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  • ACM Author Rights

    ACM  exists to support the needs of the computing community. For over sixty years ACM has developed publications and publication policies to maximize the visibility, impact, and reach of the research it publishes to a global community of researchers, educators, students, and practitioners. ACM has achieved its high impact, high quality, widely-read portfolio of publications with:

    • Affordably priced publications
    • Liberal Author rights policies
    • Wide-spread, perpetual access to ACM publications via a leading-edge technology platform
    • Sustainability of the good work of ACM that benefits the profession
    Choose

    Authors have the option to choose the level of rights management they prefer. ACM offers three different options for authors to manage the publication rights to their work.

    • Authors who want ACM to manage the rights and permissions associated with their work, which includes defending against improper use by third parties, can use ACM’s traditional copyright transfer agreement.
    • Authors who prefer to retain copyright of their work can sign an exclusive licensing agreement, which gives ACM the right but not the obligation to defend the work against improper use by third parties.
    • Authors who wish to retain all rights to their work can choose ACM’s author-pays option, which allows for perpetual open access through the ACM Digital Library. Authors choosing the author-pays option can give ACM non-exclusive permission to publish, sign ACM’s exclusive licensing agreement or sign ACM’s traditional copyright transfer agreement.
    Post

    Authors can post the accepted, peer-reviewed version prepared by the author—known as the "pre-print"—to the following sites, with a DOI pointer to the Definitive Version in the ACM Digital Library.

    • On Author's own Home Page and
    • On Author's Institutional Repository and
    • In any repository legally mandated by the agency funding the research on which the work is based.
    • Prior to submission to ACM for peer-review, authors may post their original work in any informal, non-peer-reviewed aggregation or collection.
    Distribute
    Authors can post an Author-Izer link enabling free downloads of the Definitive Version of the work permanently maintained in the ACM Digital Library
    • On the Author's own Home Page or
    • In the Author's Institutional Repository.
    Reuse

    Authors can reuse any portion of their own work in a new work of their own (and no fee is expected) as long as a citation and DOI pointer to the Version of Record in the ACM Digital Library are included.

    • Contributing complete papers to any edited collection of reprints for which the author is not the editor, requires permission and usually a republication fee.

    Authors can include partial or complete papers of their own (and no fee is expected) in a dissertation as long as citations and DOI pointers to the Versions of Record in the ACM Digital Library are included. Authors can use any portion of their own work in presentations and in the classroom (and no fee is expected).

    • Commercially produced course-packs that are sold to students require permission and possibly a fee.
    Create

    ACM's copyright and publishing license include the right to make Derivative Works or new versions. For example, translations are "Derivative Works." By copyright or license, ACM may have its publications translated. However, ACM Authors continue to hold perpetual rights to revise their own works without seeking permission from ACM.

    • If the revision is minor, i.e., less than 25% of new substantive material, then the work should still have ACM's publishing notice, DOI pointer to the Definitive Version, and be labeled a "Minor Revision of"
    • If the revision is major, i.e., 25% or more of new substantive material, then ACM considers this a new work in which the author retains full copyright ownership (despite ACM's copyright or license in the original published article) and the author need only cite the work from which this new one is derived.

    Minor Revisions and Updates to works already published in the ACM Digital Library are welcomed with the approval of the appropriate Editor-in-Chief or Program Chair.

    Retain

    Authors retain all perpetual rights laid out in the ACM Author Rights and Publishing Policy, including, but not limited to:

    • Sole ownership and control of third-party permissions to use for artistic images intended for exploitation in other contexts
    • All patent and moral rights
    • Ownership and control of third-party permissions to use of software published by ACM

    Have more questions? Check out the FAQ.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What rights do I retain under ACM's copyright transfer agreement?
    When you assign ACM copyright to your work, you transfer to ACM the management of rights and permissions associated with your work, which includes defending against improper use by third parties.
    What rights do I retain under ACM’s exclusive license agreement?
    You retain copyright of your work. You grant ACM permission to manage the rights and permissions associated with your work, and you give ACM the right, but not the obligation, to defend your work against improper use by third parties.
    How do I retain all rights to my work published by ACM?
    You can choose ACM’s author-pays option, which allows for perpetual open access through the ACM Digital Library, and grants ACM non-exclusive permission to publish.
    What are ACM’s Open Access charges?
    The OA fee structure applies only to full papers:

    Authors No ACM or SIG members At least 1 ACM or SIG member
    Full Journal Article $1700 $1300
    Full Proceedings Article $900 $700
    Does ACM offer any pure Open Access publications?
    ACM produces some pure Open Access publications that do not charge fees to either authors or users. They include Ubiquity, Queue, eLearn Magazine, and articles selected by the editors of various ACM publications.
    What options do I have for posting my work outside of the ACM Digital Library?
    You can post the accepted, peer-reviewed version prepared by yourself (the "pre-print") to the following sites, provided that you include a DOI pointer to the Version of Record in the ACM Digital Library:
    • Your own Home Page and
    • Your Institutional Repository and
    • In any repository legally mandated by the agency funding the research on which the work is based.
    You can also add a link to a free download of the Version of Record of your article from the ACM Digital Library using the ACM Author-Izer Service to either your own home page or your institutional repository.

    Prior to submission to ACM for peer-review, you can post your original work in any informal, non-peer-reviewed aggregation or collection.
    What if my funding organization mandates deposits in another repository?
    You can post your peer-reviewed, accepted version on any repository legally mandated by the agency funding the research on which the work is based.
    What happens to the access to my works if ACM should go out of business?
    ACM has made arrangements with Portico and CLOCKSS to ensure that the ACM Digital Library remains accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students should ACM cease business operations.
    Where does ACM index my work?
    ACM metadata is freely available for indexing in any library catalogue; in web search engines such as DBLP, Google and Google Scholar, Yahoo!, Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Academic Search; federated search engines like Primo and Summon; and commercial secondary databases like Thomson Reuters (ISI) Web of Science, Elsevier's Scopus, Ei and Engineering Village, EBSCO Discovery Service, and INSPEC. To enhance discoverability, ACM often feeds its high-quality, detailed metadata directly to these services.
    What are the advantages of publishing via ACM?
    ACM has achieved its high impact, high quality, widely-read content with affordably priced publications; liberal author rights policies, global perpetual access to ACM publications via a leading-edge technology platform, and sustainability of the good work that benefits the computing profession. As a publisher, ACM pursues promotion and marketing initiatives and has established numerous indexing agreements with discovery services. These activities are aimed at directing traffic to your work.

    More than 3,000 institutions in over 100 countries have access to the ACM Digital Library. They collectively generate over 16 million full-text downloads of ACM publications annually. ACM estimates that more than 1.5 million individuals download and read articles from ACM publications on an annual basis and at least 15 million individuals (including students, educators, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and managers) have unrestricted access to everything ACM has published via the ACM Digital Library.

    This combination of inexpensive pricing, high visibility, and widespread dissemination, has ensured that ACM Publications are available and read by more members of the community than any other publishers' content in the field of computing.

     

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