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For more than 60 years, the best and brightest minds in computing have come to ACM to meet, share ideas, publish their work and change the world. ACM's publications are among the most respected and highly cited in the field because of their longstanding focus on quality and their ability to attract pioneering thought leaders from both academia and industry.

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New Journal: Transactions on Recommender Systems

ACM Transactions on Recommender Systems (TORS) will publish high quality papers that address various aspects of recommender systems research, from algorithms to the user experience, to questions of the impact and value of such systems. The journal takes a holistic view on the field and calls for contributions from different subfields of computer science and information systems, such as machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, web-based systems, data science and big data, and human-computer interaction. The new quarterly journal is now accepting submissions. Read the ACM news release and visit the journal homepage.

New Journal: Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice

The new journal Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice (DLT) seeks to publish high quality, interdisciplinary research on the research and development, real-world deployment, and/or evaluation of distributed ledger technologies, e.g., blockchain, cryptocurrency, and smart contract. DLT will offer original research work and innovative practice-driven advancements by DLT experts and researchers from academia and public- and private-sector organizations. For more information see the Call for Papers, visit the submission site or email dlt-eics@acm.org.

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems Goes Gold OA

As of January 2022, and for a two-year period, all papers published in ACM Transactions on Programming Languages (TOPLAS) will be published as Gold Open Access (OA) and will be free to read and share via the ACM Digital Library. During the first two years, authors will be given the option (but not required) to pay the APC. Archival content will be made open access as of January 1, 2022 as well. For those authors financially unable to pay the APC as of 2024, ACM has developed a waiver program to ensure that no accepted articles to TOPLAS go unpublished as a result of financial need.

New Open Access Journal: Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence is a transdisciplinary open access journal devoted to advancing the theoretical and empirical understanding of group performance in diverse systems, from adaptive matter to cellular and neural systems to animal societies to all types of human organizations to hybrid AI-human teams and nanobot swarms. Visit https://cola.acm.org for more information or to submit your manuscript. Collective Intelligence is co-published with SAGE, and in collaboration with Nesta.

New Journal: ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization

The new journal ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) has published its first volume. Articles in the inaugural issue are open for public access. The journal covers evolutionary computation and related areas such as population-based methods, Bayesian optimization, and swarm intelligence. TELO's EICs are Jürgen Branke (University of Warwick) and Manuel López-Ibáñez (University of Málaga).

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Recent ACM Journal Launches

ACM Transactions on Quantum Computing Launches

TQC publishes papers and select surveys on topics in quantum computing and quantum information science. The journal targets the quantum computer science community with a focus on the theory and practice of quantum computing. Scope includes: models; algorithms and complexity; computing architecture; principles and methods of fault-tolerant quantum computation; design automation; and more. The inaugural issue includes a collection of five outstanding research papers that capture the breadth and sophistication of quantum computing research.

Digital Threats: Research and Practice Launches

Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP) targets the prevention, identification, mitigation, and elimination of digital threats, and aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice. The journal's inaugural issue, a special issue including content from the 2019 FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Conference, is now available in the ACM Digital Library.

Digital Government: Research and Practice Launches

Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions. It promotes applied and empirical research from academics, practitioners, designers, and technologists, using political, policy, social, computer, and data sciences methodologies. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.

ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare Launches

ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare (HEALTH) is a multidisciplinary journal for scientific and technological results pertaining to how computing is improving healthcare. HEALTH is multidisciplinary, intersecting CS, ECE, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, behavioral and social science, psychology and the health field. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.

ACM Transactions on Social Computing Launches

ACM Transactions on Social Computing (TSC) has published its first issue covering the burgeoning field of social computing. TSC welcomes research employing a wide range of methods to advance the tools, techniques, understanding, and practice of social computing, including theoretical, algorithmic, empirical, experimental, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, design, and engineering research.

ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction Publishes First Issue

ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI) (formerly known as the Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (JHRI)) has published its first issue focusing on "New Frontiers for Human-Robot Interaction." THRI welcomes submissions on robotics, computer science, engineering, design, and the behavioral and social sciences.

Open Access Webinars

ACM Publications Board Co-Chairs Jack Davidson and Joseph A. Konstan joined ACM Director of Publications Scott Delman to answer questions concerning ACM's policies and practices on Open Access, as well as the current state and future of ACM publishing. On-demand videos of the three recorded sessions are now available via the registration links below.

Open Access Publication & ACM

ACM exists to support the needs of the computing community. For over sixty years ACM has developed publications and publication policies to maximize the visibility, access, impact, trusted-source, and reach of the research it publishes for a global community of researchers, educators, students, and practitioners.

ACM Books

New Title from ACM Books: New Title from ACM Books: Circuits, Packets, and Protocols

Circuits, Packets, and Protocols: Entrepreneurs and Computer Communications, 1968-1988, by James L. Pelkey, Andrew L. Russell, and Loring Robbins tells the story of the entrepreneurs who were able to harness and join two factors: the energy of computer science researchers supported by governments and universities, and the tremendous commercial demand for Internetworking computers. Included are unpublished interviews from the 1980s with over 80 computing industry pioneers.

Probabilistic and Causal Inference: The Works of Judea Pearl

Probabilistic and Causal Inference: The Works of Judea Pearl contains the original articles that led to Pearl's 2011 A.M. Turing Award, divided into four parts: heuristic search, probabilistic reasoning, causality, first period (1988–2001), and causality, recent period (2002–2020). Each of these parts starts with an introduction written by Pearl. The volume also contains original, contributed articles by leading researchers that analyze, extend, or assess the influence of Pearl’s work in different fields.

New Title from ACM Books: Applied Affective Computing

Applied Affective Computing, by Leimin Tian, Sharon Oviatt, Michal Muszynski, Brent C. Chamberlain, Jennifer Healey and Akane Sano, discusses this nascent field that sits at the cross-section between artificial intelligence and social and behavioral science. This book offers readers an overview to the state of the art and emerging themes in affective computing using comprehensive review of existing approaches to affective computing systems and social signal processing.

New Title from ACM Books: The Life and Works of Tony Hoare

In Theories of Programming: The Life and Works of Tony Hoare, editors Cliff B. Jones and Jayadev Misra present the essence of the ACM Turing Award laureate's various works—the quest for effective abstractions—both in his own words and in chapters written by leading experts in the field, including many of his research collaborators. This volume also contains biographical material, his Turing Award lecture, the transcript of an interview and some of his foundational papers.

New Title from ACM Books: The Handbook on Socially Interactive Agents

In The Handbook on Socially Interactive Agents, editors Birgit Lugrin, Catherine Pelachaud, and David Traum provide a comprehensive overview of the research fields of embodied conversational agents, intelligent virtual agents, and social robotics. Socially interactive agents, whether virtually or physically embodied, are autonomous agents that are able to perceive an environment including people or other agents, reason, decide how to interact, and express attitudes such as emotions, engagement, or empathy.

New Title from ACM Books: Software: A Technical History

Software: A Technical History, by Kim W. Tracy, examines such areas as fundamentals, operating systems, programming languages, programming environments, networking, and databases, from their earliest beginnings to their modern variants. Case studies illustrate UNIX, APL, SAGE, GNU Emacs, Autoflow, internet protocols, System R, and others. Extensive problems and suggested projects enable readers to deeply delve into the history of software in areas that interest them most.

Practical Content from ACM Queue

It Takes a Community

Of the many challenges faced by open-source developers, among the most daunting are those which other programmers scarcely ever think about such as legal matters and human resources. Because building a successful open-source community depends on many different elements such as the ability to recruit, to inspire, to mentor, to manage, and to mediate disputes, all without the use of compensation. Here, we discuss the subject with successful open-source developers including Reynold Xin, chief architect of Databricks, Alan Gates, co-founder of Hortonworks, and Wes McKinney, founder of Ursa Labs.

The DevOps Phenomenon

ACM Queue’s “Research for Practice” serves up expert-curated guides to the best of computing research, and relates these breakthroughs to the challenges that software engineers face every day. This installment, “The DevOps Phenomenon” by Anna Wiedemann, Nicole Forsgren, Manuel Wiesche, Heiko Gewald and Helmut Krcmar, gives an overview of stories from across the industry about software organizations overcoming early hurdles of adopting DevOps practices, and coming out on the other side with tighter integration between software and operations teams, faster delivery times for new software features, and achieving higher levels of stability.

Publish in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series

The ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS) provides a mechanism to publish the contents of conferences, technical symposia and workshops and thereby increase their visibility among the international computing community. The goal of this program is to enable conferences and workshops to cost effectively produce print proceedings for their attendees, while also providing maximum dissemination of the material through electronic channels, specifically, the ACM Digital Library.

Overleaf Allows Authors to Collaborate

Overleaf is a free, cloud-based, collaborative authoring tool that provides an ACM LaTeX authoring template. Authors can write using Rich Text mode or regular Source mode. The platform automatically compiles the document while an author writes, so the author can see what the finished file will look like in real time. The template allows authors to submit manuscripts easily to ACM from within the Overleaf platform.

ACM Policies on Authorship

Anyone listed as Author on an ACM paper must meet certain criteria, including making substantial intellectual contributions to some components of the original work and drafting and/or revising the paper.

Authors submitting papers for peer-review to ACM publications will represent that the paper submitted is original; that the work submitted is not currently under review at any other publication venue; that they have the rights and intent to publish the work in the venue to which it is submitted; and that any prior publications on which this work is based are documented appropriately. 

Read the entire set of criteria in the Policy on Roles and Responsibilities in ACM Publishing.

ACM Conflict-of-Interest Policy

The Conflict of Interest policy outlines what constitutes a conflict of interest (COI) for ACM publications; who is in a position to identify and report potential COIs; and how a potential COI should be managed. The policy applies to any material that is formally reviewed or refereed as per ACM policy; awards based on content published in ACM venues; and authors, reviewers, editors, conference program committee members, judges, and other persons associated with ACM-published materials.

The policy provides specific guidelines for common instances with the goal of assisting in the process of identifying and resolving potential conflicts of interest. It also describes how the policy can be augmented, and how exceptions may be approved.

Proceedings of the ACM Series

Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) is a journal series that launched in 2017. The series was created in recognition of the fact that conference-centric publishing disadvantages the CS community with respect to other scientific disciplines when competing with researchers from other disciplines for top science awards and career progression, and the fact that top ACM conferences have demonstrated high quality and high impact on the field. See PACMs on Programming Languages, Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Measurement and Analysis of Computing Systems, and HCI.

PACM on Programming Languages

Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages (PACMPL) is a Gold Open Access journal publishing research on all aspects of programming languages, from design to implementation and from mathematical formalisms to empirical studies. Each issue of the journal is devoted to a particular subject area within programming languages and will be announced through Calls for Papers

PACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) is a premier journal for research relevant to the post-PC era. IMWUT covers a broad range of topics and includes research contributions in systems and infrastructures, new hardware and sensing techniques, and studies of user experiences and societal impact.

PACM on Measurement and Analysis of Computing Systems

Proceedings of the ACM on Measurement and Analysis of Computing Systems (POMACS) publishes original research of the highest quality dealing with performance of computing systems, broadly construed. We recognize that critical insights into key design trade-offs in computer or network systems have historically be obtained using a broad set of tools: benchmarking and experimental evaluation, mathematical modeling, algorithmic analysis, which often need to be combined creatively.

PACM on Human-Computer Interaction

Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (PACM HCI) is a journal for research relevant to multiple aspects of the intersection between human factors and computing systems. PACMHCI covers a broad range of topics and methods that help illuminate the intersection between humans and computing systems. The scope of this journal includes research contributions in new systems for input and output, studies of user experiences with computing systems, scholarship on the individual and group effects of computer mediation, and societal impacts of new human computer interactions.

PACM on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Proceedings of the ACM on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (PACMCGIT) publishes original research of the highest quality dealing with all areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques including rendering, modeling, animation, and digital image processing as well as the visual computing and simulation elements of  computational fabrication, computational photography, physical modeling and control, user interfaces, video game techniques, and virtual and augmented reality.

ACM at 75

In January of 1947, the Symposium on Large-Scale Digital Calculating Machinery was held on the Harvard campus, where participants expressed the desire for a professional association that would address the need for communication amongst those interested in computing machinery. Soon after, ACM was founded. And in the 75 years since that first symposium, ACM has grown to become a major force in advancing computing as a science and profession. Here, Chief Executive Officer Vicki L. Hanson and Jennifer T. Chayes take a look at how ACM will mark this momentous year.

Get Involved with ACM

ACM is a volunteer-led and member-driven organization. Everything ACM accomplishes is through the efforts of people like you. A wide range of activities keeps ACM moving: organizing conferences, editing journals, reviewing papers and participating on boards and committees, to name a few. Find out all the ways that you can volunteer with ACM.

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The most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering computing and information technology includes the complete collection of ACM's publications. 

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ACM Opens First 50 Years Backfile

ACM has opened the articles published during the first 50 years of its publishing program, from 1951 through the end of 2000, These articles are now open and freely available to view and download via the ACM Digital Library. ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos. Read the news release.

Formal Aspects of Computing Journal Now Accepting Submissions

ACM and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT will co-publish the journal Formal Aspects of Computing starting in 2022. Currently published by Springer Nature for BCS, the journal's scope includes fundamental computational concepts, fault-tolerant design, theorem-proving support, state-exploration tools, formal underpinning of widely-used notations and methods, history of formal methods, and more. With the new agreement, the journal will transition to Gold Open Access status. Read the ACM news release and visit the submissions site.

ACM Computing Surveys Increases Issue Frequency

Due to the considerable growth in submissions and publications of ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), the number of CSUR issues published yearly will increase from six to nine. The change will take effect with Volume 54 in 2022. CSUR's comprehensive, readable surveys and tutorial papers give guided tours through the literature and explain topics to those who seek to learn the basics of areas outside their specialties in an accessible way.

ACM Transactions on Internet of Things Launches

The new journal ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) will cover applications, communication networks, data analytics, wearable devices, and many more topics in the context of IoT, with a focus on system designs, end-to-end architectures, and enabling technologies. TIOT solicits research that provides experimental evidence of its effectiveness in realistic scenarios. The inaugural issue is now available in the ACM Digital Library.

Publons Reviewer Recognition Service

In an effort to better serve—and incentivize—ACM reviewers, ACM has partnered with the Publons Reviewer Recognition Service, which allows reviewers to create a profile and to track, verify and promote their efforts for ACM publications. Publons—operating on over 5,000 scholarly journals—is owned by Clarivate Analytics and offers a verified record of a reviewer’s editorial activity for a publication that can be used for CVs, profiles, tenure packages, and more.

Promote Your Work with Kudos

Kudos is a free service that you can use to promote your work more effectively. After your paper has been accepted and uploaded to the ACM Digital Library, you'll receive an invitation from Kudos to create an account and add a plain-language description. The Kudos “Shareable PDF” allows you to generate a PDF to upload to websites, such as your homepage, institutional repository, preprint services, and social media. This PDF contains a link to the full-text version of your article in the ACM DL, adding to download and citation counts.

ACM Interactions Responds to COVID-19

ACM Interactions magazine is responding to the COVID-19 crisis with a new editorial platform, inviting makers, designers, and writers to share observations, ideas, and experiences in blog form that address the pressing matters we face in this pandemic. The website has been reconfigured to spotlight the blog posts as they arrive. Visit the site to read the entries and learn how you can contribute your own insights.

Artificial Intelligence for Synthetic Biology

The field of biology has dramatically changed in the last two decades, enabling the effective engineering of biological systems. Here, Mohammed Eslami, et al, explore many of the groundbreaking possibilities such advancements may hold. From precisely editing DNA in vivo, to higher-level manifestations of the genetic code known as phenotype, to combining the two to link changes in the underlying code to phenotype, the research of synthetic biology continues to garner increased interest from the scientific community as well as investment from both the public and private sectors.

Learn More about Features in the New ACM Digital Library

More precise search. Alerts when new articles in your area of interest are published. Expanded article pages. More informative author profile pages. Integrated journal homepages and expanded content on ACM SIGs and conferences. These are just some of the features you'll find in the new ACM DL. Check out our series of emails about these and other soon-to-come enhancements, and explore the beta version of the new DL to discover more about the new DL experience.

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ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for a three-year term beginning on September 1, 2022. Nominations are due June 17. For more information please visit the TiiS nominations page.

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for a three-year term beginning on beginning on September 1, 2022. Nominations are due July 1. For more information please visit the TOPLAS nominations page.

TELO Welcomes New EIC

Manuel López-Ibáñez joins founding co-Editor-in-Chief Juergen Branke as co-EIC of ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) for the term starting April 1, 2022 and ending April 30, 2023. López-Ibáñez is Beatriz Galindo Senior Distinguished Researcher at the University of Málaga, and Branke is a professor at the University of Warwick.

ACM Welcomes Li Chen and Dietmar Jannach co-Editors-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Recommender Systems

ACM names Li Chen and Dietmar Jannach co-Editors-in-Chief of the new journal ACM Transactions on Recommender Systems (TORS) for the three-year term starting September 1, 2021, and ending August 31, 2024. Chen is an Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, and Jannach is a Professor at the University of Klagenfurt.

ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMM) welcomes Abdulmotaleb El Saddik as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2025. Abdulmotaleb is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa.

ACM Transactions on Computing Education Welcomes Amy Ko as Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) welcomes Amy J. Ko as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2024. Amy is a Professor and Informatics Program Chair at the University of Washington.

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Journal of the ACM Welcomes Venkatesan Guruswami as Editor-in-Chief

Journal of the ACM (JACM) welcomes Venkatesan Guruswami as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2024. Venkatesan is a Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

ACM Transactions on Graphics Welcomes Carol O'Sullivan as Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) welcomes Carol O'Sullivan as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024. Carol is Professor of Visual Computing at Trinity College Dublin.

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ACM Transactions on Computational Logic Names New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL) welcomes Anuj Dawar as its new Editor-in-Chief, for the term August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2024. Anuj is Professor of Logic and Algorithms in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge.

New Authoring Templates for ACM Publications

ACM has transitioned to new authoring templates. The new template consolidates all eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates. The templates are updated to the latest software versions, have been developed to enable accessibility features, and use a new font set.

New Options for ACM Authors to Manage Rights and Permissions

Changes expand access to Special Interest Group conference proceedings. ACM offers flexible options that fit computing researchers' individual needs.

Ubiquity’s Communication Corner Helps Improve Writing and Speaking Skills

Have you always wondered how you can improve your writing and communicate more effectively? Ubiquity, ACM's online magazine of critical analysis and in-depth commentary, offers Communication Corner, a monthy feature by Philip Yaffe, retired Wall Street Journal reporter and Ubiquity editorial board member. Each installment includes an essay on a fundamental aspect of effective writing or speaking; an exercise to help you practice writing on the topic being discussed; and an invitation to submit your exercise for possible critique.