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Chapter Publications

March 3, 2011

ACM and SIG professional and students chapters are growing very fast under the new Chapters Program. Information and guidelines for starting new chapter publications follows.

The ACM Publications Board is responsible for the overall ACM Publications Program. It sets the policies governing all ACM publications.

ACM publishes the following genres: journals, transactions, magazines, newsletters, proceedings and oral histories.

Journals, transactions, and magazines are published under the direct oversight of the Publications Board. All proposals for new publications in these three genres are reviewed by the Publications Board. The process of initiating publications like these, broadly referred to as "ACM journals", is described here:

The Publications Board has delegated oversight responsibility to the ACM SIGs for publication of SIG-sponsored proceedings and SIG newsletters. The SIGs make their own policies within the overarching framework set by the Publications Board.

Similarly, the ACM History Committee oversees the Oral Histories published in the ACM Digital Library.

Chapters may publish newsletters. Titles of newsletter should not include terms that are used to identify other genres. Titles (or subtitles) of a chapter newsletter are typically of the form "Newsletter of the {ACM Chapter Name}." In addition to "Newsletter" itself, terms like "Bulletin," "Forum," "News," "Notes," "Notices," "Pointers," and "Exchanges" can be used.

ACM has created a new standard Chapter logo. This is the logo that should be used on newsletter covers and on Chapter sites.

If a chapter sponsors or co-sponsors a conference or workshop, it may apply to the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) if it wishes to publish the proceedings of that event in the ACM Digital Library. See:

Any questions about starting up a chapter publication should be directed to: Cynthia Ryan, Associate Director of Membership,