Experimental Algorithmics (JEA)


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JEA Guidelines for Authors

The ACM JEA is a high-quality, refereed, archival journal devoted to the study of discrete algorithms and data structures through a combination of experimentation and classical analysis and design techniques.  ACM JEA is an entirely online journal.

Original submissions are sought that address implementation and performance issues of discrete algorithms and data structures. An experimental study typically includes an implementation, a series of experiments designed to understand the behavior of the algorithm(s) under study, and a critical discussion of the experiments and their results. Whenever possible, experiments should include test data from previously published studies to enable critical comparisons, although the development of new test suites is also encouraged. Studies of an algorithm in a specific application context of general interest are welcome, as are contributions in the development and understanding of experimental methodologies, including multimedia tools such as algorithm animation.

Also within the scope of the ACM JEA are research contributions in the area of test generation and result assessment as applied to discrete algorithms and data structures. Fundamental and application areas include, but are not limited to: combinatorial optimization, computational biology, computational geometry, graph manipulation, graphics, heuristics, network design, parallel processing, routing, searching and sorting, scheduling, and VLSI design.

Submissions to JEA typically include an article, a suite of programs, and a collection of test data and computational results. Accepted submissions are placed on-line, with code and data made available for use by researchers and practitioners alike.

Submissions, refereeing, and all correspondence are conducted through the Internet. For detailed information, send an inquiry to

JEA joins RCR: Replicated Computational Results Initiative

Authors of articles nearly-accepted in JEA will now be invited to apply for an RCR certificate attached to their article. For those that accept, a further reviewer will be appointed to ensure that their experimental results can be replicated. The RCR initiative aims to improve the reproducibility of experimental results in the community and adds to the trustability of the experimental results in the articles published in JEA. For more details see RCR Initiative page.

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:

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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 Service

ACM has partnered with American Journal Experts (AJE) to provide language editing (and translation) services to ACM authors. AJE has helped thousands of researchers around the world to present their research in polished English suitable for publication in journals such as those published by ACM. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit When using this link, you will get a 15% discount for all AJE services. (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a paper.)


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For further assistance

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