a technical area, a review article in
Communications should offer a high-level perspective on a
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by making a pre-submission inquiry, which
should include a proposed title, abstract, and a
few key references. Proposals will be reviewed
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Practice targets professionals in the software
industry with an emphasis on software engineering. Articles published in this section frame and
define technical problems and challenges ahead
while helping readers sharpen their own thinking
and ability to pursue innovative solutions. Practice does not focus on industry news or the latest
solutions. Rather, articles explore disruptive technologies that are just on the verge of breaking
This section highlights problems that are
likely to arise and poses questions that software
engineers should be thinking about while dissecting industry issues that matter most and
examines the challenges faced by software architects, project leaders, IT managers, and corporate
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Research Highlights provides readers with a
collection of outstanding research articles,
selected from the broad spectrum of computing-research conferences. Submissions are first nominated by Editorial Board Members or Approved
Nominating Organizations and are then subject
to final selection by the Editorial Board. Authors
are then invited to submit their article, after they
have rewritten and expanded their scope as
appropriate for the broad readership of
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Communications, a computing-technology and
science magazine, does not conflict with publication in archival journals. Articles in archival journals are typically expanded versions of conference
publications, while Communications aims to
publish somewhat shorter and higher-level versions of these articles.
Each selected Research Highlights article is preceded by a one-page (700–800 words) summary.
Technical Perspective essays provide readers
with an overview of the underlying motivation,
the important ideas of the featured research, and
its scientific and practical significance. Technical
Perspective articles will be written by noted
experts in the field addressed by the Research-Highlight article and will be invited by the Editorial Board.
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editions of the Communications, as well as selections or contributions from various blogs published by ACM as appropriate.
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limited space, Communications cannot publish
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