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- Once Accepted
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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:
- intelligent agent systems
- intelligent bioinformatics and biomedical systems
- intelligent information and multimedia systems
- intelligent robotic systems
- intelligent tutoring and educational systems
- knowledge engineering, modeling and capture systems
- knowledge based software engineering
- large-scale machine learning systems and technology
- machine learning applications
- online commerce, games, information search and advertising systems
- planning and scheduling systems
- social intelligence systems
- speech and language understanding and processing systems
- user behavior modeling and learning, intelligent user interfaces
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.
TIST accepts manuscript submissions in the following two categories. In both categories, submissions should not be under review by another journal or conference:
- Previously unpublished research paper. These are original manuscripts submitted to TIST that have not been published anywhere else.
- Extended version of a published conference paper. A paper previously published in a workshop, symposium, or conference can be submitted to TIST for consideration if (1) the conference paper does not already appear in a journal, and (2) it contains significant new material (25% according to ACM Policy), such as previously missing proofs, additional examples, deeper analysis, additional experiments, implementation details, and/or the exploration of further research. Authors should clearly indicate the new contributions and justify their importance for publication at TIST. Authors should also supply the conference/workshop papers along with the submission with a note on the differences.
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 http://authors.acm.org.
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.
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:
- An administrative assistant first checks the submission for completeness and notifies the Editor-in-Chief.
- The Editor-in-Chief then determines if the paper is appropriate for consideration by TIST and, if so, assigns it to an Associate Editor.
- The Associate Editor reads the paper and further determines if it is appropriate for TIST consideration, and if so, selects several referees.
- The referees read the submission and measure its novelty, impact and correctness, and each returns a review to the Associate Editor.
- The Associate Editor collects the reviews and makes a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief on the acceptability of the submission.
- The Editor-in-Chief, based on the reviews and Associate Editor's recommendation, makes a final, binding recommendation on the acceptability of the submission, and communicates to the author this recommendation along with the Associate Editor's comments and referees reviews.
Our goal is to get your submission out as soon as possible.
- We strive to complete this process from submission to decision in 1-3 months, though some papers can require longer periods to review.
- If at any time during this process we determine a submission inappropriate for consideration by TIST, we will return the submission to the author immediately through administrative reject. This is to ensure that the author can decide in a timely fashion how to fix their papers or submit it to another venue.
- Once a paper is accepted, we immediately make the entire paper freely available on the TIST website, until its TIST issue is physically published and it becomes available in the ACM Digital Library.
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.
- Accept as is. The submission will appear in an upcoming issue of ACM TIST.
- Accept with minor revisions. If the author implements the requested revisions within 2 weeks, the revised submission will appear in an upcoming issue. Otherwise it will be rejected automatically. The revisions will be verified by the Associate Editor.
- Major revisions. The author is requierd to implement the requested revisions within 30 days. Paper revisions exceeding the imposed time limit will be automatically routed to the next option. The revisions will be verified by the original referees.
- Reject with strong encouragement to resubmit. In this option the editors see value in the paper, but expect the revision to take longer than 30 days to implement. The authors are encouraged to implement the revisions and resubmit at a later date.
- Reject.The editors and reviewers deem the paper not ready or not fit for publication on ACM TIST.
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.
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.
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Last change: April 3, 2013