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How to Submit
SIGGRAPH 2021 will move forward at this time as a virtual-only event. We look forward to celebrating 48 years of advancements in computer graphics and interactive techniques in our virtual venue. We are excited you are submitting your work for consideration. As we finalize our conference plans, visit the About the Conference page for the latest updates.
SIGGRAPH 2021 encourages submission of posters that explore not only traditional topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, but also exciting new topics and applications in the field. These include but are not limited to:
- Adaptability: New ways computer graphics and interactive techniques can help alternatively abled people in their day-to-day lives.
- Augmented and Virtual Reality: Innovations and interactive techniques in tomorrow’s virtual and augmented realities.
- Computer-Aided Design (CAD): Presentation of new ideas in CAD with practical applications to engineering, manufacturing, architectural rendering, and geometric design, among others.
- Film and TV Production: Ideas and applications in service of recent productions.
- Games: Techniques and technologies used in the development of technical and visual content for game production, game post-mortems, and other virtual world experiences.
- Human Experience: Health, home, and entertainment. The internet of things, the quantitative self, and immersive technologies have matured, and new data systems that support these innovations make way for more invention and interconnectedness.
- Mobile Devices: Innovations and interactive techniques in graphics applicable to the mobile space.
- Visualization: Developments that focus new approaches in computer-generated visual imagery and design in science, education, medicine, and visual analytics.
- Unique: Perhaps your work doesn’t fit a traditional computer graphics category — that’s great too!
In particular, please be aware of these fields:
- Submission categories and keywords: You will be asked to tag your submission with appropriate keywords to ensure your submission is appropriately reviewed and juried.
- Short video: If your poster is accepted, you will be required to submit a short video (between 30 seconds and 1 minute) that showcases your work. Information on the formatting specifications of the video also will be provided with the acceptance notification. This video may be already submitted at the submission time.
For guidance, we have provided both vertical and horizontal templates in Adobe Illustrator and PDF format, as well as three examples of recent SIGGRAPH abstracts and their corresponding posters. You are welcome to use these materials for general formatting suggestions. However, your abstract also must conform to these updated formatting guidelines.
After your work is submitted, each poster will be assigned to two reviewers, called the primary and secondary reviewers, who are members of the Poster Jury. The Poster Jury is a panel of experts chosen by the Poster chair.
In addition, each poster is assigned to three additional experts, called tertiary reviewers. Two of them are selected by the primary reviewer of that poster, and the third is selected by the secondary reviewer. The poster jurors and tertiary reviewers all write full reviews.
Thus each poster will be reviewed by five highly knowledgeable reviewers. After the reviews are completed the Poster Jury meets to determine the final accept/reject decisions.
Here are some of the criteria the reviewers use while evaluating each poster.
All submitters will have access to juror notes, which are provided as feedback and do not necessarily represent the reasons for the jury’s final decision.
How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc., presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out? This criterion is particularly applicable to submissions that put together existing technologies into a single product (e.g., demos, animations, art pieces). Submissions of this type, where the individual technologies are not necessarily new but their combination is, are evaluated on both the final product and how well proposed technologies integrate to meet the desired goals. Many submissions in this area are rejected because they do what existing systems do, and they do not demonstrate that the proposed approach leads to better results.
How new and fresh is this work? Is it a new, ground-breaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a slightly new twist? You must first demonstrate to the jury that your work is sufficiently different from existing approaches. Second, you should evaluate you work in the context of other approaches where appropriate: Is it faster? Easier to use? Does it give better results? Is it more accurate? Many submissions are rejected either because the work is too similar to existing work or because the submission materials did not convince the jury that the improvements were substantial enough.
Will conference attendees want to see this? Will it inspire them? Are the results or approach appealing to a broad audience? This is partly a measure of how broad the potential audience is and partly a measure of the overall clarity and novelty of the submission. A submission in a very niche area is more likely to be accepted if the results are exceptionally better than what exists already or if the proposed solution might be applicable to other areas.
Quality, Craft, and Completeness
This is a measure of how well-written the abstract is and the quality of the supporting materials. The abstract must effectively communicate both the problem and the solution in enough detail and clarity that the jury can evaluate it. You also must convince the jury that your solution works. You can do so through numerical results and/or an explanation of user tests. Many submissions are rejected because, while the problem and solution seemed interesting, the materials did not convince the jury that the solution had actually been implemented and evaluated. If your submission has an animation, simulation, or interactive component, then including a video is essential.
All accepted submissions must be uploaded to the SIGGRAPH 2021 Submission Portal to be included at SIGGRAPH 2021. Detailed instructions will be sent to submitters whose posters are accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2021.
If your work is accepted, you will need to:
- Prepare and submit a poster describing your work.
- Prepare and submit a revised two-page abstract. This abstract must be submitted to TAPS by 16 June 2021. Please prepare your abstract using these templates and instructions.
You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your Poster at the late May 2021, and receive e-mail from “email@example.com” with information about and a link to your work’s rights form within 72 hours of notification of acceptance of your work to the conference. When your rights form has been delivered to ACM, you will then receive e-mail from “firstname.lastname@example.org” with information about the preparation and delivery of your material to TAPS for publication.
Please make sure that e-mail from “email@example.com” and from “firstname.lastname@example.org” are part of the “allow list” in your e-mail program, so that you do not miss these e-mail messages.
The source (Word or LaTeX) of your abstract, as well as any supplemental materials, must be delivered to TAPS, ACM’s new article production system. TAPS will generate the PDF and HTML5 versions of your abstract for publication in the ACM Digital Library.
You must deliver your material to TAPS, resolve any formatting issues identified by TAPS or by the proceedings production editor, and approve your material for publication by 16 June 2021. If you cannot meet that deadline, you will not be allowed to present your material at SIGGRAPH 2021.
Information about the preparation and delivery of your final material to TAPS can also be found at https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~spencer/taps/taps.html.
- Update your auxiliary images and video (optional).
- Prepare a 30-second to 1 minute video in the style of a “fast forward” describing the work and its significance. This video must be submitted by 16 June 2021. Videos of accepted posters will be added to a playlist for SIGGRAPH 2021 marketing. They may also be displayed during joined Technical Papers/Posters sessions.
- Present your work at SIGGRAPH 2021. Poster presenters will be expected to participate in Posters sessions throughout the conference week.
- After acceptance, the SIGGRAPH 2021 Submission Portal will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion on the website. You need to finalize this information within one week after we send acceptance notifications (see the Timeline section below). Be prepared to deliver the final versions of your work (camera ready) before these dates, or your acceptance may be rescinded.
- If your poster is accepted for presentation, your poster abstract, poster PDF, and final supplemental material — which can include the poster, video, and other material — will be available in the ACM Digital Library.
If you requested entry in the ACM Student Research Competition and your poster is accepted, it will be passed to the Student Research Competition jury for consideration. You will be contacted separately by the Student Research Competition Chair.
Pre-Recorded Video Presentation
To present in the virtual conference, the Posters contributor must: 1) provide a 5-minute video of their presentation and 2) plan for one Poster contributor to be present for the entirety of the virtual session for their Poster. Final accepted video presentations will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Further details and instructions regarding the video specs will be provided upon acceptance.
To present your work at SIGGRAPH 2021, at least one contributor per submission must register at the appropriate registration level. All other contributors can register at the level of their choice.
You can find a link to the contributor recognition policy here.
ACM Rights Management Form
If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2021, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.
Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2021 programs — Appy Hour, Art Gallery, Art Papers, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.
20 April 2021, 22:00 UTC/GMT
Posters submission deadline
Late May 2021
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent.
7 June 2021
Deadline for changes to materials for publication, including speakers, descriptions, abstracts, and images
16 June 2021
- PDF of final poster and two-page abstract submitted to TAPS. If we do not receive your revised abstract (submitted to TAPS) by 16 June, you may not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2021.
- 30-second to 1 minute video due in Linklings
- Also requires you upload the final poster PDF within Linklings to be used in the virtual platform.
Should I submit a digital version of the actual poster for jury review?
No, this is not necessary. Poster submissions are evaluated based on their abstracts, supporting material, and research value. If you would like to provide a digital version of your poster, you may do so as a supplementary image.
Should my poster abstract submission be author blind? Should I include line numbers?
No. Poster abstract submissions should include author name and affiliation, as well as the title of the work. You can prepare your poster submission according to the ACM SIGGRAPH formatting instructions.
Can I include a supplementary video with my poster submission?
Yes! If your submission has an interactive, animation, or simulation component, we strongly encourage you to submit a video demonstrating your work in action, as it is very difficult to evaluate your work without this.
The SIGGRAPH 2021 English Review Service failed our schedule, so it is SIGGRAPH’s fault that our proposal is late. Can I have an extension?
No. The English Review Service makes no guarantee for service turnaround. It also is administered separately from the conference program. Please schedule your work appropriately. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by the English Review Service, please make sure it is submitted and marked “complete” in the submission system at least 14 days before your program’s submission deadline.
English Review Service Deadlines
6 April 2021
Do I get a discounted registration rate if my poster is accepted?
Yes! You can find a link to the contributor recognition policy here.
What if more than one person from my team is planning to participate in the conference? Can all of us receive the discounted rate?
Unfortunately, we only are able to provide a discounted rate for one contributor per poster. To present your work at SIGGRAPH 2021, at least one contributor per submission must register at the appropriate registration level. All other contributors can register at the level of their choice.