New for SIGGRAPH 2006

Submission Procedure
This year we will follow a two-part submission process. Authors must complete a Papers Submission Form, which includes an abstract, by 24 January 2006, 5 pm US Eastern Standard time. The paper and all supplemental materials are due the following day, 25 January 2006, 5 pm US Eastern Standard time. Both deadlines will be strictly enforced. Note that after 24 January 2006, 5 pm US Eastern Standard time, access to the system will be restricted to papers with valid online submission forms and IDs.

The procedure for submitting materials electronically has changed. Authors are therefore urged to carefully review the submission instructions.

Submission Address
All physical submission materials must be sent to this address:

Julie Dorsey
SIGGRAPH 2006 Papers Chair
c/o Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
201 Broadway, 8th floor
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 USA

For SIGGRAPH 2006, we will essentially retain the process established in recent years. Authors are no longer required to categorize their submissions explicitly as research, system, or process papers.

Review Process
Authors will have four days after receiving the reviews to craft a rebuttal to factual errors in the review of their papers and to answer specific questions posed by reviewers. The initial length of the rebuttal text will be limited to 2,000 words to allow for a fast response. Between the initial rebuttal and the committee meeting, the primary and secondary reviewers will have seven days to confer about each paper. At a senior reviewer's request, authors will then be permitted to submit more explanatory material.

Authors should be aware that the senior reviewers will carefully read their rebuttals. However, it is the sole responsibility of the senior reviewer to respond to submitted rebuttals and enter into communication with authors.

The review process will continue to classify papers in one of three ways:

1. Rejected.

2. Conditionally accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2006, possibly pending minor revisions. These papers will be ratified for final acceptance by completion of a full journal review process. The proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2006 will continue to be published as a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

3. Conditionally accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Graphics, pending major revisions. At the authors' discretion, these papers will complete a full journal review process before final acceptance for publication in a regular issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

The Papers committee encourages authors of accepted papers with non-trivial implementation issues to submit an implementation sketch. See Implementation Sketches for details.