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UbiComp / ISWC 2021

FAQ Related to Template changes

Last update: 26 March 2021, 12:00 (CET)


UbiComp / ISWC full papers need to be submitted in a single-column format to the IMWUT journal (IMWUT Submissions) following the IMWUT author guidelines. In contrast, contributions to UbiComp / ISWC workshops, doctoral symposium, posters, and demos as well as ISWC notes, briefs, and the design exhibition have to be submitted through the PrecisionConference system in the double-column format specified below in UbiComp / ISWC Submissions.
IMWUT Submissions
UbiComp / ISWC Submissions
  • UbiComp / ISWC workshops, doctoral symposium, posters, and demos
  • ISWC notes, briefs, and the design exhibition
  • Double-column format, please follow the guidelines below

UbiComp / ISWC Submissions

Quick Facts

    • We will be using The ACM Publication System (TAPS) process supported by an external vendor, Junction Publishing.
    • The correct template for publication in the DL is: single column Word Submission Template and LaTeX template using “sigconf” style in acmart.
    • Both papers and extended abstracts will use the same publication formats.
    • You can download the Word/LaTeX Master Article templates.

Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 will use ACM Master Article Templates AND Publication Workflow for publication of BOTH the proceedings and extended abstracts. This ACM page gives a rationale behind the change. This is a significant change, so please carefully read the following instructions. Additional Information is also provided in the later half of this page.

Quick Links

  • Microsoft Word
  • LaTeX (Use sample-sigconf.tex for submissions)
  • Overleaf (or search for ACM Conference Proceedings “Master” Template)

Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 Proceedings Format

We will follow the workflow defined by the ACM, so please read the instructions on the ACM page carefully. A key difference is that the ACM workflow requests authors to produce final versions by themselves, but Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 will hire a vendor to complete this process.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors revise the manuscript and submit publication ready source files (Word or LaTeX) to PCS. For Word users, the source files should be in the same single column format (word documents will be converted to two-columns by a vendor). LaTeX users should use the “sigconf” style, which will change the source file to two columns. For both Word and LaTeX source files, a vendor then runs validations and produces the final publication version of record (a two column PDF and responsive HTML) using TAPS. Authors must approve these proofs and can request layout changes if necessary.

Ubicomp/ISWC 2021 Extended Abstracts Format

We eliminate the traditional extended abstract format (landscape) and use the same template as full papers. So, please read and follow the instructions above. An important difference is that THERE ARE PAGE LIMITS for extended abstracts. Please follow instructions in the respective call for submissions regarding page limit.

Digital Accessibility

The Ubicomp/ISWC conference committee is asking all authors to work on improving the accessibility of their submissions. Please see the Guide to an Accessible Submission for more details.


If you have any questions or concerns with regards to publication templates, please contact Ubicomp/ISWC publication co-chairs publication-chairs-2021@ubicomp.org.
Brian Lim, National University of Singapore
Desheng Zhang, Rutgers University

Additional Information on the New Publication Workflow

The main motivation behind the new ACM publication workflow is to support accessibility and multi-format representations (here is an example). To that end, ACM decided to move to the new publishing culture that separates content from presentation. Another motivation is to reduce the manual work of editors to detect and fix problems in manuscripts for production. TAPS and the new template (partially) automate it.
The aim of this page is to provide an explanation and additional details caused by the change. This page concludes with Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

A critical change is that we eliminate the traditional Ubicomp/ISWC extended abstract format (landscape). We use the same format as full papers (portrait) for extended abstracts. The author’s submit their work in the ACM’s submission format (1-column pdf). If accepted, the authors upload publication ready source files (1-column Word or LaTeX) to PCS and our vendor, Junction Publishing, will produce publication versions (pdf and html) using TAPS. The publication (pdf) will be in two-columns.

Estimated Word Count Number of Figures Number of Tables Estimated Formatted Page Count
8200 5 2 11
7980 7 4 14
6750 3 2 9
6310 2 3 8
5030 3 1 6
4350 3 2 5

Figure 1: ACM approximation of the correlation between word count and page length in terms of pages.

Any transition of this significance will require work of people to adopt new practices. We recognize that some authors and reviewers will bear more of this work than others. We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation. To be better prepared, we strongly encourage authors to test the new template early and familiarize themselves with it. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to publication-chairs-2021@ubicomp.org. As volunteers we will try to provide you with help and support.

publication flow

Figure 2: A SIGCHI diagram highlighting the different people and systems involved in publication.