Call for Papers: HCI and the Body: Reimagining Women’s Health

Call for Papers

HCI and the Body: Reimagining Women’s Health

A Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (ToCHI)

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: April 5th, 2019

In the HCI community we have seen an increasing exploration of technology in relation to the female body and women’s health. Much of this work had explored the role that technology can play in supporting transitions to, and experiences of motherhood. Such a focus reflects the wider approach of commercial technologies to the female body – that related to reproductive health. In the last five years research focus in relation to women’s health has broadened, entering into more intimate, taboo, and politically charged topics. This has included the design and evaluation of tools for enabling intimate anatomical knowledge, through to explorations of digital approaches to advocating for changes in policy relating to women’s health issues (from topics such as breastfeeding, parental leave through to abortion rights). These advances in the multiple experiences, voices and concerns of the female body and women’s health not only trouble the kinds of methods we have available for doing design and for evaluating our design work, but also define and redefine the limits of the technologies and interactions we create. So much of women’s health involves concern about parts of the body and topics which are normally highly personal, off-limits. The placement and uses of digital materials and technologies may be orientated or inserted in relation to the body in ways which the HCI community has rarely explored. Questions remain about how we as a community can best approach the body and women’s health in ways which are appropriate, inclusive, while also contributing to the improvement of women’s health experiences at a global level. We ask also how such new possibilities can be deployed, the risks of these deployments, as well as the means by which these interactions can be evaluated not just at an individual level, but also at the socio-cultural and political levels which are widely understood as constructing and limiting women’s health experiences.

Information for Contributors

This special issue aims to provide an inclusive perspective, acknowledging that biology alone does not dictate gender, and that the female experience is more than menstruation, pregnancy and motherhood. We wish to highlight the ways in which the digital intersects with the female experience, roadmap opportunities for digital technologies within women’s health, as well as provide critical and speculative perspectives on what technology means and could mean within this context.

Articles might contribute to this special issue in the following ways:

  • Scoping reviews and evaluations of existing women’s health technologies (including for example the self-sampling for HPV, menstrual tracking applications, technologies for sexual wellbeing, menopause awareness and management, etc.)
  • Ethnographies and/or interaction criticism that unpack women’s health experiences and digital re-presentations of the female body
  • Theoretical revisitations of the relationships between the body and digital technologies scoped to women’s health
  • Applications and designs (including critical and speculative) which respond to a full spectrum of women’s health experiences
  • Activism, advocacy and/or more general politics associated with worldwide access and experiences of women’s health
  • Design methods and processes which engage with, respond to, and reimagine the body in women’s health

We will use a standard journal review process for this special issue, with two rounds of reviews and revisions. Authors are encouraged to submit a short abstract (300-500 words) and a tentative title prior to the full paper submission to be reviewed by the special issue editors. In consultation with the journal managing editor, we will select a list of qualified reviewers for the special issue.

Further information, including TOCHI submission procedures and advice on formatting and preparing your manuscript, can be found at:

Manuscripts are actually submitted via the ACM online manuscript system at:

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: April 5th, 2019

To discuss a possible contribution, please contact the special issue editors at

Special Issue Editors:

Madeline Balaam (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Shaowen Bardzell (Indiana University)
Lone Koefoed Hansen (University of Aarhus)
Teresa Almeida (IT University of Copenhagen).

Schedule and Plan for Special Issue

We will use a standard journal review process for this special issue, with two rounds of reviews and revisions. Authors are encouraged to submit a short abstract (300-500 words) and a tentative title prior to the full paper submission to be reviewed by the special issue editors. In consultation with the journal managing editor, we will select a list of qualified reviewers for the special issue.

The tentative reviewing timeline is as follows:

Abstract submission (300-500 words) deadline: April 5th, 2019
Feedback on abstract to authors (incl. Quick Reject): April 26th, 2019

For papers that pass the first round of review will be invited to submit a full paper, with the following tentative schedule:
Full paper submission deadline: June 14th, 2019
First-round reviews to authors: August 9th 2019
First-round revision deadline: Oct 11th 2019

2nd-round reviews to authors: Nov 8th 2019
Authors work on camera-ready copies and prepare for final submissions: By Nov 29th 2019

Publication is currently scheduled for March 2020.

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Call for Papers, Special Issues, Uncategorized||0 Comments

ToCHI Best Paper Award 2017

ACM TOCHI is happy to announce the 2017 best paper award winner: “Motion Correlation: Selecting Objects by Matching their Movement” by authors Velloso, Carter, Newn, Esteves, Clarke and Gellersen.

Using eye gaze and gestures to interact with interfaces is gaining traction. Here we are shown important lessons learnt in how to design, implement and evaluate the use of eye gaze to select objects on a screen — be it a smartwatch screen, a large wall-mounted screen or selecting Internet of Things objects in our surroundings. The principle is to represent available objects by motion in the interface, have users identify a target by mimicking its specific motion, and use the correlation between the system’s output with the user’s input to determine the selection. The work is firmly based in a thorough understanding of human perception, explored in a range of different systems, arriving at a set of design principles and generalisable concepts.

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: 2017, News, TOCHI Best Paper Award, Uncategorized||0 Comments

Call for Nominations: Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction  (TOCHI) is coming to an end shortly, and the ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the next EiC.

Nominations, including self nominations, are invited for a three-year term as TOCHI EiC, beginning September 1, 2015. The EiC appointment may be renewed at most one time. This is an entirely voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support.

The Editor in Chief is responsible for maintaining the highest editorial quality, for setting technical direction of the papers published in TOCHI, and for maintaining a reasonable pipeline of articles for publication. He/she has final say on acceptance of papers, size of the Editorial Board, and appointment of Associate Editors. The EiC is expected to adhere to the commitments expressed in the policy on Rights and Responsibilities in ACM Publishing. For more information about the role of the EiC, see ACM’s Evaluation Criteria for Editors-in-Chief.

Nominations should include a vita along with a brief statement of why the nominee should be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged, and they should include a statement of the candidate’s vision for the future development of TOCHI. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2015, although nominations will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

Please send all nominations to the chair of the nominating committee, Robert Jacob (

The search committee members are:

  • Robert J.K. Jacob (Tufts University), Chair
  • Scott E. Hudson (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Dan R. Olsen, Jr. (Brigham Young University)


By |April 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

MobileHCI now accepting TOCHI paper presentations!

For a number of years, authors of accepted TOCHI papers have had the opportunity to present their work at the CHI conference. Starting last year, this was expanded to also include the UIST and CSCW conferences. Today, we are happy to announce that MobileHCI has become the latest conference to accept presentations of TOCHI papers!

This means that if you have a paper accepted by TOCHI at anytime in the future, or if you have recently had a TOCHI paper accepted and not had the opportunity to present it elsewhere yet, you may elect to present your paper at MobileHCI.  Authors may still only present at one of the available venues and presentations must occur within approximately a year of the acceptance date of their paper.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the TOCHI Information Director.

By |November 25th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

All new web site!

As if it wasn’t already obvious to anyone who has visited our web site before, I wanted to announce that TOCHI has finally brought its web presence into the twenty-first century with the brand new site that you see before you. Our new site is substantially easier to update and edit than our previous version, which should allow us to improve our content at a faster rate and enable our special issue editors to better maintain content about their issues.

Along with the update, we have also taken a pass through the various instructions and other materials. Hopefully the content is clearer than it was previously, but if you find anything confusing, please be sure to let me know.

Key to improving the web site was George O’Brien from Goge Design Studio, who did most of the work.  If you need an updated web site, please consider sending some work George’s way.

By |September 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Editorial: TOCHI Turns Twenty

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of TOCHI, issue 21.1 features an editorial by Editor-in-Chief Shumin Zhai reviewing the state of the journal.  Read it here!

By |September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New Updates from ACM

The following new information was passed along to us recently from ACM.  Particularly of interest are the new subsidized language services.

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 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 pages: and

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:

ACM Policy on Author Representations

ACM has a new Author Representations Policy, which may be found at:

By |August 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments