Call for Papers

The ASSETS conference is the premier forum for presenting research on the design, evaluation, use, and education related to computing for people with disabilities and older adults. We invite high-quality original submissions on topics relevant to computing and accessibility.

Submissions should present significant contributions to design, systems, tools, scientific understanding, methodology, or social issues. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) new enabling technologies, studies of how technologies are used by people with disabilities, explorations of barriers to access, and evaluations of accessibility education methods. It is expected that, in most cases, a paper’s research contributions will be validated through research activities conducted within the target user groups. Papers that include a technical contribution without being validated through research activities with representative users are unlikely to be accepted.

Authors should refer to the General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities when preparing submissions.

It is important that submissions are accessible. If you are new to this process, refer to the Accessibility Mentorship page.

Submission Procedures

ASSETS accepts submissions in the following categories:

Technical papers are expected to present significant and original contributions. For early work and work-in-progress, authors may consider submitting a poster or demo. Papers may expand upon previously published posters or demos, but must present novel and significantly extended content, and should cite any previous abstracts for posters or demos. Please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism for guidance.

All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Program Committee. Accepted papers and the abstracts for posters and demonstrations, experience reports, and the student research competition will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author of accepted submissions must register as the presenter by the early registration deadline.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Awards

As in previous years, ASSETS will present a Best Paper Award, for the best overall paper submitted to the conference, as well as a Best Student Paper Award, for a paper primarily authored by a student.

ASSETS will also present a Best Artifact Award, for a paper, poster, or demo that relates to the best publicly released artifact, such as an application or commercial product. This award will go to work that has the greatest potential for impact in the real world for end users, developers, or researchers. This award will be attached to existing submission types; during submission of a paper, poster, or demo, you will be given the opportunity to include a link to a publicly available artifact that relates to that work.

The awards details are forthcoming. Please check back for more information at a later time.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 5 P.M. Pacific Time (PT).

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 – Mentoring request deadline,
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Technical Paper submission deadline,
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 – Initial Technical Paper reviews sent to authors, rebuttal phase opens,
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – Rebuttal phase closes,
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Technical Paper acceptance decisions sent to authors,
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 – Student Volunteer deadline,
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - Submission deadline for:
    • Posters
    • Demonstrations
    • Doctoral Consortium
    • Experience reports
    • Student research competition,
  • Monday, July 12, 2021 - Final versions of accepted papers due. Following this deadline, authors will receive instructions for completing their eRights forms, validating and submitting their paper to TAPS, and submitting their final accessible pdf.
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Acceptance decisions for:
    • Posters
    • Demonstrations
    • Doctoral Consortium
    • Experience reports
    • Student research competition,
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Technical Paper video presentations due,
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - Final versions of accepted Posters, Demonstrations, Experience reports, and Student research competition papers due. Following this deadline, authors will receive instructions for completing their eRights forms, validating and submitting their paper to TAPS, and submitting their final accessible pdf.
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Video presentations due for Posters, Demonstrations, Experience reports, Student research competition, Doctoral Consortium.