First Draft of Paper

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Prepare a complete first draft of your paper in CHI Extended Abstract format. Submit a PDF to this page.


Below are the instructions for your final paper. Use these as a guideline. Your draft has to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Contain your final paper title
  • Formatted in CHI extended abstract format.
  • 6 +/- 2 pages long
  • Section-complete: all sections must have at least bullet point outlines
  • Figures: at least placeholders for the screenshots/photos/graphs you intend to use.

Final Paper Instructions

Final papers should be 6 pages long in the CHI extended abstract format.

This format has much less information density per page than a standard research paper, and you will have to be economical in your description. It is much harder to write an effective, complete short paper than it is to ramble. A good approach to writing a great short paper is to write a long one first, and then trim it down to the most vital parts.

Your paper should concisely describe all the important aspects of your project: Your research question (and the motivation why this is an interesting and important question); a review of prior results in this area; the architecture, implementation and interaction techniques of any systems you built; a description of your evaluation methods; the results; and a discussion of the results.

Tips & Strategies

A few suggestions for preparing your paper:

  • The title and abstract are the most important parts of a paper, and should clearly convey what you did. Motivate your specific problem (not the field as a whole), and focus on what you did. After reading the abstract, the reader should know what your contribution is – don't speak in generalities. For example, instead of saying "We analyze different methods for preparing cookies with interesting ingredients by running a user study.", say "We present three new recipes for chocolate chip cookies each employing a unique ingredient: jellybeans, tofu, and corn nibblets. Cookies were compared using a blind, within-subjects taste test with 30 individuals. The cookie with tofu was found to have superior mouth feel when compared with the other two, but subjects preferred the taste of the corn cookie by a 2:1 margin."
  • Find a paper that you particularly like because of how it's written, and use it as a template. This paper needn't be on the same topic, but a close mapping in terms of type of contribution (e.g. a tool paper vs. a theory paper) will give you more guidance as to how to structure your paper.
  • Review the Project Abstract assignment. Make sure you clearly address each of the important bullets from the abstract in your final paper.
  • Use pictures to show your interface and graphs to present your data. Graphs should generally aggregate across participants, and show variance. (Only show individual data points if the reader learns something more by doing so.)
  • Place figures and graphs in the wide margin to get more space for text.

Groups who do excellent projects will be encouraged to submit their research to the CHI 2012 poster session. These submissions are due January 9, 2012.


Some examples of good work-in-progress papers:

Label temporary submissions

to make sure that I am looking at the right version of your remaining assignments at the right time, please label any temporary/incomplete uploads on the wiki for all outstanding assignments as follows:

If you are FINISHED with your assignment and you are posting the final link to a PDF or Wiki page to the assignment page, just create a regular link as you have done all semester. For example, if I see the following link:

Then I will assume that Bjoern and Drew are done with their draft paper and I can start reading/grading.

If you are NOT YET FINISHED and have uploaded a draft or are still working on your submission page, ADD "(IN PROGRESS)" to your submission link. For example, if I see:

Then I will hold off reading/grading until you remove the label after the link.

Submit Papers Here