Call: ISMAR 2021 – 20th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality

Call for Journal and Conference Papers

ISMAR 2021: IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
October 4-8, 2021
Bari, Italy

  • ISMAR 2021 Call for Journal Papers
  • ISMAR 2021 Call for Conference Papers (coming soon)
  • As in the past, Call for Posters, Panels, Tutorials, Workshops, etc. will be issued separately.

Journal Paper abstracts due: March 7, 2021
Journal Paper submissions due: March 15, 2021
Conference Paper abstracts due: May 24, 2021
Conference Paper submissions due: May 28, 2021


ISMAR 2021, the premier conference for Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) will be held on October 4-8 in Bari, Italy.

ISMAR is responding to the recent explosion of commercial and research activities related to AR and MR and VR by continuing the expansion of its scope over the past several years. ISMAR 2021 will cover the full range of technologies from interfaces in the real world to fully immersive experiences. This range goes far beyond the traditional definition of AR, which focused on precise 3D tracking, visual display, and real-time performance. We specifically invite contributions to advancing all AR / MR / VR technology.


All topics relevant to and advancing AR, MR and VR are of interest. VR papers are welcome regardless of their relevance to AR/MR. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Camera and projector-camera calibration
  • Collaborative interfaces
  • Computer vision
  • Content creation / authoring and content management
  • Conversational and speech interfaces
  • Display technologies (e.g., eyewear, smart watches, projectors)
  • Diversity and inclusivity issues
  • Ethical issues
  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Haptic and tactile interfaces, wearable haptics, passive haptics, pseudo haptics
  • Human augmentations
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Immersive visual analytics
  • Localization, spatial registration and tracking
  • Locomotion and navigation techniques
  • Machine learning
  • Mediated and diminished reality
  • Multimodal input and output
  • Omnidirectional, 360, immersive videos
  • Optics
  • Perception
  • Presence, body ownership, and agency
  • Psychology
  • Real-time performance issues
  • Rendering techniques
  • Sensor fusion
  • Spatial audio, auditory perception and psychoacoustics
  • Spatial AR, projection mapping, projector-camera systems
  • System architectures, distributed and online systems
  • Touch, tangible and gesture interfaces
  • Technology acceptance and social implications
  • Teleoperation and telepresence
  • User experience, usability studies and human-subjects experiments
  • Video processing and streaming
  • VR simulations of AR/MR
  • Visual effects / video processing
  • Virtual humans and avatars
  • Visualization techniques
  • AR/MR/VR applications from domains include, but not limited to:
    • Architecture
    • Art, cultural heritage, education and training
    • Automotive and aerospace
    • Entertainment, sports broadcast
    • Health, wellbeing, and medical applications
    • Industrial, military, emergency response
    • Therapy and rehabilitation

ISMAR 2021 Science & Technology Journal Papers Chairs


As described below, ISMAR 2021 features two categories of submissions: (i) ISMAR Journal Papers, and (ii) ISMAR Conference Papers. Highlights of the submission deadlines for each category are as follows:

March 7, 2021: Journal Papers abstracts due (REQUIRED)
March 15, 2021: Journal Papers submissions due
May 21, 2021: Journal Papers notifications
May 24, 2021: Conference Papers abstracts due (REQUIRED)
May 28, 2021: Conference Papers submissions due
July 23, 2021: Conference Papers notifications

Further details about the submission deadlines can be found in the Call for ISMAR Journal Papers and Call for ISMAR Conference Papers.


In contrast to previous years, ISMAR 2021 features two categories of paper submissions: (i) Journal Papers, and (ii) Conference Papers. Both categories have their own program committees, submission processes, and review processes. The Journal Program Committee will not convert Journal Papers directly to Conference Papers.

Further details about the two submission categories:

  • JOURNAL PAPERS (TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE TVCG JOURNAL): Submissions to this category should be up to 9 pages in length, not including up to 2 separate pages for references.  Journal paper submissions should contain substantial scientific contributions to the fields of AR / MR / VR, and when appropriate provide complete and substantial support for results and conclusions. All accepted ISMAR Journal Papers submissions will automatically be published in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). All accepted ISMAR Journal Papers submissions will also include an oral presentation at the 2021 ISMAR Conference.
  • CONFERENCE PAPERS (TO BE PUBLISHED IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS): Submissions to this category should be 4–8 pages in length, excluding references, and would typically reflect a more narrow (yet still significant) scope of contribution than Journal Papers. ISMAR Conference Papers are not expected to cover all aspects of a typical journal article, such as a broad and complete discussion and description of related work, the design and implementation processes, or an evaluation. Instead they may cover one or two specific areas in depth, or relatively early work. The submission deadline for Conference Papers will be after the notification for Journal Papers submissions. All accepted ISMAR Conference Papers will appear in the archival proceedings of the IEEE ISMAR 2021 Conference, continuing the highly successful legacy of IEEE Xplore Digital Library papers under the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) brand name, and all accepted Conference Papers submissions will also include an oral presentation at the ISMAR 2021 Conference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Authors should carefully consider which category is appropriate for their submission. There will be no automatic path from Journal Papers to Conference Papers in the case a Journal Paper is rejected.  In other words, the Journal Papers S&T Committee will NOT convert a Journal Papers submission to a Conference Papers submission. Any resubmission of a Journal Papers submission to the Conference Papers process is a decision that will have to be made by the authors. In the case where authors chose to submit a reviewed, but unaccepted Journal Paper as a Conference Paper, authors will have the option to elect for reviewer continuity.  If such an election is chosen, the reviews (and reviewers) from the Journal Papers process will transfer to the Conference Paper process.  Conversely, if authors decline reviewer continuity, the Conference Paper submission will be treated as a completely new submission and be assigned reviewers accordingly.

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