Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Selecting the author-pays OA option gives authors a third form choice; the ACM Permission & Release, which leaves all rights with the authors and grants a non-exclusive license to ACM for publication, while allowing for perpetual open access through the ACM Digital Library.

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
Journal Article $1700 $1300
Proceedings Article $900 $700
Proceedings of the ACM Article $900 $700

Are refunds available for the ACM Author Pays option?

Refunds are not provided for the ACM author-pay option. This option allows for perpetual open access through the ACM Digital Library.

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 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.

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.

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.