Regional User Paper Submission Guidelines 

The following regional SNUG guidelines define processes that illustrate the collaborative planning among Synopsys, the SNUG Technical Committee and SNUG authors. These guidelines are subject to be modified on a yearly basis.

SNUG Authors

  1. Authors must qualify to attend SNUG in order to submit a paper for SNUG.
  2. Authors are required to complete a paper and presentation or a presentation only.
  3. Authors (at least one from each authoring team) are required to present their accepted papers at SNUG. Attendance (and travel expenses, if applicable) to the conference should be approved by the author's management prior to submitting an abstract.
  4. The author(s) presenting at the conference must possess strong command of the language in Mandarin or English, and must be able to present clearly in that language.
  5. Authors are required to review and adhere to guidelines as outlined in the 'SNUG Paper and Presentation Requirements' section below.

SNUG Submission and Acceptance Process

  1. The SNUG Technical Committee and Synopsys SNUG core team has implemented a two-step acceptance process:
    1. Preliminary paper acceptance is based on the initial proposal via the official SNUG submission form.  At the preliminary acceptance level, authors are invited to submit a draft and final version of their paper, as per deadlines communicated.  Upon receipt of the final paper, further review will continue to award presentation spots.
    2. Final paper acceptance is based on the final paper at which time authors are awarded presentation spots for the conference. Presentation spots are awarded to authors after the final paper is complete, reviewed and approved by the Technical Committee.
  2. The Technical Committee and Synopsys SNUG core team reserve the right to rescind acceptance at any submission/review stage if the paper or presentation goes outside the scope of the originally accepted proposal.
  3. Submissions received after the Call for Papers deadline has passed may be considered and accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  4. The same submission may be submitted to more than one SNUG conference, and will be considered independently for each conference.
  5. In some cases, submissions may be accepted for paper publication only with no presentation spot awarded. This decision is based upon the request of the submitter and/or the final paper submission.

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 ‘Publish Only’ Guidelines

SNUG submissions may be accepted for ‘publish only’ as per the following guidelines:

  1. Author request
  2. Relevance
  3. Topic/Presentation space
  4. Travel
  5. Presentation history

SNUG Papers & Presentations

  1. Each paper will be assigned to a SNUG Technical Committee member for review.
  2. Each paper will be assigned to a Synopsys engineer for internal review.
  3. Papers should be based on either Synopsys tools or on general design methodology.
  4. The Technical Committee reserves the right to reject any paper which focuses on third party proprietary tools.
  5. Any paper reviewed by the assigned reviewer(s) and found to contain incorrect information shall undergo further technical review.
    1. If the content of a paper is found to be incorrect by all reviewers and the author refuses to change the paper, the Technical Chair reserves the right to remove the paper from the conference program.
  6. If a paper focuses on unreleased Synopsys tools which will be unavailable to the general public at the time of the conference, the author(s) may have to wait to present their paper at a future conference, after the tool has been released to the general public by Synopsys.
  7. The Technical Chair reserves the right to remove any paper or presentation from the conference program that appears to go outside the scope defined in the Paper and Presentations requirements.
  8. After the final presentation submission is made, the presentation may not be altered.

SNUG Paper and Presentation Requirements

  1. SNUG Papers must adhere to the  SNUG Paper Template and include these required elements as outlined in the template:
    • Title page with 150 word abstract
    • Introduction
    • Table of Contents
    • Table of Figures
    • Sections and sub-sections clearly labeled to structure a detailed account of the topic with appropriate back-up data, references, etc.
    • Conclusion
  2. Papers and the resulting presentations should have a learning element to the topic; the reader should be able to benefit from your experience.
  3. The topic should be based on a real-life experience through either: a generally available Synopsys tool(s); a recommended methodology for Synopsys tools; or a flow/methodology that is applicable to a generally available Synopsys tool(s). (An exception would be topics in support of an upcoming or planned release at SNUG and must be approved by the Technical Committee Chair and Program Committee.)
  4. Third party software/scripts/code not freely available to Synopsys users should be included in the appendix of the paper. If not, this must not be the focus of the paper.
  5. All statements must be substantiated with data.
  6. Your presentation must adhere to the required SNUG presentation template referenced in the Author’s Kit.
  7. Paper must be unpublished prior to SNUG date. Papers published at internal conferences are exempt.
  8. Recommended # of pages for the paper: 6 - 15 (varies: depending on # of figures; appendix can be additional).
  9. Recommended # of pages for the presentation: 12 - 20 (varies: depending on how much time spent on each slide and any back up or Q&A slides).
  10. SNUG is not a forum for marketing presentations, sales pitches or research papers.

SNUG Awards

Technical Committee members recognize three exceptional papers with “Best Paper Awards” and two "Technical Committee Honorable Mentions".  Authors of these exceptional papers and presentations receive gift coupon awards and recognition on the SNUG website.
    • Best Paper (3)
    • Technical Committee Honorable Mention (2)
  1. Only new paper submissions will be considered for any awards at SNUG. In the case of papers re-submitted with significant changes, the Technical Committee Chair of that SNUG will determine whether the paper is considered new or not.
  2. In order to be considered for any award, the SNUG paper must be authored by at least one end-user.  Synopsys employees are ineligible for SNUG awards.
  3. If a paper qualifies for more than one award, the most lucrative award will take precedence and that paper will be removed from the running for any other award. If there is a tie based on the amount of remuneration, the Best User Paper Award takes precedence, followed by the Technical Honorable Mention.
  4. Final papers submitted after the published deadline may not be eligible for an Award.

We will make every effort at the conference to recognize and praise award winning papers that are being re-presented and high scoring papers presented by Synopsys employees at SNUG.

Technical Committee Award Voting Process

  1. The Technical Committee chairs will create guidelines on how to read for the TC award and publish them to the technical committee members. These are guidelines, not requirements, which may help as papers are read. They will reflect the 'Paper and Presentation Requirements'.
  2. The Technical Committee Chair, along with the SNUG Program Manager, will assign the first, and second round if required, paper assignments to the Technical Committee members.
  3. Synopsys employees are exempt from voting on any user awards.

Each Technical Committee member will read and rank all papers. The papers will be scored on a scale of 0-5 and the top tier will advance to round two. Technical Committee Chair will call a meeting to review and select the top 3 papers to receive the Best Paper Awards.

SNUG Technical Committee Membership

  1. Select industry leaders are invited to participate on the SNUG Technical Committee.

Role of the SNUG Technical Committee Member

  1. Technical Committee members and Synopsys SNUG core team review and accept/decline abstracts, user papers and presentations .
  2. Technical Committee members participate in scheduled technical committee conference calls.
  3. Technical Committee members may act as session moderators at the conference, upon request.
  4. Technical Committee members must read and rank all candidate papers as per the instructions given from the Technical Committee Chair in round 1 and 2 voting.
  5. Technical Committee members make suggestions/recommendations and provide feedback regarding the overall conference.
  6. Technical Committee members are encouraged to act as ambassadors of the conference and should, whenever possible to attend, contribute to Q&A during sessions, interact with attendees and gather feedback, observe and raise issues onsite, etc.
  7. It is preferred that Technical Committee members attend the conference, though attendance is not mandatory.

Role of the SNUG Technical Committee Chair

  1. The Technical Committee Chair is elected by fellow SNUG Technical Committee members.
  2. The Technical Committee Chair forwards any issues/concerns raised by the Technical Committee to the Synopsys SNUG Management team.
  3. The Technical Committee Chair coordinates the Technical Committee Award voting process.
  4. The Technical Committee Chair works closely with SNUG Program Manager to assist with other special events for the conference.
  5. The Technical Committee Chair leads Technical Committee conference calls.
  6. The Technical Committee Chair acts as Master of Ceremonies at the conference:
    • Welcomes attendees during the general session
    • Announces "Best Paper" and "Technical Committee" awards

Role of the SNUG Program Manager

  1. The SNUG Program Manager drives and tracks milestones, deadlines, and variations of the conference.
  2. The SNUG Program Manager manages and executes Call for Papers, conference content, registration, and web content.
  3. The SNUG Program Manager maintains the Technical Committee website.
  4. The SNUG Program Manager advises and directs core team and SNUG authors.
  5. The SNUG Program Manager works with Technical Committee on paper acceptance and meeting procedures.
  6. The SNUG Program Manager facilitates internal paper reviews.
  7. The SNUG Program Manager leads the SNUG core team meetings and assigns action items.
  8. The SNUG Program Manager works directly with the Synopsys SNUG Management team to solicit papers and to stimulate conference attendance.
  9. The SNUG Program Manager manages the authors and Technical Committee members through the qualifying, reviewing, and publication process of technical papers and presentations.
  10. The SNUG Program Manager makes final decisions regarding logistics, artwork, web content, and program agenda.
  11. The SNUG Program Manager manages SNUG budget, cross-charges, and collection.

Synopsys SNUG Management Team

  1. The Synopsys SNUG Management Team consists of the SNUG Program Manager, Synopsys Executive Sponsor, Synopsys management.
  2. The role of the Synopsys SNUG Management Team is to collaborate with the SNUG Technical Committee on user participation and to ensure that SNUG is representative of users’ current interests.  The Synopsys SNUG Management Team drives all operational, logistical, promotional decisions, as well as all non-user presentation content.