The 23rd International Conference on Design of Communication

Documenting & Designing for Pervasive Information

Sept. 21-23, 2005; Coventry, UK



SIGDOC 2005 will include technical papers and participatory workshops. All proposals must be submitted electronically. Details for each type of submission are provided below.

Note: Acceptance for publication is contingent on registration for the conference. (In the case of multiple authors, at least one must register.) If you can't attend, a publication fee equivalent to the conference registration will be charged.

Note: The submission system is now closed.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submissions Due: May 27, 2005
  • Workshop Proposals Due: June 10, 2005
  • Notification to Authors: July 8, 2005
  • Camera-Ready Due: August 5, 2005


SIGDOC 2005's theme of "Documenting & Designing for Pervasive Information" is intended to be a starting point for interesting and timely contributions, a call for the community to consider the changes in all aspects of the design of communication that will be brought about by pervasive information technology. We certainly don't intend the theme to be restrictive; any high quality contribution will be considered that is germane to the traditional coverage of SIGDOC, but even better if it explores any of the issues that must be addressed in moving the field forward in the new, pervasive information world.

Research papers or experience reports should not exceed 5,000 words (8 pages in ACM Press format, including figures and references). The results described must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. To format your paper, please use this Microsoft Word document as a template. This is the same format that will be used for the final camera-ready copy in the Proceedings.

Note: In the past, SIGDOC had used a two-phased submission process. The first phase consisted of abstract submissions, and the second phase involved full papers. For SIGDOC 2005, there is no separate abstract submission phase. Please submit full papers only. (It is true that the CyberChair system does require an upload of an abstract before the full paper, but this is only to register your submission; the full paper is still required.)

The SIGDOC 2005 conference is using the CyberChair system for both paper submissions and review processing. Please click here to submit your paper proposal. Papers must be submitted by May 27, 2005.


In recent years, SIGDOC has included extended workshops on selected topics (e.g., graphical documentation, legal issues, and DITA), in which a more detailed consideration is appropriate than can be given in a single paper. The typical SIGDOC workshop has been put on by groups of individuals from a variety of places and with contrasting and complementary fields of expertise. These workshops add much to the life and value of the conference as a whole.

Workshops will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005. The conference itself will take place the following two days, thereby permitting full participation in the workhops by interested registrants.

Workshop proposals should not exceed 1,000 words. The proposal should describe the workshop's theme, leader(s), structure, expected length, and participant selection criteria.

Workshops can be 90 minutes, half day (2 x 90 minutes), or full day (4 x 90 minutes).

Send your workshop proposal as an email attachment to by June 10, 2005 for full consideration.