Instructions for Authors
Introduction This document contains instructions to authors of papers
accepted to the conference sponsored by or co-sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH.
It covers the formatting guidelines for the camera-ready version of your
accepted paper. A sample paper, formatted to the specifications in this
document can be found here.
Questions regarding this document should be directed to Stephen Spencer,
ACM SIGGRAPH Director for Publications, by telephone at +1-614-292-1067
or by e-mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org".
All papers submitted to the Workshop On Graphics Hardware must be original,
unpublished work. Any paper that has been previously or simultaneously
published or submitted in substantially similar form to any other conference
or journal will be automatically rejected.
Overview (or, "The Big Picture")
You will need to turn in a camera-ready (hardcopy) version which
will be used in the printed Conference Proceedings book, and a signed
ACM Copyright Form. You will also
need to make available an electronic version of your paper, in Adobe Acrobat
or PostScript format, for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library.
Information on preparing and delivering the camera-ready version of your
accepted paper can be found in this document.
The deadline for the receipt of the camera-ready version of your accepted
paper, and the completed and signed ACM Copyright Form is:
31 May 2000
This is a firm deadline. Once all accepted papers are received,
the book is processed, printed, and delivered to the conference.
To expedite the efficient delivery of the camera-ready version of your
accepted paper, please utilize the Federal Express "Standard Overnight"
courier service if at all possible. Their "First Overnight" and "Saturday
Delivery" service is not necessary except in extreme circumstances. (It
is understood that, in certain circumstances, it is impractical to utilize
Federal Express. In these cases, please utilize an appropriate overnight
It is important that, once the camera-ready version of your paper and
the ACM Copyright Form has been accepted
for delivery by the courier service, you send an e-mail message to "email@example.com"
and report (a) the courier service used, (b) waybill number, and (c) expected
date of delivery.
Here is the ACM Copyright Form. If
your organization requires the use of their own copyright form in place
of the ACM Copyright Form, please contact Stephen Spencer before sending
it and the paper, so that we might resolve any copyright transfer issues
as soon as possible.
The camera-ready version of your accepted paper and signed ACM Copyright
Form should be delivered to:
114 Sieg Hall, Box 352350
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2350
The electronic version of your accepted paper should be made available
to Stephen Spencer through Web or e-mail:
Each paper accepted to the conference must be accompanied by a signed
ACM Copyright Form. The copyright
form should be filled out and signed by one author, preferably the primary
Papers without accompanying and appropriately completed copyright forms
will not be printed.
If your organization requires the use of their own copyright form in place
of the ACM Copyright Form, please
contact Stephen Spencer before sending it and the paper, so that we might
resolve any copyright transfer issues as soon as possible.
All material used by the author in their accepted paper must have proper
copyright clearance. If you are unsure of the copyright status of particular
images or sounds or video clips used in your paper, please contact Stephen
A "US Letter" page size, 8.5 inch (21.59 cm) by 11.0 inch (27.94 cm),
is used, with top, left, and right margins of 0.75 inch (1.905 cm), and
a bottom margin of 1.0 inch (2.54 cm). The body of the paper is set in
a two-column style, with each column measuring 3.33 inch (8.46 cm) with
a 0.33 inch (0.84 cm) column gutter between the columns.
If your standard paper size is A4, please format your document to the
above margin specifications, making certain the columns are no longer
than 9.25 inch (23.495 cm) and trim the pages to 8.5 by 11.0 inches.
Papers accepted to the conference should have a 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) space
left blank at the bottom of the left column on the first page of the paper
for the copyright block added during the printing process.
The usual maximum paper length is eight 8.5 inch (21.59 cm) by 11.0 inch
(27.94 cm) pages, printed in black and white, and one 8.5 inch (21.59
cm) by 11.0 inch (27.94) color plate page. The color plate pages for all
accepted papers are printed in a separate color plate section at the back
of the book. Any color images in the body of your paper will be printed
in black and white.
Please abide by the page count assigned to you by the conference's Papers
Chair. If you feel you need a greater or lesser number of pages than has
been assigned to your paper, please contact the conference's Papers Chair
with a request for a change in the number of pages allowed for the publication
of your accepted paper.
Do not use page numbers on the paper -- the papers will be collected as
part of the conference proceedings and will be numbered at press time.
It is important that the author write their name and the ordering -- "Smith,
page 1 of 8" for example -- on the reverse of each page, in pencil, of
the camera-ready copy sent in. This will help ensure the proper pagination
and printing of the paper. The color plate page should be clearly marked
as such on the reverse -- "Smith Color Plate" for example.
The title of the paper should be formatted with initial caps: for example,
"Weaving Threads For The Web."
Section headings should be numbered for ease of internal referencing.
Body text should be set in a serif typeface such as Times Roman, and should
be 9-point text on 10-point leading (space between lines). Heading text
should be set in a sans serif typeface such as Helvetica, with the following
Paper title: 14-point boldface
Author and affiliation information: 10-point type, initial caps
Section heading: 12-point boldface type, all caps
Subsection heading: 12-point boldface type, initial caps
Subsubsection heading: 10-point boldface type, initial caps
Title and author information should be centered above the two columns
on the first page of the document, with brief author and affiliation information.
Detailed information about the author(s) -- postal addresses, e-mail addresses,
telephone numbers, etc. -- should be placed at the bottom of the left-hand
column of the first page of the paper.
The example paper found here
provides an illustration of these formatting guidelines.
Document Formatting with TeX and LaTeX
Those who would use TeX or LaTeX to format their accepted papers need
to pay close attention to the typefaces used in their papers. This attention
is needed because the default TeX (Computer Modern Roman) typefaces do
not convert satisfactorily to scalable PostScript typefaces, resulting
in poor reproduction of the electronic version of your paper. (The default
TeX typefaces are converted to non-scalable Type 3 PostScript bitmaps
in the DVI-to-PostScript step of the process.)
This poor reproduction can be seen online, through examination of the
PDF documents at the following URLs:
paper with the default TeX (Computer Modern Roman) typefaces.
paper with Type 1 PostScript typeface substitution using the "times"
paper with Type 1 PostScript typeface substitution using the "BaKoMa"
Type 1 PostScript versions of the default TeX (Computer Modern Roman)
There are several solutions to this problem, some simpler than others.
If you use "dvips" to convert your DVI file to PostScript, inclusion
of the "times.sty" file in your LaTeX document will facilitate this
Type 1 PostScript versions of the Computer Modern Roman typefaces
(such as "BaKoMa") are available online through one of the CTAN archives.
Installation of these typefaces, and integration of them into the
existing TeX environment, is best left to the person who installed
or maintains your TeX environment.
Several online resources may help you (or the TeXpert at your site)
with the correct configuration of the tools available to you to make
the task of generating usable PostScript documents:
Additionally, Dan Kartch's "siggraph" LaTeX2e class and the "acmconf"
LaTeX 2.09 style are available for your use, and are available to download
Citations and Bibliographic References
Citations in the body of the paper should be bracketed numbers ("")
and all references gathered in a section at the end of document titled
"References". The references should be alphabetized by the surname of
the primary author, and titles of documents should be formatted with initial
caps; for example, "Weaving Threads For The Web."
Specific information about reference formatting in SIGGRAPH papers can
be found in the document "Citations
and References in a SIGGRAPH Paper".
The paper should have a short -- one to several paragraphs -- abstract
as the first section of the paper, which may be excerpted for reference
or promotional purposes.
A list of relevant descriptors from the ACM
Computing Classification System as well as a comma-separated list
of descriptive keywords, should be included at the conclusion of the paper's
Images and Figures
All images and figures should be affixed to the camera-ready copy if they
are not printed as part of the paper itself. Whenever possible, use a
waxer or glue stick to affix images and figures. Use of rubber cement,
two-sided tape or one-sided tape is strongly discouraged.
It is very important that you provide us with the highest possible quality
illustrations. This will ensure that the illustrations will reproduce
as well as possible. Photographic prints are highly recommended, especially
for color illustrations. Prints from dye-sublimation are also recommended,
but photographic prints are preferred over dye-sublimation prints. Color
PostScript prints, thermal wax prints, and ink-jet prints are other accepted
formats, though these will suffer image degradation in the production
process, and are not recommended. Similarly, low-resolution images and
figures (below 300 dpi) will not reproduce well, and are not recommended.
Polaroid prints are not recommended. Glossy prints are recommended over
The captions for all illustrations should be printed on a black and white
laser printer. Captions printed on a dye-sublimation device with images
or figures will degrade significantly in the production process.
The electronic version of your accepted paper should include all images
in the body of the document.
Authors are requested to send six copies of videos accompanying papers
for review. An effort should be made to include the segment in both PAL
and NTSC on the same VHS tape, to ensure that it can be seen by all reviewers.
Video tapes can be shown during presentations at the workshop.
For archival purposes of accepted papers, authors can submit a video clip
electronically which will be put on the Hardware Workshop web page. Videos
can be submitted in any (or all) of the following formats, depending on
what makes the best technical fit for the material:
For further information please send email to Anselmo Lastra, "firstname.lastname@example.org".