The Conference is a major forum for academic researchers to exchange their experiences related to the development and use of collaboration technology. The Conference adopts the double-blind peer review process: only papers submitted by anonymous authors, anonymously reviewed by three members of the Program Committee, and meta-reviewed by the Program Chairs are accepted for publication.
The Conference has a strong focus on technology design and development. Most published papers propose innovative technical+human+organisational approaches to expand collaboration support, often backed up by theory brought from various disciplines including computer science, management science, design science, cognitive sciences and social sciences. However, the Conference also seeks papers with theory, models, design principles, methodologies, and case studies that contribute to better understand the complex interrelations between collaboration and technology. Considering the heterogeneity of research in collaboration and technology, researchers may address the validation of their work through multiple approaches including laboratory experiments, fieldwork, analytic evaluations, case studies, prototyping, and empirical tests.
Researchers can either submit full paper contributions (16 pages), in case of mature works, or shorter papers (8 pages) reporting innovative work in progress with promising preliminary results. In both cases, each accepted paper must be orally presented during the Conference. The papers that do not have at least one registered author are dropped from the Conference and the proceedings.
The Conference proceedings will be published by Springer as a volume in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. As in previous years, the authors of the best papers are invited to submit extended versions to special issues of selected journals. The Conference has an very good track record in this area: 18.7% of all Conference papers in the 2000-2008 period have been published in prestigious journals such as the Int. J. of Cooperative Information Systems, Int. J. of Human-Computer Studies, Group Decision and Negotiation, Multimedia Tools and Applications, and CSCW J. At least two special issues of journals are announced each year either during or after the Conference.
The Conference is supported by the Collaborative Research International Working group on Groupware (CRIWG), a totally open and ad-hoc community of researchers. The Conference is totally non-profit.
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