2021 Call for Papers

Important Dates

In extensive consultation with the C&C Steering Committee, the C&C 2021organizing committee, it has been decided that it is best not to hold a physical C&C 2021 considering our community’s safety. C&C 2021 will be a virtual conference, where Venice comes to the world, and in the following C&C 2022 will happen in Venice, Italy, where the world comes to Venice. These two conferences will be organized as thematically-related twins. C&C 2021 will accept paper submissions as originally planned. The accepted papers will be published through the ACM Digital Library in June 2021 and will be presented during the virtual C&C 2021 conference. To help authors of C&C 2021 papers present their work to a broader audience and foster discussions around their work, authors of accepted papers, pictorials, art exhibits, posters, and demos from C&C 2021 will be invited to present their work again in C&C 2022 with a discounted registration fee.
C&C 2021 is currently scheduled to virtually take place on the 22nd and 23rd June, between 13.00 and 18.00 CET on both days, to maximise attendance from different time zones.

Important Dates

  • Title & Abstract deadline: : February 1st 2021, 11:59 PM
  • Full paper submission deadline: February 8th, 2021, 11:59 PM
  • Notifications: April 9th, 2021
  • Camera-Ready completion deadline: April 26the, 2021, 11:59 PM

Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time. The submissions site will open in December, 2020.

All papers accepted for publication to the C&C 2021 virtual conference will also be invited to present at the C&C 2022 conference in Venice. Authors will be given the opportunity to update their paper presentations in 2022 to reflect new work, advances and lessons learned after the 2021 conference. Returning authors will also be offered a discount to attend the C&C 2022 conference.

Papers Chairs

  • Kumiyo Nakakoji, Future University Hakodate
  • Narges Mahyar, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Call Description

Papers should focus on various forms of creativity from creativity-support environments, and computing technologies to their interplay with innovative forms and experiences of art, craft and design. We encourage submissions that explore creative practices including technologies, designs, art and craft and address how creativity manifests itself in our daily lives and inspires connectedness and survival for individuals and society in the face of global pandemic. The call is aligned with this year’s conference theme: “Creativity, Craft, and Design”.

Creativity and Cognition 2021 is a venue for discussing research on creativity support environments; studies of technology, people, creativity, craft and design; as well as creative works that use computing to engage, stimulate, and provoke individual and collective experiences. We will incorporate options for virtual attendance and paper presentations. As in related conferences, papers will be reviewed based on the significance of the contribution, originality, validity, the soundness of the arguments.


We welcome high-quality submissions on a range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Creativity in the face of global pandemic
  • A variety of creative phenomena of individuals and/or society
  • Creativity support environments and computing technologies designed to foster, promote, improve, and increase creative experiences, processes, products, and services
  • Capturing, representing, and analyzing creative processes
  • Gaming technologies that support new forms of play or creative learning
  • Virtual and mixed reality technologies that provoke creativity or amplify cognition
  • Studies of creativity applications to different domains such as learning, work, wellbeing, health, entertainment
  • Supporting, nurturing, embracing creativity in art, craft and design
  • Theoretical reflection on creativity 
  • Investigations of curation practices, platforms, and environments, in contexts from everyday to scholarly to museums
  • Research on collaboration, crowdsourcing and micro-task activities 
  • Studies of social media and how it impacts individual and social relatedness
  • New methodologies and theories for evaluating the impact of computing on creativity
  • Studies evaluating creativity in diverse contexts such as work with underserved communities, longitudinal studies, and cross-cultural contexts


There are two types of paper submissions: full papers and short papers. Both should be submitted in the ACM SIGCHI submission template format (SIGCHI ACM new, standardized single-column format). Papers must be submitted in PDF. Full papers should be between 4000 and 6000 words in length, excluding titles, references and figure/table captions. Short papers should be between 2000 and 3000 words in length, excluding titles, references and figure/table captions: We are challenging the current trend of submitting longer papers in hopes of having quality content in a shorter form. In addition, we have practical motivation to lessen the reviewers’ workloads.

The total size of all submitted materials, including a video figure, should not exceed 100 MB. If you are unsure of what constitutes a well-formed paper, see the many examples in the ACM Digital Library for our conference, including examples of C&C Best Papers.

All submissions will be made through the Precision Conference website. For details see below (“Where to Submit” section).

Accepted full and short papers will be included in the Proceedings of Creativity and Cognition 2021, and will become available in ACM Digital Library.

Anonymization Policy

All papers must be anonymized for review. Author and affiliation sections and credits must be left blank. Authors of accepted submissions will add this information in preparation of the “camera-ready” version. We are using the ACM CHI Anonymization Policy of blind reviewing. We use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions (Note: changing the text color of the author information is not sufficient). Also, please make sure that identifying information does not appear in the document’s meta-data (e.g., the ‘Authors’ field in your word processor’s ‘Save As’ dialog box). Authors should cite their own work in the third person, e.g., avoid “As described in our previous work [10], … ” and use instead “As described by [10], …”

Publications Policy

As a published ACM author, you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects.

Where to Submit

Please submit via the Precision Conference (PCS) website below:

Once you have logged into the PCS website, select the following options (which will become available early next year) under “Submissions” and click the Go button.

  • Society: SIGCHI
  • Conference/Journal: Creativity & Cognition 2021
  • Track: Creativity & Cognition 2021 Papers

Video figures (optional)

Video figures may accompany a paper submission for the purpose of review. They are strongly encouraged but not required. The CHI and UIST guides to producing video figures are useful.

Review Process

Papers follow a rigorous blind peer review process. This process is managed by the Creativity & Cognition 2021 Program Committee. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained throughout the review process. Each paper will be reviewed by two PC members along with two external reviewers.