Frequently Asked Questions

What's New?
1. What's changed for SIGGRAPH 2006?

2. Why are there no sketches categories anymore?

Policies
3. Is a sketch a publication?

4. Should sketch submissions be prepared anonymously, like papers?

5. Can I submit a sketch about work I've published or submitted elsewhere?

6. How should I write up work that is based on a recent paper I wrote but extends that work?

7. Can I submit a sketch about work I did for my thesis?

8. My SIGGRAPH paper got rejected. Can I submit a sketch about the work?

9. My SIGGRAPH paper was rejected, but got conditionally accepted to ACM Transactions on Graphics. Can I submit a sketch about the work?

10. My company has a great new product that is of general interest to the SIGGRAPH community. Can I submit a sketch about it?

How to Get Accepted & Rejected
11. Do you have any advice on how to write my sketch so it will be accepted?

12. Why are sketches rejected?

13. How do I decide whether to submit my work as a paper, a sketch, or a poster?

Sketch Submissions
14. Why do you only accept electronic submissions?

15. Must I really submit my sketch in final format?

16. My sketch is longer than one page. What should I do?

17. Can I submit earlier papers or technical reports as supporting materials?

Video Submissions
18. Do I really have to submit a supporting video of my stuff?

19. My sketch is about production effects, but the studio won't give permission to submit a supporting video because the movie hasn't been released yet. What should I do?

20. My video files are larger than 40MB. What should I do?

21. Can I submit a supporting videotape in VHS NTSC or PAL format?

Sessions & Presentations
22. What are the session titles for SIGGRAPH 2006?

23. Can my company have a dedicated session in which we present a collection of sketches about various aspects of a large project?

24. How long will my presentation be?

Miscellaneous
25. What about credits? Who gets them and where?

26. Can I show 3D (with 3D glasses) at my sketch? Or other unusual technology?

What's New?

1. What's changed for SIGGRAPH 2006?
There are several changes this year. Please see New for SIGGRAPH 2006 for details.    TOP

2. Why are there no sketches categories anymore?
We realized that the submission categories were redundant with the keywords. The purpose of the keywords is to find the best possible reviewers for your sketch. You can still submit research, application, or method sketches. Just make sure you choose the appropriate keyword on the submission page.   TOP

Policies

3. Is a sketch a publication?
No. A sketch is an oral presentation, not a publication. The archived one-page summary acts as a record of conference activity. Presenting work in a sketch does not preclude formal publication of the work elsewhere, and the SIGGRAPH Papers Program doesn't consider sketches as prior publications.    TOP

4. Should sketch submissions be prepared anonymously, like papers?
No. The review process is single blind, which means the reviewers will know who the authors are, but the authors will not know who the reviewers are. The submission has to be one page long, in final format, including the names of all collaborators on the work and their institutions.    TOP

5. Can I submit a sketch about work I've published or submitted elsewhere?
No, sketches are dedicated to presenting new, unpublished work. Work that has been submitted elsewhere (for example, to a journal or another conference) cannot be submitted to the Sketches program. Such dual submissions are widely considered unethical.    TOP

6. How should I write up work that is based on a recent paper I wrote but extends that work?
Submitting a sketch with new, incremental results based on previous publications is a common occurrence. You need to reference the original paper(s) and clearly explain what in your sketch submission is new. To be accepted, the sketches jury expects about 30% new material that goes beyond the previous publication.

7. Can I submit a sketch about work I did for my thesis?
Yes, provided that work has not already been extracted from the thesis and formally published.    TOP

8. My SIGGRAPH paper got rejected. Can I submit a sketch about the work?
Certainly, provided it has not been accepted or submitted elsewhere (see the following question). Notification of papers acceptances will happen before the Sketches submission deadline. This will leave you some time (though unfortunately not a lot of time) to prepare an ordinary one-page sketch about the work and submit it using the normal Sketches submission mechanism.    TOP

9. My SIGGRAPH paper was rejected, but got conditionally accepted to ACM Transactions on Graphics. Can I submit a sketch about the work?
Yes, you can. As long as the work is not under review anywhere else, it can be submitted as a sketch. However, your sketch still needs to go through the same review process as any other sketch. Note that you need to submit your sketch according to the submission format.

10. My company has a great new product that is of general interest to the SIGGRAPH community. Can I submit a sketch about it?
A simple product announcement would not be appropriate for the Sketches program. However, a methods or systems sketch that presents the engineering design and algorithms behind the product could be appropriate.    TOP

How to Get Accepted & Rejected

11. Do you have any advice on how to write my sketch so it will be accepted?
First of all, make sure your sketch is exactly one page long (see My sketch is longer than one page. What should I do?). The Sketches Committee has a small amount of time to review a large number of submissions. To maintain fairness, we have to enforce the same length and a uniform submission format. Sketches that are longer than one page will be rejected without review.

It should be immediately obvious at the beginning of your sketch what the new contribution is. Just one or two sentences such as: "We present a new method that's N times faster." Or: "We have conducted a new study comparing A and B." Or: "Effect X in feature film Y presented a new challenge." Or something similar.

Try to focus your sketch on one or two key ideas. One page is not a lot of space. For example, it is almost impossible to summarize all the contributions of your (rejected) eight-page paper in one page. Remember that the Sketches Committee members have very limited time to "get it," so keep it simple. Reference previous work if appropriate. One or two references will suffice. If you propose to present work that extends previous work of your own, cite the previous work in your sketch and explain what is different (see How should I write up work that is based on a recent paper I wrote but extends that work?). For example: "We build on our previous work [1] by ..." If there has been previous work by several others, choose one major work to cite and state why your work is different. For example: "Unlike previous work, such as [1] , we ..."

There are few graphics techniques and applications that result in absolutely no visuals. Submit supporting images or video to illustrate your work. The jury is more likely to accept a sketch if they can examine the results. Be sure that your images are not compressed with a lossy method that renders them useless.    TOP

12. Why are sketches rejected?
Sketches that are longer than one page will be rejected without review (see My sketch is longer than one page. What should I do?). For technical sketches, several phrases are commonly heard just before a sketch is rejected: "There's not enough new here." "It doesn't contain enough detail to properly evaluate it." "It's not clear enough. I don't understand it." "There's not enough evidence to demonstrate the claims." "It still needs more work." "I'm not impressed by the results." "This has been done before."

For art sketches, these phrases are often heard: "I'd like to see the piece itself, but it's not clear what the sketch would talk about." "It's technology-driven rather than concept-driven." "There are too many ideas/projects rolled into one." "The execution seems antithetical to the concept."    TOP

13. How do I decide whether to submit my work as a paper, a sketch, or a poster?
There's no definite answer. Some works may well be acceptable as either a paper or a sketch; others as either a sketch or a poster. But in general, the three programs represent different levels of maturity and impact of work, and they provide different forms of disseminating the work, so they are reviewed based on different criteria. Papers contain the most highly polished works of broadest interest and impact to the field, and they are formal, peer-reviewed publications. Sketches can present smaller results, works in progress, specialized applications, and topical behind-the-scenes experiences. They are conference talks rather than formal publications. Posters are appropriate for late-breaking results and new projects that are just starting out, and poster sessions provide a forum for personal interaction rather than presentation to an audience.    TOP

Sketch Submissions

14. Why do you only accept electronic submissions?
The Sketches Jury has a small amount of time to review a large number of sketches. Electronic submission allows the jury to start the review process almost immediately. It also saves the time and costs involved in shipping submissions to the jury members.    TOP

15. Must I really submit my sketch in final format?
Yes. Having all submissions in the same format makes it easier for the jury to review them. Also, the deadlines for preparing the conference publications are very tight, so accepted sketches need to be ready to go almost immediately. Having the submitted sketch almost identical to the published sketch streamlines the process immensely.    TOP

16. My sketch is longer than one page. What should I do?
Rewrite it. The Sketches Jury has a small amount of time to review a large number of submissions. Sketches that are longer than one page will be rejected without review. You may include up to three extra pages of supporting material, but this should be mostly figures showing results. The decision for acceptance of the sketch will be made based on your one-page submission. Assume that the jury will probably not have time to read any supporting material. Your one page of text should stand on its own.    TOP

17. Can I submit earlier papers or technical reports as supporting materials?
No, the jury already has its hands full and will not have time to read them. The decision for acceptance of the sketch will be made based on your one-page submission. However, you can provide URLs to those works in your submission or supporting documentation so if a specific question arises, jurors can download the works themselves. And remember: the supporting documentation if any, should be limited to three pages maximum and should contain mostly captioned figures (images, graphs, charts, tables, etc.).    TOP

Video Submissions

18. Do I really have to submit a supporting video of my stuff?
You're not obliged to, but it's a really good idea. The power of a video during the jury process cannot be stressed enough. The jury has a small amount of time to review a large number of submissions. Seeing the video can answer many questions that the jury might ask after just reading the sketch. It is a shame if the phrase "I wish they had provided a video ..." is uttered during the jury meeting. In particular, the jury is unlikely to accept a sketch about animation if they haven't seen the animation.    TOP

19. My sketch is about production effects, but the studio won't give permission to submit a supporting video because the movie hasn't been released yet. What should I do?
First, be certain that you will have permission to show the actual effects at the conference. If possible, submit a video that uses non-sensitive stand-in models or scenes to illustrate the techniques in question, with an explanation that the real thing will be shown at the conference. Contact the to see if some special arrangement can be worked out. If all else fails, submit the sketch without a video, but with a supporting document listing in detail what the contents of the video will be, illustrated with still frames if possible.    TOP

20. My video files are larger than 40 MB. What should I do?
Do everything possible to make them smaller. The total size of your uploads should be below 40MB. Jurors in various locations around the world will need to download the submitted videos, and we need to keep the total size of all submissions reasonable.

First, remember that the total length of your animation must not exceed five minutes. The jurors won't have time to watch more than that. Also, remember that the sketch presentation itself is only 20 minutes long, and if you have more than five minutes of animation to show, there won't be much time left for your talk. So if your animations are longer than five minutes, you will probably want to edit or excerpt them for the talk in any case.

Next, try decreasing the image resolution and/or using a better compression technique and/or settling for higher compression at the cost of somewhat reduced image quality.

If you have tried very hard to do all this but still can't get the size down, contact us and explain the specifics of your situation in detail, and we'll see what we can work out.

If you can get the size down through compression, but the resulting compression artifacts obscure the results you're trying to demonstrate, contact us and explain the specifics of your situation in detail, and we'll see what we can work out.    TOP

21. Can I submit a supporting videotape in VHS NTSC or PAL format?
Unfortunately, no. Supporting videos must be uploaded in digital form to save everyone the effort of making and shipping multiple copies of videotapes. We will only accept uploaded videos in QuickTime, MPEG-4 or DivX Version 5 formats.    TOP

Sessions & Presentations

22. What are the session titles for SIGGRAPH 2006?
We don't know yet. The jury selects sketches without regard to sessions and titles. Only after the selection process is finished do we group the sketches into sessions related by topic. This means that unlike other conferences in which the session topics are set in advance, the Sketches Jury never needs to accept or reject submissions in order to fill slots. On the other hand, this also means that occasionally there are sessions that lack a strongly coherent theme. You need not be concerned about sessions during the submission process.    TOP

23. Can my company have a dedicated session in which we present a collection of sketches about various aspects of a large project?
You are welcome to submit a collection of related sketches. However, the jury will evaluate the submissions individually and decide whether to accept each one individually, so each must stand on its own. For those that are accepted, we can't promise that they will be presented together in a single session. They may be grouped into sessions with other sketches that present similar techniques.    TOP

24. How long will my presentation be?
Approximately 20 minutes, followed by about five minutes of Q&A. We don't know the exact length in advance. It depends on the number of sketches accepted (we don't have a target number; the jury accepts all it deems appropriate), how the sketches are sorted into sessions, and the final scheduling of the sessions.

When your sketch is accepted, and the schedule is finalized, you will be notified as to the scheduling and timing of your session.    TOP

Miscellaneous

25. What about credits? Who gets them and where?
Information about Sketches is presented in three locations:

1. The Conference Select CD-ROM and Full Conference DVD-ROM. All collaborators are listed here along with the one-page sketch.

2. The SIGGRAPH 2006 web site. All collaborators are listed here along with a short description of the presentation.

3. The SIGGRAPH 2006 Program & Buyer's Guide. All authors are listed in this publication along with a short summary of the presentation.    TOP

26. Can I show 3D (with 3D glasses) at my sketch? Or other unusual technology?
3D and other non-standard technologies are not normally available in the Sketches session rooms. If your sketch is accepted, and you will be able to provide the necessary equipment, we can discuss the possibilities. Contact the .    TOP