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Author Guidelines


As explained in the Editorial Charter, ACM Transactions on Graphics publishes papers of significant and lasting value in all areas of computer graphics, broadly construed. 

Submission categories

TOG accepts manuscript submissions in these categories:

  • Previously unpublished research paper. These can include material presented as a SIGGRAPH Sketch or in a workshop, symposium or conference so long as it was not published in a journal. 
  • Resubmission of SIGGRAPH/SIGAsia paper requesting reviewer continuity. If a paper has previously been rejected from a SIGGRAPH conference, the authors may request that the original SIGGRAPH reviewers examine the revised paper, in order to improve continuity of the review process. The SIGGRAPH organization will forward the reviews and reviewer names to a TOG associate editor, who will coordinate the process and make the acceptance recommendation.

Publication policies

The ACM Publications Policies page addresses issues of plagiarism, copyrights, simultaneous submissions, etc.

The new ACM Author Representations Policy can be found at:

Information regarding use of third-party material can be found at:

Simultaneous Submission.
TOG requires that submission are not under review for any other venue.

Manuscripts have to be submitted

  • as PDF files,
  • without author names, and
  • including line numbers.  

Manuscripts should be prepared using ACM's templates found at: The document style of ACM TOG is different from most other ACM publications. ACM's submission and publication workflow depends on the system used for document preparation. Currently only the LaTeX templates provide a close approximation of TOG's style, and authors are encouraged to use LaTeX if possible. Specifics for creating TOG submissions:

  • LaTeX: the required options for "\documentclass" are "acmtog" to select the TOG template, "anonymous" to hide the author names, and "review" to generate line numbers; the correct style for the bibliography is "\acmauthoryear".
  • Word: use the Submission Template provided by ACM and turn on line numbering (Layout - Line Numbers - Continuous). 

Authors are encouraged to keep the presentation concise. It may be appropriate to place content in supplementary electronic material that accompanies the submission. Such supplementary material is made available with the paper in the ACM Digital Library after the paper is published.


Material submitted for review may not identify the authors. This means not providing the names or institutions of the authors on the manuscript, and all other material undergoing. Instead of the names, include the TOG submission ID generated by Manuscript Central (see below). Earlier or largely similar versions of the manuscript that are publicly available (on arxiv, as a technical report, etc) are NOT to be cited, as they would identify the authors. Please include this material using the designation "Supplemental File(s) not for review". It may be helpful to point out differences (if any) as part of this supplemental material. Eearlier work by the same authors that is related but not similar should be cited and referred to a neutral way (i.e., not using pronouns such as "we" or "us"). Make sure that submitted material, in particular PDF files, do not contain information about the authors in the metadata. 

The external referees should be anonymous to the authors. Material cannot be made available to referees on websites (other than those used by ACM), as accessing the servers would potentially compromise the anonymity of the referees. Also, modern versions of PDF allow inclusion of a script that informs the creator when the file is accessed. Using this feature will lead to immediate rejection of the paper. 

Prior Publication
TOG allows submitting manuscripts that are available in essentially the same form, for example on arXiv or as a technical report. Authors are asked to refrain from mentioning that the publicly available manuscript has been submitted to TOG and to provide the public version as supplemental material not for review. 

Revised conference papers
TOG allows submitting revised versions of conference or workshop papers; the following guidelines  should be considered:

  • The revision should contribute in a significant way to the value of the presented research - enough that the readers feel that they would direct their students or colleagues to read the journal version. Those additions might include a significant number of additional experiments, data sets, algorithms, or applications of the work. The revision should also reflect more deeply on the limitations.
  • A technical requirement is that at least 25% of the paper are unpublished material.
  • The authors provide the previous version of the paper as "Supplemental File(s) not for review".
  • The authors include a document as "Supplemental File(s) not for review" outlining the differences between the previous and the current submission that describes the significant changes.  
  • Whether the revision is significant is determined by the Associate Editor handling the submission and the Editor-in-Chief. 
  • The published policies of the publications or conferences involved must not prohibit the submission to TOG.
  • Note that for papers that have already been published and presented in a conference, there will be no SIGGRAPH/SIGGRAPH Asia presentation.  

For a paper that has been previously been rejected from another venue (including ACM sponsored conferences such as SIGGRAPH/SIGGRAPH Asia), authors should submit information on how they changed the previous version of the paper. This information should ideally be anonymous and submitted as part of the main document. If necessary, authors can also provide information that identifies them as "Supplemental File(s) not for review".

TOG accepts submissions electronically via Manuscript Central. Authors should go there, create an account and password, login selecting "Transactions on Graphics", and proceed to the Author Center to submit a manuscript. The system will issue a unique ID that should be used in all communications about the submission. 

A submitted paper must overcome several hurdles in its quest for publication in ACM Transactions on Graphics.

  • An administrative assistant first checks if the submission conforms with the requirements and notifies the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The Editor-in-Chief then determines if the paper is appropriate for consideration by TOG and, if so, assigns it to an Associate Editor.
  • The Associate Editor reads the paper and further determines if it is appropriate for TOG consideration, and if so, selects several referees. The Associate Editor knows the identity of the authors and makes sure the referees have no conflict of interest. 
  • The referees read the submission and measure its novelty, impact and correctness, and each returns a review to the Associate Editor. The referees are asked to refrain from trying to identify the authors.  
  • The Associate Editor collects the reviews and makes a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief on the acceptability of the submission.
  • The Editor-in-Chief, based on the reviews and Associate Editor's recommendation, makes a final, binding recommendation on the acceptability of the submission, and communicates to the author this recommendation along with the Associate Editor's comments and referees reviews.
  • For papers on which the Editor-in-Chief has a conflict, the role of Editor-in-Chief is assigned to the Past-Editor-in-Chief.

Our goal is to get your submission out to the graphics community as soon as possible.

  • We strive to complete this process from submission to decision in 3 months, and our average time is 2.5 months from submission to decision, though some papers can require longer periods to perform the complete and thorough evaluation required by the top journal in computer graphics.
  • If at any time during this process we determine your submission is inappropriate for consideration by TOG, we will return the submission to the author immediately so the problem can be fixed or the submission can be sent to a more appropriate venue. This is in the best interest of the author and the timely publication of the submission as it avoids a lengthy review process that would nevertheless result in rejection.
  • Once a paper is accepted, we immediately make the entire paper freely available on the TOG website, until its TOG issue is physically published and it becomes available in the ACM Digital Library.

The journal submission process is unlike that of a conference, workshop or symposium.

  • There is no deadline. Submit your manuscript when it is ready.
  • There is no page limit. Use the least number of pages necessary to adequately describe your idea.

For assistance, please contact the Assistant to the Editor-In-Chief.


Your submission will be returned with one of the following recommendations:

  • Accept as is. The submission will appear in an upcoming issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.
  • Accept with minor revisions. If the author implements the requested revisions, the revised submission will appear in an upcoming issue. The revisions will be verified by the Associate Editor, who can, at their discretion, invite some of the original reviewers to review the paper again.
  • Provisionally accepted with major revisions. If the author implements the requested revisions, the revised submission will appear in an upcoming issue. The revisions will be verified by the original referees.
  • Revise and Resubmit. The author is encouraged to submit a revised version of the manuscript, but there is no guarantee that even if the requested revisions were successfully performed that the submission would be accepted. There may be additional revisions necessary beyond the ones originally requested.
  • Reject. The author is encouraged to submit the manuscript elsewhere, or the manuscript does not yet meet the standards of breadth, impact, novelty or correctness required for publication by the number one journal in computer graphics.

An accept with revisions decision is contingent on the timely submission of a revised manuscript, to ensure the novelty of the contribution. We expect authors to submit revised manuscripts within six months of the decision, unless a request for an extension is granted by the Editor-in-Chief.

Once Accepted

The acceptance email will contain the most up-to-date instructions.

We are trying to improve the quality of the PDF and print images too. Please help us with that by verifying that the images in the proofs you receive have not been overly compressed.

Questions regarding the formatting of the final version of the paper should be directed to Chris Miller.

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This service extends ACM's support for self-archiving by enabling authors to generate and post links in their own bibliographies that they maintain on either their personal home page or institutional repository. These links will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL. These downloads will be recorded as part of the DL usage statistics.

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Language Services

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To take advantage of this partnership, visit  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide pages: and

Supplemental Online-only Material

Please provide a brief description of your supplementary online-only material (i.e., text and multimedia material) to be published in the Digital Library. A short “readme.txt” file will appear in the DL along with your supplementary material describing its content and whatever requirements there are for using it.

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