Call for papers

We are pleased to invite submissions for papers to the 2024 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS). We encourage submissions that ask the question of “Why Design?” and address one of the four contributions areas: Critical Computing and Design Theory, Design Methods and Processes, Artifacts and Systems, Research Through Design.

Important Dates

Submission site open11 January 2024
Title and Abstract deadline1 February 2024
Paper and Pictorial Submission deadline8 February 2024
Notifications18 April 2024
Camera-Ready Completion Deadline2 May 2024
DIS 2024 Conference1-5 July 2024
Deadlines specified as Anywhere on Earth time.

Geopolitical instability, anthropogenic climate change, and crises in shrinking biodiversity are among a growing set of global crises converging to create uncertain, and unstable times. Where does design fit in this complex set of changes? Particularly when design might by turns be the cause, or complicit, in advancing these problems? Core to design is the idea that by making something, we can change the world for the better. At the same time, this can be argued to be a productivist understanding that renders too simple and one-dimensional replies via design to address current challenges. To reconcile these tensions, design needs to respond differently in this time of crisis to support more sustainable, equitable, and resilient alternatives

By asking, “Why Design?” we aim to position design as a force for transformation in times of uncertainty. We encourage submissions that reimagine or critique taken-for-granted forms of designing, as well as suggestions for undisciplined, playful, open, and pluriversal design approaches that respond to “Why Design?”

Authors are required to present their work in person alongside other DIS papers. Papers whose authors do not present their contribution may be withdrawn from the ACM Digital Library.

NB. DIS 2024 will be an in-person-only event, and attending online or with a video will not be possible. We encourage you to ensure you can make it to Copenhagen the first week of July 2024 before you submit

Contribution Areas

DIS 2024 includes the following four contribution areas for submissions:

Critical Computing and Design Theory

This area invites papers on the topic of critical computing and design theory. Critical computing encompasses the reimagination as well as analysis and critique of technologies in the world – i.e. the political, ethical, and moral dimensions of computing and the interactive systems we create. Design theory encompasses knowledge about a particular design or genre of artifact that goes beyond mere method of production and practice of use. The area seeks papers that explore the relationships among design inquiry, politics, aesthetics, ethics, and craftsmanship.

Design Methods and Processes

Addressing global crises and reaching novel communities requires innovative methodological approaches. This area invites papers with method contributions for reaching new audiences and working at different scales. Contributions should innovate and/or advance the methods and processes through for example exploratory and pluriversal design approaches used in interaction design, user experience design, and service design from industry, the public sector, and academia.

Artefacts and Systems

This area invites papers that analyze and evaluate existing or novel artifacts and systems across a wide range of technological areas and domains. It seeks papers that expand our understanding of interactive systems and artifacts and the ways in which meaningful and impactful interactions are designed, created, and engendered to support more sustainable, equitable, and resilient alternatives.

Research Through Design (RtD)

The RtD area invites research that presents contributions resulting from the exploration of design practices, materials, artifacts, technologies, and interfaces. Core to the area is a hands-on engagement and the creation of design probes and prototypes as vehicles for knowledge generation and synthesis in a wide variety of design research processes.

Special Note on Broader Impact

At DIS 2024, all submissions will be assessed based on their broader impact to society and/or the environment. We encourage authors to address the positive and negative, actual and potential, and/or pragmatic significance of their work; that is, they should engage with substantive and reflective discussions of the impact of their research beyond a narrow intellectual contribution to the field.

Preparing Your Submissions

As part of the submission process, authors must submit an abstract, keywords, and meta-data related to the submission’s contents. Authors will also be asked to select a ranked list of between one and three contribution areas that fit their submission paper. This selection will be used to assign your paper to one of the review areas. It is not necessarily the case that your submission will be handled by a subcommittee that aligns with the contribution area you choose as a first preference.

You must submit your Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit a Paper to the PCS submission system by 1st of February 2024. 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 8 February 2024.

Paper length and format

Papers do not have a page limit. Authors are instead encouraged to submit a paper with a length proportional to its contribution. The length of typical submissions is expected to be approximately 7,000–8,000 words excluding references, figure/table captions, and appendices. Submissions above 12,000 words or below 4,000 words, will be considered for desk rejection. Papers whose lengths are incommensurate with their contributions will be rejected. Papers should be succinct, but thorough in presenting the work. 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.

  • Microsoft Word
  • LaTeX (Use sample-manuscript.tex for submissions)
  • Overleaf (or search for: ACM Conference Proceedings Primary Article)

Paper Examples

If you are unsure of what constitutes a well-formed paper, see examples in the ACM Digital Library, including award winning papers from recent years:


It is important that your submission is formatted correctly. Incorrectly formatted submissions might be rejected. Online guidance is available from the ACM:

All paper submissions should be formatted using the templates described on this webpage, so please read the instructions here: https://

The ACM workflow requests authors to produce final publications (PDF and HTML5) by themselves using TAPS.

Papers must be submitted in PDF.

First, authors prepare their manuscript in the designated single-column format in PDF using LaTeX or Word.

First, authors prepare their manuscript in the designated single-column format in PDF using LaTeX or Word.

LaTeX users should use \documentclass[manuscript, review]{acmart}. For an anonymous submission use \documentclass[manuscript,review,anonymous]{acmart} to automatically replace the authors for “ANONYMOUS AUTHOR(S)”. The authors then submit the PDF and the source files via PCS.

Reviewers will review the papers in the single-column format. Please follow the instructions in the respective call for participation regarding page and word limits. Reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Redundant or verbose writing is strongly discouraged.

Upon conditional acceptance of an article, authors revise the manuscript and submit publication-ready source files to PCS. Further instructions are presented on the Publication-ready Author Instructions page.

Creating an Accessible ACM Conference Submission

ACM publications are reviewed and read by many people. Making your paper accessible will help to promote the equal participation of people with disabilities. This section describes how to check if your PDF is accessible, and how to fix the most common accessibility problems. For more information please refer to Adobe’s accessibility resource center.

How do I test if my PDF is accessible?

  • The document should be tagged. In Adobe Acrobat Pro: Go to the ‘File’ menu. ‘Document properties’. ‘Description’ tab. Look for ‘Tagged PDF: Yes’ among the set of advanced properties. If you do not have access to Adobe Acrobat, try selecting some text in the PDF and pasting it into a text editor. If you can’t do this, or the text looks wrong, chances are your document is not readable with a screen reader.
  • Check the accessibility. In Adobe Acrobat Pro: Go to the ‘Advanced’ menu. ‘Accessibility’. ‘Full Check’. The checker will report accessibility problems.
  • Fonts should be embedded, or your PDF will need to be regenerated, and you may lose the accessibility that you have added. In Adobe Acrobat Pro: Go to the ‘File’ menu. ‘Document properties’. ‘Fonts’ tab. All of the fonts should have the word ’embedded’ in parentheses after the font name (unless they are not visible in the final document).

How do I fix accessibility problems?

Word users should correct as many problems as possible in the Word source file rather than the PDF, as described in the next section. On a PC, the Adobe plugin for Word can export accessibility features from the Word document into the PDF.

On a Mac, this is not the case. Those using Word on a Mac, and all LaTeX users will need to edit the PDF directly using Adobe Acrobat. A better basic PDF may be produced by using latex2pdf as opposed to ps2pdf. See also the WebAim PDF Accessibility primer [http://] which provides information for OpenOffice users.

The accessibility checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro provides help with fixing many accessibility problems. The following steps are for Adobe Acrobat Pro 9. For more detailed instructions for Adobe Acrobat Pro XI see the Accessible PDF guidelines

You can also find more information on Adobe’s accessibility resources page

  • Add tags. Go to the ‘Advanced’ menu. Select ‘Accessibility’, then ‘Add tags to document’.
  • Add alternative text for figures. Context-click the Figure, select ‘Properties’, and fill in ‘Alternate Text’. If no ‘Properties’ option appears, go to the ‘Advanced’ menu, select ‘Touch Up Reading Order’, and then try context-clicking on the figures again, looking for an ‘Edit alternate text’ option.
  • Specify the document language. Go to the ‘File’ menu. Select ‘Properties’, then the ‘Advanced’ tab, ‘Language’ field. In some versions of Acrobat, the ‘Properties’ option is called ‘Document Properties’. In some versions, the ‘Language’ field is in a ‘Reading Options’ tab.
  • Define tab order.
    • Go to the ‘View’ menu. Select ‘Navigation tabs’, then ‘Pages’.
    • Click on any page, then type Ctrl-A (or Command-A on a Mac) to select all the pages.
    • Go to the ‘Options’ menu in the top right of the dialogue box (icon showing two cogs), and select ‘Page Properties’.
    • In the ‘Tab Order’ tab, select ‘Use document structure’.
  • Make sure tables have headings.
    • Go to the ‘View’ menu. Select ‘Navigation tabs’, then ‘Tags’.
    • Select the ‘Tags’ tab. This panel shows the document structure as a tree.
    • Navigate to the table cells that should be headers.
    • Check they have the type <TH>. If not, then right-click on the header cell, select ‘properties’, select the ‘Tag’ tab, and change the value for ‘Type’ to ‘Table Header Cell’.

Creating an accessible PDF directly from Word

The following link provides step-by-step instructions for adding basic accessibility information to a Word document on a PC, then exporting it to a PDF document intended for ACM: Create an accessible ACM submission using Microsoft Word

These guidelines were adopted from ASSETS 2020.

Anonymization Policy

All submissions must be anonymized for review. Author and affiliation sections and credits must be left blank. Authors of accepted submissions will add this information in preparation of the “camera-ready” version. We are using the ACM CHI Anonymization Policy of reviewing. We use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper.

Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas, as noted in the submission instructions (Note: changing the text color of the author information is not sufficient). Make sure that no description that can easily reveal authors’ names and/or affiliations is included in the submission (e.g., too detailed descriptions of where user studies were conducted). Authors should also remove any information in the acknowledgements section that reveals authors or the institution (e.g., specific supporting grant information). 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 submission 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 Jones et al. [10], …”

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. The DIS 2024 paper committees will be composed of Associate Chairs that collectively represent expertise across all contribution types. The process will be similar to the DIS 2023 conference and is intended to foster discussion across contribution types and also ensure equitable workload across ACs.

SCs will then assign each paper 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 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.

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 or pictorial that summarizes 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 acceptance or rejection to the SC responsible for that submission. SCs and ACs will meet at a virtual program committee meeting with the technical program chairs to discuss the final acceptance of papers for inclusion in the program

Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems 2024, and will become available in ACM Digital Library.

Upon Acceptance of Your Paper

Authors will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of their paper or pictorial on or before the notification date of 18 April 2024. 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” and submitted to PCS by the deadline of 2nd May 2024. 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 license 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.

Accepted submissions will be also asked to prepare and submit a short teaser video (approximately one-minute) to promote contributions at the conference and to share the work with the broader community.

Additionally, each accepted submission requires a full conference registration fee to be paid, unless the person presenting the paper or pictorial 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 submissions must present their work and be available to answer questions from other conference participants. Presenters of papers will have a presentation slot at the conference of approximately 20 minutes, though this may be altered prior to the conference based on scheduling needs. Information on presentations will be sent by email to the corresponding author. Papers whose authors do not present in any form (in-person or virtual) may be removed from the ACM Digital Library and the conference proceedings.

Accepted authors should ensure they have obtained permissions to use licensed content and images that depict identifiable people in their conference contributions (paper/pictorial, videos, and presentations). Authors will also be required to give permissions to include their contributions in the ACM Digital Library. Authors can either assign copyright or a license to the ACM or they can pay a fee to ACM for open access. More information on rights management can be found here: []. Finally, and as part of this rights management process, presenting authors will be asked to opt- in to and grant permission to record and/or stream their presentations at the conference.


Please direct any questions to the papers chairs using the contact information listed below.

Papers Chairs

  • Sarah Fdili Alaoui, University of the Arts London, CCI
  • Chris Le Dantec, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Jonas Fritsch, IT University of Copenhagen