Short Papers

Short Papers encourage submissions that focus on a contribution that is succinct or ongoing. Submissions in this category are intended to allow presenters to share their latest results or get feedback on projects which may not otherwise be appropriate for Full Papers (Journal Track). Short papers are likely to have a more focused and concise research contribution to the field. For example, a submission on a novel system may not cover the entire system design but rather go into depth regarding a specific topic (e.g., how the system was evaluated with real users or how the formative work to create the system was conducted).

Short Paper Description

COMPASS Short Papers would consider previously unpublished, concise and insightful submissions that make a specific, explicit contribution on its own, but unlike Full Papers, are not expected to provide full discussion or related work. While the length of short papers is flexible, they should be between 5000 and 8000 words without references. Short papers would benefit from short presentations and discussions during the conference. 

All Short Paper submissions must be fully anonymous. Submissions will go through a double-blind peer-review process by members of the COMPASS Program Committee. Authors should not reveal their names or affiliations on the title page, text, or document metadata. Any references to the authors’ own prior work should be in the third person. 

Important Dates 

  • March 1st, 2024: Submission Deadline 
  • April 15th, 2024: Notifications to the authors 
  • May 30th, 2024: Deadline for the camera-ready version of the accepted submissions 

Submission Format 

Authors of short papers and posters should submit a description of their work in PDF format using the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use “sigconf” proceedings template for LaTeX and the Interim Template for Word). ACM’s CCS concepts and keywords are not required for review but may be required if accepted and published by the ACM. 

For LaTeX, the following should be used:

Short Papers: documentclass[sigconf,natbib=true]{acmart} 

Submissions must be anonymous and should be submitted electronically via HotCRP (to be setup).

Submissions that are not in the appropriate submission format will be desk rejected. In addition, we aim to ensure that all of the COMPASS content is made as accessible as possible to any and all persons; please refer to our guide to producing accessible documents for suggestions. 

Accepted short papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. To accommodate the publishing traditions of different fields, authors of accepted short papers can ask that only a one-page abstract appears in the archival proceedings along with a URL pointing to the full submission. Authors should guarantee that the link to the full submission will be reliable for at least two years. This option is available to accommodate subsequent publication in journals that would not consider preliminary results that have been published in the proceedings of a conference.