FAQ

the Conference:

Q: Where is the 2019 Compass being held?

The second ACM Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2019) is being held in Accra, Ghana from July 3rd to July 5th, 2019.


Q: Where do I register for the conference?

You can register for the conference from the Conference website. Our registration page will be up soon, closer to the paper and poster review cycles.


Q: How much will be the registration fee for the conference?

Will be announced soon!


Q: The website says February 15th as the deadline for mentorship. What is mentorship?

To help facilitate global representativeness, COMPASS provides mentoring to support potential authors who need guidance in creating these papers. The deadline to register for the mentorship is February 15th, 2019 11:59 pm UTC.


Q: What kind of works can be submitted to Compass 2019?

The ACM Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2019), as the name suggests, is looking for innovative solutions working towards sustainable development goals including but not limited to the sociotechnical, computing and social good fields.

COMPASS broadly includes papers from four general “areas”: Systems, HCI, Data Science/AI, and Deployment Experiences and welcomes inter-disciplinary groups to submit their socio-technical systems including sociocultural and STS analyses, field deployments, field experiences, algorithms, and AI development, data science applications, and more. Please see the Call for Papers for more details. If you have any particular questions, please feel free to reach out the organizers at acmcompass@gmail.com

For the Authors:


Q: What is the difference between the first and the second round of submissions?

The paper submission only has one round and has the deadline (March, 15th, 2019 11:59 pm UTC). Whereas the poster submission has two rounds, the first round deadline is March 15th, 2019 and second round deadline is May 15th, 2019 11:59 pm UTC.


Q: What is the paper and poster submission format for Compass 2019?

The papers and posters should be submitted using the ACM SIGCHI paper format available at the ACM website. The two column paper format has to be followed for both papers and posters. The overleaf link to the format is available here.


Q: What is the difference between Papers and Posters?

Papers can be a minimum of 7 pages and a maximum of 10 pages (excluding references). Papers submitted to this track should represent polished, significant contributions. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper of length proportional to its contribution.

Whereas, the posters can be 2 pages (excluding references). However, figures, appendices, abstracts, tables, etc. all should be included in the page limit. Submissions that exceed these limits will be rejected without consideration. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Q: What are Compass 2019 policies regarding anonymity and conflicts?

Papers and Posters will both be double-blind peer-reviewed. Authors should remove their and their institutions’ identities from the paper, including the title, header, and metadata and any relevant citations. Acknowledgment sections are better left blank during the review process. Citations to relevant previous work by the authors should be included, however, and cited in a way that obscures the authors’ relationship to it, so that reviewers can ensure that prior research has been taken into account in the current work. For example, rather than saying in our previous work, mention [1] or authors et al. mentioned in their work. The submissions without correct anonymization will be automatically rejected. Authors should mark relevant conflicts during the submission.


Q: How do I submit the papers/posters?

The submission site will be made available shortly. The site would require you to sign-up using your institutional email. You are also supposed to mark conflicts for each submission. For details on who is a conflict, see next question.


Q: Who counts as a Conflict during paper submission?

During the submission process, authors should mark conflicts with any program committee members whom they have collaborated with, in any capacity over the last two years including previous collaborators, advisors etc. Individuals with the same institutional affiliation as yours also count as a conflict.


Q: What are the paper reviewers looking for?

The paper submissions will be assessed based on relevance to the track (from the Call for Papers page) that is selected for the submission, novelty, methodological rigor, richness of contribution, and clarity of presentation. Acceptance rates have generally been 20-25% for this track in past conferences. The conference reserves the right to desk reject submissions that are obviously not viable research papers. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper of length proportional to its contribution.


Q: What are the poster reviewers looking for?

Posters submission track is for preliminary projects or late-breaking results. Posters will not be archival and are intended to allow presenters to share their latest results or get early feedback on projects. Poster submissions will be limited to 2 pages excluding references.

Posters will be assessed based on relevance to Compass, evidence that the work being described is taking a promising direction that could result in a finished research product of high quality, and clarity of presentation. Posters may be viewed as "Works in Progress". Works in Progress that are further along will not be rejected on this count!


Q: I have a question that is not covered in the FAQ. Whom do I reach to and how?

If you have any other questions, please email us your questions at  acmcompass@gmail.com Remember to add subject line “COMPASS 2019 Query” for better response time.