Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS)


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Types of Papers

Scope. TAAS is a referred journal aimed at disseminating high quality scientific and technological research results in the area of autonomous adaptive systems, as defined in About TAAS and Charter.

Originality. Contributions appearing in ACM journals are normally original papers that have not been published elsewhere. Publication of a paper that has been widely disseminated is permitted only if the Editor judges that the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material or there is some significant additional benefit to be gained. Any prior appearance should be noted on the title page and it is the obligation of the author to inform the Editors-in-Chief if there are any circumstances concerning the contribution that bear on this policy. Submission of a manuscript that is under review by TAAS to another journal or conference without approval of the Editors-in-Chief is considered to be unethical and, when discovered, will result in rejection by TAAS.

Unethical Papers. TAAS reserves the right to impose the revision of, or if necessary to refuse, a paper - despite its scientific and technical quality - whenever its content is explicitly unethical or if it supports racism, sexual or religious discrimination, illegal activities or terrorism; similarly an article may be refused if the editors deem that it might harm the political or religious sensitivity of interested readers in any manner. 

Instructions for Submission

TAAS can accept papers in electronic format only. This facilitates both a quicker editorial review process as well as electronic publication of accepted papers.

TAAS authors should prepare manuscripts, no longer than 10,000 words, according to the ACM accepted manuscript preparation guidelines. Papers must be sent either in PostScript or PDF format. Papers exceeding 10000 words may be published, provided that the reviewers and the editors explicitly consider such a length a necessary requirement for the paper to be complete and self-contained. For those submitting papers in PDF format, please ensure that papers do not contain embedded fonts (such as embedded Asian fonts). These papers can be difficult to read and view with many PDF viewers not equipped to display certain character sets.

Submitted papers must include the following information:

  • Authors names and affiliation
  • Primary author contact information
  • Abstract
  • Categories and Subject Descriptors
  • References

Submitted papers must be submitted through the electronic submission web site: Authors should first register themselves and then submit their paper.

Computing Classification System

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.

Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM'S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.

Review Process

We plan to return review results within 4 months of submission. This interval is long enough to ensure quality reviews, and short enough to ensure reasonable publication delays.

Instructions for Publication of Accepted Papers

Authors of accepted papers will submit a publication packet to ACM Publications. The packet will include:

The electronic files should be included in a zip file and submitted through the electronic submission web site:

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 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:

Language Services

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. 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 Editor-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
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