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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:

  • 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.

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:

  • Previously unpublished research paper.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.

Publication policies and third party content

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


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.

ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at:  The new TeX template consolidates all eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates.  The templates are updated to the latest software versions, were developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. Please note: Separate Word for Windows and Word for Mac consolidated templates are also available.

We will continue to accept manuscripts using the previous template format through Spring 2017. 

The new TeX template requires that a call be made within the source document  for “\documentclass” so that an article is formatted according to the specifications to the publication. Detailed instructions can be found in section 2.2 of the User and Implementation Guide (

Instructions and style files are available for formatting an ACM Transactions submission using LaTeX or Microsoft Word (Small Standard Format). 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.

Note: Please  make sure to  use acmsmall template for the submissions to TIST. An example paper can be found here.

Manuscript types include regular paper (~24 published journal pages or 10,000 words, and papers with >25 pages may be rejected without review), survey paper (NO page limit), 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:

  • 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 24 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 required 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. TIST does not accept the re-submission of the same paper, if it get "Reject" as the initial decision.

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 and the PDF 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.

Author Rights

Working with the computing community, ACM leadership has responded to calls to make scholarly articles more openly accessible, to enable authors to exercise greater control of their published works, and to comply with the increasing demands placed on authors by funding agencies. 

ACM authors now have three ways to manage their publication rights with ACM:

  1. A license granting ACM non-exclusive permission to publish—by choosing to pay for perpetual open access from the ACM Digital Library, authors may opt to self-manage all rights to their work. 
  2. A new Publishing License Agreement granting ACM exclusive publication rights—in choosing this license authors grant ACM the right to serve as the exclusive publisher of their work and to manage ongoing rights and permissions associated with the work, including the right to defend it against improper use by third parties. This exclusive license is roughly the equivalent of ACM’s traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement except that the author continues to hold copyright. 
  3. ACM's traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement—for authors comfortable with the existing agreement.

Learn more by visiting the Information for Authors webpage.

ACM Author-izer Service

Once your manuscript is published, we recommend that you use the ACM Author-Izer service. This service allows you to generate and post a link on your home page or institutional repository to your published article. This link will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL. These downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics. A detailed description of the service and instructions for its use may be found at:

ACM Computing Classification System (CCS)

An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication by ACM Press is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). This is beneficial to you because accurate categorization provides the reader with quick content reference, facilitating the search for related literature, as well as searches for your work in ACM's Digital Library and on other online resources.

Language Services

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services, and also has significant international outreach, especially in China. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files. As an ACM author, you will receive a generous discount on ISE editing services.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)

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



For further assistance

  • 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.

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