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Author Representations

ACM Author Representations Policy.


As explained in the Editorial Charter, ACM TIST welcomes innovative, high-impact articles on emerging or deployed intelligent systems and technology with solid evaluation or evidence of success on a variety of topics. These topics include, but are not limited to:

The journal also welcomes articles on multidisciplinary systems such as brain sciences, social intelligence, and integration of intelligent systems with business, science and engineering applications.

Submission categories

TIST accepts manuscript submissions in the following two categories. In both categories, submissions should not be under review by another journal or conference:

Publication policies and third party content

The ACM Publications Policies page addresses issues of plagiarism, copyrights (more about third party material), simultaneous submissions, etc.

Author Rights 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


We prefer manuscripts submitted as PDF files, but can also accept PostScript or Microsoft Word documents. Supplementary electronic material can accompany a submission, and can be made available with the paper on the TIST web page immediately upon acceptance and in the ACM Digital Library after the submission is published.

Instructions and style files are available for formatting an ACM Transactions submission using LaTeX or Microsoft Word. Please note that the final version is re-typeset by the ACM staff using a slightly different style, so do not be concerned that the above style files do not exactly reproduce the look of the journal.

Manuscript types include regular paper (~20 published journal pages or 10,000 words), survey paper (20~30 published journal pages), research note/short paper (~10 published journal pages), addendum/corrections (2 published journal pages), letter to the editor/comments (2 published journal pages), book review article (~5 published journal pages) and TIST special issues.

Editorial/Review Process

TIST accepts submissions electronically via Manuscript Central. Authors should go there, create an account and password, login selecting "Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology", and proceed to the Author Center to submit a manuscript.

The process of reviewing an articles is as follows:

Our goal is to get your submission out as soon as possible.

Authors are encouraged to submit non-lengthy regular papers (around 20 published journal pages or 10,000 words). Additional references, proofs, graphs or detailed experiment results can be submitted and published in a separate appendix. Lengthy papers will be rejected automatically.

For assistance, please contact the Editor-In-Chief.


Your submission will be returned with one of the following recommendations.

An accept with revisions decision is contingent on the timely submission of a revised manuscript, to ensure the novelty of the contribution. We expect authors to submit revised manuscripts within six months of the decision.

Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.

Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.

Once Accepted

The acceptance email will contain the most up-to-date instructions.

We are trying to improve the quality of the PDF and print images too. Please help us with that by verifying that the images in the proofs you receive have not been overly compressed.

Supplemental Online-only Material: Please provide a brief description of your supplementary online-only material (i.e., text and multimedia material) to be published in the Digital Library. A short "readme.txt" file will appear in the DL along with your supplementary material describing its content and whatever requirements there are for using it.

ACM Author-Izer Service

ACM Author-Izer is a unique service that enables ACM authors to generate and post links on either their home page or institutional repository for visitors to download the definitive version of their articles from the ACM Digital Library at no charge. (Read more)

Language Services

ACM has partnered with American Journal Experts (AJE) to provide language editing (and translation) services to ACM authors. AJE has helped thousands of researchers around the world to present their research in polished English suitable for publication in journals such as those published by ACM. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit and enter referral code ACM15 for a 15% discount off all AJE services. (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a paper.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide pages: and

Last change: July 27, 2014