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Submission procedure

Submissions to JACM is done electronically through https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jacm. Once you are at that site, you will be asked to create an account and password with which you can enter the ACM Manuscript Central manuscript review tracking system. Proceed to the Author Center to submit your manuscript and other accompanying files.

You will be asked to create an abstract that will be used throughout the system as a synopsis of your paper. You will also be asked to classify your submission using the ACM Computing Classification System through a link provided at the Author Center. For completeness, please select at least one primary-level classification followed by two secondary-level classifications. To make the process easier, you may cut and paste from the list. Remember, you, the author, know best which area and sub-areas are covered by your paper; in addition to clarifying the area where your paper belongs, classification often helps in quickly identifying suitable reviewers for your paper. So it is important that you provide as thorough a classification of your paper as possible.

ACM Computing Classification System (CCS)

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.

Submission format

For editorial review, the manuscript should be prepared either with LaTeX or with Microsoft Word.

If you are going to prepare your manuscript in LaTeX, please go to the following URL for further instructions (please follow the small standard format):
http://www.acm.org/publications/article-templates/acm-latex-style-guide.

If you prefer to prepare your manuscript in MS Word, please go to the following URL (please follow the small standard format):
http://www.acm.org/publications/article-templates/word-style-guide.

PDF Distilling

If you are experiencing a conversion error when trying to upload your paper to Manuscript Central, the reason is most likely the manuscript is a LaTeX-created pdf without proper font embedding; it needs to be distilled with one of the following procedures, depending on your environment.

Using Adobe Acrobat (version 7.0 and lower) on Windows

  1. Download the PDF to your desktop
  2. Open the PDF file
  3. File > Save As
  4. 'Save as type' (dropdown below file name): Postscript (ps)
  5. Save it to your desktop
  6. You will now see two files with the same name on your desktop. One looks like a normal PDF and the other has an icon/odd design to it. That is your postscript file.
  7. Double-click on the file name with the odd design. If it does not start Acrobat Distiller automatically, then open Acrobat Distiller.
  8. Click and drag the postscript file onto the “Progress Status” bar in the middle of the Acrobat Distiller box. When you let go, it will redistill the file for you.
  9. Now when you go to your desktop, the original PDF that you downloaded should have been overwritten by the new distilled version. You can now upload the new file.

Using Preview on MacOS X

  1. Download the PDF to your desktop2. Open the PDF file in Preview (Preview is pre-installed on Mac OS)
  2. File > Export (if Export is not an option, choose Save As)
  3. “Format” (dropdown below file name): PDF
  4. “Quartz Filter” (dropdown below file name): None

Using pdftops and ps2pdf on a Linux/Unix system

Make sure the pdftops and ps2pdf command line programs are installed (on Ubuntu systems, they are provided, respectively, by the poppler-utils and ghostscript packages).

Assuming your file is named original.pdf, you can produce the distilled file distilled.pdf using the following sequence of commands:

pdftops original.pdf 
mv original.ps distilled.ps
ps2pdf -dEmbedAllFonts=true -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress distilled.ps

Procedure for accepted papers

After Acceptance

Once a manuscript is accepted, authors must be certain the final version of their manuscript is uploaded to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jacm for transmission to ACM for publication. This will prevent any possible version confusion. Author communcation will then move from the Associate Editor to someone assigned to the author from the post-acceptance production process at ACM. He/she will contact authors directly regarding copyediting and any changes required to prepare for publication.

Supplementary material

JACM encourages authors of published articles to provide supplementary material, that shall be posted on the home page of each article on the ACM Digital Library. The ACM Digital Library provides a durable reference storage space for such additional content. Supplementary material includes, but is not limited to:

  • Refereed material (this will undergo peer review, in a similar way as research articles)
    • Appendices or content that could not be published together with the article because of space constraints
    • Errata, corrigenda, or additional notes that clarify some points of the original article
  • Unrefereed material (this will be published on the ACM Digital Library after a cursory check of readability and appropriateness)
    • Slides of talks given on the topic of the article
    • Links to follow-up papers
    • Multimedia content that illustrates the article

The refereed or unrefereed nature of the content will be displayed in a clear way on the home page of an article. See the list of all JACM articles that have supplementary material for examples of content.

Appeals procedure

If an author has concerns about how their paper was handled, that author should first bring those concerns to the Associate Editor who handled the processing of the paper. If the concerns are not addressed, the author should bring the concerns to the Editor-in-Chief. If the concerns are still not adequately addressed then the author may appeal to the Chair of the Publications Board, in accordance with ACM policy.

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 American Journal Experts (AJE) to provide language editing (and translation) services to ACM authors.  AJE has helped thousands of researchers around the world to present their research in polished English suitable for publication in journals such as those published by ACM.  Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit http://www.aje.com/c/acm15 for a 15% discount off all AJE services.  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a paper.)

ACM Author-izer Service

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.

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 ACM Journals Manager, Laura A. Lander.
 
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