The Editors-in-Chief of ACM Interactions invite you to be a part of this exciting venue and we encourage authors to consider submitting material for the print publication and/or our dynamic website.

We also welcome potential bloggers interested in sharing their thoughts with this unique audience via this website. Send your ideas and submissions to

And we always look for community notices for related conferences and events descriptions, dates, and deadlines.
We accept submissions year-round.

Keep in mind the magazine and website represents the expertise and new discoveries within the HCI and interaction design research and practitioner communities. Our emphasis is on communicating our expertise and knowledge across our field and beyond. Submissions may be new material or based on material previously published in academic research venues but rewritten for a much broader audience.

ACM Interactions is a magazine, not a scholarly journal. All efforts should be made to write in a professional magazine style, which means the tone should be as direct, inclusive, and conversational as possible. Special care should be taken to limit the use of jargon, academic phrases, and formal constructions.
Although Interactions is created for those with a special interest in HCI, articles should be written so that any interested reader can understand and appreciate the material.

Authors are expected to follow Interactions word limits:
Demo Hour: 100 words max for project info.
Confessions: 1,100 words max.
Feature Article: 2,750 words max.
Forum: 2,200 words max.
Community Square: 550 words max.
Day in the Lab: 600 words max. See guidelines
Visual Thinking Backpage Gallery: Please provide title, genre, and optional caption. See guidelines

All articles should contain no more than six endnotes/references.

Editing and Review Processes

Articles go through several rounds of editing: first with the magazines editors-in-chief and forum editors for relevance, clarity, and groundedness and then with ACM’s managing editor and copy editor for grammar, punctuation, and length.

ACM staff will send authors the copyedited version for their review. Once they have approved the copyedited version, authors will not review the copy again.

Authors may be asked to review any redrawn figures.

Authors will not receive page proofs or final pdfs.


We strongly encourage all authors to supply photos, illustrations, or illustrative concepts along with their manuscripts. All images must be supplied in-line so that placement near associated text is clear, and as separate files.

All images must be in JPEG or TIFF format and at least 300 DPI (or at least 1200 pixels wide) with copyright clearance for use in the magazine. Please note that gaining copyright clearance for third-party material is the responsibility of the author(s); ACM will not seek clearance or cover cost that may be associated with clearance. For more information on procedures for securing third-party material, visit

Interactions does not guarantee that all submitted images/illustrations will be published; such decisions are at the discretion of the editors-in-chief and ACM’s art department.

Submission Checklist

A complete submission to ACM Interactions should contain the following:

1. Word document (minimally formatted text and graphics) that includes a short, crisp working title or headline, and a standard byline: author name, affiliation, email address.

2. Separate graphics files in JPEG or TIFF format (at least 300 DPI/1200 px with copyright clearance).

3. Brief author biography (50-word maximum) for each author listed in the byline. A bio generally includes the author’s current affiliation and his/her research interests.

4. Headshot photo of each author listed in the byline of the article (preferably high-res/300 DPI in JPEG or TIFF format).

Section Guidelines

Day in the Lab
This section offers readers an insider’s tour of studios and research labs worldwide. If you are interested in spotlighting your lab, we ask you consider the following protocol.

Suggested Questions to Answer:
- How do you describe your lab to visitors?
- What is an unique feature of your lab?
- How many people are in the lab and what is the mix of backgrounds and roles?
- How would you briefly describe a day in the life of your lab?
- What is one feature of your lab that you could not do without?
- What is one feature of your lab you want and do not have?
- How would you describe how people interact in your lab?
- What is the one thing you see as most important about the work you do there?

Suggested Images to Submit for Day in the Lab:
- Overview photo showing the lab
- Photo of unique or particular features, equipment, collaborative set-up, etc…
- Photo of lab/studio activity
- Portrait (headshot) of lab spokesperson

Visual Thinking Backpage Gallery
The idea behind the Backpage Gallery is to highlight and promote visual thinking, using the medium of still, possibly post-processed digital imagery in keeping with the role of interaction design as a design discipline.
You are invited to submit your best visual-thinking images to the editors-in-chief or to the curator of the Backpage Gallery Eli Blevis

Form of Contributions:
We will select the best images for inclusion in future Visual Thinking Backpage Gallery columns.
Please provide:
- A high-resolution image (preferably 300dpi)
- A title for your image
- Your name and the name of any co-contributors (affiliations unnecessary)
- (Optional) a short description of the genre relating the image to design process

A submitted image may be constructed or modified in image-processing applications. It must be of professional quality and you must be the author and sole copyright holder of all materials used in your final image

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