Notes (also known as short papers)  are short research papers with a maximum length of 4 pages excluding references. Notes provide authors the opportunity to share their ongoing work or latest results, which might not be suitable or ready for the full papers track. Submissions to the Notes track should be aligned to the conference topics of interest and provide original and succinct scholarly accounts of HCI research, design and/or theory. This may not necessarily include an entire projects’ work but should provide a more focused research contribution. Submissions that are clearly suited to the Full papers track will not be accepted. All accepted submissions will be presented at AfriCHI2023 as talks. 


We aim that notes advance HCI topics in relation to African contexts or perspectives; however, this relation does not need to be the central topic. Simply, authors should consider how the topic is relevant to African people, or places, events, processes, phenomena, languages, experiences, meanings, values, livelihoods or aesthetics in Africa etc and in line with this year’s theme of Beyond Limit

Short papers should be well-written and use the English language; however we do not restrict this to UK or American English. Rather, we encourage authors to use language that feels comfortable to them and to include local language terms if these improve meaning. For clarity, we expect authors to include a preface in English to explain their use of language and clarification within the main text or in additional footnotes, of non-English meanings or use of local idioms or phrasings. For example, the use of “sawa” in a Kenyan paper might include a parenthetical remark or footnote defining “sawa” as “okay”. For further questions or clarifications about language, please refer to the main Languages and Mentoring page. 


Your submission must be fully anonymised to permit double-blind peer-review by program committee members.Please ensure that the reviewers will be able to read and understand your paper without having to know who you are. Firstly, do not include your names and institutions anywhere in the document and omit acknowledgements – you will add these into your final camera-ready version. Secondly, ensure that the author(s) name/s or institution/s do not appear in the document properties/metadata (File… Info… Inspect Document or File… Properties).

Finally, so that reviewers take into account all prior, related (or background) work relevant to your paper, you should not anonymise the references to your own work. However, when citing your own work please refer to these contributions in third person. For example, rather than “We extend our prior work [5]..” you might say “We extend Awori’s prior work [5]…”.


We seek to encourage excellent referencing practices in order to contribute to advancing HCI. Referencing with the greatest potential to advance knowledge includes illustrating the relevance and value of African action, research, theory, innovation and intellectual products to discourse in HCI, and allied fields. Examples of the most common reference types formatted for ACM are in the lower half of the page available at:

Format & Template

All submissions must be in the ACM proceedings format. We suggest you download the template in Word and replace the text with your content. 


We will not accept Notes that exceed the prescribed number of pages. References do not count towards the page limit. Thus, the main content pages for Notes should be 4 pages. Any additional pages should only contain references. The main content pages of Notes includes the title, (anonymised) author list, an abstract of up to 150 words, all the body text, figures, tables, and any appendices. All submissions must start with “Note:” in the title to distinguish them from other submission categories

Quick Links

All submissions (Full paper, Notes, Workshop and Tutorials, Demo and Installation, Posters, Panel, and DMC)

  • Microsoft Word
  • LaTeX (Use sample-manuscript.tex for submissions)
  • Overleaf (or search for ACM Conference Proceedings Primary Article)
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Looking forward to hosting you at the conference!

Notes Co-chairs:

Hafeni Mthoko
Phillip Oyier