ACM Publications Policies and Procedures

Copyright Policy

ACM is committed to respecting the rights and identities of its authors and seeks to reduce or remove barriers to inclusion and author credit for their published works. We recognize that authors may change their names for many reasons, including marriage or divorce, religious conversion...

Roles and Responsibilities

ACM recognizes that quality publishing is a team effort—not only must authors contribute, but so must editors, reviewers and professional staff. Together the ACM Council, the Publications Board, the Special Interest Groups, program chairs and committees, editors-in-chief and editorial boards aim to provide the...

Plagiarism and Misrepresentation

ACM is dedicated to serving the global computing and information technology community by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. Maintaining the integrity of published Works, defending authors against plagiarism and other forms of ethical violation, making these works discoverable, promoting the dissemination of these...

Digital Library Usage Policies

No ownership rights over the materials published within the ACM DL are transferred as part of these licenses, although certain archival and fair use rights do apply to institutional customers. There are no limitations placed on the number of downloads allowed on an annual basis...

Prior Publication Submissions

In light of the changes going on in the scholarly market, the line between article submissions and publications is getting blurred. There is much discussion (and confusion) in the scholarly community regarding what constitutes copyright infringement. An author posting a paper on commercial piracy sites...

Software Copyright Notice

All software, both binary and source published by the Association for Computing Machinery (hereafter, Software) is copyrighted by the Association (hereafter, ACM) and ownership of all right, title and interest in and to the Software remains with ACM. By using or copying the Software, User...

Digital Artifacts

This document establishes a policy that governs how ACM authors, reviewers, editors, and ACM itself interact with these artifacts. This document will be updated periodically to provide additional detail regarding Digital Artifacts in relation to ACM Publications and the ACM Digital Library...

Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of Interest in publication are to be avoided because they raise questions about the quality, impartiality, and accuracy of published items, even when the parties involved believe they have been fair and impartial. Sometimes, a conflict will lead to an unconscious bias that can...

Coercion and Abuse

Conflicts of Interest in publication are to be avoided because they raise questions about the quality, impartiality, and accuracy of published items, even when the parties involved believe they have been fair and impartial. Sometimes, a conflict will lead to an unconscious bias that can...