a significant level of knowledge of specific sub-ject-matter expertise.
All submissions are reviewed by the
Communications Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief, who
reserve the right to accept or reject any and all
submissions at their discretion. The Editor-in-Chief can be contacted at email@example.com.
Manuscripts for all editorial sections are expected
to adhere to the following guidelines:
News publishes a selection of brief news
updates and in-depth news articles (up to 2,000
words) on a range of U.S. and international topics in computing, information technology, and
public-policy issues. Communications’ News
department employs full-time professional science and technology writers and an expanding
network of freelance writers to provide the most
current news related to computing and related
topics for publication in the print and online editions of the magazine.
If you are a professional science or technology
writer or have written a current news article on a
topic you believe is appropriate for the computing community, please send a brief email message
with your submission to News@cacm.acm.org.
Viewpoints is dedicated to opinions and views
that pertain to issues of broad interest to the computing community, typically, but not exclusively,
of a nontechnical nature. Controversial issues will
not be avoided but be dealt with fairly. Authors
are welcome to submit carefully reasoned “
Viewpoints” in which positions are substantiated by
facts or principled arguments. Moreover, this section will periodically host editorial debates in a
Point/Counterpoint format in which both sides
of an issue are represented.
Authors interested in proposing a Viewpoint
article or Point/Counterpoint debate should first
submit their ideas in a short (up to 600 words)
summary encapsulating their view(s). Full-length
Viewpoint columns should consist of up to 1,800
words, include a small number of references (
generally no more than 10), and be submitted to:
Contributed Articles cover the wide and
abundant spectrum of the computing field—its
open challenges, technical visions and perspectives, educational aspects, societal impact, significant applications and research results of high
significance and broad interest. Following the
roots of Communications, these submissions are
peer-reviewed to ensure the highest quality. Topics covered must reach out to a very broad technical audience. While articles appearing in an
ACM Transactions journal are aimed at a specialized audience, articles in Communications should
be aimed at the broad computing and information technology community.
A Contributed Article should set the background and provide introductory references,
define fundamental concepts, compare alternate
approaches, and explain the significance or application of a particular technology or result by
means of well-reasoned text and pertinent graphical material. The use of sidebars to illustrate significant points is encouraged.
Full-length Contributed Articles should consist
of up to 4,000 words, contain no more than 25
references, 3-4 tables, 3-4 figures, and be submit
ted to: http://www.cacm.acm.org/submissions.
Submissions to the Contributed Articles section should be accompanied by a cover letter
• Title and the central theme of the article;
• Statement addressing why the material is
important to the computing field and value
to the Communications reader; and,
• Names and email addresses of three or more
recognized experts who would be considered
appropriate to review the submission.
Authors are strongly encouraged to pre-submit a
one-page summary (with a cover letter as
described here) to get editorial feedback before
submitting a full-length article.
Review Articles describe new developments of
broad significance to the computing field and
highlight unresolved questions and future directions. Unlike an article in ACM Computing Surveys, which provides an in-depth introduction to