UbiComp 2013 PC Co-ChairWe just pressed the big red button ™ and opened up the UbiComp 2013 submission page! While the submission deadline is still two weeks away (March 22, at 23:59 EDT), I nevertheless encourage you to visit it right now, register for an account (if you don’t have one already), and start the submission process by clicking on “new submissions” in the header.

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Note that starting this process does not mean that you already need to upload your submission! Once you have started, you can always come back later to finalize it.

Doing it in piecemeal fashion allows you to have enough time to prepare for the actual submission. For example, it gives you time to read the brief “howto” at the top of the submission page:

Fill in this form to submit your Full Paper or Note to UbiComp 2013. Use the following check-list to verify the most important points:

  1. Remember that UbiComp 2013 uses a blind review process and that your submission must be anonymized.
  2. Make sure that you have followed the formatting guidelines and have adhered to the page limit – no more than 4 pages for Notes, no more than 10 pages for Full Papers. Note that we explicitly encourage shorter Full Papers if their length is appropriate for their content!
  3. You can optionally select one or more contribution types to help reviewers understand how your work is thought to contribute to the UbiComp body of knowledge.
  4. Please carefully choose 2-4 keywords to indicate the desired reviewer expertise that you think is most helpful for evaluating your work.
  5. If your work was previously rejected at a major conference, we encourage you to optionally submit a note to reviewers as “Additional Material”, explaining how you addressed the previous reviewer feedback.
  6. If you already know that you want to take advantage of the conference’s multi-format submission, you can optionally indicate this already now. You can also use the “Additional Material” to upload supportive material.

IMPORTANT: All optional items are truly optional – their absence will not negatively affect your submission! However, any additional information you can give (contribution types, prior reviews, multi-submission information) can help reviewers to better understand your work and the contribution it makes!

When you are done, do not forget to press the ‘submit’ button at the bottom of the page!

Note the terms highlighted in blue above – these are new in UbiComp 2013 so you want to have enough time preparing for them! Detailed descriptions are on the submission form, and we will also be discussing them in the upcoming days here on this blog. Stay tuned!