Submitting Articles to ACM Journals

All manuscripts prepared for publication in any of ACM publications be prepared in electronic formats. Articles published in ACM journals and transactions are prepared for both print and digital display in the ACM Digital Library. The instructions contained herein are meant to make the process of manuscript preparation as straightforward as possible. We accept submission in either LaTeX or MS Word format.

ACM style files will very closely approximate the final output, enabling authors to judge the page-length of their published articles. However, your output is not "camera-ready copy." Your paper will be copy edited according to the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam Webster Dictionary, then typeset, and proofs will be sent to you for final approval.

The official 2017 ACM Master article template, consolidates 8 individual ACM journal and ACM Proceedings. The master template is now available in the following formats*:

     * Mac 2016 Word version ( Ribbon support) of the template will be available shortly

Before using the 2017 ACM consolidated article template, everyone should read the TeX User Guide which comprises the first section of the document; authors who plan to use their own packages should read the longer Implementation Guide which follows. Authors using Word for Windows, will need to read the Windows User Guide; Word for Mac 2011 will need to read the Mac2011 User Guide.

This new consolidated template package replaces all previous independent class files and packages and provides a single up-to-date LATEX package with optional calls.. The package uses only free TEX packages and fonts included in TEXLive, MikTEX and other popular TEX distributions.

The new LATEX package incorporates updated versions of the following ACM templates:

  • ACM Journals: ACM Small, ACM Large, ACM and TOG (also for SIGGRAPH authors publishing in TOG)
  • ACM proceedings templates: ACM Standard, SIGCHI, SIGCHI abstracts, SIGGRAPH (for proceedings only authors), and SIGPLAN

NOTE: Most proceedings authors will use the "sigconf" proceedings template. If you are unsure which template variant to use, please request clarification from your event or publication contact.

The new templates enable you to import required indexing concepts for your article from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) using an indexing support tool found in the ACM Digital Library (DL) which generates the necessary TeX code once you have selected your terms (and generates XML for Word documents).

It is important to provide the proper indexing information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). Accurate semantic tagging provides a reader with quick content reference; facilitates the DL search for related literature; enables several DL topic functions such as aggregated SIG and journal coverage areas; and helps ACM promote your work in other online resources.



ACM is happy to provide authors working with LATEX class and Word files technical help. Please direct your technical query to:
All email queries will be responded to within 24 hours

Notice to authors: The 2014-2015 ACM Journals article templates will cease to be supported as of Spring 2017. All ACM authors submitting articles now should use the new template for your next submission.  

2014-2015 ACM Journal article templates will remain available on the 2015 LaTeX and 2015 MS Word pages until Spring 2017.


Reference linking and citation counts are facilitated by use of standard reference formats. Please adhere to the reference formats that we use for ACM publications. If you do not, your paper may be returned to you for proper formatting. 



ACM now uses two manuscript tracking systems. The following journals use Aries' Editorial Manager: TEAC, TOCT and TOPC. The submission websites are:, or

All other ACM journals use ScholarOne's Manuscript Central system to handle their submissions:



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 for a 15% discount off all AJE services. (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)



Please provide a brief description of your supplementary online-only material (i.e., text and multimedia material) to be published in the Digital Library. A short "readme.txt" file will appear in the DL along with your supplementary material describing its content and whatever requirements there are for using it.



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Last Modified January 9, 2017 by Craig Rodkin

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