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Ceasing Print Publication of ACM Journals and Transactions

ACM has made the decision to cease print publication for ACM’s journals and transactions as of January 2024. There were several motivations for this change: ACM wants to be as environmentally friendly as possible; print journals lack the new features and functionality of the electronic versions in the ACM Digital Library; and print subscriptions, which have been declining for years, have now reached a level where the time was right to sunset print. Please contact [email protected] should you have any questions.

Ceasing Print Editions for ACM Journals and Transactions

ACM Boasts Strong Impact Factors

The journals of ACM once again had an impressive showing in the latest Journal Citation Reports release from Clarivate, with notable performances across the entire portfolio and fifteen journals receiving their first impact factors—including four titles from the innovative Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) program. ACM's flagship magazine Communications of the ACM (CACM) continued its dominance by receiving an all-time high impact factor of 22.7, placing it first in all three of its categories, and ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) which continued to ascend with an impact factor of 16.6, placing it third in the Computer Science, Theory & Methods category.

ACM Boasts Strong Impact Factors

New Open Access Publishing Model for ICPS Coming in 2024

In a major step in its transition to fully Open Access (OA) publication of all content on the ACM Digital Library, ACM will transition the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) to a fully OA publishing model from January 2024. In the new model, all ICPS papers will be made OA upon publication, and existing ICPS papers will be converted to OA. Some authors who are not at ACM Open institutions will be required to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). The model will apply to all conferences for which the Call for Papers will be issued on or after January 1, 2024.

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.

TELO Accepted for Scopus Coverage

ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (TELO) has been accepted for Scopus coverage. Similar to Web of Science, Scopus is an extensive yet selective abstract and citation database that provides comprehensive coverage of peer-reviewed journals, books, conference abstracts, and patents across the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. By having its content included in Scopus, TELO’s content will be discoverable at 7,000 of the world’s top research institutions.

ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization

New Journal: ACM Games: Research and Practice

Games: Research and Practice (Games) offers a lighthouse for games research that defines the state of the art on games and playable media across academic research and industry practice. Inclusive in community, discipline, method, and game form, it publishes major reviews, tutorials, and advances on games and playable media that are both practically useful and grounded in robust evidence and argument, alongside case studies, opinions, and dialogues on new developments that will change games. For more information and to submit your work, visit the homepage.

ACM Journal on Responsible Computing Launches

The ACM Journal on Responsible Computing (JRC) will publish high-quality original research at the intersection of computing, ethics, information, law, policy, responsible innovation, and social responsibility from a wide range of convergent, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives. Editor-in-Chief Kenneth R. Fleischmann is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Read the ACM news release and visit the journal homepage.

Inaugural Issue: Collective Intelligence

The inaugural issue of Collective Intelligence (COLA) is now available for download. Co-published by SAGE in collaboration with NESTA, COLA is a global, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes trans-disciplinary work bearing on collective intelligence across the disciplines. The journal embraces a policy of creative rigor to facilitate the discovery of principles that apply across scales and new ways of harnessing the collective to improve social, ecological, and economic outcomes. For more information and to submit your work, visit the journal homepage.

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.

Inaugural Issue: Transactions on Recommender Systems

ACM Transactions on Recommender Systems (TORS) is now available for download. TORS publishes high quality papers that address various aspects of recommender systems research such as algorithms, user experience, and the impact and value of such systems. The journal takes a holistic view of 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. For more information and to submit your work, visit the journal homepage.

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.

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.

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 Management of Data

Proceedings of the ACM on Management of Data (PACMMOD) is a journal concerned with the principles, algorithms, techniques, systems, and applications of database management systems, data management technology, and science and engineering of data. We invite the submission of original data management, data engineering, and data science research targeting the data life cycle of real applications, studying phenomena at scales, complexities, and granularities never before possible.

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: Digital Dreams Have Become Nightmares

Digital Dreams Have Become Nightmares: What We Must Do by Ronald M. Baecker and Jonathan Grudin offers a compelling discussion of the digital dreams that have come true, their often unintended side effects (nightmares), and what must be done to counteract the nightmares. It is intended as an impetus to further conversation not only in homes and workplaces, but in academic courses and even legislative debates. Equally importantly, the book is a presentation of what digital technology professionals need to know about these topics and the actions they should undertake individually and in support of other citizens, societal initiatives, and government.

Digital Dreams Have Become Nightmares: What We Must Do by Ronald M. Baecker and Jonathan Grudin

New Title from ACM Books: Spatial Gems, Volume 2

Spatial Gems, Volume 2, by John Krumm, Andreas Züfle, and Cyrus Shahabi, is a follow-up to the first Spatial Gems volume and a further collection of techniques contributed by leading research experts. Although these approaches were developed by their authors as part of larger research projects, the gems represent fundamental solutions that are generically applicable to many different problems. The goal is to share these useful techniques—not yet in textbooks and often buried inside technical research papers—with software developers, graduate students, professors, and professional researchers.

New Title from ACM Books: The Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision-Making

The Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision-Making by Manish Raghavan demonstrates the need for and the value of interdisciplinary research in addressing important societal challenges associated with the widespread use of algorithmic decision-making. It presents several contributions to the growing body of literature that seeks to respond to these challenges, drawing on techniques and insights from computer science, economics, and law. The author develops tools and frameworks to characterize the impacts of decision-making and incorporates models of behavior to reason about decision-making in complex environments.

New Title from ACM Books: From Algorithms to Thinking Machines: The New Digital Power

From Algorithms to Thinking Machines: The New Digital Power by Domenico Talia introduces and provides an analysis of the basic concepts of algorithms, data, and computation and discusses the role of algorithms in ruling and shaping our world. It combines a layman’s approach with a well-founded scientific description to discuss both principles and applications of algorithms, Big Data, and machine intelligence. The book provides a clear and deep description of algorithms, software systems, data-driven applications, machine learning, and data science concepts, as well as the evolution and impact of artificial intelligence.

Practical Content from ACM Queue

Multiparty Computation: To Secure Privacy, Do the Math

MPC (multiparty computation) was introduced to the world in 1982—at about the same time the Commodore 64 was announced. Why are we still talking about MPC more than 40 years later? Well, it turns out MPC is based on some extremely complex math, which is like nectar to anyone in the field of cryptography. And, over the past decade, MPC has come to be exhumed from the archives and harnessed as one of the most powerful tools available for the protection of sensitive data. Here, in a discussion with Nigel Smart, Joshua W. Baron, Sanjay Saravanan, Jordan Brandt, and Atefeh Mashatan, we explore some of the implications of these advances.

Automatically Testing Database Systems

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. In this installment, "Automatically Testing Database Systems," Manuel Rigger (Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore) presents three papers. The first focuses on the problem of automatically synthesizing sophisticated test oracles that check whether the outputs of a database history are correct. The second co-designs input generation and test oracle in order to focus strictly on bugs in concurrency control. The last covers a diverse input space of SQL dialects while relying on the "built-in" test oracle of system crashes.

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 Authorship.

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.

Gaining Benefit from Computing and Data Science: A Three-Part Framework

Research and product teams in AI and data science need to think more deeply about how their work maximizes benefits and mitigates harms—particularly as their efforts are applied to increasingly challenging problems with diverse, global impacts. Achieving good results may entail making complex trade-offs, especially when initial goals are difficult to specify and disputed and when a project's initial objectives have complex, long-term side effects. In this article from the February 2024 issue of Communications of the ACM, Alfred Z. Spector argues that we cannot make these trade-offs by an appeal to ethics alone.

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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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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.

ACM Updates Its Peer Review Policy

ACM is pleased to announce that its Publications Board has approved an updated Peer Review Policy. If you have any questions regarding the update, the associated FAQ addresses topics such as confidentiality, the use of large language models in the peer review process, conflicts of interest, and several other relevant concerns. If there are any issues that are not addressed in the FAQ, please contact [email protected].

ACM Updates Its Peer Review Policy

TEAC Paper Awarded Kalai Prize

The 2019 paper "The Unreasonable Fairness of Maximum Nash Welfare" by ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (TEAC) has been awarded the 2024 Prize in Game Theory and Computer Science of the Game Theory Society in Honour of Ehud Kalai. The prize is given every four years in recognition of Kalai’s role in promoting the connection of the two research areas.

ACM Statement on Trade & Government Sanctions for ACM Publications

ACM supports the unrestricted publication and dissemination of scientific, educational, and technical information to the global community of computing professionals and students. However, at the same time ACM is bound to comply with laws and regulations in the legal jurisdictions ACM operates—including in the US, EU, UK, and elsewhere around the world—that have the potential to limit how ACM operates around the world with respect to Publications. Specifically, Geographic Sanctions and Sanctions on Individuals.

Inaugural Issue: Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice

The inaugural issue of ACM Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice (DLT) is now available for download. DLT is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality, interdisciplinary research on the research and development, real-world deployment, and/or evaluation of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts. DLT offers a blend of original research work and innovative practice-driven advancements by internationally distinguished DLT experts and researchers from academia, and public and private sector organizations. For more information and to submit your work, visit the journal homepage.

ACM Journal on Autonomous Transportation Systems Launches

ACM Journal on Autonomous Transportation Systems (JATS) aims to cover the topics in design, analysis, and control of autonomous transportation systems. The area of autonomous transportation systems is at a critical point where issues related to data, models, computation, and scale are increasingly important. Similarly, multiple disciplines including computer science, electrical engineering, civil engineering, etc., are approaching these problems with a significant growth in research activity. For further information and to submit your manuscript, please visit the journal homepage.

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.

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.

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 enhancements, and discover more about the new DL experience.

Inherent Limitations of AI Fairness

In the past, the range of tasks that a computer could carry out was limited by what could be hard-coded by a programmer. Now, recent advances in machine learning make it possible to learn patterns from data, such that we can efficiently automate tasks where the decision process is too complex to manually specify. After sensational successes in computer vision and natural language processing, the impact of artificial intelligence systems powered by machine learning is rapidly widening toward other domains. In this article from the February 2024 issue of Communications of the ACM, Maarten Buyl and Tijl De Bie note that AI systems that blindly apply ML are rarely fair in practice.

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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.

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ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems (TMIS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for a three-year term beginning on April 15, 2024. This is a voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support. Nominations are due March 1, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

ACM Transactions on Internet of Things Seeking New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for a three-year term beginning on April 1, 2024. The EIC appointment may be renewed at most one time. This is a voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) welcomes Jian Pei as Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from February 1, 2024 to January 31, 2027. Pei is an ACM Fellow and Arthur S. Pearse Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Duke University.

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ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) welcomes Jiang Hu as its new Editor-in-Chief for the term of February 1, 2024 to January 31, 2027. Hu is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A & M University.

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ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS) welcomes Michael Waidner as its new Editor-in-Chief for the term of February 1, 2024 to January 31, 2027. Waidner is a Professor at ATHENE | TU Darmstadt | Fraunhofer SIT.

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ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) welcomes Wen Hu as its new Editor-in-Chief. The appointment is from February 1, 2024 to January 31, 2027. Hu is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at The University of New South Wales.

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