[Frequently Asked Questions]
Do you have any advice on how to write my sketch so it'll be accepted?
Because sketches have to be reviewed so quickly, not only must there be a new idea in the sketch, it must also be obvious at the beginning of the sketch what the new contribution is. Just one or two sentences such as: "We are developing a new method with N speed up." Or: "We are conducting a new study comparing A and B." Or something similar.
Reference previous work if appropriate--one or two references will suffice. If you have a publication on the topic, reference it and clearly explain why this sketch is different. For example: "We build on our previous work  by ..." If there has been previous work by other people in the area, choose one major one, cite it, and state why your sketch is different. For example: "Unlike previous work, such as  , we ..."
Summarize test results, comparisons, experiments briefly in two or three sentences. Put additional data in a supplementary document if there is no room in the one page. This will reassure the jury that something was actually done. Similarly, there are few graphics techniques and applications that result in absolutely no images. Include an image (or animation if appropriate) illustrating the work. If there is not enough room for the images needed (for example, before and after images), put them in a supplementary document so that the jury can be reassured that something has been done. Be sure that your images are not compressed with a lossy method that renders them useless.
Why are sketches or applications rejected?
Certainly the most common phrase heard before a sketch or application is rejected by the jury is: "There's nothing new here." The main thing the juries seem to be looking for is novelty. If a sketch or application is just a small, incremental improvement over an already established idea, it is usually rejected. That said, novelty is in the eye of the jury. We attempt to populate the jury with a wide range of individuals with a wide range of expertise. The members of the jury tend to be more tolerant of an idea that is far removed from traditional computer graphics fields. Using standard computer graphics techniques to solve or visualize problems in political science will definitely seem novel to the jury, even if it might not be truly novel. (This, by the way, is OK. We want ideas that are new to the general SIGGRAPH conference
Why do you only accept electronic submissions?
In 2002, the technical jury members had to read and review a high number of sketches and applications. There are only two weeks between the submission deadline and the jury meeting. By having the submissions submitted electronically, the jury can start the review process almost immediately.
My sketch is longer than a page. What do I do?
Rewrite it. You may include up to three extra pages of supplementary material, but the jury is not required to read this material. Your sketch or application should stand on its own.
My sketch or application is all about some animation I did, but I don't want to send any videos. Is this OK?
No. Last year quite a few sketches and applications were rejected mostly because the author did not supply supporting video.
Who's on the jury?
The jury is chosen so that all aspects of computer graphics and interactive techniques have a voice.
My paper got rejected. Can I submit it as a sketch or application?
The Papers jury could forward a paper to the Sketches & Applications jury
with the recommendation that the paper be considered as a sketch or
Is a sketch or application a publication?
No. A sketch or applications is not considered a publication. It is treated as a record of conference activity. Presenting something as a sketch or application does not preclude publication of the idea in a different venue.
Why do I have to format my sketch or application myself? Can't I submit a plain text document?
No, we will not accept plain text documents this year. There are two reasons why SIGGRAPH 2003 is asking authors to format their own submissions:
1. Control of the content. In the past, the SIGGRAPH editorial staff has sometimes required several file exchanges with authors to make sure all the details are correct, especially for sketches that include complex math.
2. Tight deadlines. The Sketches & Applications deadline is the closest to the conference, so there is serious last-minute pressure to get the Conference Select CD-ROM and Full Conference DVD produced and delivered to the duplication service. Requiring authors to submit print-ready versions of their sketches saves everyone time and energy, and it will assure accurate presentation of the authors' material.
I want to submit a videotape with my sketch or application. Can it be in PAL format?
Unfortunately, no. Our reviewers will typically not have access to equipment that can play such tapes. And the time between the submission deadline and when the jury meets makes it difficult for SIGGRAPH 2003 to convert the tapes. All video submissions must be in NTSC format.
Do I really have to submit a videotape of my stuff?
The power of a videotape during the jury process can not be stressed enough. The jury has very little time to read and review the myriad of submissions that we receive. Having the videotape answers many questions that the members might ask on just reading the sketch abstract. It is a shame if the phrase "I wish they had sent a videotape ..." is uttered during the jury session.
What about authorship credits? Who gets them and where?
Information about Sketches & Applications is presented in three locations:
1. The Conference Select CD-ROM and Full Conference DVD.
All authors are listed here along with the one-page presentation abstract.
2. The SIGGRAPH 2003 Web Site.
All authors are listed here along with a short summary of the presentation.
3. The SIGGRAPH 2003 Program & Buyer's Guide.
All authors are listed in this publication along with a short summary of the presentation.