Experimental Algorithmics (JEA)


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JEA Instructions for Authors

The ACM JEA invites submissions describing original research in experimental algorithmics. A typical submission to the ACM JEA will include an article, a suite of programs, and perhaps a collection of test data and computational results. This page has information on:

Submitting a manuscript to ACM JEA

If you are going to prepare your manuscript in LaTeX, please go to the following directory for further instructions:

If you prefer to prepare your manuscript in MS Word, please go to the following directory for a working template.

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.

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page:

All articles that fall within the scope of JEA will be reviewed by at least two professional colleagues.  Authors may suggest appropriate reviewers, although the editors need not take up the suggestion. Consult the General Guidelines for Authors for policy information on authorship, originality, copyright, and appealing editorial decisions.

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Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide pages: and

Submitting Software and Data

The software, data, links, and documentation that accompany your manuscript will be checked to see that code installs properly, tools and data are adequately documented,  and that results generally correspond to those described in the article. JEA does not ask reviewers to certify the correctness or quality of submitted code.

Software, data, and files are published by ACM JEA without copyright, and are freely available to the public. Both the copyrighted manuscripts and uncopyrighted support materials are indexed in the ACM Digital Library. If you are prevented by your employer from making your code available, mention that fact with your submission: JEA editors can review your code under a non-disclosure policy.

ACM Manuscript Central will invite you to upload all files that accompany your manuscript. JEA prefers to receive a zipped tar file or else a url pointing to those files, but other formats can be accomodated.

See Preparing Software and Data for JEA for guidelines on issues of languages, platforms, and packaging.

What to do When your Manuscript is Accepted

When your manuscript is accepted you will be given instructions about submitting final versions of your files.

After uploading your materials, you may be contacted by ACM typesetters about changes to the "camera ready copy" of your paper. When these changes are complete, ACM will use your source file to prepare the final version of your paper for publication in the Digital Library.

  1. The ACM requires that manuscripts be prepared for publication using eitherLaTeX or MS Word. The ACM makes available a set of style files which are standard for all ACM Publications. Those files may be found at the site: Submitting Articles to ACM Journals.
  2. You will be asked to provide the LaTeX or MS Word source (using the style files), together with the PDF file containing the final version of your paper (for comparison to the source).
  3. Software, data files, and websites that accompany your JEA article are not copyrighted by ACM.
  4. You may also be contacted by the JEA Editor in Chief with questions about your software and related file submissions.
  5. Supplemental Online-only Material. Please provide a brief description of your supplementary online-only material (i.e., text and multimedia material) to be published in the Digital Library. A short "readme.txt" file will appear in the DL along with your supplementary material describing its content and whatever requirements there are for using it.
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