Reconfigurable Technology and Systems (TRETS)


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Editorial Process

TRETS will accept submissions which have not been published or submitted in any form elsewhere. The Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors will solicit reviews and make a publication recommendation; the Editors-in-Chief will make the final decision. Three anonymous reviews will be the norm, and every effort will be made to ensure a swift review process consistent with the fair and professional reviews that authors have a right to expect.

TRETS will publish outstanding papers which are "major value-added extensions" of papers previously published in conferences; that is, TRETS will not automatically reject papers that are major extensions to previously published conference papers. These papers will go through the normal review process. The common practice of "at least 30% new material beyond the conference publication" will be applied by TRETS, and authors should explicitly identify the new material either in the paper or in the cover letter.

TRETS will occasionally publish special issues to provide a timely boost to promising areas of research and development, or a timely consolidation of the results in other areas. Guest editors will be invited to organize such issues.

Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation. (Please see the TRETS Referee Guidelines for more details.) The author will be notified of the name of an Associate Editor who will be responsible for the processing of the manuscript, and should address correspondence to that Associate Editor.

TRETS encourages high-quality submissions that are concise, with no more than 22 published pages including figures, tables, and references. Authors should expect that in longer papers any lengthy appendices, program listings, or similar matter will be published online by ACM and not appear as part of the printed paper.

TRETS normally will not publish survey papers. Authors who wish a survey paper to be considered for TRETS should submit directly to the Editors-in-Chief to determine if a full review is appropriate.

Options for authors to manage rights and permissions for their work

ACM has introduced a publishing license agreement, an updated copyright transfer agreement, and a new author-pays option which allows for perpetual open access through the ACM Digital Library. For more information, visit the ACM Author Rights webpage at

Manuscript Format, Preparation, and Submission

Authors are encouraged to consult the ACM Publications web page and author representation policy, and especially the directions regarding Electronically submitting accepted articles to ACM journals; following those directions and guidelines will speed the process of having your papers reviewed and published. All manuscripts for TRETS must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word or as pdf files to ACM Manuscript Central. See below for template files.  Once you are at that site, you will be asked to create an account and password with which you can enter the manuscript review tracking system. This account is different from the ACM account that you may have. From a drop-down list of journals, choose Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems and proceed to the Author Center to submit your manuscript and any other accompanying files. Published papers will be required to be submitted in ACM format. This format is encouraged but not required for initial submission.

Authors must include as part of the manuscript a descriptive title, author names and affiliations, an abstract of 150-200 words, and indexing information consistent with the Computing Reviews Classification Scheme (most recently released in 1998). Please select at least one primary-level classification followed by two secondary-level classifications. Proper classification by the authors, who best know their work, will aid in the review and publication process.

Questions about submissions should be directed to one of the Editors-in-Chief or by email to trets in the domain

Technical content is the primary criterion for acceptability, but the presentation of the technical content is also critical for a successful paper. Authors are encouraged to take this into account before submitting papers, because extremely poor presentation can contribute to a poor evaluation by a reviewer. Note that discounted language editing services are available for submissions to ACM journals.

Note that graphics can be prepared in color or black and white. If graphics are in color, they will appear in color in the version hosted in the ACM Digital Library, but printed in black and white in the paper version of the journal.

In papers describing experimental results, authors should strive to report experiments with replicability as a goal. Such papers shall report results on standard test sets using standard metrics. Authors shall cite the best known results on these test sets. Authors shall provide statistical significance tests on their results. There is little value in a paper that describes an experiment using authors' private data, private test sets, and authors' own metric. In case there are no standard tests or metrics in the paper's area, the authors shall have a mechanism to provide the test material and the evaluation tool to the community.

NOTE: The ACM Digital Library will host ancillary material for a paper on its web site. This material, an online appendix that does not appear in the print journal, is linked to and accessed from the online table of contents. For example, authors could provide hypertext and/or XML versions of their papers, or animations, or any other appropriate technology. Authors that wish to use this option should attach such material as an appendix to their submission and indicate in their cover letter that this material is intended to be ancillary material included in the digital library, and how it is intended to be accessed. All ancillary material should be free from viruses.

Prior Publication Policy

The technical contributions appearing in ACM journals are normally original papers which have not been published elsewhere. Widely disseminated conference proceedings and newsletters are a form of publication.

The submitted manuscript should have at least 30% new material. The new material should be content material, not just the addition of obvious proofs or a few more straightforward performance figures. The submitted manuscript affords an opportunity to describe the novel approach in more depth, to consider the alternatives more comprehensively, and to delve into some of the issues listed in the other paper as future work. At the same time, it is not required that the submitted manuscript contain all of the material from the published paper. To the contrary: only enough material need be included from the published paper to set the context and render the new material comprehensible.

TRETS expects that papers submitted to it will not have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere, in line with the ACM Author Representations policy. The corresponding author of a TRETS submission must inform the editor handling that submission about any paper by any author of the TRETS submission that (a) is in submission, (b) has been accepted for publication, or (c) has been published, that overlaps significantly (more than a page or so) with the TRETS submission. Such papers in categories (b) and (c) should be referenced by the TRETS submission and discussed in the related work section, as appropriate. The corresponding author should also inform the editor about any overlaps that occur while the paper is under consideration by TRETS. In all cases, the Editors-in-Chief will make the determination as to whether the overlap is acceptable and reserve the right to reject papers if these guidelines have not been followed.

Language Services

ACM has partnered with American Journal Experts (AJE) to provide language editing (and translation) services to ACM authors. AJE has helped thousands of researchers around the world to present their research in polished English suitable for publication in journals such as those published by ACM. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit and enter referral code ACM15 for a 15% discount off all AJE services. (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a paper.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide pages: latex style and word style.

ACM Plagiarism Policy

ACM has established a rigorous policy on plagiarism. Manuscripts found in violation of this policy will be immediately rejected. Authors of papers found to be in violation after publication face severe penalties. It is important that all authors and co-authors review this policy before submission. Note that this policy also covers the practice of self-plagiarism (i.e., reuse of one's own previously published material without reference to the original source).

For more information, see the ACM Policy on Plagiarism.

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.


Once your manuscript is published, we recommend that you use the newly launched 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 (CCS)

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.


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

We will continue to accept manuscripts using the previous template format through Spring 2017. 

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

For further assistance

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