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Editorial Submission Guidelines

ACM Computers in Entertainment is currently accepting the following types of articles for online publication, which focus on all aspects of entertainment technology and applications:

  • Articles or papers
  • Interviews in text and/or video format
  • Video-articles
  • Commentaries or opinion pieces
  • Product and book reviews
  • Timely industry news
  • Multimedia presentation such as videos and animations

Submission Guidelines
Each section has a Lead Editor; you are welcome to contact them to discuss an idea for a submission. To submit completed pieces for consideration, please email the appropriate Lead Editor. Attach your submission as an MS Word Doc or in RTF format. Editors will respond after your submission has been reviewed.

Please submit to one editor only. If your piece is appropriate for more than one section, editors will circulate it amongst themselves.

We accept rolling submissions; however, Lead Editors may set deadlines for time-sensitive content.

Word documents or RTF files are the preferred formats for written submissions.

Your written submission (e.g. articles, paper, interview, opinion pieces, reviews or news item) should include:

  • A title for the article, subject to change.
  • Authors' full names and affiliations. (Photos are optional.)
  • Body of the article.
  • A 3- to 4-sentence author biography with an email address and links to your website and blog, if applicable. If you would prefer your email address not be made public, please let us know.

Multimedia presentation such as videos and animations should be accompanied by the following:

  • A title for the article, subject to change.
  • 3-4 sentence description of the content
  • Authors' full names and affiliations. (Photos are optional.)
  • A 3- to 4-sentence author biography with an email address and links to your website and blog, if applicable. If you would prefer your email address not be made public, please let us know.

Images: Do not embed images in your article. Please send high-res images separately as .jpg, .tif, or .gif. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use images and/or any other material from outside sources before submitting an article.

Style: Please write in an informal, non-academic style. Use sub-headers to indicate new sections of the article. 

Citation: If references must be used, list them in a consistent and well-recognizable format. 

Length: Articles may vary from 500-2500 words. 

Copyright: Materials accepted for publication are subject to ACM’s copyright agreement. ACM retains ownership of, published material. Please refer to the ACM Copyright Policy for more information. 

Editorial Process

  • All accepted contributions will be reviewed by the responsible CiE Lead Editor for content and style.
  • The author may be asked to revise the submission, based on an editor's feedback. The Lead Editor will set a deadline for revisions at that time.
  • When the author’s revised draft is accepted, it will be assigned a tentative date of publication.
  • Prior to publication the material will be reviewed a second time by a Senior Editor who may make additional edits for reasons of for space, grammar, clarity, and style. The Senior Editor may contact the author directly with questions or for clarifications. The Senior Editor may make small changes without contacting the author prior to publication.
  • Before publication, all authors are required to sign a standard copyright release form, which the Lead Editor will provide. Details of the form are available prior to submission upon request. 

Video Journal Submission Guidelines

The ACM CiE Video Journal is an archival-quality forum for academic publications with a rigorous peer-review process and selective acceptance. Its reason for existing is to provide an academic forum for experiential aspects of interaction design and new media.

A video-article is a combination of video and text together communicating a knowledge contribution.  The video part focuses on those experiential aspects that are best communicated in video. The text part provides the necessary parts to make the whole an academic contribution (such as contextualization in existing body of academic knowledge, drawing out conclusions reaching beyond the particular examples, and showing how the conclusions are grounded in academically valid ways). The text part is not a complete paper in itself; it is not supposed to be useful without the video. 

Accepted video-articles are published online on the CiE website and in the ACM Digital Library. 

Each published video-article gets its own page with a static URL, on which the video, the title, the abstract and author information are featured. The full text part of the contribution is available from that page in typeset form for on-screen reading or printout.

Submission Format

Please submit the text part of your video-article for publication consideration through ACM Manuscript Central. The video part has to be made available through an online service such as Vimeo, behind password protection, and the access URL and the password should be given in the text file that is submitted through Manuscript Central.

The video file should be less than 4 minutes long, with a resolution of at least 720 x 480 px. If it is made available for download as a file, it should be saved as an H.264-encoded MP4.

The text file must have a title, access information (URL and password) for the video part, a 100-word abstract and the rest of the material making up the text part of the contribution. The total length of the text file should be less than 1500 words.

Review Process and Quality Criteria
The anonymized submission is reviewed by two or more anonymous referees, who use a set of criteria to assess the research quality of the submission. The criteria address aspects specific to the video-article format, as well as general academic quality aspects. 

Based on the reviews, the Lead Editor decides whether the submission is

  • suitable for publication with minor revisions
  • possibly suitable for publication after major revisions and a new round of reviews
  • not suitable for publication

The contact author receives the reviewers' comments together with the editor's decision. In case the submission is found suitable for publication, final revisions are agreed upon between author and editor, and instructions for producing the contribution in publication format are given.

Content Guidelines
We are seeking contributions that are better communicated through video and text than through text alone. This could, for example, include the audiovisual, dynamic behavior of a new method, design or technology; fine-grained explorations of interaction qualities such as motion, rhythm and timing; or representations of complex real-world use contexts, social phenomena and other aspects that are best captured audio-visually. More than anything else, we rely on your ingenuity and welcome any type of knowledge contribution that benefits from video communication.

We are looking for a synergy of video and text, where the whole becomes something more than duplicate documentation. The decision on how to allocate material between the video part and text part is yours, but you should aim to exploit the communicative strengths of each medium and create a coherent whole that satisfies the quality criteria.

The video part should present its material in a way suitable for an academic contribution. It should be criticizable, "honest" and intelligible. Production value must be such that the contribution can be made out without distraction.

Use filmic conventions as appropriate in the video part to make it easy for the viewer to appropriate the contribution. This could include establishing a suitable narrative structure; choosing a documentary format with first-person footage on empirical data; or choosing a news format combining interview footage with demonstration clips using the interview audio as voiceover, to remedy the problem of faceless voiceover.

Depending on what your contribution is, it could be beneficial to produce the video part in such as way that its form and expression support or even enhance the intended contribution. For example, if your contribution concerns a fast-paced club experience, parts of the video could perhaps employ hand-camera footage with rapid cuts and high-bpm music to convey a sense of the experience in question.

In general, you should think of these guidelines as suggestions to get a cooperative process going. Your key to a successful submission is to understand the review criteria. If you can do something that satisfies those criteria but goes beyond our suggestions, we would all learn and benefit from it as an academic community. And published examples of video-articles will inspire colleagues to explore the possibilities of academic video communication even further.

CiE Blog Guidelines

The CiE Blog brings together expert bloggers whose primary focus is entertainment technology. Like the editorial content in ACM Computers in Entertainment magazine, the blog will focus on art, music, games, television, movies, society, education, interviews, conferences, news and events related to entertainment technology. Blogs should be written for an audience presumed to have a high level of technical and business sophistication in entertainment technology.  

Blogging Guidelines
Please make your posts accessible to as wide a range of the CiE audience as possible, keeping in mind the diverse backgrounds and interests of our readers.

We expect posts to range from (approximately) 500-1000 words of primarily original content with links to additional information and original sources.  Please indicate clearly when quoting someone else's words. Images may be included provided there are no rights restrictions on them. Images should be high quality and at least 72dpi, and include copyright/credit information. We encourage our bloggers to post weekly to monthly, but the frequency of posting is up to you. Please include a standard biography, no more than 75 words, and headshot if available.

Voice and Tone
Blogs are to be written in the voice of the blogger. Although posts will have a personal component, your writing should always maintain the professionalism and standards of CiE.

Please do not hesitate to refer to your own work and publications, however be mindful of promoting your own institution or organization above others. Bloggers must disclose if there is a personal or professional connection to something you are discussing (such as work by former students, current employer, etc); this also relates to product reviews.

Filtering to Ensure Appropriate Content
The CiE editors will not be editing blog entries, but, as a major professional publication, they need to reserve the right to remove posts that contain offensive content (such as vulgar language), content that might put the ACM at legal risk, or posts on topics that are not relevant for the CiE audience. Also if necessary copyediting will be done for grammar, format, and tone to ensure clarity for the reader.

Intellectual Property
The blog text is owned by the blogger. By submitting your blog entry or comment for distribution, you hereby grant ACM the non-exclusive, perpetual and worldwide rights to publish and redistribute, edit or adapt and archive the blog entry in print or electronic formats published by ACM.