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IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications serves both users and designers of graphics hardware, software, and systems. Its readers work in industry, business, the arts, and universities.


We welcome articles on topics across the graphics spectrum. We invite articles that present theories and/or relate practices along with those that report applications or discuss algorithms. We also welcome tutorials, surveys, and special topics. Articles are peer-reviewed, and departments are refereed. Example topics include

  • Scientific visualization
  • Display technology
  • High-performance graphics engines
  • Computer imaging
  • Geometric modeling
  • Business graphics
  • Human factors
  • Distributed graphics techniques and systems
  • Standards
  • Rendering algorithms
  • Computer animation and simulation
  • Geographic information systems
  • Multimedia
  • Virtual reality

Articles intended for departments, such as Visualization Viewpoints, range up to 3,000 words. Each department has specific guidelines--please visit our Department Guidelines page for more information.

Theme issues

The Guest Editor Center provides information regarding special issue proposals. Contact Associate Editor in Chief Pak Chung Wong with proposals for theme issues.

CG&A typically devotes about two-thirds of the articles in an issue to a special topic. Articles on other topics also run in the theme issues to provide a balance of coverage. Articles submitted too late for a theme will be considered as ordinary articles for later publication.

Manuscript Submissions and Guidelines

The IEEE Computer Society uses a secure, Web-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system called ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please use this system to upload your electronic submission. First-time users will need to create an account. The site provides detailed instructions on usage.

ScholarOne Manuscripts significantly reduces the time required for the peer-review process. For more information, please see our submission guidelines and requirements located in the Author Center.

Style standards

All manuscripts are refereed in a manner consistent with other archival publications. However, CG&A's presentation style differs. Articles must be written clearly and concisely. The style must be narrative, active, informal, and direct. For active style, we recommend that authors use first and second person (I, we, and you) and verbs other than "to be." Authors should make every effort to help the reader understand the concepts presented. We encourage the use of examples, diagrams, and photographs.

If you use terms that nonexpert readers might not understand, consider submitting independent clarifications, preferably with examples. These will be published as sidebars (broken-out boxes) within the article. Judicious use of this technique can improve the flow of the principal story.

Before publication, staff editors edit all articles to conform to house style and space constraints. Therefore, you should be prepared to work closely with the editorial staff in the two to three months before the publication date. This interaction is provided to increase clarity, conciseness, and agreement with CG&A style.


CG&A is looking for succinct, practical, readable articles that will appeal to experts and nonexperts alike.  IEEE magazine articles are being set and laid out by editorial staff after acceptance of the manuscript. Therefore, adherence to any particular template for manuscript submission beyond following the subsequent guidelines is not necessary.

Your article should not exceed 10 pages, which equates to approximately 8,000 words. This includes all text, the abstract, keywords, references, biographies, the table text, references, and figures (each figure accounts for approximately 300 words). Any article that significantly exceeds this page count may be rejected automatically without going through the review process. In order to stay within the allowed number of pages, you might want to limit your number of references and figures (for instance, about 12 references and 10 figures). Include a title page containing your submission's title and the names, affiliations, and contact information for all authors.

We also encourage authors to solicit short sidebars to accompany their articles from people using their product or technique. The goal is to explain to readers how the concept is applied. Authors could also write a short explanation of how their techniques could be applied if they have not already done so as part of the article.

Contact Information

IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
10662 Los Vaqueros Circle
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-1264
Phone: +1 714 821 8380
Fax:    +1 714 821 4010

Feel free to contact the lead editor at with any questions about the process or schedule, or to resolve problems.

We welcome proposals for theme issues, columns, conference coverage, or any editorial that interests you. To propose theme issues or specific topics, contact

Pak Chung Wong
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA

Send news items, conference and calendar information, new product releases, and proposals for department coverage (we particularly welcome computer artists) to

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