Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)


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Author Guidelines

How to submit

New submissions will be considered on a quarterly basis, on the following dates each year:

  • February 15th: papers accepted with minor revisions will appear in Issue 2, and papers with major revisions which are subsequently accepted may appear in Issue 3 or Issue 4 depending on the resubmission cycle chosen by the author.
  • May 15th: papers accepted with minor revisions will appear in Issue 3, and papers with major revisions which are subsequently accepted may appear in Issue 4 or Issue 1 (of next year) depending on the resubmission cycle chosen by the author.
  • August 15th: papers accepted with minor revisions will appear in Issue 4, and papers with major revisions which are subsequently accepted may appear next year in Issue 1 or Issue 2 depending on the resubmission cycle chosen by the author.
  • November 15th: papers accepted with minor revisions will appear next year in Issue 1, and papers with major revisions which are subsequently accepted may appear in Issue 2 or Issue 3 depending on the resubmission cycle chosen by the author.

The online submissions system is available at: The submission site will open 2 weeks before the deadline above. The submission site will close at 23:59 Eastern US Time on the deadline date. IMWUT does not extend the deadline or grant extensions.  Our review timeline is tight, and our quarterly deadline means it is always possible to submit in the next cycle. 

Prepare your manuscript

Submissions should be anonymized, since IMWUT employs a double-blind review process.  Papers that fail to comply with the IMWUT’s anonymization policy (available at may be desk rejected.  There is no page limit or word limit.  However, a paper length of approximately 8000-10000 words (13-16 pages), not including references or figures, is considered appropriate.  Significantly longer (or shorter) submissions will be subject to additional scrutiny. Regardless of length, papers are held to a uniform, high quality bar.  All papers are expected to make a strong contribution to the field, and the length of a submission should be commensurate to its contribution. 

Authors should follow the template "ACM Large" available at:

  • Note: The template requires authors to use the abbreviated title of IMWUT, which is: "PACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol." 
  • While we expect submitted papers to use the correct template, the metadata can be filled with placeholder values (e.g. volume 0 issue 0).  Editors and reviewers will not reject a paper due to minor formatting or metadata concerns. These will be handled in a final submissions stage for accepted papers.

You may submit additional electronic materials, such as videos, datasets, benchmarks and source code, to be archived together with your paper in the digital library. In addition, you may use color graphics in the digital library. Print versions may still be black and white, so please ensure your paper is easy to read in both formats.

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

  • Descriptive Title: The title should accurately and clearly tell what the paper is about. Cute or clever titles will not fare as well with the search engines and filters of the foreseeable future.
  • 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 main conclusions, but omit future plans and citations.
  • 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 authors 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.
  • References: Please examine the template, as well as current and past issues for examples of proper citation format.
  • Manuscript history: If you are submitting a paper that was previously rejected by IMWUT, you must insert the reviewer comments in the respective submission form field. Additionally, you must add a summary of your changes in the submission form, and clearly highlight those changes in the manuscript. Papers that fail to provide this information may be desk rejected.

Please refer also to IMWUT's policies regarding submissions (e.g. on referencing prior publications, and on ethics) and more generally to ACM's author policies.  

Accepted manuscripts

If your submission is accepted (with minor revisions) for publication in IMWUT, the following process will be used to get your paper into the publication pipeline:

  1. You will receive an acceptance notification from the Editors.  This will likely come with a set of final comments on your paper that you may wish to address in your camera-ready manuscript.
  2. IMWUT will request materials from you. Shortly after receiving your acceptance notice, you will receive a second e-mail alerting you that the submission system is ready for you to upload your final document materials. This includes source files (in Word or LaTeX), and PDFs of the source files.  At this stage, the final document should no longer be anonymized, and be fully ready for publication. Once submitted, the production manager will inform you of the DOI, volume and issue details for your article.
  3. Your paper will be checked by ACM. These checks will ensure the material is suitable for the publisher and verify that all copyright issues have been addressed.  If there is third-party copyrighted material in your manuscript, then it will be necessary for you to obtain the appropriate permissions to use this information. You will also need to indicate as much on your ACM rights management form. If everything is in order, then your materials will be sent for publication.
  4. Your paper will be published.  Your paper will be published in an issue following the notification decision. For instance, an acceptance notification after the November 15 deadline implies inclusion in the March  issue. Papers of authors failing to comply with after-notification deadlines (e.g., submission of camera-ready manuscript) will experience delay in the publication of their article, and will be considered in the next quarterly cycle.

After publication

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 homepage 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.

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:

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