Author’s Kit 

SNUG Canada | September 10, 2012 

Introduction
SNUG is your opportunity to share your expertise with your fellow Synopsys users, including some of the top electronics innovators in the world.

Reflecting SNUG’s commitment to technical excellence, all papers are peer reviewed by the SNUG Technical Committee, composed of both experienced users and Synopsys experts. If your proposal is accepted, a Technical Committee member will be assigned to work with you to help you create and deliver an exceptional paper and conference presentation that will enhance your professional standing and reflect favorably on your company or university.

Submitting Your Proposal
Your SNUG paper should be focused on your experience using Synopsys tools as a central element of your design methodology. Your submission should clearly identify the tools used and detail the challenge your topic is addressing. Please refer to the ‘Call for Papers’ page for details on submitting your proposal.

Get inspired! Take a look at some award winning SNUG papers to help guide you.

Copyright Statement
Please carefully read the following notice before submitting your written materials to the SNUG program.

By submitting materials to the SNUG program you and your employer are giving Synopsys the following rights: (1) to reproduce, publish and distribute your submitted materials in SNUG proceedings for use by Synopsys employees, contractors and licensees; and (2) to reproduce and post the submitted materials on the SNUG web site for access by Synopsys employees, contractors, and licensees.

It is your responsibility to confirm that your employer agrees to the use described above. You and your employer reserve the right to modify the submitted materials at any time. Synopsys shall reproduce any copyright or other legal notices that you include in your submitted materials. Synopsys will not use your submitted materials for product marketing purposes without first obtaining your express written consent.

If you have any questions about this copyright statement, please contact the SNUG Team before submitting your proposal.

Author Responsibilities
As a SNUG author, it is your responsibility to:

  • Secure your management’s approval to submit, write, publish and/or present your topic at SNUG. Many companies have complex approval processes and we recommend you discuss your intent and share the deadlines with your management prior to submitting to SNUG.
  • Secure your management’s approval to attend SNUG to present your paper*. If travel is necessary, all costs incurred are the responsibility of you and your company.

  • *Presentation spots are awarded after the final papers are submitted and reviewed.

SNUG Submission and Review Process

 
* Submission and acceptance decision exceptions are evaluated case-by-case. The SNUG Technical Committee reserves the right to retract or alter decisions if submissions do not follow or meet SNUG criteria and/or guidelines.

SNUG Paper Acceptance Criteria
The SNUG Technical Committee has implemented a two-step acceptance process:

  1. Preliminary paper acceptance is based on the initial submission proposal.
  2. Final paper acceptance and the assignment of presentation spots at the conference are made after the paper is complete, reviewed and approved by the Technical Committee.

Use this template for your SNUG paper:  SNUG Paper Template

The SNUG Technical Committee evaluates submissions based on a number of criteria, including:

  • Technical Relevance: Is the topic meaningful to other professionals? Introduce the problem or challenge that you are addressing.
  • Technical Applicability: Is the topic general enough to be helpful to other high-level designers?
  • Technical Completeness: Is the topic explored completely? Describe the approach that you took to analyze and address your challenge.
  • Are the problems and solutions well described? Review lessons learned along the way (what was expected/unexpected, what went well/not so well).
  • Is the conclusion well substantiated? Why is your solution a good one? What can other designers take away and use from your paper?
  • What are some ongoing areas of development or next steps that you (or a peer) could pursue?
  • General Readability: Is the paper well organized? Is the paper grammatically correct and spelled correctly?
  • Effective Summary of your effort and results.

Developing Your Paper
If your paper is selected to be published for SNUG, you will be expected to apply the criteria above as you develop your technical paper. You will be assigned technical reviewers to provide feedback and guidance and the SNUG team will assist you with reminders of deadlines and other information necessary to complete author milestones.

Your technical paper must use the SNUG Paper Template and your topic should be well described and substantiated so that readers can learn from your experience. It should have a clear introduction to your topic or challenge and explain what you were able to accomplish. You should supplement all content with data to back-up your statements. This provides the reader with the highest benefit and is the mark of a true SNUG paper.

Paper Length
We do not have a minimum or maximum page length for SNUG papers. Generally, papers can be 10-20 pages long, depending on the complexity of the topic, appendix added, etc. As long as your paper has a clear beginning, data-filled middle and a substantiated conclusion, it satisfies the SNUG requirements.

Dates to Remember

    March 20, 2012Call for papers opens
    April 30, 2012Call for papers closes
    May 11, 2012 Preliminary Acceptance
    June 4, 2012Draft papers due
    June 25, 2012Final papers due
    July 13, 2012Final Acceptance & Presentation Spot Awarded
    August 6, 2012Draft presentations due
    August 20, 2012Final presentations due
    September 10, 2012SNUG Canada
Presenting at SNUG
If you are selected to present at SNUG, you should use your SNUG presentation as a "discussion" rather than a "reading" of your technical paper. While you should cover the same key points in both your paper and your live session, there are important differences in HOW you communicate your information. Many of the conference attendees will have already read your paper in the online proceedings. They will expect to hear you discuss your techniques, talk about your approach, and support your conclusions.

Please use this template for your SNUG presentation.  PowerPoint 2007 Template

Presentation Length
Most SNUG presentations are 40 minutes in length, including Q&A. Typically, we recommend 30 minutes for the presentation, and 10 minutes for Q&A. Depending on your slide content, this usually means 15-20 slides. Your SNUG team will communicate specific details and presentation times after final acceptances are made.

SNUG Author Recognition and Awards
SNUG attendees select Best Paper presentations at the conference.  In addition, the Technical Committee members recognize one exceptional paper with the “Technical Committee Award”.  Authors of these exceptional papers and presentations receive cash awards and recognition on the SNUG website, the SolvNet online support website and conference press materials.

Contact Information
Please contact the SNUG Team if you have any questions.