Submission Instructions

The submission process has the following two steps:

  1. Draft submission for peer-to-peer evaluation
  2. Camera-ready submission in case of acceptance
An overview of the submission pathways for ACM Hypertext
An overview of the submission pathways for ACM Hypertext

1. Draft submission (Completed)

Draft submission is made via EasyChair by using the ACM HT template. The template is available in Microsoft Word and Latex formats. The latex template is available through the Overleaf platform and the Word template can be downloaded at this link from ACM (instructions about authoring using MS template.

The correct LaTeX documentclass for the draft submission is:

\documentclass[manuscript,review,anonymous]{acmart}

This will set single-column layout, margin page numbers and hide author info. This is the ACM mandated layout to assist peer review.

Guidance on Reference Styles for ACM Papers.

The length of submissions is constrained by the type of contribution (as indicated in the call for paper).

Formats per type of contribution:

  • Research papers (fully anonymised)
    • Long presentation, up to 12 pages + references
    • Short presentation, up to 6 pages + references
  • Practitioner and Industry Track & Blue Skies contributions
    • Short presentation, up to 6 pages + references
    • Extended abstract, up to 2 pages + references
  • Any other contribution
    • Extended abstract, up to 2 pages + references

Draft submissions must be made in PDF format. Submission to research tracks needs to be fully anonymised.


2. Camera-ready Submission (Accepted papers only)

Authors of accepted contributions will be invited to submit a revised version (the camera-ready version) of their manuscript.

Accepted papers are managed through the ACM’s TAPS publishing system. This has the advantage of the resulting paper being available in both PDF and HTML formats. The submission process is in two stages:

  1. Rights Management
  2. Submit final ‘camera-ready’ version of the paper

Note: from the beginning of 2024, ACM journals and Proceedings are no longer available in print form, so digital affordances such a URL links in your paper are desirable.

Submissions using Open Access

When publishing open Open Access papers in ACM publications, authors not affiliated to organisations not in the ACM Open program will incure a charge.Authors using Open Access, and depending on money from their organisations to cover this charge, should ensure support/funds for OA licensing are in place before commencing their TAPS submission.

See more detailed notes on Open Access Publishing at ACM

2.1.1 TAPS Rights Management: initial email

Accepted authors will receive an email from rightsreview@acm.org. Ensure your email is set to accept this and not send it to spam folders. The email will give instructions for accessing the rights management form, relating to the paper’s copyright management and any necessary releases re recording of parts of the conference.

You will also be asked to check the following aspects of your paper:

  • Author(s): per-author name, email and ORCID. (Since 2022 all authors must supply an ORCID ID. Obtaining an ORCID ID is free).
  • Paper’s title.
  • Paper’s abstract.

2.1.2 TAPS Rights Management: results email

On successful completion of the process the result will be shown on screen, and emailed to you.

IMPORTANT: this result includes a section of code which you must apply to your LaTeX or Word document as it sets the paper’s copyright block and DOI. It also gives the custom URL for submitting your paper to TAPS.

At this point you are ready to complete final upload to TAPS

2 Final Submission to TAPS

The camera-ready versions will not be further reviewed. As such, authors should make the least amount of changes addressing typos and clarifications requested by reviewers. Check the following before making the upload:

  • You have properly addressed any issues raised by peer review.
  • References are proofed (see ACM formatting style notes):
    • All web references, e.g. websites, blogs, etc. must record the last-accessed date in US-style ‘Month Day, Year format’ (e.g. ‘May 5, 2024’).
    • All reference to or papers in Conference Proceedings must include the location of the conference.
    • A DOI should be provided for all references where available (all ACM papers in DL.ACM have a DOI).
  • Keywords have been provided and proofed. They should be listed with a comma+specs between each term.
  • ACM Computing Classification System date is completed and checked.
  • The ACM rights code (Word or LaTeX) has been added according to the instructions provided in step #1.
  • The paper does not exceed the allowed page length.

NOTE: missing keywords or CSS info, or over-long papers will cause a paper to be rejected on upload to TAPS.

The length of submissions is constrained by the type of contribution:

  • Research papers (fully anonymised)
    • Long presentation, up to 12 pages + references
    • Short presentation, up to 6 pages + references
  • Practitioner and Industry Track & Blue Skies contributions
    • Short presentation, up to 6 pages + references
    • Extended abstract, up to 2 pages + references
  • Any other contribution
    • Extended abstract, up to 2 pages + references

Draft submissions must be made in PDF format. Submission to research tracks needs to be fully anonymised.

Final upload: LaTeX code adjustments

For final submission LaTeX users should change the document class from that used for peer-reviewed drafts. Final documents should use this \documentclass{} code, for the final two-column layout:

\documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}

N.B. The two-column layout is that used for measuring article page length. Authors may not exceed page limits for their submission type

The camera-ready versions will be included in the conference proceedings, flagged as appropriate by the type of contribution (e.g., research paper, workshop proposal).

The camera-ready submission is done through the ACM TAPS system using the same draft submission templates. The submission must include the manuscript source file: word document(.docx) or latex folder (zip file).

Also see: TAPS Workflow Best Practice

Upload to the URL provided at Stage 1,2 above.


Adding special symbols/fonts in LaTeX

Some resources to assist with this are available here: inserting special characters.


More on using the ACM Templates

ACM templates differentiate between draft and camera-ready versions. Draft submissions are single column while camera-ready versions are expected to be in a two-column format.

Note: the page limit (a hard limit) will be assessed as per 2 column format.

Using LaTeX

In LaTeX, a different \documentclass{} setting is used the anonymised single-column format is set using for the draft and final submissions.

For initial peer-review draft submission use:

\documentclass[manuscript,review,anonymous]{acmart}

Note: the papers page limit is measured using the final 2-column format (see below). As it is easy in LaTeX to toggle the layout via \documentclass{} it is recommended to use this durring drafting and switch to the above only for input.

Accepted papers should change to as-published two-column format by changing to document type to this code:

\documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}

Using Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, the ACM template is used to generate the two-columns using TAPS so authors have to follow the TAPS workflow. ACM published a video guide