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This page details the process of submission and subsequent review, as well as the pertinent journal publication policies. Note that the instructions for authors have changed substantially as we have just completed the transition to an online system for processing papers. Please see the ACM journal guidelines or contact the EIC if you have any questions.
Each paper's content must be within the journal's scope. See the Subject Coverage page for further information. TOIT will not publish papers that have already appeared in conference proceedings, unless they have been extended or modified to add substantial "value" to previously published versions (see self prior publication policy below). Paper content must be substantially different from any work appearing in this or another journal.
Papers should be submitted via the Manuscript Central website:
Submissions must be in PDF using ACM's template and no longer than 20 pages.
There is no publication fee.
We assume the content of every submission to be novel work of the authors. However, authors are allowed to base their submission on their own prior writings under the following conditions:
In either case, authors should disclose any overlap in their cover letter. We evaluate all submissions for potential plagiarism and we encourage reviewers to judge the novelty of any submission. A failure by authors to disclose their prior work is grounds for rejection.
Our expectation is that any submission makes novel contributions. For submissions that extend prior conference publications, a rule-of-thumb is that at least 25% of the content be previously unpublished. However, reviewers and editors judge novelty based on the contribution, not the amount of text altered.
Please consult the ACM policy for additional guidance.
The following describes the submission and subsequent review process for TOIT.
Note: Note that simple disagreement with the reviewers is not sufficient justification for re-evaluation. Authors must demonstrate that there was substantial proceedural failure by the reviewers or AEs to obtain a EIC review.
The following describes the typical review timeline for TOIT.
Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to link to the final versions of the paper using the ACM Author-Izer service. The ACM Author-Izer service that enables ACM authors to generate and post links on either their home page or institutional repository for visitors to download the definitive version of their articles from the ACM Digital Library at no charge. Information about the service can be found at:
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.
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 http://acm.internationalscienceediting.com/. (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: http://www.acm.org/publications/submissions/.
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:
Learn more by visiting the.
ACM is also implementing changes to to allow for more free access to the content of ACM journals and Special Interest Group conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library and other online venues:
These options will facilitate access to proceedings content by conference attendees. They will also enable the community at large to learn about the latest developments as they are presented at the conferences.
Authors can post an Author-Izer link enabling free downloads of the Definitive Version of the work permanently maintained in the ACM Digital Library.
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.
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.
We will continue to accept manuscripts using the previous template format through Spring 2017.
The new TeX template requires that a call be made within the source document for “\documentclass” so that an article is formatted according to the specifications to the publication. Detailed instructions can be found in section 2.2 of the User and Implementation Guide ().