Case Studies: Call for Participation

Quick Facts

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: January 11, 2017 (20:00pm EST)
  • Notification: February 10, 2017
  • Publication-ready deadline (extended to): February 19, 2017


Submission Details:

  • Online Submission: PCS Submission System
  • Template: Extended Abstracts Format
  • Submission Format: 4-8 page paper (extended abstract) describing your case study. Supplementary materials (e.g., videos) that authors deem appropriate may be submitted additionally. References do not count towards page length, i.e. references can spill over into the 9th page, as long as the written portion of the paper is contained within 4-8 pages.
  • Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information.


Selection process: Juried


Chairs: Stephen Snow & Jessica Tsimeris (


At the conference: Accepted Case Studies will be presented at the conference in time slots assigned by the conference committee. Authors might be asked to focus on particular aspects of their case study during their presentation to maximize the benefits of the presentation to conference attendees.


Archives: Extended abstracts; ACM Digital Library.


Message from the Case Study Chair

Case Studies provide an excellent means of presenting stories that address particular practical HCI phenomena- especially in real-world contexts- that are outside the scope of traditional archival research papers. HCI practice can set new standards and forge new paths for the broader field of HCI.


We encourage, but do not require, that submissions be of relevance to the conference theme: Explore, Innovate, Inspire. In doing exploratory or innovative practical work, things do not always go to plan. Accordingly, we also encourage the submission of Case Studies that did not turn out so well. We expect the author(s) to have gained a better understanding- perhaps even redefined or reframed the phenomenon- through their work and to convey their insights, lessons learned and new understandings in a way that advances the field. The insights should enable practitioners to improve their practice or seed further research into practice.


We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you at CHI 2017. Feel free to contact us for any clarification.


Stephen Snow & Jessica Tsimeris


What is a Case Study?

Case Studies are compelling stories about HCI practice based on real-world experiences that will be instructive and of interest to other members of the community. Based on the concrete cases of research and design, HCI practitioners and researchers will learn how HCI principles and methods can be applied in practical HCI work..


Case Studies should describe how a problem was addressed by HCI work carried out. They should describe the challenges experienced and how they were tackled, reflect on the experience, what could have been improved, and describe why the case study is of importance to the HCI community. Case Studies can also inspire HCI researchers to further investigate issues that arise from practical research and design work. Case Studies can illustrate, explore, report, analyze, summarize, challenge, or simply describe practical HCI work carried out to address a problem. They might focus, for instance, on the following topics:

  • Design of a specific experience, discussing its rationale, and lessons learned
  • Research of a specific domain, user group, or experience, discussing its insights and lessons learned
  • Domain-specific topics, especially lesser known but important domains of interest
  • Management and strategy of research and design in organizations
  • Pilot studies preceding and informing larger-scale investigations
  • Application, critique, or evolution of a method, process, or tool
  • Innovation through Research or Design (disruptive or otherwise)
  • Practical issues associated with HCI Teaching and Learning in education, training, or knowledge sharing


Case Studies differ from archival research papers in that Case Studies do not need to define themselves as part of the potentially longer term body of academic research. Case Studies are not considered academic archival publications, but can be republished as such, as appropriate. They might not have as extensive a literature review as archival research papers, or might not explicitly add to HCI theory within an academic school of thought.


Best Case Study Award

The SIGCHI “Best of CHI” awards honor exceptional submissions to SIGCHI sponsored conferences. Based on reviewer recommendations the CHI Case Study chairs nominates submissions for the Best Case Study Award, as appropriate.


Preparing and Submitting your Case Study

A Case Study must be submitted via the PCS Submission System by January 11, 2017 (20:00pm EST). The Case Study submission must have an extended abstract, but can also have supplementary material.

  1. Extended Abstract (the paper). The primary submission material consists of an extended abstract in the Extended Abstract Format (4-8 pages). The extended abstract should describe the experience, focusing on the lessons you want readers to take away from the presentation. Your extended abstract must stand alone. Readers must be able to understand the Case Study with only this material.
  2. Supplementary material. You may augment the extended abstract with additional material. Typical supporting materials comprise videos, documents (e.g., pictures beyond those included in the extended abstract) or interactive media (e.g., interactive prototypes). Authors who submit supplementary materials should also include a list of the supplementary items in their submission. This should explain the nature and purpose of each item submitted.


Case Study Selection Process

The evaluation of submissions will not be constrained by traditional academic expectations, but will be based on the significance of the Case Study’s contribution to the field of HCI practice and on how compelling the story of the Case Study is told. Accepted submissions will be chosen on the merit and contribution of the report, not only on the quality of the outcome that it describes. This means that a valuable lesson learned from a poor outcome is just as acceptable as a valuable lesson learned from a good result.


Submissions will be curated by an expert panel of HCI practitioners and practitioner researchers. Authors will receive the reviews of their submissions after the decisions are announced, and should keep in mind that the Case Studies program is a Curated contribution and thus does not follow the strict peer-review process as applied to Papers or Notes. In particular, the Case Study review process does not allow authors the opportunity to submit rebuttals.


Specifically, the review criteria will be the extent to which the case study report meets the following:

  • tells a convincing story of a real-world experience of HCI practice that will be instructive and of interest to other members of the HCI community
  • reflects on the experience, and describes why the case study is of importance
  • advances the state of the practice
  • clearly outlines any limitations of the report as well as of the activity described


The extended abstract should contain no sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference.


Upon Acceptance of your Case Study

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 10 February 2017. Authors of accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit the publication-ready version. These will be due on 19 February 2017.


At the Conference

Participants will be given a slot to present their case study during a scheduled session. Each accepted case study will be given 15 minutes including questions for their presentation. Authors might be asked to focus on particular aspects of their case study during their presentation to maximize the benefits of the presentation to conference attendees.


Please see A Guide to a Successful Presentation for information about standard computing and A/V equipment that will be made available to presenters at CHI 2017. The Best Case Study award will be announced at the conference.


After the Conference

Accepted Case Studies will be distributed in the CHI Extended Abstracts, available in the ACM Digital Library.




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Case Studies: Call for Participation