Information for authors

The ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (ACM SAP) welcomes original unpublished research related to all topics relevant to both perception and computer science. This research can be submitted as a long paper (up to 8 pages) or as a short paper (up to 4 pages). In all cases the page limit is EXCLUSIVE of the pages devoted to bibliographic references and appendices.

Preparing your submission

Formatting. All paper submissions should follow the general SIGGRAPH formatting guidelines. Submissions must be written in english.

Double blind review process. SAP follows a double blind review process: authors and reviewers remain anonymous to each other. Therefore, submissions (including the manuscript and supplementary material) must not contain information that identifies the authors, their institutions, funding sources, or their places of work. Relevant previous work by the authors may be cited in the third person.

Videos. We encourage authors to accompany their papers with a video as a supplementary material. Videos should not exceed 5 minutes in length. While papers should stand on their own, video can provide supplementary information, visual illustration of experimental procedure and stimuli as well as visual confirmation of results.

Ethical treatment of human subjects. Research involving human beings should follow the appropriate guidelines for ethical treatment of human subjects, for example, as laid out in the Belmont Report. Though not mandatory for a submission to SAP, authors are encouraged to report protocol approval by the relevant ethics board of their institution.

Covid-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone around the world, taking different forms for different people. What is common is that it has disrupted daily activities, introduced new stressors and created uncertainty about things we earlier took for granted. SAP organizers recognize that the pandemic has also disrupted research activities such as in-person user studies. We encourage the submission of high-quality research that has been validated in non-traditional ways.

Submit your contribution

Authors contributions have to be submitted electronically using the EasyChair website:

After submission

Review process. All papers will be reviewed by at least three International Program Committee members, one of whom is assigned the role of Primary reviewer. All IPC members will do full reviews, including the Primary reviewer. When all reviews have been submitted, the Primary will start a discussion on the online system. The goal of this discussion is to converge on one of the following recommendations:

  1. Conditionally accepted as a paper to SAP and invited journal publication to TAP (see below),
  2. Conditionally accepted as a paper to SAP,
  3. Rejected but authors have the option of presenting a poster.
The Primary reviewer will write a meta-review to justify the recommendation. The final decision will be performed by the SAP program committee and will be informed by the recommendation and the meta-review.

Camera ready. Authors should upload their camera ready version to the EasyChair website. Authors must ensure that they also submit their copyright form. Without the copyright form, ACM does not include the manuscript in the archival proceedings.

Invited journal Publication. Under an agreement with the ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP) and the ACM Publications Board, the strongest accepted papers will be offered publication as full papers in the ACM journal TAP (instead of appearing in the proceedings). Authors of such special issue papers must agree to present the paper at ACM SAP. Authors of regular ACM SAP papers can still submit to TAP regular issues with appropriate additions. Papers that have been recommended for acceptance in the ACM TAP journal will undergo a second review cycle, during which the authors will revise the paper to address reviewer concerns (similar to conditional acceptances at ACM SIGGRAPH).

Please note that TAP referrals are conditional. The TAP reviewers may recommend bringing the paper back to the SAP proceedings if the quality of the revision is inadequate. Therefore, authors are strongly encouraged to incorporate as many reviewer comments as possible into the revision. The revised paper has to be submitted in TAP format to Manuscript Central and must include a cover letter stating that the submission is for the SAP special issue. The cover letter should also document the list of changes made to the paper to address the reviewers’ concerns. Please note that TAP has a 20 page limit INCLUDING references. Reformatting, a paper from the SAP format to the TAP format typically adds a few pages. Complete TAP author guidelines and templates are available at

Attend and Present to SAP conference

At least one author of an accepted paper must register for and attend the conference. All accepted papers will be presented at SAP as an oral presentation. More details regarding attendance and presentation modes will be provided as the pandemic situation evolves.