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[Review Process]
 
A papers selection committee and a set of reviewers, both consisting of recognized experts, will judge submitted papers. The committee will select papers to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2003 and published in the Conference Proceedings.
 
Papers undergo a three-phase reviewing process:
 
1. Each paper is assigned by the Papers Advisory Board to two senior reviewers, who are members of the selection committee (30-40 members) that has been convened by the Papers chair. Papers that are inappropriate may be rejected at this stage, before the selection committee meets to review submitted papers. A paper may be designated as inappropriate because it solves a problem already solved, or is unaware of important prior work on the same problem and doesn't address how it is different, or has no evaluation via proof, experiment, or analysis, or is solving a problem sufficiently minor that the senior reviewers do not believe that it belongs in the program. Papers will also be rejected at this stage if they are discovered to have been submitted to another conference or journal.
 
2. Each paper is distributed to three or more additional experts. Two of them are selected by one of the senior reviewers of that paper (the primary reviewer), and the third is selected by the other senior reviewer (the secondary reviewer). The senior, secondary, and tertiary reviewers all write a full review. At least five reviews are thus written for each paper that has not been rejected during phase one. Two reviews are written by senior reviewers who know the identities of the authors of the paper, and three or more are written by additional reviewers who do not.
 
After all reviews are complete, the review system will allow the authors access to the body of the reviews for their papers (without the scores or recommendations). The authors have three days to enter rebuttals if they feel that the reviewers have made substantive errors.
 
3. The full selection committee of senior reviewers meets in March 2003 to determine acceptance or rejection of each paper. In cases where the reviews do not clearly indicate either acceptance or rejection, additional committee members may read the paper, and their evaluations will be taken into account in the decision.
 
All papers submitted to SIGGRAPH 2003 must be original, unpublished work. Any paper that has been previously published in substantially similar form by any other conference or in any other journal will be automatically rejected, as will papers that are simultaneously submitted to SIGGRAPH 2003 and to any other conference or journal.
 
We require that all submitted papers be formatted for publication; reviewers will be instructed to judge the papers as they are submitted. Please respect the substantial volunteer efforts of the selection committee, and all the additional reviewers they recruit, by submitting only complete, well-edited work.
 
At the committee meeting, each paper will be either conditionally accepted, conditionally accepted with minor changes, or rejected by the committee. The two kinds of conditionally accepted papers will undergo a second "refereeing" process, in which a referee (a member of the committee or other expert appointed by the Papers Chair) verifies that a final version of the paper is either substantially the same (in the case of conditionally accepted papers) or has been altered according to the required changes (in the case of conditionally accepted-with-minor-changes papers). In both cases, authors may choose to incorporate other suggestions from the reviewers. The referee will verify that such changes are acceptable. This second and final stage determines the final acceptance status of all papers. The referee's decision is final. Papers that do not satisfy the referee are rejected.
 

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