Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV)


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How to Submit

All manuscripts considered for publication in DGOV must be prepared using the ACM template and submitted as a PDF via the Manuscript Central submission site at

Paper Types

DGOV accepts submissions of Research Papers, Survey Papers, Case Studies, Interviews/Commentaries and Book Reviews.

Research Paper

These are original analytical research papers. They may be theoretical or empirical. If empirical, we ask that you make all the data upon which the paper is based available and submitted as supplemental files. While there is no formal page limit, we expect most submissions to range from 6,000 to 8,000 words (10-15 pages).

Survey Paper

This paper type summarizes and organizes recent research results in a novel way, one that integrates and adds understanding to work in the field. A survey paper assumes a general knowledge of the area; it emphasizes the classification of the existing literature, developing a perspective on the area, and evaluating trends.

Case Studies

Case Studies are shorter “reports from the field” designed to reflect upon lessons learned from novel experiments in digital government. These can be case studies about a policy, platform, software, algorithm or dataset. These should be approximately 2,000-4,000 words, but submissions of any length will be considered.


These can be traditional op-eds/commentaries or interviews with one or more experts (theorists, practitioners, designers) in the field about current work, reflections on current issues, or projections about future trends. Pieces should be between 1,000-2,500 words.

Book Review

A book review should be a commentary on recently authored books or other major publications in the field.

Please Note:  We also welcome “cluster” submissions that approach a topic from different angles, combining diverse work in different formats by academics, practitioners, technologists and the public that offer multidisciplinary ways of analyzing and reflecting on a common theme. That is to say, authors can submit on a common topic in multiple categories (e.g. a research paper and interview and case study)

Conference Submissions

By ACM policy, if you are submitting a conference paper extension, you must expand your paper by adding at least 25% new material. In addition, you must upload a copy of the conference paper and a statement that explains how your paper extends and provides new information as compared with the conference version.

Prepare your manuscript

Authoring templates can be found at using LaTeX, use "acmsmall".

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 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.)

Author Rights

ACM authors 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.

Author-Izer Service

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For Further Assistance

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