Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD)


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Editorial Guidelines

1. TKDD will encourage submissions that have not been published or submitted previously to this or any other publication, and submissions which may significantly contribute to opening up new and potentially important areas of research and development.   TKDD will do this by giving earliest possible publication dates for such submissions once they have been accepted.  The Associate Editors, with the recommendation from the reviewers, will determine which submissions fall into these categories.  The subsequent submissions are then recommended to the Editor-in-Chief, who will make the final decision.

2. TKDD will promote fusion of theory and systems by strongly encouraging the authors of theory papers to indicate applications and implementation considerations/consequences, and the authors of systems papers to indicate the use of existing theoretical results and to point to possible theoretical research issues.

3. TKDD will publish outstanding papers which are "major value-added extensions" of papers previously published in conferences; that is, TKDD will not automatically reject papers that are major extensions to previously published conference papers.  These papers will go through the normal review process.

4. TKDD will strive to make papers straightforward and more readable by recommending that authors include examples where appropriate and to make greater efforts to target their presentation to a broader audience than specialists doing current research in the topical areas of the papers.

5. The TKDD Editorial Board is committed to providing an editorial decision very quickly, starting with papers submitted in January 2006.  This turnaround time is defined to start with the day the paper was submitted electronically and extends to the day the decision was sent to the author.  It is expected that the average turnaround time will be even shorter, so prospective authors can expect a fast review of their submission.  TKDD editors will also regard a submission to have been withdrawn if its required revision is not submitted within six months of the revision notification.

6. TKDD will discourage excessively long papers (longer than 50 double-spaced pages including figures, references, etc.), and unnecessary digressions, even in shorter papers.  TKDD’s goal is to motivate the authors to bring out the essence of their papers more clearly, to make it easier for the reviewers and readers to follow the article, and to allow TKDD to publish more papers in any given issue.

7. Similarly, TKDD encourages shorter submissions, even very short (for example, five page) submissions. The primary focus of review is the significant improvement on the state-of-the-art, not the number pages the manuscript fills.

8. TKDD will adopt the ACM Computing Surveys' style of references; that is, references will be labeled by authors' names and years of publication, rather than by numbers.

9. The editor processing a paper normally assigns three reviewers to a paper.  Reviewers provide advice to the editor to assist him/her in reaching an editorial decision regarding the paper.  The editor's decision may differ from the consensus of the reviewers.  If the editor determines early on in the process that a submission is a clear-reject (through an early-arriving review, editor's own reading, etc.), the editor may stop the review process without collecting all reviews.

10. TKDD will publish occasional special issues to provide timely enhancement 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.

11. TKDD will also publish focused surveys.  These reviews should be deeply focused and will sometimes be quite narrow, but will make a contribution to our understanding of an important area or subarea of knowledge discovery from data, broadly defined.  More general surveys that are intended for a broad-based Computer Science audience or surveys that may influence other areas of computing research should continue to go to ACM Computing Surveys.  Brief surveys on recent developments in knowledge discovery research are more appropriate for ACM SIGKDD Explorations. TKDD surveys should be educational to data mining audiences by presenting a relatively well-established body of data mining research. Surveys can summarize prior literature on a theoretical or systems research topic, or can explain approaches implemented in commercial systems.  A survey of the former type summarizes literature on a particular subject, presenting a new way of understanding how the papers in this literature fit together.  A survey of the latter type summarizes the best industrial art, and can be acceptable even if it represents no new contribution over what has been used in industry for years, if the paper's content is not to be found in the published literature.

Types of Papers

The ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data publishes original archival papers in the area of knowledge discovery and data mining and closely related disciplines. (See the Editorial Charter for further details.)  Submitted papers are judged primarily on originality and relevance, but effective presentation is also critical.  Contributions should conform to generally accepted practices for scientific papers with respect to organization and style.

TKDDalso publishes focused surveys.  These should be deep and will sometimes be quite narrow, but would make a contribution to our understanding of an important area or subarea of knowledge discovery and data mining, broadly defined.  More general surveys that are intended for a broad-based Computer Science audience or surveys that may influence other areas of computing research should continue to go to ACM Computing Surveys.  Brief surveys on recent developments in data mining research are more appropriate for SIGKDD Explorations.

Finally, TKDD welcomes submissions that review, critique, correct, or expand on a paper previously published in TKDD. Such submissions will go through the standard formal review. Where appropriate, the author(s) of the original paper will be given an opportunity to respond, with their own submission. 

Prior Publication Policy

The technical contributions appearing in ACM journals are normally original papers that have not been published elsewhere.

A submission based on one or more papers that appeared elsewhere must have major value-added extensions over what appeared previously.  There is little scientific merit in simply sending a conference version to a journal after the paper has been accepted for the conference.

Widely distributed refereed conference proceedings, in addition to journal papers, are considered publications, but technical reports and CORR articles (which are not peer reviewed) are not. All overlapping papers appearing in workshop proceedings and newsletters should be brought to the editor's attention; they may be considered publications if they are peer reviewed and widely disseminated.

Novelty Requirement

A manuscript that is based on one or more previous publications by one or more of the published authors should consist of at least 30% new material in the new submission. The new material should be content material; meaning, it should be descriptive beyond straightforward proofs or basic performance figures, but rather illustrate those dimensions that offer substantial, new insights. The submitted manuscript provides an opportunity to present additional results, for example by considering new alternatives or by delving into some of the issues listed in the previous publication(s) as future work. At the same time, it is not required that the submitted manuscript contain all of the material from the published paper(s). In fact, only enough material need be included from the published paper to set the context and render the new material logical.

Disclosure Requirement

The disclosure requirement concerns any paper by any author of the TKDD submission that overlaps significantly with the TKDD submission and: (a) is in submission, (b) has been accepted for publication, or (c) has been published at the time of submission. An overlap is significant when it exceeds a page of the TKDD submission or when the overlap concerns content material in the TKDD submission, regardless of length.

  1. Papers in categories (b) and (c) should be referenced by the TKDD submission and discussed in the related work section of the submission at a level of detail similar to the level of detail used in the coverage of related work by other authors. Papers that enter into the categories (b) and (c) during the handling of the TKDD submission should be afforded the same coverage in the first revision where this is possible.
  2. At the time of submission and in writing separate from the submitted manuscript, the corresponding author must inform the handling editor about all papers in categories (a)-(c). In addition, the corresponding author should promptly inform the editor about any papers that enter into categories (a)-(c) during the handling of the submission.
  3. Should the submission be accepted for TKDD, it is good form to notify the editor handling papers in category (a), for the other venues, of the overlap.

Note that the novelty requirement applies to papers in categories (a)-(c).

The likely outcome of a failure to comply with this Prior Publication Policy is rejection. In particular, the editor, at his or her discretion, may choose immediately to reject a submission when an overlapping paper is discovered about which the corresponding author did not adhere to the requirements stated above.

Manuscript Format

To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and distribution, authors must include the following in the manuscript.

  • Descriptive title
  • Author names and affiliations
  • Abstract
  • Content indicators
  • Citations to relevant literature

The new ACM submission templates with CCS2012 are now live. The URLs are:

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page:


Submission for Editorial Review

How to Submit

To submit a paper, please use the file upload submission process. PDF or postscript are the preferred formats.

If the paper has previously been published, and the author is submitting it with significant updates (see the Prior Publication Policy), please upload the original publication as a supplementary file for review.  Before submitting their manuscript, authors should examine the Prior Publication Policy to ensure that their manuscript adheres to both the novelty and disclosure requirements.

Authors should keep editors informed of changes of address. Papers will be refereed in the manner customary with scientific journals before being accepted for publication. It you have any questions, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, and always inform editors in your submission letters of any possible conflicts. Correspondence on editorial matters should be addressed to one of the editors.  Correspondence regarding accepted papers should be sent to the following address.

Managing Editor
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701
New York, NY 10121-0701  

Review Process

Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation. (Please see the TKDD 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.


If an author has concerns about how their paper was handled, that author should first bring those concerns to the Associate Editor who handled the processing of the paper. In almost all cases, any misunderstanding will be able to be resolved then. If the concern is not addressed, the author can ask the Associate Editor to turn over processing of the paper to the Editor-in-Chief. This is the Associate Editor's decision. Should the Associate Editor decide not to turn over the processing of the paper, the editorial decision will stand. Otherwise, the Editor-in-Chief will reexamine the materials, and make the final editorial decision.

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

Procedures for Accepted Papers

How to Prepare Final Version

Once a manuscript is accepted, a final version must be submitted to the Editor who processed the paper for transmission to ACM for publication. Although this may be done on paper, electronic submission is highly encouraged. ACM provides for a wide variety of formats for such electronic submissions. Please refer to ACM's Guidelines for Submitting Accepted Articles for details. If the final manuscript is submitted in a format other than LaTeX, then a printed copy of the manuscript must also be sent to the Editor who processed the paper.

The Editor who processed the paper will send to ACM a cover letter notifying ACM of the paper's acceptance and all milestone dates regarding the processing of the paper.

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.

Submission of an algorithm for consideration for publication in Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data implies that unrestricted use of the algorithm within a computer is permissible.

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.

Language Service

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 When using this link, you will get a 15% discount for all AJE services. (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a paper.)


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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