Addendum to

“ACM Publications Policy on the Withdrawal, Correction, Retraction, and Removal of Works from ACM Publications and ACM DL”

Approved by ACM Publications Board 21 April 2020


ACM realizes that authors, in the course of preparing their Work to appear in an ACM publication, on rare occasions, forget to correct minor typos, insert the correct affiliation or email, or even leave off important information in the acknowledgement section (i.e., funding information, colleague acknowledgement, etc.)

Minor, non-substantive, changes to the Work as described above will be allowed after ACM receives notification from the author(s) and approval by the appropriate member(s) of the publication’s editor or program chair. After approval, ACM staff will undertake the following steps to make the corrected document and originally published work available to readers:

  • Any and all changes to the published Work will be made by ACM staff;
  • Authors will review the revised Work and approve the changes; and
  • ACM will add a header to the Version of Record (VoR) indicating that a correction has been issued, the date as of which the correction was issued, and link to the article’s DOI; and
  • ACM will add a footer to the corrected work and indicate that the document is the Corrected Version of Record (CVoR) along with the publication date. The footer will also indicate that previous version of the work is available at the article’s DOI location; and
  • ACM will update the article’s citation page in the DL to point by default to the CVOR, while retaining links to all prior versions of record and an appropriate summary of changes made in each correction.

ACM Conflict-of-Interest Policy

The Conflict of Interest policy outlines what constitutes a conflict of interest (COI) for ACM publications; who is in a position to identify and report potential COIs; and how a potential COI should be managed. The policy applies to any material that is formally reviewed or refereed as per ACM policy; awards based on content published in ACM venues; and authors, reviewers, editors, conference program committee members, judges, and other persons associated with ACM-published materials.

The policy provides specific guidelines for common instances with the goal of assisting in the process of identifying and resolving potential conflicts of interest. It also describes how the policy can be augmented, and how exceptions may be approved.