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Published onDec 16, 2020


This paper provides a sample document for NIME 2021. It is based on previous NIME paper templates, which conform somewhat loosely to the formatting guidelines for ACM SIG Proceedings. The paper submitted to the NIME conference must be a PDF file produced by PubPub. Since PubPub accounts are not anonymous, papers will be reviewed elsewhere. Details are given in this template and also in the Call for Papers. Your abstract should preferably be between 100 and 200 words.

Author Keywords

NIME, proceedings, PubPub, template

CCS Concepts

•Applied computing → Sound and music computing; Performing arts; •Information systemsMusic retrieval;


The proceedings are the records of a conference. NIME and the ACM seek to give these conference by-products a uniform, high-quality appearance. The good news is PubPub has very few options to deviate from a built-in style. All submissions and the final publication will use PubPub. The submission process has a few non-standard steps, so please read the next section.

The remainder of this document is concerned with showing, in the context of an “actual” document, how a NIME paper should look this year.

Please note that PubPub can import from various formats including Word and Latex. The conversion is not perfect, but surprisingly (to this author) good. Of course, if you write the paper elsewhere, you should read the import carefully.

Also note that PubPub allows you to collaborate and edit with co-authors in real time.

Submission Process

To submit a paper to NIME 2021, follow these steps (a detailed description of this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.

  2. Create a Pub — Click the “Create Paper Submission” button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted paper and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process. Save the URL for later reference.

  3. Copy this template to your new Pub. The easiest way to follow the template is to copy it into your own Pub, where it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.

  4. Make sure your Pub is anonymous. Find the pencil icon beside your name, click on it, and uncheck the “List on byline” checkbox. Close out of the pop-up window. (Do not click on the “x” button next to your name, this will remove you as a contributor to your own Pub).

  5. Download your paper as a PDF. Find the Download button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.

  6. Submit your paper to the NIME conference management system.

Paper Metadata

In addition to the title and abstract, there are a few other details to be aware of. First, be sure to anonymize your author. Accepted papers will be revised to list authors before publication. Create the Description and CCS Concepts as follows.


PubPub asks for a “description” as part of the paper meta-data. Please provide a short description, which you can think of as an alternate title. Do not include a detailed description (you already have an abstract).

CCS Concepts

The 2012 ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) replaces the traditional 1998 version, which has served as the de facto standard classification system for the computing field. It is being integrated into the search capabilities and visual topic displays of the ACM Digital Library. Please enter the CCS XML code for the classification terms that describe your paper. To get the XML code, please use the following procedure, which is demonstrated using three NIME-related example terms: Applied computing~Sound and music computing, Applied computing~Performing arts, and Information systems~Music retrieval.

1) Browse to the website

2) Select one to three classification terms from the website that describe your paper (e.g. for the example paper Applied computing~Sound and music computing, Applied computing~Performing arts, and Information systems~Music retrieval.).

3) For each classification you need to select the relevance (e.g. for this example, Sound and music computing is "high", Performing arts is "low", and Music retrieval is "Medium")

4) Once you have selected the last term, click on "view CCS Tex Code". This will generate some code, which includes some CCSXML and some lines beginning with \ccsdesc.

5) Keep all of this code, as you will need it for entering into the Conference System paper submission form.

6) For this document, you will need to manually create the CCS Concepts section as shown above (below Author Keywords). If in doubt about typography, one option is to use the previous NIME Latex template at to render the Latex provided by Step 4. Then copy the text styles rendered by Latex into your PubPub document.1

The Body of The Paper

Typically, the body of a paper is organized into a hierarchical structure, with unnumbered headings for sections and subsections. Examples of primary (H1) headings and secondary (H2) headings will appear throughout the balance of this sample document.

You can indicate the start of a new paragraph with a “return” in your input. That is why this sentence forms a separate paragraph.

Type Changes and Special Characters

We have already seen several typeface changes in this sample. You can indicate italicized words or phrases in your text with the I format; emboldening with the B format and typewriter-style (for instance, for computer code) by selecting this: </> in the tool bar. But remember, you do not have to indicate these changes when such changes are part of the structural elements of your article; for instance, the heading size and typeface are selected automatically.

You can use whatever symbols, accented characters, or non-English characters you need anywhere in your document by typing or pasting in Unicode characters such as пример or 例.


Use the table icon in the tool bar to create at table. A pop-up menu allows you to designate a header row. Tables should have a caption just before the table itself:

Frequency of Special Characters

Table 1

Non-English or Math




1 in 1,000

For Swedish names


1 in 5

Common in math


4 in 5

Used in business


1 in 40,000

Unexplained usage

You may optionally number tables and figures by including “Table 1.” or “Figure 1.” etc. at the beginning of the respective captions. Unfortunately, you have to manually number Tables and Figures if you decide to number them.


Figures are inserted using the Media item in the tool bar. Figures have captions that you can edit by clicking on the figure.

Also note that there are various positioning and size options for images. Please pick the option that works best for each figure.

Image 1

A sample image in PDF format.

Wide figures will scaled down as needed to fit. This can lead to very small fonts. Please take care, especially with axis labels in graphs, to make the final text large enough to read. Avoid creating any characters smaller than these or smaller than the characters in Figure captions! Please read the figure caption below.

Image 2

An image with tiny characters. These are acceptable. Smaller would not be acceptable and larger is preferred.

Math Equations

You can create math equations using the fx (Equation) item in the tool bar. Equations can be inline like this: limnx=0\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}x=0, or in a block like this:

limnx=0\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}x=0 (1)

You can also import Latex documents. In the following, I manually inserted space after Eq. 2 using \\[0.3cm] in the Latex code:

i=0x+1\sum_{i=0}^{\infty} x + 1 \\[0.3cm](2)
i=0xi=0π+2f\sum_{i=0}^{\infty}x_i=\int_{0}^{\pi+2} f (3)

PubPub equations are automatically numbered if they are in “block” form. You can “fake” unnumbered equations, but it is not recommended:

dˉ=1ni=1n(Hi1Hi2)\hspace{3.5cm} \bar d = \frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n (H_{i}^{1} - H_{i}^{2})


Citations to articles [1][2][3][4], conference proceedings [2] or books [5][6] will occur throughout the text of your article. You can insert a citation using the Citation icon in the tool bar. The citation details are specified using BibTex format.

The details of BibTex are beyond the scope of this sample document, you can follow the examples. More information can be found in the LaTeX User’s Guide [6] and in various online sources.2

Links to URLs can be included using the link icon in the tool bar. This will generate a clickable link like this:


This paragraph will end the body of this sample document. Remember that you might still have Acknowledgments or Appendices; brief samples of these follow. We will make a disclaimer about that here: with the exception of the reference to the LaTeX book, the citations in this paper are to articles which have nothing to do with the present subject and are used as examples only.


This section is optional; it is a location for you to acknowledge grants, funding, editing assistance and what have you. In the present case, for example, the author would like to thank previous NIME committees who in turn thank Gerald Murray of ACM for much of the text of this template.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Authors should include this section with the following information as appropriate:

  • information regarding sources of funding

  • potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial)

  • informed consent if the research involved human participants

  • statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals

Headings in Appendices

Use the Header 1 (H1) format for appendices. You can use Header 2 (H2) if you need subheadings within an appendix.


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