Instructions to authors

Disclaimer

ACM recently revised its Publication Workflow and Article Templates for the article submission and publication process (see https://www.acm.org/publications/taps/word-template-workflow). As part of this process, ACM is switching to a single-column manuscript and camera-ready version format and phasing out the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format.

The purpose of the updated process is to increase accessibility of articles published in the ACM Digital Library by including both a traditional PDF and a new HTML version of the article.

With this in mind, we ask authors to periodically review the ACM Master Article Templates and Publication Workflow for updated versions of the templates and instructions.

Preparing Your Article for Submission

Authors must write and submit their article manuscript using the “Review Submission Format”. Your manuscript will need to be formatted in a single-column using the template for either Word or LaTeX. Please note that the Word and LaTeX templates do not necessarily look the same. This is due to the differences in the way Word and LaTeX handle text formatting.

Please note that although your pre-submission and camera-ready manuscripts will be written in the single-column format, the final output will be automatically converted in a two-column SIGCONF format. After the automatic formatting, your task will be to review the final output and ensure that there are no formatting issues or any misaligned elements.

Please refer to the figure below for a graphical presentation of the process.

process

Article Submission and Publication flow

For Word Users

  1. Prepare your paper in the single-column Word Submission Template (available at https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/taps/acm_submission_template.docx). Follow the instructions embedded in the template file for detailed guidance on applying the paragraph styles and including figures in your manuscript. Your manuscript will be produced in a single-column format without any additional styling.
  2. Submit your paper’s manuscript for review.
  3. If accepted, you will need to format your paper by using the ACM Master Article Template for Word. Choose the correct version of the ACM Master Article Template depending on the version of Word you are using: Word for Windows, Word for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2016.
  4. Use the instructions available at https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/taps/acm_master_article_template_instructions.pdf to attach the ACM Master Article Template to your manuscript and prepare it for uploading to The ACM Publishing System (TAPS). Please note that you need to use the English version of Microsoft Word. Versions in other languages have previously caused issues with attaching the ACM Master Article Template to the paper’s manuscript. The camera-ready version that you are preparing will still need to be in the single-column format.
  5. Once your paper has been accepted to the conference, you will receive a notification of acceptance and a notification from the ACM e-Rights management system with a link for signing your e-Rights form.
  6. Only after your e-Rights form has been signed, you will receive another email notification with the instructions on uploading the camera-ready source file of your paper to TAPS. Instructions on using TAPS are available at https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/taps/acm_taps.pdf.
  7. If the camera-ready source file of your paper has been formatted correctly, TAPS will automatically generate a final PDF and HTML version of your paper and send you an email notification to review the final version of the paper. If needed, you can modify the final version of your paper by uploading a revised version of the manuscript’s source file.

For LaTeX Users

  1. Prepare your paper in the single-column format by using the ACM Master Article LaTeX template (available at https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/consolidated-tex-template/acmart-master.zip). You will need to use the “manuscript” call to format your paper in a single-column. To do this, please use the \documentclass[manuscript]{acmart} command in the beginning of your document to format the paper in the single-column layout. The output should use the sample-manuscript.pdf formatting, as can be seen in the template folder. Please refer to the ACM’s LaTeX best practices available at https://www.acm.org/publications/taps/latex-best-practices for additional details on preparing your manuscript.
  2. Submit your article for review.
  3. Once your paper has been accepted to the conference, you will receive a notification of acceptance and a notification from the ACM e-Rights management system with a link for signing your e-Rights form.
  4. Only after your e-Rights form has been signed,  you will receive an email notification with instructions on uploading the camera-ready source file of your paper to The ACM Publishing System (TAPS). Instructions on using TAPS are available at Instructions for Submitting the Author’s Paper/Article. Please make sure to convert your manuscript to the two-column SIGCONF template by using the sigconf option to ensure that there are no formatting issues with your paper and then convert the manuscript back into single-column format before submitting it to TAPS.
  5. If the camera-ready source file of your paper has been formatted correctly, TAPS will automatically generate a final PDF and HTML version of your paper and send you an email notification to review the final version of your paper. If needed, you can modify the final version of the paper by uploading a revised version of the manuscript’s source file.

For Overleaf Users

We do not recommend using the ACM Master Article Template available in Overleaf’s template gallery for formatting your manuscript, as this might be outdated and eventually might not be compatible with TAPS. Instead, please use the latest ACM Master Article LaTeX template (available at https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/consolidated-tex-template/acmart-master.zip) and import it manually to your Overleaf project. Afterwards, please follow the instructions for LateX users (above) on formatting your manuscript.

Page limits

Long research papersUp to 15 pages in single-column format, excluding references
Short research papersUp to 6 pages in single-column format, excluding references
Posters and Demos4 to 6 pages in single-column format, excluding references
Panel4 to 6 pages in single-column format, including references
Workshops and Tutorials4 to 6 pages in single-column format, including references
Doctoral and Masters Colloquium4 to 6 pages in single-column format, excluding references

ACM’s approximation of the correlation between word count and page length in terms of pages.

Estimated Word CountNumber of FiguresNumber of TablesEstimated Formatted Page Count
82005211
79807414
6750329
6310238
5030316
4350325

Anonymisation Policy

Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and headers of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions. Please note that changing the text colour of the author information is not sufficient.

Please make sure that information that may identify you does not appear in the document’s meta-data (e.g., the “Authors” field in your word processor’s “Save As” dialogue box).

Further anonymisation of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors’ discretion. We expect authors to leave citations to their previous work in-anonymised, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. However, authors are encouraged to cite their own work in third person, for example, avoiding “As described in our previous work [10],…” and using instead “As described by [10], …”

Technical Support

Please make sure to whitelist rightsreview@acm.org and tapsadmin@aptaracorp.awsapps.com to ensure that all messages from ACM’s rights management system and TAPS are received and not end up in your Spam folder.

Please note that the conference chairs are not able to address specific issues related to either the templates or the e-Rights forms. All such queries need to be forwarded to the emails listed below.

(1) In case of the issues with the Word or LaTeX templates, please contact acmtexsupport@aptaracorp.com.

(2) In case of the issues with ACM’s e-Rights forms, please contact rightsreview@hq.acm.org.

(3) In case of needing technical assistance when using TAPS, please contact confsupport@aptaracorp.com.

Once you have uploaded your camera-ready paper to TAPS, please promptly respond to any queries being sent to you by the tech staff of TAPS, who will ask you to review the automatically generated PDF and HTML outputs and make adjustments to your manuscript if necessary.