Emerging Technologies in Computing (JETC)


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Manuscript Preparation

JETC is published quarterly and the online paper submission server is at

Select the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Computing in the pull down menu option at ACM manuscript central submission page. Please open the link in a new window or tab to avoid any upload problems. Also please allow pop-up windows at manuscriptcentral page to complete your submission. JETC publishes research papers (no more than 25 pages in the ACM Journal/Transactions Format), tutorial and survey papers (approximately 40 to 50 pages with an extensive bibliography), and short technical notes (less than ten pages).  Excessively over-length research paper will be returned without review.

Expanded versions of previously published conference research papers are encouraged as long as they contain at least 30% new material not previously published. Authors should indicate in a footnote on the first page where and when the previous paper appeared. Papers simultaneously submitted to multiple outlets will not be considered.

Authors are required to prepare and submit their manuscripts electronically. This facilitates both a quicker editorial review process as well as facilitating electronic publication of accepted papers. For purposes of editorial review, JETC permits electronic submissions only in PDF or PostScript format.

The technical contributions appearing in JETC should be original papers which have not been published elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions to conferences and journals, and submissions that have already appeared in journals will be rejected by default. Publication of a previously published conference or workshop article that is available in a formal proceedings (with digital archival) is allowed only if the editor judges that (a) the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material (30% or more new material), or (b) there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from journal publication, e.g., one article that connects multiple previously published articles in a coherent manner where the integration of these articles provides additional insight on the approach or overall system.

In either case, any prior appearance should be noted on the title page of the paper. Furthermore, author needs to prepare the following supporting documents:

  • a brief note clearly indicating what constitutes the (30% or more) new material in the manuscript compared to the related article(s), and
  • the related article(s) that are previously published or under review elsewhere.

When there are any supporting documents (including the ones mentioned above), these documents should be attached to the end of the PDF file. 

Please submit only one PDF file that includes the manuscript, the note explaining the difference, and other supporting documents (in that order)

Computing Classification System

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.

Authors should also read the ACM policies on prior publications, simultaneous submissions, and plagiarism:  ACM's Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions and  ACM's Policy on Plagiarism, including self plagiarism.

JETC authors should familiarize themselves with the ACM accepted manuscript preparation guidelines. Since these guidelines are in a state of transition with regard to electronic publication, the guidelines here take precedence whenever there is a conflict.

Submission Templates can be found at:

To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include five required information in the manuscript:

i) descriptive title,
ii) author names and affiliations,
iii) abstract,
iv) content indicators, and
v) citations to relevant literature.

The following serve as guidelines for the preparation of this material.

Descriptive Title

Select a title that accurately and clearly tells what the paper is about. Choose title terms as highly specific as content and emphasis of the paper permit. Avoid special symbols and formulas in titles unless essential to indicate content. Avoid cute or clever titles.

Author Names and Affiliations

Authors' names should be given without titles or degrees along with the name and address of the organization for which the work was carried out. A footnote on the first page should acknowledge funding sources and presentations, if any, of the material at technical meetings (give dates and sponsoring societies). The author's current address should be given in a footnote on the first page.


The abstract should be from 150 to 200 words long and consist of short, direct, and complete sentences. It should be informative enough to serve in some cases as a substitute for reading the paper itself. It should state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principle conclusions. The title need not be repeated. Work planned but not done should not be described in the abstract. Because abstracts are extracted and used separately, do not use the first person, do not display mathematics, and do not use citation reference numbers. Try to avoid starting with the words "This paper ..."

Content Indicators

Three types of content indicators must be assigned: (1) categories and subject descriptors, (2) general terms, (3) keywords and phrases. The first two items are selected from the Computing Reviews Classification Scheme published in the January 1991 issue of Computing Reviews. Select as many of these as may be applicable.

The keywords and phrases are additional English language words that indicate the content of the submission. They should not be synonymous with those already in the classification system : they can be more specific in relation to the paper than the subject descriptors, or they may not be covered by the existing system at all. The following guidelines may be helpful.

  • Use important terms from the title; include their synonyms, related words and words of higher or lower generic rank.
  • Use English nouns, or noun-noun and noun-adjective combinations; do not use hyphens except if the hyphenated parts are always treated as a single unit.
  • Use specific terms whose meanings are generally accepted; do not use broad catchall terms (such as "computer", "automatic", "machine", "system", "discussion", "description"); do not use private terms or acronyms that may not be generally known.
  • Do not use negative terms stressing what your paper does not do.


  1. References to items in periodicals: These should take the form: author, title, journal, volume, number, date, pages. For authors, last names are given first, even for multiple authors; likewise for editors, with the name followed by (Ed.). The author's name always ends with a period, either the period which follows his initial, or a period for the purpose. The title has only the first word and proper names (or their derivatives) starting with capital letters, and it ends with a period. The date is given in parentheses. Example:

    3. Jenkins, M. A., and Traub, J. F. Principles for testing zerofinding programs. ACM Trans. Math. Soft. 1, 1 (March 1975), 26-34.

  2. References to reports or proceedings: Author(s) name(s) and title (same style as above), report number, source including date and pages.
  3. References to books: Author(s) -- same style as in periodicals. Title -- all principal words start with a capital letter, and is set in italics. Include publisher, city, and year. Page or chapter references follow the year.
  4. Sequence: In the reference list, entries must be arranged alphabetically according to authors' or editors' names, or publishing organizations for items to which no names can be attached. The author names (and/or year) are used to cite the references in the text.
  5. Accuracy: Authors are responsible for checking that all information in the references is correct.
  6. Completeness: Include any and all information necessary for finding the work referenced. It is better to include more than enough information than too little information.

Submission for Review

How to Submit

In order to ensure timely review and facilitate electronic publication, manuscripts must be submitted as PDF or PostScript files on the web at

Please note, if you don't have an account at ACM Manuscript Central you will need to create an account before you can log in and submit to JETC.

Review Process

Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation. The author will be notified of the name of an associate editor (AE) who will be responsible for the processing of the manuscript. If the AE requests any revisions, the author need to revise the manuscript to incorporate the reviewers' comments and/or suggestions and resubmit the revised version within the specified deadline. Failure to submit before the deadline will result in the elimination of the manuscript from the review list. In case of emergency that prevents the author from meeting the deadline, the author can request an extension to the AE.

The author needs to prepare a page or two describing the responses to the reviewers' comments and detailing the changes in the manuscript. This information and any other supporting documents should be included at the end of the manuscript.  When the revised version is ready, please submit only one PDF that includes the revised paper, responses to reviewer comments, and any other supporting documents (in that order). Once the review process is complete, the associate editor makes arecommendation for acceptance or rejection to the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision on publication.

Procedures for Accepted Papers

According to the ACM copyright policy it is the author's responsibility to secure permissions from the copyright holders for any third-party material he/she reuses in an article ( Section 2.1). The publishers we have dealt with also require their authors to seek permission for any third-party content, therefore, please contact the publishers you have listed and ask for their permission. The following document gives specifics regarding the use and acknowledgment of third-party material in ACM publications.  It is printed below for your convenience.

Copyright and Use Agreement

New options for ACM authors to manage rights and permissions for their work: ACM introduces a new publishing license agreement, an updated copyright transfer agreement, and a new author-pays option which allows for perpetual open access through the ACM Digital Library. For more information, visit the ACM Author Rights webpage at

Formatting Documents For Submission & Electronic Publication

Guidelines for preparing your paper for publication can be found at ACM accepted manuscript preparation guidelines.

Proofreading of Copyedited Manuscripts

A copyedited version of the manuscript will be sent to the authors for proofreading. The authors should note that post-copyediting changes to a final manuscript must be kept to a minimum and only be done when absolutely necessary in order to correct errors introduced by copyediting or fix grammatical/typographical errors that had previously gone unnoticed. No changes to the title or author list of the paper are permitted at this stage.

Important: Copyright and Third-Party Permissions Information

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Fair Use Guidelines

ACM Author Representations Policy

Authors submitting papers for peer-review to ACM publications make the following representations:

  • That the paper submitted is original, that the listed authors are the creators of the work, that each author is aware of the submission and that they are listed as an author, and that the paper is an honest representation of the underlying work.
  • That the work submitted is not currently under review at any other publication venue, and that it will not be submitted to another venue unless it has been rejected or withdrawn from this venue.
  • That they have the rights and intent to publish the work in the venue to which it is submitted, if the work is accepted. For conference papers, this includes the expected ability and intent to have an author of the paper register for and attend the conference to present the paper, if required.
  • That any prior publications on which this work is based are documented appropriately in the paper and/or in a cover letter available to reviewers. This documentation includes providing an explanation of the incremental contribution of a journal paper that extends prior results published in a conference paper. (In cases of double-blind review, this information should be supplied to the editor or program chair only.)

In cases where an author feels a particular representation cannot be made by but that submission is appropriate, the author should contact the editor or program chair prior to submission to discuss the situation and determine whether submission will be permitted.

ACM journals and conferences shall reference this policy in calls for papers and other solicitations of submissions. The reference to this policy should appear alongside other venue-specific policies. ACM journals and conferences are also encouraged to incorporate acknowledgement of these representations into the paper submission process.

For more:

Author Rights

ACM authors now have three ways to manage their publication rights with ACM:

  1. A license granting ACM non-exclusive permission to publish—by choosing to pay for perpetual open access from the ACM Digital Library, authors may opt to self-manage all rights to their work. 
  2. A new Publishing License Agreement granting ACM exclusive publication rights—in choosing this license authors grant ACM the right to serve as the exclusive publisher of their work and to manage ongoing rights and permissions associated with the work, including the right to defend it against improper use by third parties. This exclusive license is roughly the equivalent of ACM’s traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement except that the author continues to hold copyright. 
  3. ACM's traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement—for authors comfortable with the existing agreement.

Learn more by visiting the Information for Authors webpage.

Author-Izer Service

ACM Author-Izer is a unique 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. Downloads from these sites are captured in official ACM statistics, improving the accuracy of usage and impact measurements.  Consistently linking to definitive version of ACM articles should reduce user confusion over article versioning. ACM Author-Izer also extends ACM's reputation as an innovative "Green Path" publisher, making ACM one of the first publishers of scholarly works to offer this model to its authors. To access ACM Author-Izer, authors need to establish a free ACM web account.  Should authors change institutions or sites, they can utilize the new ACM service to disable old links and re-authorize new links for free downloads from a different site.

How ACM Author-Izer Works

Authors may post ACM Author-Izer links in their own bibliographies maintained on either their website or their own institution's repository.  The links take visitors to your page directly to the definitive version of individual articles inside the ACM Digital Library to download these articles for free. The Service can be applied to all the articles you have ever published with ACM. Depending on your previous activities within the ACM DL, you may need to take up to three steps to use ACM Author-Izer.

For authors who do not have a free ACM web account:

        Go to the ACM DL and click SIGN UP. Once your account is established, proceed to next step.

For authors who have an ACM web account, but have not edited their ACM Author Profile page

Sign in to your ACM web account and go to your Author Profile page. Click "Add personal information" and add photograph, homepage address, etc. Click ADD AUTHOR INFORMATION to submit change. Once you receive email notification that your changes were accepted, you may utilize ACM Author-izer.

For authors who have an account and have already edited their Profile Page

Sign in to your ACM web account, go to your Author Profile page in the Digital Library, look for the ACM Author-izer link below each ACM published article, and begin the authorization process. If you have published many ACM articles, you may find a batch Authorization process useful. It is labeled: "Export as: ACM Author-Izer Service"

ACM Author-Izer also provides code snippets for authors to display download and citation statistics for each "authorized" article on their personal pages.  Downloads from these pages are captured in official ACM statistics, improving the accuracy of usage and impact measurements.  Consistently linking to the definitive version of ACM articles should reduce user confusion over article versioning.

Note: You still retain the right to post your author-prepared preprint versions on your home pages and in your institutional repositories with DOI pointers to the definitive version permanently maintained in the ACM Digital Library. But any download of your preprint versions will not be counted in ACM usage statistics. If you use these AUTHOR-IZER links instead, usage by visitors to your page will be recorded in the ACM Digital Library and displayed on your page.

A Summary Description of the Service and instructions for its use may be found here:

Language Service

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  (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:


ACM authoring templates are found at:

For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
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