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.

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.

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 In the Digital Library and are freely available to the public. ACM does not ask for copyright or exclusive publishing license to software. Copyright remains with original owners who may grant non-exclusive permission to ACM to serve the artifacts from the ACM Digital Library and assign a DOI to the snapshot associated with their article for citation and linking purposes.

Both the copyrighted manuscripts and un-copyrighted 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 accommodated.

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


ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at:  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.

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 (

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:

After Acceptance

When your manuscript is accepted you will be given instructions about submitting final versions of your files. ACM will use your source file to prepare the final version of your paper for publication in the Digital Library.

  1. ACM requires that manuscripts be prepared for publication using either LaTeX or MS Word using the template found in the Submitting Articles to ACM Journals information.
  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. If you provide 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.

ACM 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:

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.

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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