Call for Participation



  • March 17, 2006: Submissions due
  • June 2, 2006: Notification of acceptance
  • *Extended* August 21, 2006: Camera ready versions of accepted papers and copyright release forms due

Submissions and Reviewing:

(See also Guide to Successful Submissions)

Papers should present original, unpublished research on technological mediation of activities affecting groups of people. Potential areas of interest include theory, methodology, empirical investigations, architectures, prototypes and experiences related to the development, deployment and use of computer systems supporting all aspects of shared activities, including, but not limited to, activities at work, in the home, in education, in medicine, and the arts.

Theory, methodology, systems and concept papers should present new theories, methodologies, empirical results, architectures, prototype systems, or design concepts that stimulate new ways of thinking about, studying or supporting, shared activities. Application and practice papers should describe experiences with systems that support shared activities. All papers should make the case, in the paper itself, for how the work relates to previous research or experience, what aspects of the work are new, and the major contributions it makes. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing, and contribution to conference program diversity.

This year CSCW 2006 is introducing a 'Best Papers' awards program which will run in accordance with SIGCHI guidelines. After first review, papers of a suitable standard will be nominated for secondary review in order to award 'Most Honourable Mention' and 'Best' status to outstanding submissions.

Papers must be no longer than 10 pages, including the abstract, all figures and references, and must be formatted according to the detailed submission instructions found at See the Submission Instructions for more details. Papers must include an abstract of no more than 100 words. Authors who are submitting papers are also encouraged to consider submitting videos that illustrate their work, either as a short video figure (judged as part of your submission) or as a stand alone longer video (that you should submit as an independant video submission). The video figure must be no more than two minutes in length and 30MB in size. Good quality video figures will appear in the Video Proceedings. Please refer to the Call for Videos for details on Full Videos and how to produce videos of acceptable quality.

Note that this is a blind review process: the submitted copy should have all authors' names and affiliations blanked out, and should avoid any obvious identifying features. While authors should leave citations to their own relevant work unanonymized, they should reference it in a way that doesn't readily identify them as the authors. For example use "Prior work by [ref]" instead of "In our prior work."

Full CSCW 2006 Papers submissions must be received by Friday, March 17, 2006, 5:00pm (17:00) Pacific Time. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. Papers must be submitted online at the ACM SIGCHI conference site:

Any questions about submitting a paper should be directed to

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All submitted materials for rejected papers will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted papers will be kept confidential until the date of the conference with the exception of the paper's title, authors and abstract which will be used as part of the advanced program description. Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publications that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.

Final versions of accepted papers and copyright release forms must be formatted according to the detailed instructions.

Papers Co-Chairs

Saul Greenberg, University of Calgary, Canada
Gloria Mark, University of California Irvine, USA

Associate Chairs

Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan, USA
James "Bo" Begole, PARC, USA
Tora Bikson, RAND Corporation, USA
AJ Brush, Microsoft Research
Jesus Favela, CICESE Research Center, Mexico
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex, UK
Nicholas Graham, Queens University, Canada
Tom Gross, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany
Carl Gutwin, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Sara Kiesler, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Hideaki Kuzuoka, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Du Li, Texas A&M University, USA
Wendy Mackay, INRIA, France
Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine, USA
Chris Neuwirth, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Judy Olson, University of Michigan, USA
Gary Olson, University of Michigan, USA
Dave Randall, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
John Tang, IBM Research, USA
Loren Terveen, University of Minnesota, USA
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany