ACM Computing Surveys

A journal of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which publishes surveys, tutorials, and special reports on all areas of computing research. Volumes are published yearly in four issues appearing in March, June, September, and December.

New Fair Use Guidelines July 30, 2014

ACM has recently published new Fair Use Guidelines for authors whose manuscripts include third-party material. They can be found at:

Editorial Board Changes January 21, 2014

Drs. Jonathan Grudin, Luis Pereira, and Ken Salem have resigned from the editorial board after several years of dedicated and tireless service. I wish to thank them for their invaluable contribution to Computing Surveys. At the same time, I wish to welcome Drs. Azzedine Boukerche, Yeh-Ching Chung, Eliezer Dekel, Paul Fishwick, Teofilo Gonzalez, S. Sitharama Iyengar, Jaihie Kim, Benjamin Lok, Sachin Maheshwari, Miroslaw Malek, Wenji Mao, Manish Parashar, Kriti Ramamritham, Sanjay Ranka, Hamid Sarbazi-Azad, Guna Seetharaman, and Albert Zomaya who have joined the Computer Surveys editorial board.

-- Sartaj Sahni (), Editor-in-Chief

New ACM Computing Surveys Editor-in-Chief September 1, 2013

Dr. Sartaj K Sahni has been named as the ACM computing surveys editor-in-chief.

New ACM Publishing License Agreement April 17, 2013

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

-- Travis Desell (), Information Director

Support for ORCID December 21, 2012

ORCID Inc. is a non-profit, community-based effort to create a global registry of unique researcher identifiers for the purpose of ensuring proper attribution of works to their creators. ACM has been an enthusiastic supporter and is a Gold Sponsor of ORCID. Find out more details at ORCID's web page.

-- Travis Desell (), Information Director

Website Redesign December 18, 2012

The old ACM Computing Surveys was getting extremely outdated so I'm happy to introduce a modern redesign of the site, with many thanks to Twitter's Bootstrap. Please feel free to email me suggestions, comments or corrections as I redesign and update the webpage.

-- Travis Desell (), Information Director

New Associate Editor October 17, 2012

One of our associate editors, Professor Lorenzo Alvisi, has indicated that he would like to stand down from the end of this year. He has served on the Board since 2005. With Lorenzo's help, Dr. Robbert Van Renesse from Cornell University has been selected as the new associate editor.

-- Travis Desell (), Information Director

New Information Director October 15, 2012

Hello everyone, I have taken over as Information Director for the ACM Computing Surveys journal, as the successor to Professor Carlos Varela at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

-- Travis Desell (), Information Director

Tables of contents for Computing Surveys and all other ACM publications are now available online, together with copies of all issues.

ACM Computing Surveys Portal » ACM Computing Surveys Current Issue » ACM Computing Surveys Archive » ACM Digital Library » Print and Online Subscription Instructions »

Papers for ACM Computing Surveys must be of high quality and fall within the scope of the journal. There are four main ingredients to an acceptable paper:

  1. Technical quality is high.
  2. Relevance to significant areas of research or practice is high.
  3. The level of general interest is high.
  4. The presentation is effective.
Few papers excel in all of these, but a substandard level in any is sufficient ground for rejection.

Computing Surveys does not accept papers primarily devoted to presentation of new technical results; such papers belong in technical journals, and reviewers may make suggestions of possibilities where appropriate. This is not to say no new results may be included; papers devoted primarily to presenting a survey or tutorial that include a new result to organize and convey the material in a better way are within the scope of the journal.

Please prepare an anonymous referee report suitable for transmission to the author. In addition, please prepare a cover letter to the editor summarizing recommendation (i.e., publish, publish after revision, reject but encourage resubmission after revision, reject). Your report may be transmitted to the editor by using ACM's Manuscript Central web site at

For further information about Computing Surveys, please contact Molly Shea (). The editors are especially interested in hearing about proposals for special issues, including Symposium issues.

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