General Information

For over 25 years, the ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP) has been a premier venue for research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Socio-Technical Studies. The conference integrates work in social science, computer science, engineering, design, values, and other diverse topics related to group work, broadly conceptualized. Group 2020 continues the tradition of being truly international and interdisciplinary in both organizational structure as well as participants.

Key goals for the program are to encourage and facilitate researchers within CSCW and HCI to interact across disciplinary boundaries. We encourage high-level research contributions from interdisciplinary groups to present work that might be difficult to place within one simple category. We are open to diverse and innovative research methods, and to contributions across broad areas such as systems, society, participation, critique, collaboration, and human interaction. Group 2020 in particular would like to encourage systems designers, builders, and researchers from industry, academia, government and other interested groups to participate. Participation at GROUP takes many different forms. In 2018, we will continue two new submissions categories that were introduced in 2016. First, Group 2020 will again offer the opportunity to authors of newly published papers from the Journal of CSCW (http://link.springer.com/journal/10606) to present their papers in the conference. Second, the submission category “Design Fictions” will be maintained.

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Call for Submissions - Second Wave Research Papers

We are issuing a Second Wave call for Research Papers for publication in a second GROUP special issue of Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) journal and presentation at GROUP 2020.

GROUP is experimenting with the publication of yearly issues: GROUP 2020 Research Papers will be published as two issues of PACM, both presented at the same GROUP Conference, 6-8 Jan 2020. First Wave research papers will be out prior to the conference, and Second Wave research papers will be published in 2020, after the conference. Second Wave research papers will also will be published as an issue of Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) journal.

There is no minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. Reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers should report research thoroughly but succinctly. Shorter, more focused papers (Notes in prior years) are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. Paper length should be commensurate with their contribution.

PACM uses the ACM Small article template, which is different from the traditional two-column SIGCHI papers template. The ACM Small template is available for download as part of the ACM Master Template. Please use the most recent version of the master template. Authors using the Overleaf platform can use the templates provided within Overleaf. Papers should be converted to PDF before submission.

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Submissions to the conference are welcome in the form of:
Research Papers

This venue gives the occasion to present and interact with the audience. GROUP is moving to the recently created Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) journal, and all accepted research papers will be published as a special issue of PACM. 

There is no minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. Reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers should report research thoroughly but succinctly. Shorter, more focused papers (Notes in prior years) are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. Papers length should be commensurate with their contribution.

PACM uses the ACM Small article template, which is different from the traditional two-column SIGCHI papers template. The ACM Small template is available for download as part of the ACM Master Template. Please use the most recent version of the master template. Authors using the Overleaf platform can use the templates provided within Overleaf. Papers should be converted to PDF before submission.

Research Paper submissions must be completed online at the GROUP 2020 conference submission site, currently being setup.

All questions can be directed at:
[email protected]

Please submit research papers here.

For questions about template, please reference this article.

Papers Submission Deadline: June 21st, 2019, 11:59pm AKST (no abstracts)

1st Round Notifications: September 6th, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Resubmit: October 4th, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

2nd Round decisions: November 15th, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Camera ready: December 6th, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Working Papers

WPs are contributions in which the authors are working towards an archival journal or conference paper submission and would like to discuss their work with their colleagues at GROUP. Our goal is to broaden the conversations at GROUP, with a format that may appeal to colleagues whose primary publications are in journals, rather than conference papers. WPs will not be published in the conference proceedings, but will be distributed in a paper conference supplement at the GROUP conference for the attendees only. Therefore, you are free to seek formal publication of a draft paper submission that appears in a WP. The WP review process will be *lightweight*, without any revisions asked to the authors, to expand the GROUP community and discussions. Please send submissions directly to co-chairs at [email protected]. WP submissions are non-anonymous. (http://sigchi.github.io/Document-Formats/). Accepted authors will present and discuss their papers with posters at the conference.

Submission Deadline: December 6th, 2019 11:59pm AKST

Notification of acceptance: December 20th, 2019 11:59pm AKST

Final versions of WIP papers: January 3rd, 2019 11:59pm AKST

Design Fictions - Fictive Futures: Exploring Future Research Agendas

GROUP 2020 is proud to continue building the tradition within the ACM community, inviting submissions to the Design Fiction track, which is dedicated to sharing academic work that extends beyond the traditional research paper. This track aims to make explicit what the futures towards which technology research and design are working. What values, assumptions, narratives, commitments, etc. tacitly drive technology research? How can envisioning fictional configurations of technology and humans help elucidate alternatives? Design Fictions (DF) provide an opportunity to explore these issues while working to concretize alternative paths towards a desirable technological future.

Experimenting with a new format, this year’s submissions to GROUP 2020 Design Fictions will follow a two-round review process. Accept/reject decisions would be made after a single round of review, with all accepted DF submissions presented at the conference. A subset would be invited for a second round of review for inclusion in PACM that will contain the papers from the main technical track. Our overall ambition is to broaden participation, both in terms of the people and the perspectives represented, by making the Design Fiction track meet the publication desiderata of diverse researchers and designers...Read More

Design Fictions Submission Deadline: June 7, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Design Fictions Decisions Announced: Coming soon

First Round Notifications:
August 1, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Resubmission for Papers Invited to PACM: August 30, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Notifications for Resubmitted Papers: October 1, 2019, 11:59pm AKST

Posters and Demos

Posters and demos are an opportunity to present late-breaking results, prototypes not yet validated through user studies, student research in early phases, and other research best presented in this open format. They are an excellent opportunity to discuss and reflect your work with conferences attendees. Posters and demos will be displayed at a dedicated session in the conference when poster and demo authors will be available discuss and demonstrate their work.

Posters depict experiences, methods, or conceptual prototypes which can trigger reflection and discussion among conference attendees. Submissions can be about - but are not limited to - community engagement or civic participation experiences; design methods that enable collaboration; or conceptual prototypes designed to support collaborative practices.

Demos can be platforms, hands-on methods, or devices which allow participants to reflect and interact with them. Submissions can be about - but are not limited to - digital platforms that support collective action; hands-on methods aimed to design for collaboration that can be tried out at the conference; or interactive installations/artefacts that emphasize collaboration or collective making. Demos can be static or itinerant. Interactions can be visual, tactile, sound-based.

Posters and Demos submission information
Submissions should include an extended abstract no longer than 4 pages, including all figures and references, in the ACM CHI Extended Abstract Format (available here). In addition, demo authors should submit the requirements in a separate text (.doc) document (e.g. What do you need to run your demo? What are the technical requirements? What are the space/logistic requirements?). If your demo does not need any specific requirements, please let us know in the email with the submission.

The extended abstract should include author names and affiliations - these are not anonymous submissions. Upon acceptance, posters and demos authors will be asked to submit a Tabloid (A3 or 11 x 17 inches) sized draft to be displayed at the conference. Selected demos and posters will be included in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Please send submissions directly to co-chairs at [email protected]

Posters and Demos selection process:
Contributions will be selected through single-blind peer review. Our review process will emphasize feasibility, quality, originality, and the capability to generate discussion (posters) and bring people together in a collective action (demos). We encourage submissions which allow people to engage with the posters and demos during the conference in a collective manner.

Some topics of interest may be (but not restricted to):
- Civic participation
- Collaborative prototyping
- Collaborative work in organizations
- Digital fabrication
- Critical/speculative design
- Gender issues
- Open-hardware movements
- Grassroots communities
- Social media and online communities
- Ethical and social implications of computing

Submission deadline: October 4th 2019

Notification of acceptance: October 16th 2019

Final versions of camera-ready papers: October 25th 2019

Conference in Sanibel Island, Florida (USA): 6th - 8th January 2020

Workshops

Workshops provide an informal and focused environment for information exchange and discussion of topics relevant to GROUP. These provide a great way to participate in GROUP! They are held the Sunday before the conference starts, and this year we have two workshops:

1. GROUP4Good: Exploring Positive Impacts of GROUP Research (more info at: https://group4good.wordpress.com/)

2. Mapping Out Human-Centered Data Science: Methods, Approaches, and Best Practices (more info at: https://hcdsgroup2020.wordpress.com/)

Each workshop has their own deadline and process for participation. Please contact the organizers of those workshops for information about them, or for general questions about workshops, you can email the Workshops Co-Chairs at [email protected]

Doctoral Colloquium

The Doctoral Colloquium provides a forum for sharing ongoing Ph.D. projects of participants with other advanced Ph.D. students and distinguished faculty for mentoring and feedback. Space is limited, so an application of up to four pages is required, in the ACM CHI Extended Abstract format (available here. As you already know, the DC is best for people who are in the early to mid-stages of their dissertation. The standard DC app for Group/CHI/CSCW is pretty much the same - most of it should be about the thesis project with some at the end about how the DC could help the student. And a recommendation letter from you as supervisor is also needed. Please contact the workshop co-chairs at [email protected].

Doctoral Colloquium Applications Deadline: November 4th, 2019

Doctoral Colloquium Decisions Announced: November 11th, 2019


Information for authors:

Conference Topics:

Theoretical and/or conceptual contributions about key concepts relevant to CSCW and HCI, including critique, Social, behavioral, and computational studies of collaboration and communication, Technical architectures supporting collaboration, New tool/toolkits for collaborative technologies, Ethnographic studies of collaborative practices, Coordination and workflow technology, Social computing and contexts of collaboration, Online communities, including issues of privacy, identity, trust, and participation, Cooperative knowledge management, Organizational issues of technology design, use, or adaptation, Strategies for use of technology in business, government, and newer forms of organizations, Emerging technologies and their design, use, or appropriation in work, home, leisure, entertainment, or education, Learning at the workplace (CSCL at work, Technology-Enhanced Learning, TEL), Co-located and geographically-distributed teams, global collaboration, Cultural and cross-cultural collaboration and communication, Mobile and wearable technologies in collaboration, Innovative forms of human computer interaction for cooperative technologies.

Archival Information:

Accepted research papers, notes will be published in the Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) journal. All posters along with doctoral consortium extended abstracts will be published in the ACM Conference Proceedings or Conference Companion in the ACM digital Library. Accepted Workshop proposals will be published in a paper-based supplement.