START A NEW PUBLICATION WITH ACM
ACM’s long-standing reputation as a respected publisher in the computing field is a result of our enduring focus on quality and the ability to attract pioneering thought leaders from both academia and industry.
ACM maintains this standing by proactively cultivating new publications in all areas of computer science and information technology, and we always welcome publication proposals from the community. We look to launch both research as well as applications-oriented publications on a variety of topics, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Gaming, Computer Graphics, Robotics, Internet of Things, Big Data, Interdisciplinary Applications, and Computational Linguistics.
Here are some compelling reasons to think of ACM when considering a journal or finding a new publisher:
- The ACM Digital Library (DL), to which a new publication would be added, is the world’s most comprehensive database of full-text articles and bibliographic literature covering computing and information technology. ACM publications are regarded as among the highest quality in their respective fields.
- ACM has excellent relationships with libraries, agents, consortia, and related organizations to maximize readership and subscriptions.
- ACM, as a nonprofit association, offers low subscription rates for its publications.
- ACM has developed an industry-forward copyright policy that maximizes authors’ rights as well as providing intellectual-property protection.
How to Submit a Proposal
The first step in exploring an idea for a new ACM publication is to contact ACM’s Senior Editor, New Publications for a preliminary discussion. Should a more detailed, formal proposal be encouraged, you will be asked to prepare the needed documents and submit the package to the ACM Publications Board for review.
ACM Publications follow a number of models: formally peer-reviewed print/online journals; timely magazines on topics of general or specific interest; non-refereed zines or newsletters; online or print; aimed at academics, practitioners, researchers, or a combination of all. Make your preference clear in the proposal and indicate the publication’s frequency.
Your proposal should include the following information:
Name, affiliation, and full contact information for proposer(s)
A proposal submitted from (or endorsed by) a group of experts in the subject area under consideration is preferred, as it provides evidence there is a community behind the establishment of a journal.
Suggested name of new publication
If the proposed publication is a peer-reviewed journal it will likely follow the same nomenclature as ACM’s journal series: ACM Transactions on XXX (although there are some exceptions). Proposers are welcome to provide one suggested title or several possibilities.
Scope of proposed publication
This section should outline the editorial aims and scope, including specific topics, to be covered by this new publication.
Rationale for new publication
Explain why a new publication is needed in this area. For example:
- What other publications this or related fields?
- What conferences cover this field?
- What evidence have you seen that a new publication is needed in this area?
You may want to describe academic programs and hiring trends in this area, or other factors that would indicate a high level of interest in this area.
Lastly, if other publications already exist in this area, explain the void this new publication would satisfy.
Relationship to other ACM publications
If other ACM publications exist that cover topics similar to the proposed new publication, please estimate the extent of overlap and how this publication would be different from these current ACM publications.
In this section, provide an overview of the proposed editorial process. Will articles go through a full refereeing process, or a less rigorous review process? (ACM Transactions must use a refereeing process; magazines and newsletters often include a combination of rigorously reviewed articles and lightly reviewed pieces.) How will the editorial board be structured and what role will the editor-in-chief and other editorial board members play?
Who will submit articles for this publication? Do you expect submissions from researchers, practitioners, academics, or a combination? Will most submissions come from computer scientists, or are there other fields (physics, law, economics, art, etc.) from which you expect many submissions to come?
Subscribers and community support
Who is the audience for this publication? Who do you think would be likely to subscribe to this publication? Have you engaged with the community about this proposal? If so, what were their reactions?
Have you discussed this proposal with relevant ACM Special Interest Groups? If so, please describe the feedback you received and, if possible, attach a letter of support from one or more SIG officers.
If this proposal has not been discussed with a relevant SIG or SIGs, ACM will contact the SIG(s) for input.
What other members of relevant communities have expressed support for this proposal?
Proposed editor-in-chief and editorial board members
The editor-in-chief (EIC) of an ACM publication should be a senior person in the field with an international reputation. If you have someone in mind to serve as the EIC of the proposed publication, please include the name and his/her CV. Co-editorships are also considered and would follow the same procedure. You must consult with any potential EIC candidates before forwarding their information to us.
Please list possible editorial board members and indicate which, if any, have already indicated support for the new publication.
Finally, for each possible editorial board member, include a specific subject area (or area of expertise) that he or she would be responsible for covering within the proposed publication.
- Please provide a list of articles (10-15) published in other publications, conference papers, tech reports, etc. that are typical of the kinds of articles you envision for this new publication.
- Please also provide a list of the leading researchers, and their relevant publishing in this field.
Evaluation procedure overview
The formal proposal should be submitted to the Senior Editor, New Publications. Upon receipt, ACM’s Publications Board takes the following steps in its evaluation:
- The Senior Editor reviews the proposal and makes a recommendation to the Publications Director of ACM Publications (up to 1 week).
- The Chair of the New Publications Committee reviews the proposal and gathers additional information (up to 4 weeks).
- The Publications Board reviews the proposal, staff recommendation, and other information.
- A decision is made to reject the proposal or to send it out to related SIG Chairs and EICs (up to 8 weeks) for comment.
- The Senior Editor prepares a business plan (up to 8 weeks).
- The Publications Board reviews feedback and business plan and makes final decision (up to 2 weeks).
Based on all feedback, a final decision can be made on most proposals within 4-6 months from the time a full proposal is submitted. Proposers will be kept up to date throughout the process.
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