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Instructions for Authors

SIGGRAPH Content Formatting


Authors of content submitted to events sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH should use the resources found on this page to prepare their content. Templates, specifications, examples, and information about permissions and third-party material can be found here.

Templates and Instructions

Authors who submit material to SIGGRAPH-sponsored events must use ACM's article template. The "acmsiggraph" template has been deprecated - please do not use it.

LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates for Windows and Macintosh (Office 2011, Office 2016) are available. The use of LaTeX is strongly recommended over Microsoft Word. The LaTeX template is distributed to major TeX repositories - you may find that it is already installed, or available via a package update on your computer (TeX Live 2016, MacTeX, MikTeX, etc.).

These templates should be used for submissions to SIGGRAPH-sponsored events, including the following programs and content categories:

  • one to two page abstracts (Posters, Talks, Emerging Technologies, etc.)
  • short papers
  • technical briefs
  • full-length technical papers

Authors who submit works for the Technical Papers program at the SIGGRAPH or SIGGRAPH Asia events must use the "acmtog" article type. (To add your submission ID to the paper, add "timestamp" to the \documentclass command, and put the submission ID value in the \acmSubmissionID command.)

Authors who submit work to any other program at the SIGGRAPH or SIGGRAPH Asia conference, except the Computer Animation Festival, Art Gallery, and Courses programs, must use the "sigconf" article type.

Authors who submit work to any other SIGGRAPH-sponsored event - Web3D, ETRA, I3D, etc. - must use the "sigconf" article type.

Art Gallery and Computer Animation Festival submissions to our annual conferences have their own formatting requirements; see the annual conference's web site for more information.

Course Notes are formatted at the submitter's discretion - no particular format is required - though we provide several examples (see below), and require that the rights management text the organizer receives appear on the first page of the course notes document.

Poster authors must prepare both a one- to two-page abstract, and a full-size poster to display at the conference.

If your content is accepted for presentation, you will receive the appropriate rights management text, including the article DOI and ISBN, to add to your final documentation upon completion of the rights management form. The sample documents have sample values that are safe to use for initial submission.

Please note that the examples which accompany the LaTeX and Word templates use numbered citations, and we (as an organization) prefer that you use the "author year" citation and reference style. The examples available below correctly use the "author year" citation and reference style.

Citations and References

We are using the "author year" citation style for content published in a SIGGRAPH-sponsored event. This applies to technical papers, technical briefs, and abstracts accepted to the SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia conferences, and papers and poster abstracts accepted to other SIGGRAPH-sponsored events.

LaTeX users should make sure to include the following three commands in their source documents. The first commands are placed in the preamble of your document:

  • \citestyle{acmauthoryear}
  • \setcitestyle{square}

and this command is placed just before the \bibliography command:

  • \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}

Word users should format their citations as "[Author Year]" - example "[Smith 2017]" - and select the proper citation type.

Sample Files

For visual reference, a number of sample files are available. The "source files" link are ZIP files that contain the LaTeX source files and images used in them. The "author" version has a different rights management text block, and is suitable for display on the author's own web site. The "final" version is what is prepared for publication and is distributed through the ACM Digital Library.

  • ACM TOG articles: submit for review (LaTeX, PDF), author version (LaTeX, PDF) final version (LaTeX, PDF) - (source files)
  • Papers accepted to SIGGRAPH-sponsored events (short or full length), Technical Briefs (SIGGRAPH Asia), and workshop and symposia papers at our annual conferences: author version (LaTeX, PDF) final version (LaTeX, PDF) - (source files)
  • One- to two-page abstracts: author version (LaTeX, PDF) final version (LaTeX, PDF) - (source files)
  • Course Notes sample #1: (PDF)
  • Course Notes sample #2: (PDF)
  • Course Notes sample #3: (PDF)
  • Poster sample #1: (PDF)
  • Poster sample #2: (PDF)
  • Poster sample #3: (PDF)

Rights Management, Permissions, and Third-Party Material

If your content is accepted for presentation and publication, you'll be asked to complete the ACM rights management form. Learn more about ACM's rights management policy at author.acm.org.

Using someone else's material in your content? Make sure you have permission to use it, and clearly identify it in your content and on your rights management form. ACM's policy on third-party material can be found at www.acm.org/publications/third-party-material.

The process of acquiring permissions to use material, even from your own employer, may be time-consuming. Please work on this part of your submission early in the process; don't wait until your content has been accepted.

Odds and Ends

  • Curious about capitalization? This article may help.
  • This article explains how to cite SIGGRAPH articles.
  • Looking for CC-licensed images? Try search.creativecommons.org. Please do remember that "NC"-licensed images require specific permission from the copyright holder.


If you have any questions about content formatting for SIGGRAPH events, or suggestions on how to improve these instructions, please contact Stephen Spencer at spencer@siggraph.org. Technical support for the article templates can be sent to acmtexsupport@aptaracorp.com.