Full & Short Papers

The 22nd ACM Interaction Design and Children conference (IDC 2023) invites full and short paper submissions. All papers should:

  • Report original work not previously published
  • Address topics relevant to technology and interaction design for and with children (see a list of areas of interest here)
  • Clearly state the contribution(s) in the paper and abstract

Papers making one clear, significant contribution to IDC topics are more likely to be accepted than those making several lesser contributions. Submissions must identify and cite relevant published work and explain how the paper furthers research within the field of Interaction Design and Children.

  • Full Papers are expected to be up to 15 pages
  • Short Papers are expected to be up to 9 pages

References and the mandatory “Selection and Participation of Children” section do not count towards the page limit. We encourage authors to select the appropriate length of paper based on the scope of the contribution of their research. Short papers generally have a smaller scope and/or contribution, but should not be viewed as inferior to full papers. While short papers should situate the work that is presented within relevant related literature, the literature review is likely to be less broad and less in-depth as compared to a full paper.

Submissions for review should be anonymized according to the CHI Anonymization Policy. Specifically, authors MUST remove their names and institutions from the manuscript heading, and they MUST NOT remove citations to their prior work. Submissions that are not anonymized, do not follow the page limit guidelines or are not in English will be desk-rejected.

Submissions will go through a double-anonymous, peer review process. Once accepted for publication, a light second review process might be needed.

All accepted IDC Full & Short Papers are ACM archival publications and will be made available through the ACM Digital Library. Publication of the paper is dependent on at least one author registering and presenting the paper at the conference. Early registration to the conference is required for presenting authors.

Important Dates (Midnight in Anywhere on Earth – AoE)

  • January 19: Full and short papers due
  • March 20:  Author notifications
  • April 14: Camera-ready submissions due
  • June 19-22: IDC Conference


  • Prepare your paper submission. Submissions to IDC 2023 should adhere to the CHI Anonymization Policy and use the new single column ACM SIGCHI Paper Format. Templates are available for Microsoft Word, LaTeX, and LaTeX Overleaf. In order to create a single column document in LaTeX or LaTeX Overleaf, use ‘manuscript’ as an argument to your documentclass command, for example: \documentclass[manuscript, review, anonymous]{acmart}.
  • Submit your paper via the Precision Conference System (PCS).
  • Register your paper’s title, abstract (150 word max), and list of authors. 
  • Under “Submission Type”, indicate the kind of paper you are submitting:
    • Full Paper (up to 15 pages)
    • Short Paper (up to 9 pages)
  • Upload your paper in PDF.

The page limit does not include references nor the required section on “Selection and Participation of Children.”

Optional: Supporting files, such as videos or source code, may be included. You may submit a link to a video hosted on a service like Vimeo or YouTube. This video must also be anonymized and no longer than 5 minutes in length. Please also note that your paper must be a complete, stand-alone submission that makes sense without the video.

Special Note on Ethics and Children

Designing with and for children comes with challenges and responsibilities. The IDC community is keen to include children’s voices as well as to protect their rights and promote the ethical inclusion of their perspectives in research. 

Papers must include a section titled “Selection and Participation of Children” in which the authors of the paper should describe how children were selected (if there were no children simply write: no children participated in this work), what consent processes were followed (i.e. did they consent and if so what they were told), how they were treated, how data sharing was communicated, and especially any additional ethical considerations.
This subsection will not count towards the page limit. NOTE: even if this information is elsewhere in the paper, we still want to see this section. You should place this section before the references. Examples can be seen in IDC 2019, IDC 2020, IDC 2021 and IDC 2022 proceedings. Submissions that do not include this section will be desk-rejected.