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Is TWEB the right place to publish your work?

ACM TWEB welcomes original, unpublished research papers which are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The topic of the paper should fall within the scope of TWEB's charter and topic areas described in the Call for Papers.

Publication of an enhanced version of a previously published conference paper is possible if the review process determines that (a) the revision contains significant enhancements, amplification or clarification of the original material and (b) there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from journal publication. Any prior appearance of a substantial amount of a submission should be noted in the submission letter and on the title page; a footnote on the first page should indicate that the paper is an extended version of the earlier paper (s). A separate file should describe the differences between the original conference paper and the new submission; this file should be uploaded according to the directions in the Manuscript Central paper submission system. The authors should also upload an electronic version of the earlier publcation (s) according to the directions in Manuscript Central. Authors are encouraged to read the ACM Policy on Prior Publication and Simultaneous Submissions as well as the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism (including self plagiarism). TWEB forbids authors from submitting papers which would be under consideration simultaneously for publication in both TWEB and another copyrighted forum.

Submissions should be well-positioned within the WWW literature, showing how the work reported fits in with existing work. References to relevant papers in the WWW literature should be cited - if there are few of these then the paper may not be relevant for TWEB (see Related work below). Papers should also have a substantial evaluation section.

Formatting and preparing your manuscript

TWEB requires that articles be submitted electronically. Articles must follow the "Small Standard Format" described in the ACM formatting guidelines. Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned to the authors for correction.

To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include the following in the manuscript.

  • Descriptive title
  • Author names and affiliations
  • Abstract
  • Content indicators
  • Related work
  • Citations to relevant literature

The following are guidelines for the preparation of this material.

  • Descriptive title
  • Author names and affiliations
    Authors' names should be given without titles or degrees along with the names and addresses of the authors' institution. Identify the contact author for co-authored work.
  • Abstract
    The abstract should concisely state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principle conclusions, but omit future plans and citations.
  • Content indicators (required once paper is accepted)

    Three types of content indicators must be assigned:
    1. categories and subject descriptors,
    2. general terms,
    3. keywords and phrases.
    The first two items are selected from the Computing Reviews Classification Scheme most recently revised in 1998. Select as many as are applicable. The keywords and phrases are additional English language words that indicate the content of the submission.
  • Related work
    Submissions should cite relevant WWW work, showing how this work is related to prior research. Relevant research can occur in many sources, such as WWW and WSDM conferences and other SIGWEB conferences, other ACM journals such as TOIT, TOIS and many others.
  • Citations to relevant literature
    Citations should be referenced within the text of the paper.

It may be helpful useful to look at the review form that reviewers will complete in reviewing your paper, as it can assist you in preparing your paper.

NOTE: The ACM Digital Library hosts ancillary material for a paper on its web site. This material, an online appendix that does not appear in the print journal, is linked to and accessed from the online table of contents. For example, authors could provide hypertext and/or XML versions of their papers, or animations, or any other appropriate technology. Authors that wish to use this option should attach such material as an appendix to their submission and indicate in their cover letter that this material is intended to be ancillary material included in the digital library, and how it is intended to be accessed. All ancillary material should be free from viruses.

Submitting your manuscript

Before submitting a manuscript, please use a spelling checker and correct errors in punctuation, grammar, figure and table numbering, and so forth.

Authors are asked to submit manuscripts in PDF format.

You are welcome to indicate what general area within the TWEB scope you feel is most appropriate for your manuscript.

To submit your papers, please submit them via Manuscript Central,

The review process

When we receive your manuscript and verify that it can be read and is within the scope of the journal, an Associate Editor will take responsibility for handling the review process. The Associate Editor will assign the article to 3-4 reviewers, study the reviews that are returned, and make an overall recommendation to the Editors-in-Chief.

After you submit your paper via Manuscript Central, you should receive an acknowledgement that the paper has been successfully received.

If you fail to receive an acknowledgement after submitting your paper, please contact the TWEB administrator to verify that the submission has been received.

A manuscript submitted for the first time might be accepted subjected to minor revisions or rejected, but many published articles first receive a "Revise and Resubmit" recommendation. If this happens, it may be very worthwhile to persevere, revising the manuscript to fix problems and clarify misunderstandings. Resubmissions should be accompanied with a cover letter that explains in detail how the comments of the reviewers were dealt with.

The Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor may also decide to desk-reject a submission, without sending it out to reviewers, if examination of the manuscript shows that there is no hope of acceptance.

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 is also implementing changes to to allow for more free access to the content of ACM journals and Special Interest Group conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library and other online venues:

  • SIGs may choose to enable open access to the most current proceedings volume of their sponsored conferences from the conference or SIG site.
  • SIGs may make conference proceedings freely available via the ACM DL platform for up to two weeks before the event, and for a total of one month.

These options will facilitate access to proceedings content by conference attendees. They will also enable the community at large to learn about the latest developments as they are presented at the conferences.

Authors can post an Author-Izer link enabling free downloads of the Definitive Version of the work permanently maintained in the ACM Digital Library.

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:


Word Template Page

LaTeX Template Page

For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editors-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
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