Technical Papers

The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is a premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Submitted papers must therefore be novel (they cannot overlap substantially with any paper previously accepted for publication or under review by any conference or journal during the SIGGRAPH review process), and they must adhere to the highest scientific standards.

We are looking for high-quality research papers that introduce new ideas to the field and stimulate future trends. In addition to the core topics of modeling, animation, rendering, imaging, and human-computer interaction, we encourage submissions from areas related to computer graphics, including: computer games, scientific visualization, information visualization, computer-aided design, computer vision, audio, and robotics. This list is not exhaustive. As always, excellence of the ideas is the predominant acceptance criterion.

For more information about what topics are encouraged for submission and what changes have been made to the submission process, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question there, feel free to contact the Technical Papers Chair.

Use the Technical Papers submission form. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 19 January 2010.

General Information

1. Submissions will be administratively rejected without review if it is found that:

a. The submission violates the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism.

b. The submission is a dual submission; that is, if the submission is simultaneously under review for any other conference or publication. For more details, see the Policy on Previous Publication and the Double Submissions section of the Frequently Asked Questions.

c. Electronic files have been submitted that have been designed to have side effects other than presenting the submitted work to reviewers and committee members (for example, a "phone home" script).

2. All fields on the submission form except for the final file upload must be completed by 19 January 2010. Completing the submission form will assign your submission a paper_ID. A paper_ID is required for each submission. You will need to include the paper_ID at the top of the first page of your submitted paper, so you should complete the submission form prior to finalizing and uploading your paper. NO PAPER_IDs WILL BE ISSUED after 19 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. See Timeline (tab above).

3. See Publication Requirements for information on preparing documents and supplemental materials (including information on anonymity, paper length, resubmissions, etc.). See the Deadlines section of Frequently Asked Questions for more details about submission deadlines.

Information for Submission of Papers and Electronic Supplemental Materials

1. As stated above, all fields on the online submission form must be completed by 19 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. See Timeline (tab above).

2. You must upload a PDF file of your paper and all supplemental files by 19 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. See Timeline (tab above). If you find that uploading is slow and you are concerned about meeting the deadline, you may first upload MD5 checksums for your files (by 19 January, 22:00 UTC/GMT) and then upload the files that match this checksum by 20 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. Uploads of all files will be disabled from 20:00 until 22:00 UTC/GMT on 19 January 20010 (the two-hour period before the deadline), during which time it will only be possible to upload MD5 checksums. Please be prepared to upload checksums during this period. Papers or materials emailed to the Papers Chair or Papers Advisory committee are not considered to have been submitted; you must use the online submission system.

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

Why is the abstract due by the 19 January 2010 deadline?

The "paper sort" process of assigning papers to committee members begins immediately after 19 January 2010. It is useful to have the abstract, as well as the other submission form details, at this time, so that material for the paper sort can be prepared. Your paper will be assigned to committee members based on the abstract and the keywords you select.

What is the deal with MD5 checksums?

If you upload all of your files by 19 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT, you can ignore the MD5 checksums. The system will, however, compute and report the MD5 checksum for any file you upload, once the uploaded file has been completely received by the submissions server. You may find this useful if you want to check that your file has been uploaded without corruption. Just compare the MD5 checksum you compute for your file with the checksum computed by the submission system. If you are uploading in the last couple of days of submissions, server response may be slow. To be sure of making the deadline, you may initially upload just the MD5 checksum for each of your files. If the MD5 checksum for a file is received by 19 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT, you will have 24 hours to complete the upload of that (unchanged, and therefore identical) file. That is, you will have until 20 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT, to upload files for which MD5 checksums have been entered. Visit the MD5 Homepage (unofficial) for pointers to various MD5 implementations. To calculate a checksum, you must use an MD5 calculator. We have tested the following MD5 calculators:

Linux: md5sum command

Windows98\Me\NT\2000\XP: FastSum v1.3

Mac OS/X: "md5" command in Terminal.

Physical Submission of Supplemental Materials

We encourage electronic submission of videos and other supplementary materials, since they are easier to distribute to reviewers than physical media. However, if your believe reviewers of your paper need to see physical supplementary materials, you may mail or ship six copies, to arrive by (not be postmarked or sent by) 19 January 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT at this address:

Tony DeRose

SIGGRAPH 2010 Technical Papers Chair

c/o Talley Management Group, Inc.

19 Mantua Road

Mt. Royal, New Jersey 08061 USA


All complete submissions received by the deadline will be acknowledged by email. For this purpose, a submission is complete if a paper_ID has been assigned and a PDF file of the paper has been successfully uploaded. Such submissions will be reviewed unless they are withdrawn by the author.

For more information about the papers submission and rebuttal process, please refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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 Submission and Authorization Agreement (formerly the Acceptance Agreement) before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

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.

The Technical Papers Committee and a set of external reviewers, both consisting of recognized experts, will review submitted papers. Then, at their meeting (26-28 March 2010.), the committee will select those papers to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2010 and published in a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

The Technical Papers Committee

The Technical Papers review process will be conducted by (1) the Papers Chair, who was chosen by the SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair and approved by the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee and its Conference Advisory Group; (2) the Technical Papers Advisory Board, consisting of past Technical Papers Chairs and other trusted and experienced advisors, chosen by the SIGGRAPH 2010 Technical Papers Chair; and 3) the Technical Papers Committee, chosen by the Technical Papers Chair with the assistance of the members of the Technical Papers Advisory Board, and consisting of about 55 people whose expertise spans the entire field.

The Review Process

1. On the weekend following the submission deadline, the Technical Papers Chair and several others selected by the Technical Papers Chair will conduct the papers sort. During this meeting, they assign papers to the two senior reviewers, called the primary and secondary reviewers, who are members of the Technical Papers Committee. The Technical Papers Chair does not make assignments or review papers. Rather it is the job of the Chair to facilitate the process. Papers that are inappropriate may be rejected during this assignment process, without being sent to any senior reviewers. Papers will normally be rejected at this stage only if they are clearly off-topic for SIGGRAPH 2010, or if they are discovered to have been published previously or to have been submitted simultaneously to another conference or journal. For more details, see Prior Art & Public Disclosure and the Double Submissions section of Frequently Asked Questions.

2. The two assigned senior reviewers may, upon conferring with each other and the Technical Papers Chair, recommend a paper to be rejected without additional review. A paper will normally be rejected at this stage only if it falls into one of the categories listed in phase one, but this fact was not detected during the papers sort. It is possible, although unlikely, that a paper may also be rejected at this stage if it solves a problem that is known to be already solved; or if it does not cite (and the authors seem unaware of) important prior work on the same problem and doesn't address how it is different; or if it has no evaluation via proof, experiment, or analysis; or if it is solving a problem sufficiently minor that the senior reviewers do not believe that it belongs in the program; or if it addresses a topic that is clearly outside the purview of SIGGRAPH.

3. Each paper is distributed to three or more additional experts, called tertiary reviewers. Two of them are selected by the primary senior reviewer of that paper, and the third is selected by the secondary senior reviewer. The primary, secondary, and tertiary reviewers all write full reviews. A copy of the review form can be found here and reviewer instructions here. Thus, at least five reviews are written for each paper that has not been rejected during phases one and two. The senior reviewers know the identities of the authors of the papers, but the tertiary reviewers do not. In unusual cases, such as when a tertiary reviewer fails to deliver a review on time, papers may receive only four reviews. However, if a paper receives fewer than four reviews, additional reviewers will be found, possibly from the committee. For more details, see the Review Process section of Frequently Asked Questions.

4. After all reviews are complete, the review system allows the authors access to the reviews and scores for their papers. The authors have five days, 8 March 2010 through 12 March 2010, to enter rebuttals if they feel that the reviewers have made substantive errors, or to answer specific questions posed by the reviewers. The rebuttal is confined to 2,000 words in length, and it must be self-contained. For instance, URLs to additional material are not allowed. The rebuttal period is for addressing factual errors in the reviews, not for getting revised text or new results into the review process. Any such novel material will be ignored by the senior reviewers. For more details see the Rebuttal Process section of Frequently Asked Questions.

5. Between the end of the rebuttal submission on 12 March 2010 and the committee meeting, 26-28 March 2010, the senior reviewers will read the author rebuttals, confer intensively about the paper, and prepare by 19 March 2010 a recommendation for the committee meeting. The three tertiary reviewers will see the author rebuttals and will participate in discussion of the paper. Since the three tertiary reviewers do not know the names of the authors, the authors should maintain anonymity in their rebuttals. In addition, the tertiary reviewers don't know each other's identities, so they too must maintain anonymity during the discussion. The preliminary recommendation agreed on at this stage will be either accept, reject, or refer to ACM Transactions on Graphics. If an agreement on the recommendation cannot be reached, a fourth option is to table the paper, for further review and discussion.

6. If a paper is tabled, the senior reviewers will select by 20 March 2010 one or more other members of the papers committee to write extra reviews of the paper and be prepared to discuss it in detail at the meeting. The extra reviews will be written during the week before the committee meeting. If consensus still cannot be reached, it is even possible that extra reviews will be assigned during the meeting itself. Any extra reviews will be returned to the authors after the meeting.

7. The full Technical Committee meets 26-28 March 2010 to determine acceptance or rejection of each paper. In cases where a consensus on a paper was not reached during the pre-meeting discussion phase, additional committee members may read the paper, and their evaluations will be taken into account in the decision.

Although the senior reviewers of a paper know the identities of its authors, they normally do not disclose these identities during the meeting. In advance of the paper sort, the papers committee members specify with which paper authors they have conflicts of interest, due to institutional, professional or student/teacher relationships. They leave the room when papers for which they have conflicts are discussed. Papers are judged solely on their merit, as determined by the reviews. Although the acceptance rate of SIGGRAPH papers has remained nearly constant in the range of 15% to 25%, there is no quota for the number of papers that should be accepted by the SIGGRAPH 2010 Technical Papers committee; this number will arise organically from the actions of the committee.

Possible Outcomes for a Paper

Email notifications of the Technical Papers Committee's decisions should be sent not later than 22:00 UTC/GMT, Tuesday, 30 March 2010. The notifications will place each paper in one of the following three categories:

1. Rejected

2. Conditionally accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2010. Conditionally accepted papers undergo a second reviewing process, in which a referee (a member of the Technical Papers Committee) verifies that the final version of the paper is acceptable (that any required changes have been made, and that other changes made by the authors, perhaps in response to reviewer comments, have not compromised the paper in any way). This second and final stage determines the final acceptance status of all papers. The referees' decisions are final. Papers that do not satisfy the referees in the second stage of reviewing and/or that are not uploaded in final form by the final deadline of 5 May 2010, together with the original or revised versions of the submitted supplementary material, will be rejected. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, which will continue to be published as a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

3. Conditionally accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Graphics, pending major revisions. At the authors' discretion, these papers undergo a second reviewing process, in which an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics works with the authors to produce acceptable final versions of their papers. The TOG reviewers will have access to the SIGGRAPH 2010 reviews, and to the extent possible, the paper will be assigned to the SIGGRAPH 2010 reviewers, so that there is consistency in the requested changes. Accepted papers will be published in regular issues of ACM Transactions on Graphics and may be presented at a later SIGGRAPH or SIGGRAPH Asia conference.

Authors of papers conditionally accepted by the committee must prepare an electronic, camera-ready version of their papers in ACM-standard format for the second reviewing process, and then for eventual publication in a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics. SIGGRAPH 2010 will also produce a DVD-ROM of all the accepted papers, including submitted supplementary material. For detailed instructions for preparation of papers, see ACM SIGGRAPH paper preparation guidelines.

By 30 March 2010 (22:00 UTC/GMT), notification of conditional acceptances and rejections will be sent to authors, along with any extra reviews and perhaps a list of required changes. Members of the Technical Papers Committee, typically your primary and secondary reviewers, will be assigned as referee for the revision cycle.

A few days after notification, any changes to the paper title, list of authors, or 30-word paper summary will be due back to your referee. Changes to the paper title must be approved by your referee. Also, if you wish to substantially change the length of your paper, or if you wish to add any pages to the length of your paper, you must first obtain permission from your referee. Extensions of more than one page are unlikely to be granted.

The revised version of your paper is due on 28 April 2010. The final PDF file is due on 5 May 2010. During the week between these two dates, the reviewers and authors will communicate via the SIS bulletin board process about the adequacy of the changes in the revisions. Sometimes, changes are not initially considered adequate, or introduce new problems, so further revision may be required. If the initial revised version is submitted sooner than 28 April, this will provide even more time for iterated revisions. It is hoped that all provisionally accepted papers will be accepted by the end of this process, but this is not guaranteed. When writing successive revisions, the reviewers' jobs are easier if you use a different color for the added or revised text in each new version. (But please remember to remove these colors in the final version.) It also helps to describe the changes in the bulletin-board post to which you attach the revision.

Session Room Set-Up and Equipment

A complete summary of the resources available for presentation of your paper. Arrangements for equipment outside the standard set-up are the sole responsibility of the paper presenter.

Presenter Recognition

Information on how SIGGRAPH 2010 will support your participation if your work is accepted.

Authorization for Use

Any material that supports a paper's acceptance for publication must be available as part of the final publication. Thus, all material uploaded for review in the "public materials that are considered part of the submission" section of the submission form, including supplementary text, images, and videos, will become ACM-copyrighted material upon acceptance, and the required permission forms must be sent to ACM with the submission. If it subsequently becomes apparent that the necessary permissions cannot be given for publication of material that is substantially similar to that submitted for review, acceptance of the paper will be withdrawn. The submitted supplementary material will be reproduced on the conference DVD-ROM and will also be available to subscribers to the ACM Digital Library via the web page associated with your TOG paper. You must, for every non-publicly available supplementary file originally uploaded in the "public materials" category, upload either copies of the originally submitted material or updated versions of this material to the online submission systems final-versions page by the 5 May 2010.

A Papers Preview section of the Computer Animation Festival will be prepared from selected parts of the submitted videos. If a section of your video is selected, you may be asked to provide that section in 1080p resolution for maximum projection quality, but if that is not possible for you, the version you submitted will be used. If you submit video, please keep your software and input data files available, in case you are asked to re-render a video segment at higher resolution. The Papers Preview video may also be used to publicize the Technical Papers program elsewhere inside and outside the conference.

All deadlines are 22:00 UTC/GMT.

19 January

Submission deadline

8 March

Reviews available

12 March

Rebuttals due

26-28 March

Committee meets

30 March

Decisions announced

28 April

Revisions due

5 May

Final version deadline

12 July

Publication date

25-29 July

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