Publication Requirements

Authors of Game Papers should prepare their documents according to the ACM SIGGRAPH publication guidelines (PDF). Authors are required to submit fully formatted papers, with graphs, images, and other special areas arranged as intended for final publication, using the ACM SIGGRAPH paper preparation guidelines. Be sure that all pages are numbered and that the first page contains your paper's ID number, in the place where authors' names normally go (below the paper title). If your paper is accepted, you will receive instructions for formatting the final version (for example, for adding authors' names and affiliations, and removing page numbers).

For SIGGRAPH 2010, authors must submit their papers electronically. The only allowable format is Adobe PDF. The online submission process includes features for uploading your PDF document.

Remove any information from your submission that identifies you or any of the other authors, or any of your institutions or places of work. If you must reference any of your previous works in a context that might reveal you are the author(s), simply refer to yourselves as “the authors.”

Please keep the PDF version anonymous; in particular, note that under some operating systems the "properties" of a PDF file may contain the creator's name. Also, Version 7 PDF files allow inclusion of a script that will contact the author each time the file is opened. Do not include this script in your PDF file; if we find it, we will reject your paper without review.

Paper Length
The body of the paper must not exceed 3,500 words. The body DOES NOT include the title, the abstract, keywords, or references. The body DOES include text in tables and text in diagrams and figures (if the diagrams or figures are deemed by the reviewers to be primarily comprised of text).

Permissions and Copyrights
You must have permission from the owner or copyright holder to use any images or video that you do not own in your submitted paper or supplementary material. In addition to the Submission and Authorization Agreement (which must be completed and signed prior to the submission deadline), you will also be asked to provide a signed ACM Copyright Form if your paper is accepted. This form is required by ACM before your paper can be published. The form must be downloaded, printed, completed, signed, and faxed to the ACM SIGGRAPH Director for Publications.

You are also required to upload final versions of all supporting supplementary materials originally submitted as part of your paper in the online submission form. You will need to provide a signed ACM Copyright Form for each of these supplementary material files.

Required Elements

Objective (or “purpose”)
This is where you describe why the information presented in your paper is important to a particular community (such as game designers or game researchers). This is a good place to describe what has existed in the past and why or how your topic is going to improve the state of the art or science. You should include a statement about what the reader should expect to get out of reading your paper.

Perspective (or “theoretical framework”)
This is where you describe the lens from which your article is written. Here, you describe prior views or research or terms or concepts that help define, inform, and explain your position. These will be the concepts, terms, research, or prior views you will refer to during the remainder of your paper.

Methods (or “techniques,” or “modes of inquiry”)
This is where you explain what you did and how you did it. Examples of methods or techniques or modes of inquiry include case studies, interviews, experimental studies, surveys, literature reviews, meta-analyses, and observations. Describe the method(s) you used and any relevant details: details that would allow someone to determine if you effectively implemented your approach or would allow someone to replicate your approach, to see if they could get the same results.

Data sources (or “evidence” or “objects” or “materials”)
This is where you describe your evidence and how you made meaning of the evidence. Your evidence might be comprised of interview notes, or test scores, or survey results, or articles you’ve reviewed. “How you made meaning” of the evidence refers to the methods you used for examining the evidence and how you merged, combined, or linked evidence to come to some sort of findings.

Results (and/or “substantiated conclusions,” or “supported arguments,” or “supported point(s)” of view)
This is where you describe what you found or what you believe your data and methods resulted in. Here, you will make your claims or your statements about what you found and what it means. It is absolutely critical that you do not make statements that you didn’t provide evidence for or that you don’t make claims beyond your evidence. For example, if you created a new method of interacting with games and you had three people try it and they liked it, you can certainly describe how those people liked it and how it shows promise of being a useful, novel approach to interacting with games. However, with only three people trying it, you cannot say you’ve “proven” your interaction technique is far superior to all other existing techniques and it has “broad appeal". Only with additional data and a much larger, and diverse, sample of players could you potentially make such a strong, broad claim.

Scientific (or “scholarly”) significance of the study or work
This is where you explain why your work and/or your findings are so important. Think of this section as your explanation of why your paper should be published; why it’s important that others to hear about what your done and how you’re going to change something, provide new information about something, or improve something.

References (or “bibliography”)
Game Papers must advance the state of the art or science. That means, you must include evidence of what has already been done by others and how your work is novel or how it fills a gap. This information is presented in a number of sections of your paper, including the “objectives” section, the “perspectives” section, and the “scientific significance” section. To show “advancement” of the state of the art or science, you must effectively describe the “current” state of the art or science. In doing so, you must include the sources of your statements, arguments, or position. That is, you cannot simply say things and expect others to take your word for it. You must cite your evidence in a way that allows others to retrieve your sources and see if they agree with what you say. In the body of your paper, you can include citations formatted according to the “Citations and References” section of the ACM SIGGRAPH publication guidelines (PDF). The “Citations and References” section also describes how to format References and the Bibliography and includes a sample reference list at the end of the PDF file.

Appendices (if applicable)
Anything you feel is important to include in your paper, but is either too large for the main part of the document, would alter the flow of the document, or is not critical to understanding the main document, can appear in an appendix. Typical examples of materials appearing in appendices include: research instruments (such as surveys or text questions), large tables, analysis details (such as descriptive statistics or correlation tables), or screen shots.

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