To Submit a Manuscript
All TOCHI submissions are managed through the Manuscript Central system. You will need to create an account with that system in order to submit. Click the button below to visit Manuscript Central, create an account, and submit your paper.
We strongly suggest that you read all of the material on this page before submitting.
Is TOCHI the Right Place to Publish Your Work?
TOCHI is committed to being the premier archival journal in human-computer interaction. It publishes only original and significant research papers. Manuscript length of up to approximately 11000 words is recommended, although longer papers will be considered. Survey papers will be considered only if they present a new perspective or clearly benefit the field. TOCHI will also consider ideas for special issues.
Submissions should cite relevant HCI work and show the relationship of the new work to prior research. Potentially relevant papers are published at CHI and related conferences, TOCHI, HCI, and related journals, and the Handbooks of Human-Computer Interaction. Papers that do not cite any of this work either have overlooked relevant work, belong in a different journal, or should carefully position their work for this audience, explaining its relevance.
If you are still uncertain, please feel free to submit your paper. Papers that are out of scope will be rejected shortly after submission, so you will lose little time in continuing your search for the right venue.
In order to increase decision speed for authors and reduce workload on our reviewers, TOCHI will reject papers without review that its editors believe are out of scope or unlikely to be accepted. Clearly out of scope papers will be rejected by the Information Director in a first pass review within a few days of submission. Papers that pass this test will then be further examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly one or more Associate Editors for depth and quality. Those that are deemed unlikely to be accepted will be rejected within approximately one month of submission and will generally receive a short review from an editor with some thoughts on how the paper could be made acceptable. Papers that make it through all of these checks will be sent out for review, and in that case a decision is generally expected within 90 days. The actual time period to make a decision varies depending on an editors’ ease of finding appropriate reviewers, which can be hindered during the winter and summer holidays and during the CHI conference reviewing process in October and November.
There is no hard page limit for TOCHI submissions or published articles. Average submissions are between 20-35 pages, and it is not uncommon for the journal to publish papers that are 40-50 pages. TOCHI very occasionally has published papers that are even longer, but this is not preferred. If you are considering submitting very long, then please contact the Editor-in-Chief or the Information Director with details about your submission and we will discuss whether it merits that length.
Also note that while TOCHI has no minimum page length, papers below 20 pages are usually found to not have enough depth and are often desk rejected without review.
Use of Statistics
When reporting statistics, sufficient information, such as degrees of freedom, should be presented such that the reader can corroborate the analysis. For more recommendations and examples, see the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association” (APA Manual).
Prior Publication Policy
ACM journal articles are normally original papers which have not been published elsewhere. Widely disseminated conference proceedings and newsletters are a form of publication, although they may not be archival. Publication or republication of a (perhaps revised) paper which has been widely disseminated is permitted only if the Editor judges that (a) the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material or (b) there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from journal publication.
Authors are required to submit a statement describing the relationship of their TOCHI submission to their own most closely related prior papers (or concurrently submitted papers). This description should clearly state the unique contribution of the current submission relative to the authors’ prior publications, or, if the paper has no relation whatsoever to prior papers, the statement should clearly say that. The author statement should be included with the submitted paper; it can appear directly after the other back matter such as references and appendices.
Please read and be aware of ACM’s policies on these issues:
- ACM policy on prior publication and simultaneous submission
- ACM policy on plagiarism, including self-plagiarism
Prior Submission Policy
We recognize that occasionally submissions to TOCHI are revised versions of papers that have been considered elsewhere. As long as the paper is not currently being reviewed in any other venue, you are welcome to submit your paper to TOCHI. However, sometimes TOCHI reviewers were the same individuals that reviewed an earlier version of your paper. And in any case, reviewers are a scarce resource, and it is important for the health of our research community to use that resource efficiently and with respect. So, we ask that on a voluntary basis, you include with your submission information about reviews of prior versions of the current submission that you think will help the reviewers make an informed and efficient decision. For example, this could take the form of including the original reviews and venue name. Or, you could summarize what you think were the key concerns and how you refined the paper in response to those concerns.
Guidance on Fair Use of Third-Party Material
ACM has published Fair Use Guidelines for authors whose manuscripts include third-party material. Please read them here: http://www.acm.org/publications/guidance-for-authors-on-fair-use
ACM Policy on Author Representations
ACM has a new Author Representations Policy, which may be found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/author_representations.
Preparing Your Manuscript For Submission
Authors must submit manuscripts in PDF format. In order to create a PDF document, you will need access to Adobe Acrobat. We strongly recommend that you use the “press quality” or equivalent setting when creating a PDF version of your submission, which will ensure that the images embedded in your document are of the maximum resolution possible.
The use of the ACM format is not required for the initial submission, however we encourage authors to examine the ACM format to facilitate the conversion that will be necessary upon acceptance. More information can be found in the instructions for submitting a manuscript following acceptance below. It may also be useful to examine previous issues of TOCHI to see examples of writing, article organization, and citation style.
Before submitting a manuscript, please use a spelling checker and correct errors in punctuation, grammar, figure and table numbering, and so forth. The appearance of carelessness can prejudice reviewers.
Figures and Tables in Submitted Papers: Please place all of your figures, tables and their captions in-line in your document at the approximate location where you expect them to appear in the final version. Submissions using out-dated formats that place tables, figures, and/or captions at the end of the document (presumably for typesetting purposes) will be returned to their authors.
Statement of previous research: To assist in the review of your paper, we suggest that your paper contain a statement describing your previous activity relevant to this submission. Please see our policies on prior publication and submission above. If you choose to, please submit the statement in your cover letter or at the end of your document that covers both of these aspects of your submission.
- First, the statement should describe the relationship of your TOCHI submission to your mostly closely related prior papers (or currently submitted papers). This description should clearly state the unique contribution of the current submission relative to the authors’ prior publications, or, if the paper has no relation whatsoever to prior papers, the statement should clearly say that.
- Second, the statement should note whether this paper has been previously submitted to a conference or journal. If the paper has been previously submitted, you should include information about the reaction of reviewers to the previous submission and describe any action that you took to address their concerns.
Supplemental Content for Review: Authors can now be concise AND thorough in a way not possible before: The ACM Digital Library will host ancillary material for a paper on its web site. This material, an online appendix that does not appear in the print journal, is linked to and accessed nicely from the online table of contents. This allows the best of both worlds: a concise presentation that is more likely to be read by general readers and students, and details (e.g., complete questionnaires, raw data, an annotated bibliography, or short animations) that are of interest mainly to others working in the area. Authors that wish to use this option should attach such material as an appendix to their submission, provide a readme.txt that describes the material and any requirements there may be for using it, and indicate in their cover letter that this material is intended to be ancillary material included in the digital library.
Language Services: ACM has partnered with American Journal Experts (AJE) to provide language editing (and translation) services to ACM authors. AJE has helped thousands of researchers around the world to present their research in polished English suitable for publication in journals such as those published by ACM. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files.
To take advantage of this partnership, visit http://www.aje.com/ and enter referral code ACM15 for a 15% discount off all AJE services. (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a paper.)
Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page: http://www.acm.org/publications/submissions/
Submitting Your Manuscript
The ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) is now using the ACM ScholarOne Manuscript Central site to receive and process submissions. If you submit a non-PDF file that gets converted to PDF automatically on submission to the site, we suggest that you check the converted PDF file for errors.
When you submit you paper, please check that all authors of your paper are registered in ACM ScholarOne Manuscript Central site to be TOCHI reviewers. This is a requirement for submission. All authors who submit manuscripts to TOCHI are obligated to serve as referees in the review of other TOCHI submissions.
The Review Process
When we receive your manuscript and verify that it can be read and is within the scope of the journal, an Associate Editor will take responsibility for handling the review process. The Associate Editor will assign the article to 3-4 reviewers, study the reviews that are returned, and make an overall recommendation to the Editor. The contact author will be told the identity of the Associate Editor, but not the identities of the reviewers.
A manuscript submitted for the first time might be accepted or rejected, but most articles that are ultimately accepted will first receive a “Revise and Resubmit” recommendation. If this happens, it may be very worthwhile to persevere, revising the manuscript to fix problems and clarify misunderstandings. Resubmissions should be accompanied with a cover letter that explains in detail how the comments of the reviewers were addressed.
If your submission is accepted for publication in TOCHI, the following process will be used to get your paper into the publication pipeline:
- You will receive an acceptance notification from the Associate Editor or Editor-in-Chief. This will likely come with a set of final comments on your paper that you may wish to address in your camera-ready manuscript.
- TOCHI will notify you about conference presentation options. All accepted TOCHI papers have the opportunity to present at one of a few select SIGCHI conferences. Additional information about this can be found below.
- TOCHI will request materials from you. Shortly after receiving your acceptance notice, you will receive a second e-mail from the TOCHI Information Director alerting you that the Manuscript Central site is ready for you to upload your final document materials. This includes source files (in Word or Latex), PDFs of the source files, and high-resolution files (ideally EPS) for each of your figures. While there is no enforced deadline for uploading your final materials, please keep in mind that your paper cannot be assigned to an issue until the materials have been reviewed by the Information Director and ACM.
- Your paper will be checked by the Information Director and ACM. These checks are to ensure the material is suitable for the publisher and the verify that all copyright issues have been addressed. If third-party copyrighted material is found in your manuscript, then it will be necessary for you to obtain the appropriate permissions to use this information. If everything is good, then your materials will be sent directly to the publisher.
- The publisher will copy-edit and typeset your paper. A copy editor will mark up your paper for grammar, punctuation, and structure errors and apply ACM style conventions. The typesetter will then enter the copy editor’s changes into your source file and typeset the paper using ACM fonts and style sheets. After the paper is typeset, you will receive a PDF proof along with the copy editor’s marked-up version of your paper to check for errors introduced by the copy editor and/or typesetter. No other changes to the document will be allowed at this stage of final production, so it is important that your camera-ready files be prepared carefully.
- Your paper will appear. Papers appear on the ACM Digital Library as they are processed by the publisher. Your paper will also be assigned to an issue, and once this issue is completed then your paper will also appear in print. Issues appear 6 times a year on roughly 2 month intervals: February, April, June, August, October and December.
To help in the preparation of your final documents, please read the ACM Accepted Manuscript Preparation Guidelines.
Please also note that you must prepare your source files (text and bibliography) in LaTex or Word formatted in ACM style. Source files must be submitted, and no other other source file formats will be accepted by the publisher.
Note that you may submit additional electronic materials, such as benchmarks and source code, to be archived together with your paper in the digital library. In addition, you may use color graphics in the digital library. The print version will still be black and white, so please ensure your paper is easy to read in both formats.
To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include the following in the manuscript.
- Descriptive Title: A title that accurately and clearly tells what the paper is about is generally the best. Cute or clever titles will not fare as well with the search engines and filters of the foreseeable future.
- Author Names and Affiliations: Authors’ names should be given without titles or degrees along with the name and address of the organization for which the work was carried out. The author’s current address should be given in a footnote on the first page. Identify the contact author for co-authored work.
- Abstract: The abstract should be 150 to 200 words and consist of short, direct, and complete sentences. It should be informative enough to serve in some cases as a substitute for reading the paper itself. It should state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principle conclusions, but omit future plans and citations. Try to avoid starting with the words “This paper …”
- Computing Classification System: An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication by ACM Press is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). This is beneficial to you because accurate categorization provides the reader with quick content reference, facilitating the search for related literature, as well as searches for your work in ACM’s Digital Library and on other online resources. Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM’S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.
- Citations: Please examine Current and Past Issues for examples of proper citation format.
Once your manuscript is published, we recommend that you use the ACM Author-Izer service. This service allows you to generate and post a link on your home page or institutional repository to your published article. This link will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL. These downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics. A detailed description of the service and instructions for its use may be found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/acm-author-izer-service.
Presentations at Conferences
All papers accepted to TOCHI have the opportunity to present their work at one of several participating SIGCHI conferences, including the annual CHI, CSCW, and UIST conferences. This allows journal paper authors to get greater exposure for their work, and allows people to take advantage of the greater continuity of the journal review process while still having their work presented at a prestigious conference.
Each paper will have the opportunity to present at only one conference within approximately a year of their paper being accepted. A list will be maintained on this web page of conferences that authors are eligible to present at, and authors will choose their preferred conference shortly after their paper is accepted. For conferences other than CHI, a liaison from the conference will evaluate the paper to judge whether it has a topical match to the conference. In the (hopefully rare) event that the liaison feels there is not a match, then the authors will still have an opportunity to present at the CHI conference.
Note that while papers are invited for presentation, authors may elect to forego presentation without penalty. Presentation is not required for your paper to be published by TOCHI.
If you are the author of a TOCHI paper that chooses to present at CHI, then you will receive an invitation e-mail in October or November of the year before the conference. Instructions will be provided in this e-mail explaining the process for presenting at CHI, and you will be required to submit some additional information for the CHI program through the Precision Conference system.
Conferences Accepting TOCHI Presentations
- CHI (deadline early December)
- CSCW (deadline mid-August)
- UIST (deadline mid-June)
- MobileHCI (deadline early April)
Note that the actual deadline by which your paper must be accepted in order to present at a given conference is generally a few days in advance of that conference’s program committee meeting, which varies from year to year. The deadlines listed above are based on typical program committee dates from the past few years, but may differ and are not under the control of TOCHI.