ACM Transactions on Data Science (TDS)

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Information and Guidelines for Authors

All manuscripts considered for publication in TDS must be prepared using the ACM template and submitted as a PDF via the Manuscript Central submission site at

Paper Types

TDS accepts submissions of both Research and Survey Papers.

A Survey Paper summarizes and organizes recent research results in a novel way that integrates and adds understanding to work in the field. A survey article assumes a general knowledge of the area; it emphasizes the classification of the existing literature, developing a perspective on the area, and evaluating trends.

Papers should not exceed 35 pages, including references, when formatted using the Surveys style. When justified, additional material may be published in an electronic supplement however you will need to go through the manuscript and indicate which pages will form your 35 pages for publication and which pages are for the electronic supplement. Both will be published simultaneously if your manuscript is accepted. Manuscripts of excessive length may be rejected without review.

Conference Submissions

By TDS policy, if you are submitting a conference paper extension, you must expand your paper by adding at least 30% new material. In addition, you must upload a copy of the conference paper and a statement that explains how your paper extends and provides new information as compared with the conference version.


Authoring templates can be found at

Language Service

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 outreach 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.)

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.

Author Rights

ACM authors 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.

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:

For Further Assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the journal admin, Holley Cornetto.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Journals Manager, Laura A. Lander.
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