Applied Perception (TAP)


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Author Guidelines


ACM Transactions on Applied Perception publishes inter-disciplinary research of significant and lasting value in all subfields of Computer Science and Experimental Psychology. All papers must incorporate both perceptual and computer science components.


Electronic submissions are required through the ACM Manuscript Central TAP interface


Papers must be formatted according to the "ACM Large" style and must not exceed twenty pages in length. Papers that are not correctly formatted and/or do not meet the length requirements are liable to be returned to the authors without review. The use of LaTeX for formatting is highly recommended. The resources relevant for formatting papers for ACM TAP, as well as further information, are available from the ACM Submissions.

Further Information

Accepted papers will go through a copy-editing process. Questions regarding the formatting of the final version of the paper should be directed to Kelly Crooks at

Appeals Policy

If an author has concerns about how their paper was handled, that author should first bring those concerns to the Editor-in-chief who made the decision, who will consult with the Associate Editor who handled the processing of the paper. If the concerns are not addressed, the author should bring the concerns to the other Editor-in-Chief, who will reexamine the materials, and both EICs will then confer to make the final editorial decision.

If the concerns are still not adequately addressed then the author may appeal to the Chair of the ACM Publications Board, in accordance with ACM policy.

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.

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:

ACM Computing Classification System (CSS)

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 Service

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:


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. 

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. Please use acmlarge for this.

Further instructions can be found in section 2.2 of the User and Implementation Guide (

Please note: Separate Word for Windows and Word for Mac consolidated templates are also available.


For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editors-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the ACM Journals Manager, Laura A. Lander.
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