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. Those choosing to grant ACM a non-exclusive permission to publish may also choose to display a Creative Commons License on their works.

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 of Record 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 and
  • On any non-commercial repository or aggregation that does not duplicate ACM tables of contents, i.e., whose patterns of links do not substantially duplicate an ACM-copyrighted volume or issue. Non-commercial repositories are here understood as repositories owned by non-profit organizations that do not charge a fee for accessing deposited articles and that do not sell advertising or otherwise profit from serving articles.

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 notthe 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.

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.

  • 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.

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