How we Guide, Write, and Cite at CHI

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  • Henning Pohl
  • Aske Mottelson
There are many opinions on how to write an influential CHI paper, ranging from writing in an active voice to including colons in the title. However, little is known about how we actually write, and how writing influences impact. We conducted quantitative analyses of the full text of all 6578 CHI papers published since 1982 to investigate. We looked at readability, titles, novelty, and name-dropping and related these measures to the papers' citation count; overall and for different subcommittees. We found that CHI papers are more readable than papers from other fields. Furthermore, readability, title length, and novelty markers all influence citation counts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts - CHI '19 EA
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2019
Article numberalt01
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019
LandUnited Kingdom

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