TOCHI Call for Papers, 2016

I must admit, I find long lists of research topics to be violently dull.

And yet, as your friend and humble narrator (not to mention putative Editor-in-Chief), one of the very first tasks that confronted me was to issue a spiffy new Call for Papers for TOCHI.

So rather than subjecting you to a gradual sanding-down of your own existence as your eyes grate across an enumeration of bullet-pointed buzzwords, what I instead set out to convey was the essence of what gives the journal its vigor.

And announce some cool new initiatives to boot.

Give it a gander, and I hope that you will respond in kind by submitting your latest and greatest work.

Or by pausing to reflect on a research agenda that you may have been stewing on for years, and serving up that accumulated wisdom as a milestone contribution.

And I will reward any and all upstanding individuals who post our professionally-designed TOCHI flyer [PDF format] on your Department’s bulletin board with a billion virtual donuts. Or thereabouts.

As well as my eternal thanks, of course.






ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)


TOCHI is the premier archival journal for contributions from the frontiers of human-computer interaction.

CHI is an exciting field, often with profound implications:

What are the human consequences of the technologies we create?

What are the impacts of user interfaces — and of the design choices we make — on people’s everyday lives?

How are technologies changing our society, and how can we use them to shape the many possible futures that are emerging as a result?

These questions, and many more, drive the vibrancy of the journal — and our field.

No Artificial Bounds. TOCHI embraces the full breadth of the diverse CHI community. We publish papers on any topic relevant to human-computer interaction, so long as the results offer significant new insights for the community. TOCHI particularly encourages integrative contributions that span multiple studies, multiple systems, or multiple explorations of a theme so as to contribute a new perspective to the field — the type of contribution that is nigh-impossible to convey in a typical conference paper.

Wisdom of the Elite. Papers go through rigorous peer review, led by a world-class editorial board stacked with leading experts. As one of our authors, you will benefit from their advice and deep insights to hone your research. Getting published in TOCHI represents a prestigious recognition of excellence.

Influence and Laurels. Acceptance at TOCHI garners an invitation to present your work at leading SIGCHI conferences. Combine the continuity of journal review — judicious and fair-minded, with an opportunity to redress critiques — with the lively discussion and influence that speaking at a top-notch conference brings. And starting in 2016, TOCHI will recognize our very best work with Best Paper Awards.

Rigorous and Fast. Although rigorous, TOCHI maintains a fast pace: decision time averages about 50 days. We publish accepted works quickly, online-first in the ACM Digital Library, and the pipeline from submission to publication can be shorter than the overwrought processes that tend to burden conference publication these days.

High Exposure. TOCHI heightens exposure for your research and enshrines the premier work in our field. And starting with Volume 23, the Editor-in-Chief will spotlight select articles, offering perspectives and reflections on some of the most intriguing contributions to grace our pages.

Submit your work today, and help advance the frontiers of technology — and the human experience.

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Ken Hinckley, Microsoft Research, USA


Please see the PDF version of the flyer for a complete listing of the TOCHI Editorial Board, and other publication details.



Farewell from Shumin Zhai, Welcome Ken Hinckley

Shumin Zhai’s farewell editorial is now live in the ACM Digital Library.

As our departing Editor-in-Chief, he reports on the remarkable improvements he effected for the TOCHI journal’s operation, including a much brisker pace of handling submissions (now averaging less than 50 days).

He also initiated electronic-first publication of accepted TOCHI papers, which greatly reduces the end-to-end pipeline for our authors to reveal their exciting new results to the world.

Under Shumin’s leadership there were also tremendous strides in enhancing the journal’s impact, such as inviting authors of accepted papers to speak at CHI and other leading SIGCHI conferences. He grew the journal from 4 issues per year to 6, and doubled the amount of content TOCHI publishes overall — all while maintaining the journal’s reputation for a fair and rigorous review cycle. His efforts have pushed key metrics, such as downloads per article, into to the upper echelon of ACM Transactions-level journals.

The net results of all these initiatives have further elevated TOCHI’s stature as the flagship journal of the Computer-Human Interaction community.

But with his six years of service at an end, and his maximum allowable two terms as Editor-in-chief completed with distinction, he now receives the greatest award of all:

Shumin gets his life back (grin).

And so the ACM Publications Board, with Shumin’s enthusiastic support, has appointed his successor:

Ken Hinckley, a long-time associate editor for TOCHI and a leading researcher in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), becomes the journal’s fifth Editor-in-Chief.

Ken is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and also a member of the CHI Academy. He has served as Technical Program Chair for CHI, papers chair for UIST and MobileHCI, and on the editorial boards of other leading journals such as the HCI Journal.

He is perhaps best known for his work on mobile sensing, pen (and touch) interaction, and interaction techniques that combine multiple modalities (and sensors) in new ways. You can learn more about him, and follow his work, from his research blog.

But Ken also prides himself on being a generalist, both in terms of topic and research approach, and in recent months nothing excites him more than finding a promising TOCHI submission that has just come in over the transom. He hopes to find one of yours there soon.

So be sure to check out Shumin’s closing remarks — words of wisdom as always — and the next issue of TOCHI (Volume 23, Issue 1) will feature Ken’s introductory editorial discussing where things stand for TOCHI as well as some new initiatives in the works.

But rest assured that the new editorial team has redoubled the journal’s commitment to timely and professional responses, with a never-ending attention to thoughtful and rigorous reviews.

We fully intend to build on and hopefully expand even futher the great successes and impact that Shumin paved the way for when he firmly took the reins of TOCHI in his able hands.

Ken Hinckley