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What Changes Have Been Released In 2018 for ACM Paper Format?

Posted by veniaminbrown in Education on October 28th, 2018

Changes in the ACM Paper Format recommended new writing conditions for the global readership at the end of the ICSE Conference 2018 held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

It is no more news that the  2018 ICSE Conference has come and gone.  Many writing changes are effected in the ACM Paper Format for global readership of all people.

Continue reading to learn more about the changes released at this 2018 conference.

The Introduction

 

Ii was agreed at the conference that new introduction format must be used for published submissions. The purpose is to give the volume a consistent and exceptional look.

 

As a result, some easy guidelines were suggested for authors to follow. It was recommended that authors should set-up their paper accurately by replacing the content with their own materials.

 

The document explains how to prepare submissions with Microsoft Word on a Mac or PC. Certain instructions regarding accessing the available menu items in Word made references to the PC edition of Word 2013.

 

The Size and Columns of Page

Part of the changes released at the conference as far as the format is concerned is that on each page, material should fit inside a rectangle of 18 x 23.5 cm, centered on a US letter page of 8.5x 11 cm, beginning at 1.9 cm right from the very top of the page, leaving a 0.85 cm space amid the two 8.4 cm columns.

The right margins of the paper should be justified not shabby. Please make sure your document and PDF are US letter and not A4.

Typeset Text

 

The old styles have been changed from default styles to incorporate the ACM styles of formatting.

Creating and Testing PDF Files

It was suggested that authors should create a PDF version of their submission before or well ahead the final deadline. Such a PDF file must be ACM DL acquiescent. The prerequisites for an ACM PDF Compliant can be got from:

http://sheridanprinting.com/typedept/ACM-distilling-settings.htm

Make sure you create a tagged PDF from improved accessibility, when you are producing PDF from Word. You can do this by making use of Adobe PDF add-in, aka PDF Maker.

Title and Authors

The title of the paper, the authors, and affiliations should dash over the whole width of the page in one column of 17.8 cm wide. Moreover, the title of the text should be in Helvetica or Arial 18-point bold. It must include the names of the Authors which must be in Times New Roman or Times Roman 12-point bold and affiliations in the font as 12-pointnormal.

Make use of a single-row table with imperceptible borders to place names and addresses. On the other hand, use centralized tab for the entire name and address text on the page, if just one address is required.

However, you may have to place a number of address information in a footnote or in a named segment underneath your paper, if the authors are more than three. Leave a 10-point line of white space underneath the last line of affiliations.

Adding and Removing the Author Fields

To do this effectively, all you have to do is to click on the table, “Layout” below the “Table Tools” click “Insert Left” or “Insert Right”.  After that, right-click any place on the table, then click the “Table Properties”, and in the Table tab, click the tab box for Favored Width and enter 7, provided that you want a 4th block for an extra author with a different affiliation.

But you should remove a column from the table in case you need author blocks for just 1 or 2 authors. Right-click within the unnecessary cell, then click “Delete Cell”, then “Delete whole Column”, and then click “OK”. Go over the process if need be.

The Abstract and Keywords

According to the conference proceeding format 2018, the abstract for each submission should be of at least 150 words, followed by a number of keywords. Both the abstract and keywords should be in the left column of the first page below the left half of the title. The abstract should be a summarizing report of the problem, approach, and conclusions of the assignment described.

Normal or Body Text

You are to use a 10-point Times New Roman or Times Roman font or another relative font with serifs, which is similar to the Times New Roman 10-point in appearance if this is not available.

Kindly use the sans-serif or non-proportional fonts only for exceptional purposes, such as source code text, except for Helvetica or Arial headings.

The First Page Copyright Notice

The accepted paper on this was shared in the conference publications. You can also get them in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain available to numerous researchers and practitioners all over the world. You can also check the patent and permissions policy of ACM at http://acm.org/publications/policies/copyright_policy

Subsequent Pages

Begin at the very top of the page and carry on in two-column format on pages beyond the first. The two columns on the last page should be of around the same length.

Format for References

The changes affecting the references format is that the same font as the one used in the body text must be used. It must be in alphabetical order starting with the last name of first author.

 

Sections

These changes also affected the heading of a section. In this particular case, the heading should be in Arial 9-point bold, all must appear in capital letters. On the other hand, the sections shouldn’t be numbered.

Subsections

The headings of subsections should be in Arial 9-point bold capitalizing the first letters. For sub-sections and sub-subsections, a word like “the” or “of” should not be in capital letters, except if it is the first word of the heading.

Adding Images

When images are slotted within the document are manipulated in MS Word, MS Word creates larger-than-necessary PDF files at times. Make use of an image editing tool to resize the image at the normal printing resolution of 300 dpi, and then slot in the image into Word by making use of Insert | Picture | From File. This will curtail the problem.

Figures and Captions

Put tables and figures at the very top or underneath the right column or columns, on the same page as the related text. On the other hand, captions should be caption style or Times New Roman 9-point bold. You must number them “Table 1” or “Figure 2”, centralized, and positioned underneath the figure or table.

Spell out “Figure” and “Table” instead of Fig or Tab. For enhanced accessibility, all the figures should incorporate alt text.

 

Conclusion

Writing for the ICSE audience is quite imperative. State what you have actually done clearly and not just what you intend to do. Moreover, explain how your own paper is different from earlier published work. What is the unique or extraordinary impact that your work will have on the field of study?

Think about what your audience and readers alike will learn from your work, and how your submission would be useful to them. Your work will surely stand out and be accepted into the conference, if you write with these points in mind.

 

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