Authors are required to prepare and submit their manuscripts electronically. This facilitates both a quicker editorial review process as well as facilitating electronic publication of accepted papers.
While ACM admits a wide variety of formats for the electronic submission of accepted papers, the emerging technologies which support electronic publishing currently force us to impose some restrictions on submission for both review and final acceptance of manuscripts. Therefore for purposes of editorial review, TOSN permits electronic submissions only in PDF format.
TOSN authors should prepare manuscripts according to the ACM accepted manuscript preparation guidelines. We will not accept submissions that do not use this format. Since these guidelines are in a state of transition with regard to electronic publication, the guidelines here take precedence whenever there is a conflict. We will soon have our own style guides which addresses more of the specific needs for electronic publishing.
Please see Formatting Documents For Electronic Publication below.
To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include the following in the manuscript.
Prior Publication Policy
TOSN accepts submissions of original technical contributions that neither have been published in archival publications nor are under consideration by another archival journal at the time of submission. In the case where a contribution has already been published by a refereed conference, publication in TOSN is permitted only if the editor judges that the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material, or there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from the journal publication. In either case, any prior publication should be noted on the title page of the submission, and a summary of the differences with the conference version should be provided (as a cover letter) with the submission. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be rejected without review.
Select a title that accurately and clearly tells what the paper is about. Choose title terms as highly specific as content and emphasis of the paper permit. Avoid special symbols and formulas in titles unless essential to indicate content. Avoid cute or clever titles.
Authors' names should be given without titles or degrees along with the name and address of the organization for which the work was carried out. A footnote on the first page should acknowledge funding sources and presentations, if any, of the material at technical meetings (give dates and sponsoring societies). The author's current address should be given in a footnote on the first page.
ORCID is a community-based effort to create a global registry of unique researcher identifiers for the purpose of ensuring proper attribution of works to their creators. When new users create an account in Manuscript Central, they are now asked to add their ORCID unique researcher identifier to their record. They can obtain their number via a direct link to the ORCID registration site. The ORCID ID then becomes part of the manuscript's metadata and will be passed back into ACM's Digital Library if the manuscript is accepted for publication. ACM has not yet made ORCID registration a requirement of submission. We intend to do so in the near feature.
The abstract should be from 150 to 200 words long 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 principal conclusions. The title need not be repeated. Work planned but not done should not be described in the abstract. Because abstracts are extracted and used separately, do not use the first person, do not display mathematics, and do not use citation reference numbers. Try to avoid starting with the words "This paper ..."
Two types of content indicators must be assigned: (1) categories and subject descriptors and (2) keywords and phrases. The first item is selected from the Computing Reviews Classification Scheme published in the January 1991 issue ofComputing Reviews. Select as many of these as may be applicable.
The keywords and phrases are additional English language words that indicate the content of the submission. They should not be synonymous with those already in the classification system : they can be more specific in relation to the paper than the subject descriptors, or they may not be covered by the existing system at all. The following guidelines may be helpful.
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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 page: http://www.acm.org/publications/submissions/.
In order to ensure timely review and facilitate electronic publication, manuscripts must be submitted as PDF files on the web at
Each submission must include a PDF file for the complete manuscript and an ASCII file containing title, abstract, authors, and contact information for the corresponding author of the manuscript.
Each submission should indicate whether it is intended as a regular paper (approximately 30-40 printed pages each) or tutorial/survey paper (approximately 30-50 printed pages each). In the case where the work has already been published by a refereed conference, the submission should note the prior publication on the title page. Please refer to Editorial Charter for the prior publication policy.In general, the process follows the same guidelines as the other ACM Journal publications:
Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation. The author will be notified of the name of an associate editor who will be responsible for the processing of the manuscript, upon request to the journal assistant. Revisions requested by the associate editor should be submitted through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acm/tosn which will be forwarded directly to that editor. After the refereeing process is complete, the associate editor makes a decision for acceptance or rejection. There are two types of revisions: major or minor. For a major revision, original referees will be invited to review the paper again, and make a recommendation. For a minor revision, no reviews are required, the editor makes the final decision of acceptance if both the content and format are acceptable. Note that it is recommended that all papers go through minor revisions before acceptance.
Timeline of the review process: expected time: first decision < 15 weeks, second decision < 35 weeks
Authors may contact the journal assistant for the status of the paper.
Desk Reject Policy
A submission may be rejected by the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor without review if it is clearly below the standard in quality/impact or is out of the scope of TOSN as the flagship journal on sensor networks. The AE must notify Editor-in-Chief with a proper justification for a Desk Reject and receive approval before committing the decision. Desk Rejects will be used only in cases when the submissions are clearly below the threshold or are clearly out of the scope of TOSN.
Authors whose paper are accepted with minor revisions shall prepare the final version using ACM Transaction Format. For latex users, a sample style file can be found here. Authors should submit ALL source files (tex and figures), in addition to final PDF. It is recommended that all files are put in a zip or tar file and submitted as "not for review". Please note that after acceptance of a paper, authors are no longer able to submit any files to the manuscript center for that paper.
Formatting Documents For Submission & Electronic Publication
Please read and observe the official ACM Copyright Policy.
Guidelines for preparing your paper for publication can be found at ACM accepted manuscript preparation guidelines. For latex users, a sample style file (with TOSN specific information) can be found here. Note that it is essential that the ACM copyright be included on the first page of your final document.
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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