CHI Best Paper Awards
The ACM CHI Best Paper Awards honor exceptional papers published at the CHI conference. During the review process, up to 5% of submissions will be chosen by the associate chairs and subcommittee chairs to receive an award. These decisions are made within subcommittees, to ensure even distribution among research areas. Among these chosen submissions, a separate Best Papers Selection Committee will select the very best of the submissions to receive a Best Paper Award (up top 1% of total submissions), with the remaining submissions receiving an Honorable Mention Award. Papers that receive an award will be marked in the program, and authors will receive a certificate at the conference.
Given the diverse ways in which submissions can contribute to the field of HCI, there is no formal selection criteria for Best Papers at CHI. It is up to the members of the Program Committee, and then the Best Paper Selection Committee, to decide if a submission is at a particularly high quality and stands above other submissions in terms of overall quality, novelty, and/or potential for impact.
As per the Guide to Reviewing Papers, the primary criterion for the evaluation of all papers is the submission’s contribution to HCI: In all cases, a CHI paper must break new ground and make an original research contribution. Submissions that go above and beyond these primary criteria should certainly be considered for a Best Paper Award. However, submissions that are exemplary in other ways could also be considered: Is the work specifically timely? Will it offer broad benefits to the readers? Does it have the potential for impact within or beyond the field? Are the methodologies especially noteworthy? Is the paper beautifully presented? Does the work go above and beyond in terms of transparency and reproducibility? A paper that exceeds expectations in any of these areas could potentially be considered for a Best Paper Award.
We ask ACs to make these judgements regarding papers they are coordinating after the PC meeting, at which point they can calibrate against other submissions being accepted to the conference. Given the diverse criteria which may be used for such judgements, ACs are also asked to compose a short paragraph to justify their decision which is considered by the Best Paper Selection Committee.
Tawanna Dillahunt, University of Michigan, United States
Ranjitha Kumar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States