Call for Participation


IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL AUTHORS: When preparing and making final submissions, please use the templates and follow the instructions at

Submission deadlines have passed for most venues, but you are invited to participate in workshops, which are one- or two-day collaborative working sessions. Participation requires submitting a position paper to the workshop organizers, and these are due around November 25. Please see the list of accepted workshops for specific submission instructions.

We invite you to submit your research to the 2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2012), to be held February 11–15, 2012, in Seattle, Washington, USA. Papers and notes will undergo a new two-phase review process, described in detail in the papers and notes call for participation.

The submission deadlines and decision notification dates are as follows:

VenueSubmit byDecision notification by

Papers & Notes

  • First version
  • *Paper submissions still possible if you did not submit an abstract*
  • Revisions
  • *Extended due to power outages*


  • June 3, 2011
    11:59 p.m. PDT
  • August 30, 2011
    5:00 p.m. PDT


  • July 22, 2011
  • October 21, 2011
WorkshopsJuly 8, 2011
5:00 p.m. PDT
September 11, 2011
CSCW Horizon, Demonstrations, Panels, Posters, Student VolunteersSeptember 9, 2011
5:00 p.m. PDT
October 28, 2011
Videos September 23, 2011
5:00 p.m. PDT
October 30, 2011
Doctoral ColloquiumOctober 16, 2011
5:00 p.m. PDT

CSCW brings together top researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who are interested in both the technical and social aspects of collaboration. The development and application of new technologies continues to enable new ways of working together and coordinating activities. Cooperation and coordination take place in different settings, ranging from work to recreational and social activities. Moreover, an increasing range of devices are involved in cooperation, as we collaborate in different contexts and situations. The conference has several venues for participation:

VenuePurposePresentationMax submission length
Papersdescribe original, complete researchtalk in session10 pages (HCI Archive Format)
Notesdescribe original, complete researchshort talk in session4 pages (HCI Archive Format)
Postersreport on late-breaking and preliminary resultsposter session at reception4 pages (extended abstract format) + poster
Workshopsconduct a workgroup meeting at the conference on a focused topicone or two full days at conference3000 words
Panelsgenerate debate around provocative, controversial, innovative, and emerging issuespanel discussion session 4 pages (extended abstract format)
Videospresent visually engaging examples of interaction, behavior and/or system use through videoshown continuously during conference; best videos in special session5 minute video + 2 page abstract (extended abstract format)
Demonstrationsshow implemented CSCW systems through hands-on demonstrationdemo reception (or throughout conference)2 page abstract (extended abstract format) + 2 page demo description
CSCW Horizonpresenting non-traditional, controversial, visionary, inspiring worktalk followed by discussion4–12 pages (extended abstract format)
Doctoral ColloquiumDoctoral Colloquium discuss dissertation work with panel (for Ph.D. students)full-day colloquium: short presentations + group discussions 4 page overview (extended abstract format) + bio/CV

Appropriate topic areas for CSCW include all contexts in which technology is used to mediate human activities such as communication, coordination, cooperation, competition, entertainment, education, medicine, art, music, and play. The technology may include: email, instant messaging, blogs, social media, shared workspaces, teleconferencing, games, co-located systems, robotics, and emerging technologies.

Given the broad charter of the CSCW research area, we are interested both in research on the core themes which have made CSCW an intellectually rich and rigorous community, and on submissions that push the boundaries of CSCW research and illustrate the diverse technologies which facilitate collaboration. Possible topics include:

  • Innovative systems to support collaborative activity: group formation, awareness, coordination, telepresence, shared interaction, etc.
  • New collective or collaborative user experiences enabled by social media, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, social networking, wikis, etc.
  • Emerging issues for global, cross-cultural coordination and communication
  • Innovative installations: CSCW and the arts, media, museums, other public spaces
  • Studies of the introduction and use of technologies from social, cultural, and organizational perspectives
  • Applying social science methods (ethnographic, experimental, empirical, etc.) to study and understand collaborative experiences and practices
  • Novel methodologies and tools for the design and analysis of collaborative practices
  • New theoretical approaches and frameworks for understanding coordination and communication
  • Collaborative experiences enabled by mobile devices, location-based services, advanced sensing systems, and other emerging technologies
  • Multi-player gaming and Virtual Environments
  • Systems for emergency preparedness and large-scale rapid deployment (e.g. disaster response)
  • Collaborative domains: Computer Supported Cooperative Healthcare, Human Robotic Collaboration, Education, Collaboratories, Government
  • Studies exploring the appropriate balance between individual and collaborative work.
  • Visions of future directions for CSCW
  • Please explore the CFPs for each of the conference venues to find the right place to participate.

Conference Co-Chairs

Steve Poltrock
Carla Simone, Università di Milano Bicocca