Instructions for Authors

Authors are invited to submit original work in the formats of Full paper (8 pages) and Short paper (4 pages). All papers undergo a rigorous review process assessing the originality and quality of the work as well as the relevance for eye tracking research and applications. The accepted papers are selected by the program committee based on independent reviews, typically 3, received by each paper. Papers presented at ETRA 2012 will be available in the ACM digital library.

Full paper submissions

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. To submit, please visit ETRA2012 conference management system at:

Abstract required by:     Oct.  7th, 2011 [5 pm PDT]
Full paper:                    Oct 14th, 2011 [5 pm PDT]
Companion video:          Oct 21st, 2011 [5 pm PDT]

The page limit for full papers is 8 pages. The reviewing process for ETRA2012 will be "double blind." Therefore the paper must be appropriately anonymized to not reveal the author or authors' institutions.

Submission process

The first step to submit a paper is to submit an abstract by 5 pm PDT, Oct. 7th, 2011. For the abstract submission, the authors' information, the paper title and an abstract of a maximum of 1000 characters will be required. Abstracts must be submitted to the ETRA 2012 conference management system.

Please note, no new submissions will be allowed after the abstract deadline.

Full papers can be submitted at any time up until the deadline on 5 pm PDT, Oct. 14th, 2011. The abstract and title can be modified in the final submission, as long as the topic of the paper stays the same. The purpose of advance submission of the abstract is to enable the program committee to prepare the reviewing process.

Short paper submissions

Short paper submissions will be open in November.


Short paper:                Dec. 7th, 2011 [5 pm PST]

Short papers should not exceed the limit of 4 pages and will undergo the same review process as full papers. Note that short papers also need to be blinded for peer review.

All accepted short papers will be published in the conference proceedings, provided that at least one author attends the conference. All short papers will be presented as posters, and the best will be selected for presentation in the short paper conference session as well. Instructions for how to prepare the posters will be sent to the authors of the accepted short papers.

Paper format

Papers should be sent as PDF files, and should not exceed the limit of 8 pages for full papers and 4 pages for short papers. They should be prepared following the instructions found at:

To prepare the content of the PDF file, SIGGRAPH encourages authors to use LaTeX, but we also provide a Word template below.

A LaTeX class is available here:

A template for Word users is available here:

Word template

When generating the PDF file, please make sure that the fonts are embedded in the PDF file. This will ensure that reviewers can view the paper without problems.

The submitted paper must be anonymized for peer review. This means that authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper. Also, please make sure that identifying information does not appear in the document's meta-data (e.g., the 'Authors' field in your word processor's 'Save As' dialog box). Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors' discretion.

We do expect that authors leave in citations to their previous work, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. Nonetheless, please avoid phrases such as "In this paper we build on top of our previous work presented in [reference]..." and, instead, use constructions such as "We extend the work presented in [reference]... ". Observe that you are allowed to extend anyone's work, and only the first phrase reveals that you are the author of the previous work.

Companion Video

New for ETRA 2012 is that both full papers and short papers can be submitted with a companion video. A video submission is not required, but encouraged to help clarify interaction with a gaze-based system, or give a better sense of particular gaze patterns which is not as easy to communicate with static images or textual descriptions. The aim of the video is to supplement the paper; acceptance to the conference will be based on the paper and not on the companion video.

A submitted companion video cannot be larger than 10 MB. This is the limit of our conference management system; we will allow a larger size for the final companion video. We recommend using MP4 format with H.264 codec. Most video production systems can encode in this format and most video applications are able to play it. If you use a different codec, you risk that reviewers might not be able to view the video clip and you will need to re-encode the video clip for the conference proceeding disc. As for the paper submission, the companion video needs to be blinded for peer review.

For a longer guideline of how to make good videos for conference submission, please see the UIST 2011 video guideline.

Submitting a companion video

To submit a companion video you need to first complete your paper submission in our conference management system at When returning to the author page after completing the submission, a number of options will be available for each of your paper submissions. Add your video as “Supplementary Material.” Note that you will need to have a paper submitted in order for this option to become available.

Best paper award

A best paper award will be rewarded to the best full paper, the best paper by a student, and the best short paper. However, the best full paper award will only be awarded if the award committee finds that the candidate papers meet pre-set criteria assuring high quality and original research. The best full paper and best student paper can overlap.

Program Chairs

Jeffrey B. Mulligan (jeffrey.b.mulligan [at], NASA, USA

Pernilla Qvarfordt (pernilla [at], FX Palo Alto Laboratory, USA

Program Committee

Andrew Duchowski, Clemson University, USA

Moshe Eizenman, University of Toronto, USA

Joe Goldberg, Oracle, USA

Qiang Ji, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Päivi Majaranta, University of Tampere, Finland

Jeff Pelz, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Shu-Chieh Wu, NASA Ames Research Center, USA