requirements for changes, the technical 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 by the first author (student registration fees available for students). Papers or pictorials whose authors are not registered for the conference may be removed from the ACM Digital Library and the conference proceedings.

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

Video Presentations

The authors of accepted submissions will be asked to create a video presentation of the work, which will be featured at the virtual conference.

DIS2022 Technical Program Chairs

Penny Kyburz
School of Computing, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, The Australian National University

Rohit Ashok Khot
HAFP Research Lab, School of Design, RMIT University, Australia

Marianna Obrist
Department of Computer Science, University College London, UK

Papers Subcommittee chairs
Michael Muller,  IBM Research, USA
Katta Spiel, TU Wien, Austria
Emeline Brulé, University of Sussex, UK
Luigi De Russis, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Will Odom, SFU, Canada
Pictorials Subcommittee chairs
Vasiliki Tsaknaki, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Arne Berger, Hochschule Anhalt, Computer Science & Languages, Germany