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  • Review all Author Information and Editorial Guidelines carefully before submitting
  • Review the ACM information regarding author representations (see:
  • Submit manuscripts at; select "Research Article", "Research Commentary" or "Special Issue" as appropriate. When submitting to a Special Issue, be sure to include a cover letter specifying the title of the Special Issue.
  • Please note that ACM TMIS uses a single-blind submission process.

The submissions can be of the following two types: research articles and research commentaries.

Article Types

Research Articles report the original research that has not been published elsewhere. Widely distributed refereed conference papers are considered publications, but technical papers are not. The ACM disclosure requirement concerns any paper by any author of the submission that overlaps significantly with other publications. At the time of submission and in a separate writing, the corresponding author must inform the handling editor about all papers that may have substantial overlap.
The papers in the Research Commentary (RC) category differ from research articles in that they do not have to present new research findings and novel results that advance the state-of-the-art in the field. Instead, the RC papers can describe new concepts, views, possible future research directions and agendas, present new conceptual frameworks and address important current topics in the field. The RC papers tend to be shorter (up to 3000 – 4000 words), and they go through an expedited reviews process to reach the readership of the journal faster than regular submissions.

Author Information Contents

In addition to the policies and procedures outlined here, additional ACM Publications Policies can be viewed on the ACM publications website at: These policies cover important topics including plagiarism, reviewer anonymity, privacy, copyright, conflict of interest, etc.

1. Editorial Guidelines

Please refer to the Editorial Guidelines for details about content requirements. ACM TMIS encourages submissions that have not been published or submitted previously. ACM TMIS will accept submissions of original research that are innovative and high-impact. For additional details, please refer to the Editorial Guidelines for the types of papers that are encouraged and discouraged, information on possible topics, and information on content requirements including the following:

  • Management information systems relevance
  • Scientific rigor and contribution
  • Societal relevance and impact
  • Innovation and novelty
  • Design science and system relevance

The following types of submissions are discouraged:

  • Purely theoretical papers
  • Argumentation essays
  • Incremental research in well-established areas
  • Research targeting specific algorithms or techniques

Paper length: Papers in the Research Article category should be 4,000 to 6,000 words. ACM TMIS discourages excessively long papers (more than 7,000 words).

Papers in the Research Commentary category are expected to be no longer than 3,000 to 4,000 words.

2. Preparing and Formatting Your Manuscript

New Submissions: Submissions may be prepared in either Microsoft Word (including Word 2007) or LaTeX (submit the PDF) in accordance with the ACM template sty

Final, Accepted Submissions: If your paper is accepted, please format the the final version of your manuscript using the ACM templates:

ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at:  The new TeX template consolidates all eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates.  The templates are updated to the latest software versions, were developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. Please note: Separate Word for Windows and Word for Mac consolidated templates are also available.

2.1 Title and Abstract


  • Use a specific, descriptive, and informative title of 6 to 12 words.
  • Avoid special symbols and formulas in titles unless essential to indicate content.
  • Authors' names should be given without titles or degrees, along with their affiliations.
  • Current mailing addresses, including email addresses, should be given in a footnote.


  • The abstract should be 150 to 200 words long and should consist of short, direct, and complete sentences.
  • The abstract should state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principal conclusions.
  • Work planned but not done should not be described in the abstract. Because abstracts are often extracted from a paper and used separately, avoid the use of the first person, mathematics, and citations.

2.2 Content Indicators

An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication by ACM Press is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). This is beneficial to you because accurate categorization provides the reader with quick content reference, facilitating the search for related literature, as well as searches for your work in ACM's Digital Library and on other online resources.

Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM'S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.

2.3 Mathematical and Symbolic Expressions

Short mathematical equations and other expressions in the text should be run in: (instead of each being displayed on a separate line). Avoid exponents having more multiple levels of superscripting? $e sup {x sup 2 + y sup 2}$, use $exp( x sup 2 + y sup 2 )$. Likewise, avoid the use of built-up fractions in the text. For example, instead of ${1} over { italic {n}}$, use either $1 / italic {n}$ or the negative exponent form $italic {n} sup -1$. In display matter, however, built-up fractions are preferred for clarity. Likewise, avoid small-type mathematical expressions centered above or below arrows.

If submitting hardcopy from a single-font printer, then indicate special marking for symbols (e.g., italics, boldface) and clearly identify unusual symbols.

Equations that are referred to later in the text should be numbered sequentially and referred to, for instance, as Eq. 1. Do not number equations that are not referred to in the text.

2.4 Statistics

For empirical studies, the procedure should be presented in sufficient detail to be replicated by other researchers. Statistical tests should be included to support empirical claims. When reporting statistics, the name of the statistic, the degrees of freedom, the value obtained, and the p-value should be reported, e.g., F(3,65)=4.83, p < 0.01.

2.5 Figures

  • Figures include graphs of results, schematic drawings, samples of output screen dumps, and photographs of special equipment or displays.
  • All figures must be embedded in the manuscript, and also be submitted as separate files; acceptable figure file formats are .tif, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .eps.
  • In the text, each figure should be numbered and have a caption.
  • Upon publication, figures will be reduced to 12.7cm (5 inches) in width and will be printed in B&W. The use of color in the printed version will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Editor-in-Chief, and only when absolutely necessary for the presentation of the material.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that the legends and labels within the figure are large enough to be readable after they are reduced.

2.6 Citations and the Reference List

Relevant publications accessible to the public (i.e., articles in standard journals and open conference proceedings) should be cited. Formatting of references should follow the template:

  • Requirements for in-text references:
    • Include the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication, for example: [Bush 1945] or [Salton and McGill 1983]
    • When the citation(s) includes three or more authors, only the first author should be mentioned by name, for example: (e.g., [Foley et al.1990]).
    • A trailing lower case letter should distinguish multiple papers by the same author(s)published during a single year, for example: [Winograd and Flores 1987a].
    • Multiple citations in the same sentence should be enclosed within brackets and separated by semicolons, for example: [Halasz 1988; VanRijsbergen 1975].
  • Requirements for the reference list:
    • Arrange the reference list alphabetically by the author's last name, followed by the date. In the case of multiple listings by a single author, the earliest publication appears first.
    • When an author is listed both as a single author and as a senior author with coauthor(s), all of the single-author listings precede the multiple-author listings, with the latter arranged alphabetically by last name of successive authors. Again, chronological order is used for multiple papers by the same set of authors.
    • The lower case letter used in the citation to distinguish multiple papers by the same author(s) in the same year should be displayed in the reference list.
  • References to items in periodicals:
    • These should take the form: AUTHOR(S). Year Article title. Journal Title volume number, issue number, page numbers. For example:
      BERINGER, J. AND HÜLLERMEIER, E. 2006. Online clustering of parallel data streams. Data Knowl. Engin. 58, 2, 180-204.
    • Author(s) should be given last name first; likewise for editors, with the name followed by (Ed.).
    • The author's name always ends with a period, either the period which follows the initial or a period specifically for that purpose.
    • In the title, only the first word and proper names (or their derivatives) should be capitalized, and the title should end with a period.
  • References to proceedings:
    • These should take the form: AUTHOR(S). Year Paper title. In Proceedings title, page numbers. For example:
      BORGMAN, C. L., BOWKER, G., FINHOLT, T., and WALLIS, J. 2009. Towards a virtual organization for data cyberinfrastructure. In Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, 353-356.
  • References to books or reports: Author(s): same style as above.
    • These should take the form: AUTHOR(S). Year. Book Title, edition number if any. Name of publisher, City, State, and any specific pages or chapters. For example:
      FUKUNAGA, K. 1990. Introduction to Statistical Pattern Recognition, 2nd ed. Academic Press, New York, NY.
    • Title: all principal words start with a capital letter.
  • References to web pages:
    • These should take the form: Title (precede by author if known). Year. Sponsoring Organization if any. Web address. Date retrieved. For example:
      Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery. 2007. National Science Foundation. 2007/nsf0728/. Retrieved on 17 July 2007.

Language Services Available

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services, and also has significant international outreach, especially in China. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files. As an ACM author, you will receive a generous discount on ISE editing services.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page:

3. Submitting Your Manuscript

  • Electronic submission will be made through Manuscript Central, ACM's submission management system:
  • If it is your first time submitting a paper using this system, you will need to create a new account (instructions can be found at the website); otherwise, enter your login and password, and follow the instructions provided for submitting your paper.
  • Select "Original Paper" or "Special Issue" as appropriate.
  • Submission will be acknowledged, and an Associate Editor (AE) will be assigned to process the manuscript. Authors can suggest 1-2 AEs who do not have a conflict of interest. However, final AE assignment decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Authors are expected to maintain current contact information in Manuscript Central.
  • Instructions about submitting revisions are included with the decision letter.

4. The Review Process

  • Papers will be refereed anonymously and in the manner customary with scientific journals before being accepted for publication. All manuscripts will be evaluated through reference to the requirements listed in the Editorial Guidelines.
  • Authors will be informed of the review process through email. Review comments will be available through the Manuscript Central System. If a paper has been rejected, review comments intended to help authors improve their papers for possible future submission (to ACM TMIS or elsewhere), will be available through the Manuscript Central system for a period of 60 days. If a paper has been conditionally accepted, review comments will also be available in the system and must be addressed by authors in their next submission.
  • The ACM TMIS Editorial Board is committed to providing a professional and timely editorial process, as supported by the Manuscript Central review system. We strive to provide the initial editorial decision for a submission within 4 months, from the day a paper is submitted electronically to the day the initial decision is sent to the author. ACM TMIS AEs will also regard a submission to have been withdrawn if its required revision is not submitted within 3 months of the revision (first round or second round) notification. The second-round review will be returned within 2 months by the AEs. A submission will only go through at most two rounds of review. In principle, a successful ACM TMIS submission can reach a final, fully-accepted decision in 12 months or less, from the day of the initial submission.
  • Appeals: If an author has concerns about how their paper was handled, that author should first bring those concerns to the Associate Editor who handled the processing of the paper. In almost all cases, any misunderstanding will be able to be resolved then. If the concern is not addressed, the author can ask the Associate Editor to turn over processing of the paper to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will reexamine the materials, and make the final editorial decision. If the concerns are still not adequately addressed, then the author can appeal to the Chair of the ACM Publications Board, in accordance with ACM Policy.

5. Accepted Papers

5.1 Rights

  • Revised versions of manuscripts, if requested, are submitted through the Manuscript Central System. The decision letter regarding your original submission is displayed and there will be a link to view a read-only copy of the scoresheet.
  • Authors retain liberal rights to material published by ACM. Additional information on ACM copyright policy may be found at
  • Abstracting of material in ACM publications is permitted with credit to the source. Libraries are permitted to photocopy beyond the limits of U.S. copyright law, for private use of patrons, those articles that carry a code at the bottom of the first page, provided the per-copy fee indicated in the code is paid through the Copyright Clearance Center. Instructors are permitted to photocopy isolated articles for noncommercial classroom use without fee. The complete ACM Copyright Policy may be read here.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote long passages (60 words or more) from any material that appeared in a non-ACM publication. This policy is strictly enforced.

5.2 Proofs

  • The contact author will receive page proofs; these should be checked and returned promptly as the author is solely responsible for marking errors. Substantive changes must be approved by the Editor.

5.3 Disseminating your Research: ACM's "Author-Izer" Service

  • Once your manuscript is published by ACM, you can access the unique ACM Author-Izer, which expands content visibility of your research.  This service lets you generate and post a link to your published article on your home page or institutional repository.  Through this link any visitors to your personal bibliography pages can download the definitive version of your articles for free from the ACM Digital Library. These downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics. For further information, please click on

5.4 Supplemental Online-only Material

  • 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.

Author Rights

Working with the computing community, ACM leadership has responded to calls to make scholarly articles more openly accessible, to enable authors to exercise greater control of their published works, and to comply with the increasing demands placed on authors by funding agencies. 

ACM authors now have three ways to manage their publication rights with ACM:

  1. A license granting ACM non-exclusive permission to publish—by choosing to pay for perpetual open access from the ACM Digital Library, authors may opt to self-manage all rights to their work. 
  2. A new Publishing License Agreement granting ACM exclusive publication rights—in choosing this license authors grant ACM the right to serve as the exclusive publisher of their work and to manage ongoing rights and permissions associated with the work, including the right to defend it against improper use by third parties. This exclusive license is roughly the equivalent of ACM’s traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement except that the author continues to hold copyright. 
  3. ACM's traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement—for authors comfortable with the existing agreement.

Learn more by visiting the Information for Authors webpage.

ACM Computing Classification System (CCS)

An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication by ACM Press is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). This is beneficial to you because accurate categorization provides the reader with quick content reference, facilitating the search for related literature, as well as searches for your work in ACM's Digital Library and on other online resources.

For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
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