Submission Instructions

Creating Your Paper

For your submission use template (example paper) available below. Additional recommendations for various specific parts of IEEE papers are available from IEEE’s Author Centre. Please note that when you cite references, papers that have not been published, even if they have been submitted for publication, should be cited as “unpublished”. Papers that have been accepted for publication should be cited as “in press”. IEEE’s Author Centre also includes further guideline on policies related to posting of your papers. For example, prior to submission to an IEEE publication the authors may post their article anywhere at any time, including on preprint servers such as This does not count as a prior publication.

Paper Submission Site

All papers to the Sixth IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (BigMM 2020) will be accepted through EasyChair

Note that workshops and multimedia grand challenges of BigMM 2020 will have their own submission systems and will be handled by respective organizers.

Review Policy

Authors can reveal their identity in the paper. That is, they can write author names in the paper.

Paper Length

  • Regular Full Papers: 8 pages
  • Regular Short Papers: 4 pages
  • Industry Papers: 8 pages
  • Student Consortium Papers: 4 pages
  • Demonstration Papers: 4 pages
  • Multimedia Grand Challenge Papers: 4 pages
  • Workshops Papers: 8 pages

Note: The above-mentioned page limits are a maximum number of pages in a 2-column IEEE format excluding references. The authors will be given a maximum of 2 additional pages for references.

Supplemental Material

Authors may optionally upload supplemental material. Supplemental material must be anonymized. Typically, supplemental material might include:

  • a short presentation summarizing the paper,
  • videos of results that cannot be included in the main paper,
  • a screen recording of a demo program,
  • anonymized related submissions to other conferences and journals, and
  • appendices or technical reports containing extended proofs and mathematical derivations that are not essential for understanding the paper.

* Note that the contents of the supplemental material should be referred to appropriately in the paper and that reviewers are not obliged to look at it. All supplemental material must be zipped into a single file. There is a 30 MB limit on the size of this file.

Presentation Guarantee

By submitting the paper, the authors guarantee that if the paper is accepted, it will be presented at the conference by one of the authors, except in case of emergency as determined by the Technical Co-Chairs. Furthermore, the presenter must register for the conference at one of the non-student rates offered and must register before the deadline given for author registration. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of your paper from the conference proceedings and program. Failure to present the paper by an author in person will result in the paper not appearing in IEEE Xplore, and IEEE will retain the copyright. Also, the list of missing authors will be passed to the BigMM Steering Committee.

Authors Rights and Responsibilities

All papers submitted to BigMM 2020 must be the original work of the listed authors and must not have been previously published or currently submitted elsewhere. More about related IEEE policies (e.g. on author posting of IEEE copyrighted papers, plagiarism, originality of submitted work) can be found on IEEE website. Particularly related to dual submissions, the authors should note that by submitting a manuscript to BigMM, they guarantee that it has not been previously published (or accepted for publication) in substantially similar form. Furthermore, no paper that contains significant overlap with the contributions of this paper either has been or will be submitted during the BigMM 2020 review period to either a journal or a conference. If there are papers that may appear to violate any of these conditions, then it is the authors’ responsibility to

  1. Cite these papers
  2. Argue in the body of your paper why your BigMM paper is nontrivially different from these concurrent submissions
  3. Include versions of those papers in the supplemental material.

Dual Submissions

By submitting a manuscript to BigMM, the authors guarantee that it has not been previously published (or accepted for publication) in substantially similar form. Furthermore, no paper that contains significant overlap with the contributions of this paper either has been or will be submitted during the BigMM 2020 review period to either a journal or a conference.

General Information

All papers in the proceedings of the regular program and proceedings of the workshops, industry/application short papers, and demo track will be included in IEEE Xplore.

Formatting Requirements

  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All submissions must be in letter-sized PDF.
  • All fonts and subsets must be embedded. Times New Roman font is strongly encouraged.
  • All submissions, with the exception of Student Program submissions, must be formatted according to the instructions in the Example Paper.

Example Paper, Formatting Guidelines, and Templates

The following links point to an example paper containing detailed formatting guidelines. They also constitute templates for Microsoft Word and LaTeX submissions.

The following style files and templates are also available for users at:

We recommend that you use the Word file or LaTeX files to produce your document, since they have been set up to meet the formatting guidelines detailed in the example paper. When using these files, double-check the paper size in your page setup to make sure you are using the letter-size paper layout (8.5 inch X 11 inch). The LaTeX environment files specify suitable margins, page layout, text, and a bibliography style.

In particular, with LaTeX, there are cases where the top-margin of the resulting Postscript or PDF file does not meet the specified parameters. In this case, you may need to add a \topmargin=0mm command just after the \begin{document} command in your .tex file. The spacing of the top margin is not critical, as the page contents will be adjusted on the proceedings. The critical dimensions are the actual width and height of the page content.

Electronic Paper Submission

When you have your document file ready, gather the following information before entering the submission system:

  • Document file in PDF format.
  • Supplemental material, if any, zipped into a single file, under 30 MB.
  • Affiliation, email address, and mailing address for each author.
  • Paper title.
  • Text file containing paper abstract text, in ASCII text format (for copying and pasting into web page form), 100-150 words.

Important: ALL authors must be entered in the online form, and must appear in the online form in the same order in which the authors appear on the PDF.

Good luck!