How to write the six-page paper

Apart from writing one-page reflections for each of the seminars, we also want you to write a 6-page essay. 

Content

The paper can be on anything you find interesting - as long as it is related to HCI. Hopefully, some topic that was brought up in one of the six seminars was interesting to you? Or it might be something you want to do in your MSc that you would like to outline and discuss? What we expect is a proper paper that has a particular question/idea, some method for exploring it (literature review, some empirical data you got from some study you've done in the past, some design work you've done, or some interaction you've implemented), and some result (what do we learn from reading your paper that we can bring into our practice?). 

Format

The required format of your six-page paper is this: ACM Extended Abstract (Links to an external site.) (Make sure you get the right one here - landscape, two larger columns and one smaller one for pictures -- second on this page). We are pretty hard on the formatting! Absolutely no more than six pages + references! No appendix. Follow every instruction in the format rules!

The template says: "You can make figures as wide as you need, up to a maximum of the full width of both columns" but we want you to put the pictures in the left-hand column. On the first page, the abstract needs to be in the rightmost column. References do not count to the six-page so add as many as makes sense. And so on. Be strict!

Grading

A six-page paper where the student describes his/her own work - either based on some empirical work done in another course or work that may lead to their MSc-thesis work. See instructions below. The six-page paper is graded A - F according to the following:

  • E: all reflections done, 6-page paper handed in, correctly formatted, with a good well-established structure
  • D: all criteria for E plus the work described in the paper has some merit when it comes to one of: research question, method chosen, background discussed, and knowledge contribution
  • C: all criteria for D plus the paper is a solid description of a research project in terms of research question, method chosen, background discussed and knowledge contribution even if the contribution as such as not novel to the research front
  • B: all criteria for C plus the knowledge contribution is novel, even if not entirely substantiated
  • A: all criteria for B plus the knowledge contribution is novel, substantiated, and would almost be at the level where it could be published at a decent research conference.

 

CHI Extended Abstracts Format

This template should be used for submitting to the workshops, courses, case studies, doctoral consortium, panels, interactivity, SIGs, late-breaking works, alt.chi, and student competitions venues (This template is NOT for submitting papers, use the CHI Proceedings format for submitting Papers). You can use one of the following three (3) templates:

Paper structure

Abstract

The abstract should be something along the following lines: two or three sentences about the topic you are going to address, one or two sentences about your method, one - three sentences about your insight/result that I will learn from your paper. 

Introduction

States the problem and introduces the overall topic.

Background

Who else has done anything in the field? What did they say? Put at least 5 - 10 references in your paper. Some perhaps from the course, some that you find in scholar.google.com or acm.org/dl.

Main part of the paper

Describes your work - your design, study or what you have done. 

Discussion/conclusion

End with a proper conclusion and/or discussion.

References

Follow the formatting properly! A tip: in acm.org/dl once you've found a paper you want to refer to, click on "ACM ref" under the header Export Format. There you get the full, proper reference that you can copy (or enter into your reference program - e.g. Zotero). 

Plagiarism

We guess you've heard this many times, but as you know, you cannot copy text from someone else. If you want to put in text from someone else, put it in between "... " followed by a reference to that author. 

(In fact, you cannot even copy your own text - that is named self-plagiarism). 

Deadlines

You can see the deadline for this assignment right here on Canvas. Usually, you can't upload anymore after the end of the term. The sooner you send us stuff (in Canvas), the sooner we will reply with feedback. We will always give you a chance to fix your paper and improve your grade before we report it to LADOK. 

Questions?

If you find this confusing or worried about what to write about, mail Kristina Höök (khook@kth.se) and we can meet up and talk about it! 

Kia (khook@kth.se)

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