Literature Reviews in HCI: A Review of Reviews
Paper in proceeding, 2023

This paper analyses Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) literature reviews to provide a clear conceptual basis for authors, reviewers, and readers. HCI is multidisciplinary and various types of literature reviews exist, from systematic to critical reviews in the style of essays. Yet, there is insufficient consensus of what to expect of literature reviews in HCI. Thus, a shared understanding of literature reviews and clear terminology is needed to plan, evaluate, and use literature reviews, and to further improve review methodology. We analysed 189 literature reviews published at all SIGCHI conferences and ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) up until August 2022. We report on the main dimensions of variation: (i) contribution types and topics; and (ii) structure and methodologies applied. We identify gaps and trends to inform future meta work in HCI and provide a starting point on how to move towards a more comprehensive terminology system of literature reviews in HCI.

literature review


meta review

literature survey



Evropi Stefanidi

Universität Bremen

Marit Bentvelzen

Utrecht University

Paweł W. Woźniak

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design and Software Engineering

Thomas Kosch

Humboldt University of Berlin

Mikolaj P. WoÅniak

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Thomas Mildner

Universität Bremen

Stefan Schneegass

University of Duisburg-Essen

Heiko Müller


The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Jasmin Niess

University of Oslo

University of St Gallen

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

9781450394215 (ISBN)

2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023
Hamburg, Germany,

PAPACUI: Proficiency Awareness in Physical ACtivity User Interfaces

Swedish Research Council (VR) (2022-03196), 2023-01-01 -- 2026-12-31.

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