Changes to Late-Breaking Work

  • December 24, 2020

We are making some changes to the Late-Breaking Work submission process this year, and thought it would be useful to communicate this and the reasons for these changes to the community. There are two main differences in the ways that we’ll be handling submissions this year – anonymous submissions and switching to the single-column ACM Master Article Submission Template. We’ll provide a quick summary of these changes below, and we feel strongly that these are important for sustaining the conference over the long term, providing an equitable playing field for authors, and helping us – the CHI community – to work more effectively.


Anonymizing Submissions and Reviews


In previous years, submissions to Late-Breaking Work were not anonymous and required including all author names, affiliations, and contact information in the submission PDF. However, as illustrated in Table 1, the number of submissions and competitiveness has continued to increase in recent years. In order to improve fairness and reduce potential bias for the increasing number of submissions, we have switched to an anonymous review where both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Therefore, this year all submissions to the Late-Breaking Work track must be anonymous at the time of submission.

Year Number LBW Submissions Number Accepted LBWs LBW Acceptance Rate
2016 647 281 43.4%
2017 537 208 38.7%
2018 642 256 39.9%
2019 813 343 42.2%
2020 772 323 41.8%


Switching to the Single-Column ACM Master Article Submission Template


Keeping in line with CHI 2021’s switch to the ACM Master Article Templates AND Publication Workflow for publication of BOTH the proceedings and extended abstracts, the Late-Breaking Work track will use this new template as well. For more details on the rationale behind this change, please see this page. Please also keep in mind that the submission page limit is now 8 pages long (not including references) to reflect this template change, and make sure to check the Late-Breaking Work page for complete guidelines on submission.


Switching to Virtual


In addition to changes in the submission and review process, there have been a number of larger changes to the CHI 2021 conference due to global health concerns that impact the Late-Breaking Work track as well. Specifically, as CHI 2021 switches to being a fully virtual conference, we are still sorting out the logistics and best course of action to make Late-Breaking Works fully virtual. While we have not found the optimal solution just yet, we will continue to work on this and make sure to keep the CHI community posted.


Hopefully this provides more clarity on the submission process. We look forward to seeing your exciting and innovative work. Good luck!


Your LBW co-chairs for 2021,
Eddie Melcer, Juho Kim, and Katrin Wolf

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