Art Papers Submissions

The SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Papers Program invites artists, theorists, historians, and researchers to submit contributions at the intersection of creative and technological innovation.
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Submission Deadline

  • Long Papers:
    Tue, 16 Jan 2018, 22:00 UTC/GMT
  • Short Papers:
    Tue, 30 Jan 2018, 22:00 UTC/GMT
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Open Meaningful Dialogue

The Art Papers Program aims to open meaningful dialogue between artists, scientists, technologists, and industry leaders. We welcome submissions that address all digital arts modalities, and especially encourage submissions that create and articulate connections with participants in the various SIGGRAPH communities and events, including Technical Papers, Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, and the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Program.

In order to encourage a wider range of topics, we are introducing a new submission type for short papers, which will enable us to accept more submissions than in previous years. Additionally, for the first time, we will introduce sessions that integrate the Art Gallery artist talks with the Art Papers talks, promoting richer connections between these creative communities.

Art Papers are submitted in one of four categories (project description, theory/criticism, methods, or history) and selected by an international jury of scholars, artists, and developers of immersive technologies.

How to Submit

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How to Submit

Log in to the submission portal, select “Make a New Submission tab,” and then select “Art Paper – Long” or “Art Paper – Short”. To see the information you will need to submit, view the sample form:

Art Paper – Long: Click Here

Art Paper – Short: Click Here

NEW for SIGGRAPH 2018:
Art Paper – Short: Submission Materials and Information

The process for submitting a short paper submission is similar to the long paper submission, with the following differences:

Maximum length of manuscripts is 2,500 words (instead of 3,500 words for Long Papers)

Maximum number of images is 5 (instead of 10 images for Long Papers)

We encourage short papers to focus on the Project Description category (although this is not a requirement). Short papers are not guaranteed to be included in the SIGGRAPH 2017 Technical Papers Fast Forward session. However, all accepted short papers will be published in Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology (MIT Press)

More on the Manuscript Template.


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

  • The submission violates the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism.
  • 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 Work Submitted Elsewhere section of the Submissions FAQ.
  • 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).
  • It appears that the paper contains material for which the submitters have not secured the necessary copyrights.
  • Previously published work may not be submitted, nor may the same work be submitted to any other conference or journal during the SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Papers review period.

The Art Papers Jury will evaluate papers using the following criteria:

  • Scope and magnitude of its contribution to literature on digital arts, computer graphics, and/or interactive techniques
  • Clarity of thesis and compelling exposition
  • Quality and relevance of references to establish context and support author’s claims
  • Quality and relevance of support media to reinforce the author’s claims

Each paper will be distributed to three or more experts for review. However, if the jury determines that a submission has been previously published or is off topic, incomplete, or otherwise unsuitable for publication, the submission will be rejected without external review.

Once reviews are complete, the committee will meet to deliberate the final outcome of each paper at the Art Papers Jury Meeting. If there is not a clear consensus among the original reviewers, additional reviews will be solicited.

Following the jury meeting, email notification of rejection or conditional acceptance status will be sent to submitters, who will then be granted access to the written reviews and scores.

Conditionally accepted papers undergo a second reviewing process, in which a referee (a member of the Art Papers Jury) 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 referee in the second stage of reviewing and/or that are not uploaded in final form by the final deadline, together with the original or revised versions of the submitted supplementary material, will be rejected.

Upon Acceptance

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You will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of your Art Paper late March 2018. To convert a conditionally accepted paper to an accepted paper, authors will be required to make edits requested in the committee’s reviews. Final edits must be submitted and approved by the committee by the announced deadline. The timeline for completing edits is extremely tight, and you should plan to be available during the last two weeks of March to achieve this goal.

Accepted Art Papers are presented by their authors at SIGGRAPH 2018 and published in a special SIGGRAPH issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology (MIT Press). Art Papers will be documented on the SIGGRAPH 2018 website and in the ACM Digital Library. Documentation will also be available through the ACM SIGGRAPH website.

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 website. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

You must provide a final, edited, camera-ready paper. Digital supplements, including sample materials for inclusion on promotional screens at the conference, should also be submitted by that time.

The presenter of record is expected to present the paper at SIGGRAPH 2018 and will benefit from the SIGGRAPH 2018 Recognition Policy. Please contact the Art Papers Chair for more information.

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


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16 January
Deadline for Long Art Papers forms and upload of materials
Acceptance and image-release forms due

30 January
Deadline for Short Art Papers forms and upload of materials
Acceptance and image-release forms due

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

12-16 August
Vancouver Convention Centre
SIGGRAPH 2018, Vancouver, Canada

ACM Rights Management Form

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If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2018: You must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Note also that your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2018 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.

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