ACM Policy on Readership

Updated December 1, 2022

Readers consult articles in ACM publications because they value the reputation of these publications and find the information contained therein valuable and relevant.

Readers can expect ACM to

  • Distribute print periodicals according to the published schedule
  • Post articles in the Digital Library within three months of their delivery to ACM, independent of the scheduled print distribution date
  • Adhere to ethical standards in the peer-review process as performed by experts in the relevant fields
  • Ensure that articles are accurate and of high quality
  • Ensure that the electronic and printed version of an article match within the limits of the style guidelines of each format
  • Ensure that journals, transactions, and magazine articles are professionally copyedited
  • Ensure consistent formatting of articles in each publication
  • Make publications available at low cost to individual subscribers
  • Offer deeply discounted pricing to individuals in low-income and lower-income countries as defined by the World Bank List of Economies.
  • Ensure a high-quality, accessible publication platform with accurate and fast search and browsing capabilities, as well as the ability to download, share and print articles

And ACM expects readers to

  • Follow ACM Policy relating to copyright, licensing, sharing, and reuse of works published in the ACM Digital Library, including policy on the use robots and crawlers, which negatively impacts the ACM Digital Library's performance.
  • Respect the copyright or license of the work


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