Submission Guidelines for Authors

ICMI welcomes high-quality submissions on theoretical and empirical foundations, component technologies, and combined multimodal processing techniques that define the field of multimodal interaction analysis, interface design, and system development.

Important: This year, ICMI will be using the ACM sample-sigconf.tex template for submission. LaTeX users can download templates from here or directly from Overleaf. Please make sure to select the sample-sigconf.tex template. Search for the line \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart} and change that to \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart} to add linenumbers for the review. Finally, keep a list of LaTeX packages that you are using that is NOT already part of this whitelist. In the submission page, we will ask you to list the packages used outside of this whitelist. ACM is in the middle of a big change regarding the publication process. For this reason we suggest that authors use the LaTeX template instead of the Word template. Authors who decide to use the Word template should be made aware that an extra validation step may be required during the camera-ready process. The interim Word template can be found here.

There are two different submission categories:
  • Long paper: The maximum length is 8 pages in the two-column ACM conference format (excluding references). An accompanying demonstration can be presented during the demo session (see Call for Demonstrations). Accepted long papers will be presented as either a long talk or a poster.
  • Short paper: The maximum length is 4 pages in the two-column ACM conference format (excluding references). Accepted short papers will be presented as either a short talk or a poster.

Note: An important change to the submission format was introduced in 2017: references do not count towards the page limit. Both long and short papers can have additional pages beyond their page limits that are used exclusively for references. Two supporting files, such as videos or source code, can be also submitted

There will be a mixture of oral presentations and poster presentations at the conference. The decision of a poster or an oral presentation will be made by the program committee. Please note that the main difference between short and long papers is in the size of contributions and not in the importance of the contributions. In other words, a paper in 8 pages will be expected to have more contribution than one with 4 pages. Rejected long papers will not be considered for acceptance as short papers, unless the reviewers unanimously believe this is the right decision. Authors are asked to carefully consider the category of each submitted paper.

Prior Publications

Papers submitted at ICMI 2020 must not have been published previously. A paper is considered to have been published previously if it has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal, magazine, book, or meeting proceedings that is reliably and permanently available afterward in print or electronic form to non-attendees, regardless of the language of that publication. A paper substantially similar in content to one submitted to ICMI 2020 should not be simultaneously under consideration for another conference or workshop.

ICMI 2020 does not consider a paper on as a dual submission.


The reviewing will be double blind, so submissions should be anonymous: do not include the authors' names, affiliations or any clearly identifiable information in the paper. It is appropriate to cite past work of the authors if these citations are treated like any other (e.g., "Smith [5] approached this problem by....") - omit references only if it would be obviously identifying the authors. If a non-anonymous paper has already been submitted, please re-submit with the identifying information removed. Paper chairs are likely to desk reject non-anonymous papers.

Submitted papers should conform to the latest ACM publication format. For LaTeX templates and examples, please click on the following link:, select the sample-sigconf.tex template and use \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart} to add linenumbers. We strongly suggest you to use the LaTeX templates. For Word templates and examples, please click on the following link: interim-layout.docx. Authors who do decide to use the Word template should be made aware that an extra validation step may be required during the camera-ready process.

Note that the ACM Categories & Subject Descriptors section and Author Keywords are mandatory to be included on the first page for your final version to appear in the proceedings and ACM Digital Library. If your submission is accepted, you will be notified within the acceptance notification of the updated ICMI'20 ACM copyright-permission text to update and include.

Rebuttal Period

Authors will be able to see the reviews and post a short rebuttal addressing any major misinterpretation or error. The rebuttal period will be followed by a discussion period between the reviewers and Senior Program Committee members (not visible to authors). Authors will be notified of the final decision soon after.

Online Submission

For online paper submissions, please click on the following link:

The submission system is now opened.


Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign an ACM copyright release. AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

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