Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES)


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Manuscript Preparation

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, TODAES permits electronic submissions only in PDF or PostScript format.

The technical contributions appearing in ACM TODAES should be original papers which have not been published elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions to conferences and journals, and submissions that have already appeared in journals will be rejected by default. Publication of a previously published conference or workshop article that is available in a formal proceedings (with digital archival) is allowed only if the editor judges that (a) the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material (30% or more new material), or (b) there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from journal publication e.g., one article that connects multiple previously published articles in a coherent manner where the integration of these articles provides additional insight on the approach or overall system.

In either case, any prior appearance should be noted on the title page of the paper. Furthermore, author needs to prepare the following supporting documents:

  • a brief note clearly indicating what constitutes the (30% or more) new material in the manuscript compared to the related article(s), and
  • the related article(s) that are previously published or under review elsewhere.

When there are any supporting documents (including the ones mentioned above), these documents should be uploaded as separate PDF files using the Main Document file designation. For submissions based on previously published works, please upload files in the following order:

  • manuscript
  • note explaining the new material in the manuscript compared to the related article(s)
  • previously published work(s).

Authors should also read the following ACM policies:

Authors preparing manuscripts should use the ACM article format style ( for Latex and MS Word templates. Submissions will be declined unless the given article format is not satisfied.

To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include five required information in the manuscript: i) descriptive title, ii) author names and affiliations, iii) abstract, iv) content indicators, and v) citations to relevant literature. The following serve as guidelines for the preparation of this material.

Descriptive Title

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.

Author Names and Affiliations

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.


Anyone listed as Author on an ACM paper must meet all the following criteria:

  • they have made substantial intellectual contributions to some components of the original work described in the paper; and
  • they have participated in drafting and/or revision of the paper; and
  • they are aware that the paper has been submitted for publication; and
  • they agree to be held accountable for any issues relating to correctness or integrity of the work.

Other contributors may be acknowledged at the end of the paper, before the bibliography, with explicitly described roles, preferably using the roles found in the CASRAI Contributor Roles Taxonomy at


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 principle 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 ..."

Manuscript Page Limit

Manuscripts must be formatted in the ACM Transactions format; a 25-page limit applies to the final paper. Rare exceptions are possible if recommended by the reviewers and approved by the Editorial Board.

Content Indicators

Three types of content indicators must be assigned:

  • categories and subject descriptors,
  • keywords and phrases.

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.

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.

  • Use important terms from the title; include their synonyms, related words and words of higher or lower generic rank.
  • Use English nouns, or noun-noun and noun-adjective combinations; do not use hyphens except if the hyphenated parts are always treated as a single unit.
  • Use specific terms whose meanings are generally accepted; do not use broad catchall terms (such as "computer", "automatic", "machine", "system", "discussion", "description"); do not use private terms or acronyms that may not be generally known.
  • Do not use negative terms stressing what your paper does not do.


  1. References to items in periodicals: These should take the form: author, title, journal, volume, number, date, pages. For authors, last names are given first, even for multiple authors; likewise for editors, with the name followed by (Ed.). The author's name always ends with a period, either the period which follows his initial, or a period for the purpose. The title has only the first word and proper names (or their derivatives) starting with capital letters, and it ends with a period. The date is given in parentheses. Example:

    3. Jenkins, M. A., and Traub, J. F. Principles for testing zerofinding programs. ACM Trans. Math. Soft. 1, 1 (March 1975), 26-34.

  2. References to reports or proceedings: Author(s) name(s) and title (same style as above), report number, source including date and pages.
  3. References to books: Author(s) -- same style as in periodicals. Title -- all principal words start with a capital letter, and is set in italics. Include publisher, city, and year. Page or chapter references follow the year.
  4. Sequence: In the reference list, entries must be arranged alphabetically according to authors' or editors' names, or publishing organizations for items to which no names can be attached. The author names (and/or year) are used to cite the references in the text.
  5. Accuracy: Authors are responsible for checking that all information in the references is correct.
  6. Completeness: Include any and all information necessary for finding the work referenced. It is better to include more than enough information than too little information.

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 (go directly to (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:

Submission for Review

How to Submit

In order to ensure timely review and facilitate electronic publication, manuscripts must be submitted as PDF or PostScript files on the web at

  • Please note, if you don't have an account at ACM Manuscript Central you will need to create an account before you can log in and submit to Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems.

The Editor-in-Chief can also be reached at:

  • Naehyuck Chang, Editor-in-Chief
    School of Electrical Engineering
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and
    Technology 291
    Yuseong-Gu Daehak Road, Daejeon 34141
    Tel: +82042-350-7434
    Fax: +82042-350-7634
    Email: naehyuck at

Overview of the Paper Review Procedure

When the editors-in-chief have received the authors, manuscript and verified that it falls within the scope of the journal, they invite an associate editor (AE) to manage the reviewing of the submission. Submissions that do not fall in the scope of TODAES or do not contain (sufficient) original content are immediately returned to the authors by the EiC.

The AE selects and invites 3 or 4 reviewers to review the submission. On the basis of the reviews, the AE may moderate a discussion among the reviewers, which may lead to adjustments in their reviews. Subsequently, taking the authors. comments into account, the AE makes his/her recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief (EiC), who will examine the reviews and the AE's recommendation and either accept the AE's recommendation and finalize it or return the submission to the AE with questions and/or suggestions. This two-tier procedure is in place in order to ensure consistent application of reviewing standards. After a decision about the submission is finalized, the EiC communicates this decision to the authors.

Decision Categories

Each decision on a submission falls into one of the following four categories:

  • Accept: No further revisions or review are required before the article appears in an upcoming issue of ACM TODAES.
  • Needs minor revisions: If the authors complete the set of "minor revisions" that have been listed explicitly as such by the AE, the associate editor will check the revisions. If they are judged to be adequate, the revised article will appear in an upcoming issue of TODAES. "Minor" revisions are changes to the manuscript (a) which can probably be completed by the authors with a few days of work and (b) whose success can be checked by the responsible AE without consultation of the paper's reviewers.
  • Needs major revisions: If the authors complete the set of "major revisions" that have been listed explicitly as such by the AE, one or more of the original reviewers will check the revisions and report their evaluations of them to the AE. If the revisions are judged to be adequate, the article will appear in an upcoming issue of TODAES. "Major revisions" are changes to the manuscript (a) which the AE believes the authors can probably complete but (b) which are too extensive or substantial to fall into the category of "minor revisions".
  • Reject: The submission in its present form is not deemed suitable for publication in TODAES. The authors may, however, submit a rewritten version of the manuscript, taking into account the critiques and suggestions of the reviewers and the AE. If such a submission is made, it will be reviewed in its entirety and may be assigned to a different AE and/or reviewers.

Timing of Resubmissions

For each of the decision categories that involve submission of a revised manuscript, there is a time limit from the receipt of the notification email for the resubmission, whose main purpose is to ensure timely publication of research results:

  • Minor revisions: 21 days
  • Major revisions: 35 days

Extensions can be granted by the AE and/or EiC if the authors have a particular reason for wanting to resubmit at a later date.

Timing of Publication

Once a submission has reached the category "Accepted", it will be entered in the ACM journal production process. It will be appear in the ACM Digital Library once the issue of TODAES in which it appears is complete, regardless of when that issue appears in print.

Procedures for Accepted Papers

Page Charges

There are no page charges associated with publication in TODAES.

Formatting Documents For Submission and Electronic Publication

Guidelines for preparing your paper for publication can be found at ACM accepted manuscript preparation guidelines.

Proofreading of Copyedited Manuscripts

A copyedited version of the manuscript will be sent to the authors for proofreading. The authors should note that post-copyediting changes to a final manuscript must be kept to a minimum and only be done when absolutely necessary in order to correct errors introduced by copyediting or fix grammatical/typographical errors that had previously gone unnoticed. No changes to the title or author list of the paper are permitted at this stage.

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.

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 is also implementing changes to to allow for more free access to the content of ACM journals and Special Interest Group conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library and other online venues:

  • SIGs may choose to enable open access to the most current proceedings volume of their sponsored conferences from the conference or SIG site.
  • SIGs may make conference proceedings freely available via the ACM DL platform for up to two weeks before the event, and for a total of one month.

These options will facilitate access to proceedings content by conference attendees. They will also enable the community at large to learn about the latest developments as they are presented at the conferences.

Authors can post an Author-Izer link enabling free downloads of the Definitive Version of the work permanently maintained in the ACM Digital Library.

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 Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
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