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All manuscripts and revisions are to be submitted electronically using ACM's Manuscript Central interface. Submissions should follow the Online Guidelines for Electronically Submitting Articles to ACM Journals. Provided in these guidelines is the 2017 Master Article Template, which provides article templates for both Word and LaTeX. You must use the ACM_Small template for all submissions to ACM TOCE. Manuscripts not formatted according to this template will be returned to their authors with a request to reformat the paper, thus delaying their review.
While there is no formal page limit for TOCE articles, we expect most submissions to be between 10 and 25 journal pages, with 30 pages being a soft upper limit. Submissions that exceed 30 pages must have good reasons to do so. If your paper is near or above 30 pages, please think carefully about why it is as long as it is, and consider ways to reduce its length. In many cases, shortening a paper will have no ill-effects, and may well improve the paper's clarity and presentation.
No paper submitted to TOCE may be under review elsewhere. A paper that is based on previously-published work (e.g., a conference or workshop paper) is expected to contain at least 30% new material, and the original paper should be cited as a footnote to the paper title. All papers are subject to the ACM policy on plagiarism.
As of the April, 2017 review cycle, ACM TOCE's review process is double-blind. This means that authors will not know the identities of those who review their papers, and that reviewers will not know the identities of the authors of the papers they review. Even when authors take great care to conceal their identities in a paper, a determined reviewer may still be able to identify who wrote the paper. Nonetheless, authors are expected to take reasonable measures to conceal their identities in their papers, so that reviewers have a reasonable chance of not knowing who the authors are.
Several journals and conferences have developed excellent advice and guidelines on how to anonymize a paper for double-blind review. We will not attempt to reinvent this advice here. Instead, TOCE authors should first consult the ACM ICER conference's Additional Advice on Anonymization. For an even more comprehensive set of guidelines, including detailed recommendations for anonymous citations, authors should also consult the Author Guidelines of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (scroll down to the section entitled "Ensuring Anonymity"). Please make a reasonable attempt to anonymize your paper based on the above sources. If the editor-in-chief determines that your paper is not sufficiently anonymized, it will be returned with a request to improve the anonymization, and its review will be delayed by at least one month.
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.
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We expect that all authors read and understand the ACM Author Representations Policy found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/author_representations
ACM has published new Fair Use Guidelines for authors whose manuscripts include third-party material. They can be found at http://www.acm.org/publications/guidance-for-authors-on-fair-use. If you are using third-party materials, please obtain permissions for it as specified here: http://www.acm.org/publications/third-party-material
ACM TOCE's monthly review process is initiated on the first day of each month. On that day, the Editor-in-Chief performs a preliminary review of all papers received by 8:00 am. Pacific Time on the first day of the month. That peer review process proceeds as follows: For each submitted paper, the Editor-in-Chief first evaluates the suitability of the paper for the journal. If the paper is deemed to be a reasonable fit, the Editor-in-Chief assigns the manuscript to an Associate Editor. The Associate Editor assigns the paper to at least three reviewers, and, based on these, makes a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-chief's decision is based on these reviews and the Associate Editor's recommendation.
Papers will receive one of four possible decisions:
Criteria for Review
Reviewers evaluate manuscripts according to the following criteria. These criteria relate to the appropriateness of the paper to the journal, the significance of its content, and the quality of the presentation. Manuscripts are expected to:
have content that can be directly applied by classroom instructors or curriculum designers;
appeal to a broad audience interested in computing education;
address significant problem(s) of lasting value;
build upon (and cite) relevant references;
adequately evaluate any teaching intervention (e.g. tool, visualization, instructional method) in terms of its impact on learning in actual use;
use appropriate methodology, both for the teaching intervention and its evaluation;
provide sufficient detail to replicate and evaluate;
be clearly and carefully written; and
adhere to accepted standards of style, usage, and composition.
You may be surprised to learn that only a small number of papers that are submitted to ACM TOCE actually make it past the editor-in-chief's desk. A majority are desk rejected without going out for peer review because they are out of scope, or because they fail to meet the minimum standards for publication in ACM TOCE. However, it's actually quite easy to avoid desk rejection. Here are some tips:
ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions. 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.
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. ISE 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:
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ORCID is a community-based effort to create a global registry of unique researcher identifiers for the purpose of ensuring proper attribution of works to their creators. When you submit a manuscript for review, you will be presented with the opportunity to register for ORCID.
Once your manuscript is published, we recommend that you use the ACM Author-Izer service. This service allows you to generate and post a link on your home page or institutional repository to your published article. This link will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL. These downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics. A detailed description of the service and instructions for its use may be found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/acm-author-izer-service.
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