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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. It will also publish occasional focused surveys in important and merging subareas of MIS. ACM TMIS will also publish occasional special issues of original research in emerging topic areas. Guest editors will be invited to organize such issues.
ACM TMIS encourages submissions that meet the following requirements:
The following types of submissions are discouraged:
ACM TMIS will publish papers that are carefully written and are readable by a broader IT professional audience instead of specialists doing research in a narrow area. Submissions need to be carefully edited to avoid mistakes and grammatical and typographic errors. Poorly written papers will be automatically rejected by the editor. ACM TMIS will discourage excessively long papers (more than 7,000 words). Most papers will be between 4,000 and 6,000 words. It is our goal to motivate the authors to bring out the essence of their research, to make their work easily understood by reviewers and readers, and to allow ACM TMIS to include more interesting papers in any given issue.
Papers appearing in ACM journals are normally 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 regular research submissions 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.
Emerging, relevant, high-impact IT research is often time critical. 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, full-accepted decision in 12 months or less, from the day of the initial submission.