Submission Guidelines for Authors

These instructions are specific to the main conference long/short paper submissions. For other tracks (DC, demos, workshops, LBR...), please look at the authors' guidelines provided on the relevant tracks' pages.

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.

There are three different submission categories:
  • Long paper: The maximum length is 8 pages in ACM conference format, and authors are welcome to submit papers initially in either latex or Word (excluding references).
  • Short paper: The maximum length is 4 pages in ACM conference format using latex or Word (excluding references).
  • Blue Sky paper (this category is new this year): The maximum length is 4 pages in ACM conference format using either latex or Word (excluding references).

Note: References do not count towards the page limit. 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, as ZIP files.

Physical Conference: 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.

Virtual Conference: The presentations will be pre-recorded, and the authors will be asked to join interactive sessions to answer questions from the audience. The decision of a poster or an oral presentation will be made by the program committee. Depending on the available technologies, and the presentation styles (such as breakout rooms for posters), the time allotment for oral and poster papers may change.

Prior Publications

Papers submitted at ICMI 2021 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 2021 should not be simultaneously under consideration for another conference or workshop.

ICMI 2021 does not consider a paper on and other open repositories as a dual submission, but papers deposited to paid-access repositories (such as ResearchGate, Academia) are not accepted.


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 (including in the Acknowledgments and references). 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. Paper chairs will desk reject non-anonymous papers after reviewing begins.

Submitted papers should conform to the latest ACM LaTeX or Word publication format. Please note that a non-anonymous author block may require a larger space than the anonymized version. For LaTeX templates and examples, please click on the following link:, download the zip package entitled Primary Article Template - LaTeX, and use the sample-sigconf.tex template with \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart} to add line numbers. For Word, the template and examples are on the same webpage mentioned. Authors who decide to use the Word template should be aware that an extra validation step may be required during the camera-ready process for accepted papers.

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:


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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