Art Papers

SIGGRAPH 2010, in collaboration with Leonardo/ISAST, honors not only artists and artwork, but also the process of making art and its place in society. We present papers that illuminate and explore how people understand the changing roles of artists and art-making in our increasingly, networked, multi-sensory, online world.

In addition to the core topics of the digital arts and interactive techniques of SIGGRAPH 2010, Art Papers explore the theme of SIGGRAPH 2010's juried art gallery, TouchPoint: The Haptic Exchange Between Digits. Authors present Art Papers in 20-minute sessions with five minutes of Q&A. The papers can be submitted in four categories - Applications, Monograph, Project, or Survey - and will be published in a special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology, The issue also includes visual documentation of the works exhibited in TouchPoint: The Haptic Exchange Between Digits. Publication of this second special issue coincides with SIGGRAPH 2010.

The full schedule of accepted Art Papers will be available in early June.

Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 7 January 2010.

Art Papers must be submitted with all personal information removed, to accommodate a blind review process. It is necessary to fill out a separate online submission form for each art paper you intend to submit because each submission must be identified with the unique submission ID. The submission ID should appear instead of the author's name in your uploaded art paper PDF file, instead of a name or affiliation in your uploaded video, and at the top of any optional, supplementary materials. Your paper figures in TIFF format, however, should NOT contain either your submission ID or any other identifying marks. These particular files must be camera-ready at the time of submission.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the Art Papers submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic submission information, including author names, affiliation, professions and contact information, as well as title of the work, a short summary that introduces the achievements of your work (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • Submission categories and keywords that help appropriate reviewing and jurying of your submission.
  • No more than seven 24-bit (RGB 8 bits per channel) uncompressed TIFF files of all images or figures can be included in the paper. Images should be flattened prior to submission (files should not contain layers and/or transparent objects). Files should be saved at a resolution of 266 pixels per inch at the final reproduction size of 42 picas wide (approximately seven inches). Height may vary to accommodate aspect ratio, but should be no greater than approximately nine inches.
  • A single PDF document, which must include a 150-word (maximum) abstract and a 3,000-word (maximum) proofed paper. The paper must include:

    The text of the paper

    Embedded (low-res) figures (maximum of seven)

    A list of the figure captions, with figure number, title, date, etc. including credits for all images and figures (for example, name of photographer and/or owner of an artwork)


    The PDF is for jury and review purposes only and need not be camera-ready.

You may also optionally provide the following materials and information:

  • A glossary should be included in the PDF, if specialized or original terms are used in the manuscript.
  • A video file. We only accept uploaded videos in QuickTime MPEG-4 or DivX Version 6 formats, and the file size should not exceed 100 MB. The file must be uploaded using the online submission system and should keep the author identities anonymous.
  • Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

If you find that uploading your materials is slow, and you are concerned about meeting the deadline, you may first upload MD5 Checksums for your files by 7 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT and then upload the files that match these checksums by 8 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. This will help you avoid server congestion in the last two hours before the submission deadline. Uploads of all files will be disabled from 20:00 until 22:00 UTC/GMT (during the two hours before the deadline), during which time it will only be possible to upload MD5 Checksums. The files with matching MD5 Checksums must then be uploaded by 8 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. For further information about MD5 Checksums, please see Uploading Files.

Previously published work may not be submitted, nor may the same work be submitted to any other conference or journal during the SIGGRAPH 2010 Art Papers review period.

Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

New requirement: All submitters must complete the new Submission and Nonexclusive Publication Agreement (formerly the Acceptance Agreement) before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

Plain English Explanation of the Submission and Nonexclusive Publication Agreement

Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more

For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

For additional submission information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Art papers will be evaluated by members of the Art Papers Advisory Board, the Art Papers Committee, and external reviewers. Each paper will be distributed to three or more experts for review. However, if the Advisory Board or Committee determine that a submission has either been previously published, or is off topic for SIGGRAPH 2010, the submission will be rejected without external review.

Once reviews are complete, The Advisory Board and Committee will meet to deliberate the final outcome of each paper. If there is not a clear consensus among the original reviewers, additional reviews will be solicited.

After the deliberation period, email notification of reject or conditional-accept status will be sent to the author, who will then be granted access to the written reviews and scores. Conditionally accepted paper authors will need to make changes required by the committee within the specified timeline. Changes made by authors that comply with the requirements and do not change the paper in additional ways will be finally accepted and published in a special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Papers that do not satisfy the committee at this stage will be rejected.

All decisions of the Advisory Board and Committee are final; there is neither a rebuttal period nor an appeals process.

You will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of your Art Paper by late March 2010. To convert a conditionally accepted paper to an accepted paper, authors will be required to make edits requested in the committee's reviews. The timeline for completing edits is extremely tight, and you should expect to be available during the first two weeks of April to achieve this goal.

Accepted Art Papers are presented by their authors at SIGGRAPH 2010 and published in a special SIGGRAPH issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

If your Art Paper is accepted, you will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

You must provide a final, edited, camera-ready paper (due in April 2010).

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2010, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who is expected to present the paper at SIGGRAPH 2010 and will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2010 Recognition Policy.

You will receive information on when and where your paper will be presented.

7 January 2010

Deadline for all Art Papers forms and upload of materials.

Acceptance and image-release forms due.

14 January - 14 March 2010

Review and deliberation period.

Late March 2010

Authors notified by email of submission status (conditional acceptance or rejection).

Late March - early April 2010

Conditionally accepted authors' editing period based on review feedback.

April 2010

Conditionally accepted authors' deadline to submit edits based on review feedback.

April 2010

Authors notified by email of final submission status (acceptance or rejection).

25-29 July 2010

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