Halfway to the Future: A two-day symposium in Nottingham, UK exploring the past, present, and future of HCI and design-based research.

Submission guidance

All accepted papers will be published in the Halfway to the Future Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library, as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS). Authors are required to submit their papers using the ACM Proceedings templates and must conform to the template for inclusion in the proceedings.

Submission template downloads

More information and resources are available on the ACM website.

Guidance on preparing your submission

Please read the following points carefully.

Most importantly,

  • all submissions must be anonymised, with author details redacted in the paper and in the file metadata. Do not anonymise any references to your previous work, but do refer to your own publications in the third person. If your paper is not correctly anonymised, it may be desk rejected. Please direct any questions about anonymisation to programme@halfwaytothefuture.org

There's a word limit:

  • papers must either be no more than 6,000 words addressing current work relating to the symposium theme you have chosen (and preferably referring in some way to the paper listed for that theme, or no more than 2,000 words looking towards the future of one of the panel themes. We encourage thought-provoking and/or unorthodox content, especially for the future-oriented work.
  • References, title, authors, abstract, and other frontmatter (e.g., keywords, CCS concepts, copyright notice etc.) do not count towards the word limit for either type of paper submission.
  • Tip for wordcount if you're working in Overleaf / LaTeX editors, etc. it may be easiest to copy-paste the PDF output into Word (the LaTeX word count may not cope well with comments, etc. in your bibtex source).
  • FAQ: How "hard" is the word limit? We won't raise an eyebrow as long as you're within 10% of the limit for your submission type. Any more though, and we're going to have to desk reject the submission. Please count carefully!


  • all submissions will be reviewed by at least two experts in the field, and the entire review process will be double-blind.
  • Selected accepted authors will be offered the opportunity to take part in the panel discussion with the panel’s keynote speaker and other accepted authors. This selection process will be juried based on acceptances after double-blind peer review.
  • All papers are expected to be ready for publication; we do not offer the opportunity for substantial revisions or second reviews. Correction of minor errors can be made when preparing accepted papers for publication.
  • Submissions prepared in Microsoft Word will look significantly different to submissions prepared in LaTeX because they are in the "submission" template, authors will have to follow these ACM instructions to make their paper look correct should they be accepted.
  • No submission will be penalised or receive special treatment as a result of the template inconsistencies.

By submitting to the symposium, you are agreeing to the following ACM policies:

Where to submit

Submission to the symposium is made using the EasyChair system. You must create an account and submit to the HttF2019 conference. Submissions will not be accepted by other means. We have extended the submission deadline until Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 23:59 BST (GMT+1).

Preparing an accepted submission

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Friday 26th July 2019. Selected authors will be asked take part in one of the six panels at the symposium. All accepted authors who are not invited to present their work within one of the symposium panels will be invited to produce a poster to be displayed during the symposium as well as being included in the Halfway to the Future Proceedings.

Upon acceptance, you will be contacted by the Programme Chairs with specific information on how to prepare your document for inclusion in the ACM ICPS. Microsoft Word users will have to follow the ACM Master Article Template workflow to prepare their document. Accepted authors will be asked to submit both their camera-ready PDF and the raw source (i.e. Word document/LaTeX source). This is required by the ACM in order for your paper to be included in the ACM Digital Library.

The new templates enable you to import required indexing concepts for your article from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) using an indexing support tool found in the ACM Digital Library (DL) which generates the necessary TeX code once you have selected your terms (and generates XML for Word documents). The ACM requires the use of this tool to generate your CCS concepts before submission to the Digital Library.

Accepted authors will be required to complete a rights management form. We will email the correct rights text and bibliographic strip that must be placed within the paper where required in the template. Please expect an email from rightsreview@acm.org and adjust your junk/spam settings accordingly. No pre-publication version may be put online or otherwise distributed until all rights management, bibliographic information, and copyright information has been completed and confirmed by the Programme Chairs.

We also request that authors make their papers as accessible as possible by including alternative text for all images and tables to make more of your content available to readers with visual impairments.

The deadline for submission of final formatted versions will be announced nearer the time.
Deadline for confirmation of attendance (for panellists): Friday 23rd August.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the symposium. The official publication date may affect the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare symposium whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the symposium.)

Additional questions or help

If you have any questions regarding preparing your paper for submission, please contact the Programme Chairs.

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