Communications of the ACM is the leading monthly print and online magazine for the elite professionals
working in the computing and information technology fields. Communications is
recognized as the most trusted and knowledgeable source of news, opinions, research, technology, and public-policy information for
scientists and practitioners, and has developed a
reputation over 50 years for providing the high-est-quality information by and for computing
professionals in industry and academia.
In July 2008, the format and editorial structure of the magazine will undergo significant
change. This new editorial model has been developed to broaden the appeal of the magazine for
both practitioners and researchers in industry
and academia in all fields of computing and
information technology, and to provide for a
more international and diverse forum for ideas,
practical applications of technology, and scholarly research. (For more details regarding this editorial redirection, see “CACM: Past, Present, and
NEW EDITORIAL STRUCTURE
Beginning with the July 2008 issue, the magazine will consist primarily of six main editorial
sections: News, Viewpoints, Practice, Review
Articles, Contributed Articles, and Research
Highlights. In addition, the magazine will continue to publish Letters to the Editor and will
add a new section called Last Byte.
In order to manage the flow of articles for the
new structure as efficiently as possible and to
ensure a high degree of rigor and quality for the
magazine, a new editorial board has been organized to oversee the selection of content based on
this new editorial structure. The board operates
both as a single unit and in more focused teams
consistent with the new editorial sections.
While the selection criteria and editorial
process for articles will vary by section, the board
Future” in the January 2008 issue.) Submissions
may include content that can be presented online
and is distinct from material submitted for the
As a result of this new structure there will be
greater competition for publishing articles in the
magazine. Submissions must address topics of
relevance and professional value to a very broad-based readership. It is best to remember that
most readers are not experts in the author’s particular discipline, but expect to get a broad perspective on computing practice and research. It is
important for authors to take into account the
broad composition of the ACM membership.
Communications’ readers represent every
known computing discipline. Among ACM’s
65,000 professional members, about 65% are
computing practitioners and managers and 30%
are academics and researchers. The majority of
readers have advanced degrees; among the professional members, 35% have master’s degrees
and 31% hold a Ph.D. Most members have been
involved in computing for more than 12 years.
is responsible for maintaining a consistently high
level of quality for all sections and for ensuring
the magazine publishes across a broad spectrum
of topics that appeal to an international readership of practitioners, researchers, and educators.
Communications will continue to welcome unsolicited submissions for publication in the magazine. Certain sections, including Practice and
Last Byte, will publish articles by invitation only.
Submissions to the magazine must address topics of relevance and professional value and be
written for a broad readership. Submissions that
provide a broad perspective on computing practice and research and appeal to a larger segment of
the ACM membership and computing community will be given priority over articles that require