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Guidelines for authors

Submit your paper using Manuscript Central. (If you need an account, select "Create Account" in the top right corner.) To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include the following in the manuscript:

Descriptive title
Author names and affiliations
Abstract
Content indicators
Citations to relevant literature

An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication by ACM Press is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). This is beneficial to you because accurate categorization provides the reader with quick content reference, facilitating the search for related literature, as well as searches for your work in ACM's Digital Library and on other online resources.

Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM'S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.

Many manuscripts submitted to ACM Transactions on Computer Systems are based on the author's own previous publications (e.g., conference papers). Such manuscripts should contain a footnote on the first page that lists the authors' relevant prior publications and states the contributions of the manuscript beyond these publications. The norm for ACM Journals and Transactions is that the submitted manuscript must contain at least 25% new content (i.e., new insights, new results, etc.). For more details, see Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions and ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism.


Formatting

Please prepare you submission in LaTex or Word formatted in the ACM style which is required for publication in TOCS. Instructions for these formats are on the ACM Web site at http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions

  • If the paper is accepted for publication ACM requires the following files:
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    1. source files in either LaTeX or Microsoft Word, including:
      1. Computing Classification System Terms
    2. full paper in PDF; and
    3. (eps) encapsulated individual postscript files for all graphics (eps of all figures are needed in case ACM may need to resize the figures after the source file conversion). Other acceptable formats are gif, tif, or jpg but eps is preferred.

These final files should be uploaded into Manuscript Central.

You may also refer to ACM's Guidelines for Submitting Articles.


ACM Author Representations Policy

ACM Author Representations Policy can be found here.

Once your manuscript is published, we recommend that you use the ACM Author-Izer service. This service allows you to generate and post a link on your home page or institutional repository to your published article. This link will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL. These downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics. A detailed description of the service and instructions for its use may be found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/acm-author-izer-service.

Author Rights

Working with the computing community, ACM leadership has responded to calls to make scholarly articles more openly accessible, to enable authors to exercise greater control of their published works, and to comply with the increasing demands placed on authors by funding agencies. ACM authors now have three ways to manage their publication rights with ACM:

  1. A license granting ACM non-exclusive permission to publish—by choosing to pay for perpetual open access from the ACM Digital Library, authors may opt to self-manage all rights to their work. 
  2. A new Publishing License Agreement granting ACM exclusive publication rights—in choosing this license authors grant ACM the right to serve as the exclusive publisher of their work and to manage ongoing rights and permissions associated with the work, including the right to defend it against improper use by third parties. This exclusive license is roughly the equivalent of ACM’s traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement except that the author continues to hold copyright. 
  3. ACM's traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement—for authors comfortable with the existing agreement.

Learn more by visiting the Information for Authors webpage.


Author-izer

Once your manuscript is published, we recommend that you use the ACM Author-Izer service. This service allows you to generate and post a link on your home page or institutional repository to your published article. This link will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL. These downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics. A detailed description of the service and instructions for its use may be found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/acm-author-izer-service.

Language Services

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services, and also has significant international outreach, especially in China. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files. As an ACM author, you will receive a generous discount on ISE editing services.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit http://acm.internationalscienceediting.com/.  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page: http://www.acm.org/publications/submissions/.



For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
 
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