Before Submission

1. You must submit your paper through the ACM Manuscript Central. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one by clicking “Create Account” in the upper righthand corner. Further help with Manuscript Central can be found on the Manuscript Central Help page.

2. Submissions should be full papers with appropriate citations. Your submission should adhere to the ACM policies on prior publication, including correct citations of your own and other prior work.
Please read ACM’s policies on these issues:
ACM policy on prior publication and simultaneous submission
ACM policy on plagiarism, including self plagairism

3. Your submission should have ACM Categories and Subject Descriptors and as many of the 16 fixed ACM General Terms as apply. Please go to the ACM Computing Classification System for additional information. You may also supply any additional keywords and phrases you would like to be included.

4. Your submission must be formatted in either Microsoft Word or LaTeX, according to the ACM style guides
LaTeX style guide
Please note that this takes you to the general LaTeX style guide page. The correct format for TOS is the Small Standard Format, a direct download can be found here
Microsoft Word style guide
Please note that this is the general Microsoft Word style guide page. The correct format for TOS is the Small Standard Format, a direct download can be found here

5. Your submission MUST include a cover letter documenting where any prior version of the submitted material may have appeared and how the submission differs from the prior versions. The cover letter should include details of exactly which sections are new compared to the previous versions; which sections have changed substantially; which figures/graphics are new/changed; and, finally, what percentage of this submission is completely new compared to the previous versions. Your submission will be returned to you if it does not include a cover letter.

After Acceptance

Please prepare the following to upload through your Author Center.

  1. The final pdf of your paper (compiled from your final source files) - to upload as Main Document. One manuscript should have only one Main Document.
  2. Source files (with bibliography) to upload as Supplemental File and formatted according to the style file found at: Also please include all high resolution figures (if applicable) in .jpg, .png, .tif, or .eps format. Please upload a zipped file in the first File Upload section called "Upload new files" and select the "Supplemental File" designation (do NOT use the "Upload zipped file" section). UPLOAD ONLY YOUR FINAL PUBLICATION FILES INCLUDING ANY SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL (MOVIES, VIDEOS, ONLINE APPENDIXES, ETC.). Your zipped files should not be unpacked. If you have an updated file, please delete the original version and upload the revision. If a supplemental file exceeds 100MB, load it into a separate zip. (After uploading, designate the order in which your files appear using the drop-down menu in the "order" column. Click on PDF to view your paper, then click "Save and Continue.")

Please also include:

  1. Computing Classification Systems Terms:
  2. General Terms (one or more of the terms listed on the above site)
  3. Additional keywords and phrases

NB: If you have material owned by a third party, you must secure permission for its use before publication can proceed. If this is the case, please carefully read the guidelines at and:

  1. Obtain written permissions from the copyright holders.
  2. Add the appropriate attributions to the figure captions in your paper (giving credit to the copyright holder).
  3. Include the source of the third-party material in the references.

All author rights forms are now filled electronically through the ACM e-Rights Transfer Application. If your paper was submitted before April 2, 2013, has recently been accepted, and you have not yet been contacted concerning e-rights transfer, please send your manuscript number to Laura Lander, Journals Manager, at For questions concerning third-party material, please contact Irma Strolia, Editorial Assistant, at All other questions may also be forwarded to Laura at

Prior to publication, you will receive author proofs from the production manager.

ACM Author-Izer

Once your manuscript is published by ACM, you can access the unique ACM Author-Izer, which expands content visibility of your research. This new service lets you generate and post a link to any of your ACM published articles on your homepage or institutional repository. Through this link, any visitors to your personal bibliography pages can download the definitive version of your articles for free from the ACM Digital Library. For more information and directions on how to make use of this, please visit

Thank you again for contribution. We look forward to your continued submissions to ACM Transactions on Storage.