Computers & Graphics Call for Paper 2012

Special Issue on Executable Papers for 3D Object Retrieval

The special issue is expected to collect original contributions on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • Shape analysis and processing
  • 3D object similarity and matching
  • 3D object classification, indexing, and mining
  • Partial, part-in-whole, and many-to-many matching
  • Similarity of non-rigid shapes
  • Feature extraction, decomposition, and segmentation
  • Semantics-driven 3D object retrieval and classification
  • Sketch-based retrieval
  • Query interfaces and search modalities
  • Applications of 3D retrieval in multimedia, CAD, games, biometrics, e-science, e-learning, medicine, biology, and cultural heritage.

The special issue will use the Elsevier Collage platform (see, first prize winner of Elsevier’s Executable Paper Grand Challenge ( This system enables authors to embed chunks of executable code and data into their papers, and allows the readers to execute that code on the underlying computing infrastructure. Please note that executable code and data will only be supported in the online HTML version of the paper on Sciverse ScienceDirect. These components will not be included with the PDF or print version, and so the article should be written in such a way that it can also be understood without them. Code and data will be preserved as Supplementary Material with the published article, however, since this is a pilot project, the publisher cannot commit that executability of the code will be supported indefinitely.

The submission and review procedure is a two stage process.

First, we invite you to have a good look at the capabilities that the Executable Paper can support (see, and submit a proposal for an executable paper.

In the topics covered by the special issue topic, research results are often the output of a complex chain of operations, which rely on relatively big software packages or libraries. Preparing an executable paper requires thinking of what portion of your contribution you consider more interesting to propose for an interactive reading, where portion of code can be tried by the readers with different parameter values and/or different datasets. You do not need to provide the whole library/code, if not required, but set up a reasonable number of experiments with code and data that could enhance the understanding of your contribution to the field.

The proposal should contain the following information: short abstract describing the paper topic and results; description of the experiments that the authors will propose to allow interaction with code and data, with information about the purpose of the code and the type of interaction you foresee with the it (e.g., input parameters, output expected); description of the datasets. From these proposals, a selection will be made based on the extent at which papers use the novel features of the Executable Paper and provides an improved reader’s experience.

Second, selected proposals are elaborated and submitted as fully executable papers. Your submission will be peer reviewed. Based on the reviews, and in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, papers will be selected for publication in Computers & Graphics. We point out that normal review criteria apply to the executable papers, and that your submission must not be under review by any another journal or conference.

The time-line of the special issue is as follows:

May 14,2012: Call for papers announced.
July 25,2012: Authors submit proposal abstracts to the guest editors.
August 10, 2012: Notification of accepted abstracts.
September 21, 2012: Authors submit complete executable papers.
October 26, 2012: Review Decisions executable papers.
November 21, 2012: Revised papers due.
December 20, Final Decisions to authors.
January 19, 2013: Camera ready manuscripts submitted to publisher.

We will post additional information about the submission procedure and process, as well as additional information material on the Collage platform in the news section at

We are looking forward to your proposals and contributions to an exciting special issue in the Computers & Graphics journal.

Best regards,
Michela Spagnuolo (
Remco Veltkamp (