Horizon differs from traditional CSCW paper sessions. In Horizon, selected participants will have the opportunity to present their paper not only to a CSCW audience, but in front of an ‘all star review panel’ who will react and ask questions in a way that engages both the presenter and the audience. This means the authors’ work receives constructive feedback in real time by the panel as they present it at the conference, as well as audience feedback.
The process is designed to help make the review process more transparent — transforming it from a private to a public activity. In doing so, it will help newcomers to understand the sort of criteria through which CSCW research is evaluated and what reviewers of papers think constitutes good research. In addition, the high profile panel members will represent different, and ideally, controversial perspectives that should generate interactions and discussions that would not be possible in a traditional session.
CSCW Horizon provides an opportunity to showcase and discuss research that may not fit into the standard approaches of CSCW. This can be a chance for new CSCW authors to present work that they may wonder if it is appropriate for CSCW, for experienced authors to present work that they know would be controversial, or a chance for any author to present work that would benefit from public discussion.
In addition, we will couple the academic conference activities with social elements. Therefore, an integral part of the Horizon program is an ‘All Star Lunch’ on Wednesday where the participants will be joined by the chairs and the members of the reviewing panel. A ‘Best of Horizon’ award will be bestowed upon the recipient judged most deserving by the panel.
The Co-chairs will choose a selection of submitted papers for inclusion in the session. Accepted submissions will be included in the ACM Digital Library, but they are non-archival. Thus, authors have the option to publish in a different venue later. Submissions should be new material — they cannot have been accepted at other venues.
Horizon can be any media format (text, video, demo), but paper submissions should be in the Extended Abstract Format and be between 4–12 pages in length. If in doubt, do not hesitate to email the session chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSCW Horizon submissions should be e-mailed to the CSCW Horizon co-chairs at email@example.com. All submissions must be received by 19th November and will be acknowledged by e-mail. Nothing received after this date will be considered.
We look forward to your submissions!