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Is TACCESS the right place to publish your work?

TACCESS welcomes submissions of original, unpublished work that is not under consideration elsewhere. The topic of the paper should fall within the scope of TACCCESS' charter and topic areas described in the Call for Papers.

Widely disseminated conference proceedings and newsletters are a form of publication, although they may not be archival. Publication or republication of a (perhaps revised) paper which has been widely disseminated is permitted only if the Editors-in-Chief judge that (a) the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material or (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 a cover letter and on the title page. The authors should also either include or give a pointer to a copy of the earlier publication.

Literature reviews/survey papers will only be considered if they present a new perspective or clearly benefit the field. To be published, such papers must go beyond a review of the literature to define the field in a new way or highlight exciting new technologies or areas of research.

Submissions should be well-positioned within the accessibility literature, showing how the work reported fits in with existing work. References to relevant papers in the accessibility literature should be cited - if there are few of these then the paper may not be relevant for TACCESS.

Manuscript length of up to 11,000 words is common, although papers longer than this are also considered.

TACCESS will consider ideas for special issues.

Publishing expanded conference papers in TACCESS

TACCESS will consider manuscripts that describe work which has been previously published in the proceedings of a conference, but a number of conditions must be satisfied.

  1. All manuscripts must adhere to ACM's minimum standards regarding prior publication (http://www.acm.org/pubs/sim_submissions.html).
  2. The TACCESS manuscript should contain at least 25% new information content, beyond the original conference paper. Manuscripts will be looked on more favorably if they help the reader learn something new or significant, beyond your original conference paper. There are many ways for this to be done; here are a few examples of possibilities:
    1. Include more details about your system, algorithms, or techniques that didn't fit in the paper (especially if interesting and useful for others or if it would help someone else replicate what you have done).
    2. Conduct a further analysis of your data collected (especially if this will address a limitation from your initial work).
    3. Describe more details about the methodology of your work or your evaluation approach (especially if this would help allow someone to see how they could replicate this methodology).
    4. If you conducted a study or had participation of people with disabilities in the design process, include more feedback or responses from these participants (especially if you can analyze this feedback in a discussion section that adds value to the paper and would be of interest to others).
    5. Add a section entitled "How Can Others Make Use of this Work" to your document that articulates what you see the key contributions of your work are to the field or conveys practical/actionable recommendations for other researchers who want to explore this topic or conduct work with similar methods.
    6. Implement a new component, investigate an additional question that is logically related to your original questions, or conduct an additional study to evaluate some new aspect of the project. It is not a strict requirement that there must be new data collected in order to distinguish your conference paper from this journal submission; however, manuscripts that add new data or substantial new analysis of data will be regarded even more favorably -- because the reviewers understand that this is evidence of greater work on the part of the authors.
  3. Further, you should not copy and paste the entire text of the ASSETS paper. Minimally, there will be the new sections of the document (that contain the 25% new material), and further there should minimally be updates to the introduction/conclusion of the manuscript to reflect this new material. Beyond this minimum expectation, manuscripts will be looked upon more favorably if there is updating of the text throughout -- so that the manuscript is really a new work. Of course, if there are some sections of the document that discuss a technical or methodological detail that was carefully crafted in the original paper, then it may be appropriate for some of that ASSETS text to re-appear in the TACCESS manuscript, but there should be a citation when this happens in those sections. See ACM's policies regarding plagiarism and self plagiarism for more details about how to do this correctly and avoid getting into trouble (http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/plagiarism_policy/).
  4. It is a requirement that there is a very plainly written sentence at the end of the introduction section of your manuscript that says that this article is an expanded version of a conference paper (mention the name of the conference and give a citation given to the original paper). It is not sufficient to simply reference the conference paper in your journal article; you must be explicit that this is an expanded version of a conference paper. Near this explicit mention, you should also add a few sentences that highlight the most significant new material in the article, as compared to the original conference paper.
  5. We recommend that you use a new title and an updated abstract.

General writing guidelines for technology and people with disabilities

The following article provides some general recommendations regarding wording for use in articles being written for the academic accessibility community. While the wording recommendations provided in this article are not required, authors may find this information useful as it can help avoid words or phrases which are poorly received by individuals with disabilities as well as much of the academic accessibility community. This article was published in the September 2008 ACM SIGACCESS Newsletter and can be found online at: http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/accessible-writing-guide/.

Author Representations Policy

Authors submitting papers for peer-review to ACM publications are making several representations about their work. Authors are encouraged to read the full ACM policy on this topic prior to submitting their work: http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/author_representations

Formatting and preparing your manuscript

TACCESS requires that articles be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central. While the use of the ACM format is not required for the initial submission, authors are encouraged to use the ACM format to facilitate the conversion that will be necessary upon acceptance. The TACCESS journal uses the "ACM Small" version of the formatting template.

ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at: http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions.  The new TeX template consolidates all eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates.  The templates are updated to the latest software versions, were developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. Please note: Separate Word for Windows and Word for Mac consolidated templates are also available.

We will continue to accept manuscripts using the previous template format through Spring 2017.

The new TeX template requires that a call be made within the source document  for “\documentclass” so that an article is formatted according to the specifications to the publication. Detailed instructions can be found in section 2.2 of the User and Implementation Guide (http://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/consolidated-tex-template/acmart.pdf).

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

  • Descriptive title
  • Author names and affiliations
    Author names should be given without titles or degrees along with the name and address of the organization for which the work was carried out. The author's current address should be given in a footnote on the first page. Identify the contact author for co-authored work.
  • Abstract
    The abstract should be 150 to 200 words and consist of short, direct, and complete sentences. It should be informative enough to serve in some cases as a substitute for reading the paper itself. It should state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principle conclusions, but omit future plans and citations. Try to avoid starting with the words "This paper ..."
  • Computing Classification System
    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. Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM'S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.
  • Citations to relevant literature
    Citations should be referenced within the text with the surnames of the authors and the year of publication, with examples as follows:
    [Nelson, 2004] for a single author
    [Cailliau and Ashman, 1999] for two authors
    [Iyengar et al., 2006] for more than two authors

NOTE: The ACM Digital Library will host 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.

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 http://acm.internationalscienceediting.com/. (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: http://www.acm.org/publications/submissions/.

Submitting your manuscript

TACCESS requires that manuscripts be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central. However, screen reader users, or others who find the Manuscript Central site difficult to use due to accessibility related concerns, are encouraged to email their submission to the Editors-in-Chief. Before submitting, please use a spelling checker and correct errors in English, grammar, punctuation, figure and table numbering, and so forth.

Please select two or more keywords that highlight the most important characteristics of your manuscript during the submission process.

The Review process

When you submit your manuscript via Manuscript Central, you will receive an acknowledgement that the paper has been successfully received.

If you fail to receive an acknowledgement by 1 week after submitting your paper, please contact the Editors-in-Chief to verify that the submission has been received.

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

A manuscript submitted for the first time might be accepted or rejected, but the first response is most often that the authors revise their manuscript to address issues identified by the reviewers. 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 responses to reviewers' comments in detail. If authors are preparing a minor revision, they may want to highlight the edits within the manuscript. For example, the track changes feature within Microsoft Word may prove useful in conveying exactly what has been changed, but this should only be used if the number and extent of the revisions is limited.

Please note: Manuscripts can undergo no more than two major revisions (this includes resubmissions resulting from a "revise and resubmit" outcome). If, after two rounds of revisions, the manuscript requires more than very minor changes, it will be rejected.

ACM Author-Izer Service

This service extends ACM’s support for self-archiving by enabling authors to generate and post links in their own bibliographies that they maintain on either their personal home page or institutional repository. These links let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from the ACM DL, and these downloads are recorded as part of your DL usage statistics.

A Summary Description of the Service and instructions for its use may be found here: http://www.acm.org/publications/acm-author-izer-service

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