Manuscript preparation guidelines

Papers/posters/manuscripts can be submitted using the “2019 ACM Master Submission Template (single-column)” (See Step 1 in the formatting instructions section for the templates).

Submissions should not exceed the maximum number of pages specified for each type of submission in ACM format (see below formatting instructions). Please do not use page numbers. Paper titles should be on the first page of text, rather than on a separate cover page.

Research, Management, Case Study, and Policy papers go through a double-blind review process. When you submit your manuscript for the first time, author names and contact information must be omitted from the submission. After the review, this information should be added.

All other submissions should follow the same ACM proceedings format, but include author names.

All accepted submissions require at least one author to be registered for the conference before the camera-ready copy is due for it to be included in the conference proceedings. The authors of more than two papers can register for and present at most two co-authored papers. Third paper on, some other coauthor registration and presentation are required.


At least one author per paper is expected to attend the conference to present the work.

*** The page numbers in each submission category are the maximum pages in the two column format.  The word counts in Table 1 below should give a better estimates in preparing your submission in a single column format. ***


Submission Site:


Research papers – double blind review: These submissions report innovative digital government research results in the form of a formal scholarly paper. Papers on any digital government topic and all research methodologies are welcome. Relevance to digital government problems, goals, or policies must be explicit. (The submission should be within approximately 8000 words to result in the 10 page limit formatted in the two columns.)


Management, case study, or policy papers – blind review: These submissions describe and evaluate practical digital government projects or initiatives, discuss major policy themes, or present and evaluate management approaches to digital government initiatives and programs.  (Approx. 5000 word limit)


Posters:  Summaries should outline the nature of the research, policy, or project and describe why the work will be of interest to dg.o attendees. For inclusion in the conference proceedings, please follow the ACM Proceedings preparation guidelines. For presentation at the conference, posters should measure approximately 36″ x 48″. Each poster station is provided with a table and an easel. Selected poster submissions may be asked to give an oral presentation in the conference sessions. (Approx. 1300 word limit)


System Demonstrations: System demonstrations are held concurrently with the poster session to the accompaniment of good food and professional fellowship. The summary should outline the nature of the system and describe why the demonstration is likely to be of interest to dg.o attendees. Demonstrations of interest include systems under development or in active use in research or practice domains. Submissions should include authors’ names and contact information according to that format. Each station is provided with a table, an easel, and Internet access. Monitors will be available for rent. Selected demo submissions may be asked to give an oral presentation in the conference sessions. (Approx. 1300 word limit)


Panels Proposals should include information about the theme and goals of the panel, a summary of the digital government issues or questions that the panel will address, statements about the value of the discussion to conference attendees and how well suited the topic is to a panel discussion. In addition, the proposal should include information about the expertise of the moderator and panelists in the selected issues. Please include names, institutional affiliations, addresses, email, and phone contact numbers of the contact person, moderator, and presenter(s). (Approx. 1300 word limit)


Pre-conference Tutorials: dg.o tutorials are half- or full-day presentations that offer deeper insight into e-government research, practice, research methodologies, technologies or field experience. In particular, tutorials provide insights into good practices, research strategies, uses of particular technologies such as social media, and other insights into digital government that would benefit researchers and practitioners. (Approx. 1300 word limit)


Pre-conference Workshops: We invite workshop proposals on any e-government research or management topic. Workshops are half- or full-day events intended to offer interactive sessions, in which the workshop host and participants discuss and engage in activities designed to facilitate joint learning and further exploration of a particular subject. Individuals proposing workshops will assume the responsibility of identifying and selecting participants for the workshop and for conducting workshop activities.  (Approx. 1300 word limit)


Doctoral Colloquium: The doctoral colloquium is a highly interactive full-day forum in which Ph.D. students meet and discuss their work with each other and with senior faculty from a variety of disciplines associated with digital government research. Ph.D. students can submit papers describing their planned or in-progress doctoral dissertation covering any research areas relevant to digital government. Ideally, student participants will have completed one or two years of doctoral study or progressed far enough in their research to have a structured proposal idea and preliminary findings, but have not reached the stage of defending their dissertations. We expect students at this stage of study will gain the most value from feedback on their work and the more general discussions of doctoral programs and scholarly careers. The detailed announcement for complete information on the colloquium and how to submit an application will be made separately. Material provided in applications to the doctoral colloquium will not be published in the proceedings. However, we encourage students to submit finished research to one of the paper tracks or as a poster or demo.




STEP 1 (Microsoft Word): Write your paper using the Submission Template (Review Submission Format). Follow the embedded instructions to apply the paragraph styles to your various text elements. The text is in single-column format at this stage and no additional formatting is required at this point.

STEP 1 (LaTeX): Please use the latest version of the Master Article Template – LaTeX (1.63a; published August 6, 2019) to create your article submission. Use “acmconf” template. Please review the documentation should you have any questions.


STEP 2: Submit your paper for review.


STEP 3 (Microsoft Word): Upon acceptance, you will receive an email notification to download the ACM Master Article Template – Microsoft Word. Please choose the correct template version based on your platform: [MAC 2011MAC 2016, or Windows] and save the .zip file to your local machine. Open the zip file and save the template file to your machine and then follow these instructions to attach the ACM ArticleTemplate to your accepted submission version and prepare your paper (still in single-column format) for validation.

STEP 3 (LaTeX): Proceed to step four.


STEP 4: There are two (2) paths for authors to submit their source files for production processing

  1. For conferences using vendor managed productions services: Authors need to supply your source file set to the vendor’s content/production management system
  2. For conferences who are managing production themselves: Authors will receive an email notification with instructions to upload your source file set to The ACM Publishing System (TAPS). Download these instructions for the information on how to use TAPS. TAPS will process your paper and auto-generate proofs of your article for your review.*

* Final review and approval of your paper rests with the Editor (Production Chair / Program Editor / Production Vendor). Journal papers will be copyedited and an additional set up proofs sent for author review.


Formatted Page Estimation:

To estimate the formatted page count, please use the following as a guide:


Table 1 Two Column Page Estimates (source: ACM

Estimated Word Count Number of Figures Number of Tables Estimated Formatted Page Count
(In Two Columns)
8200 5 2 11
7980 7 4 14
6750 3 2 9
6310 2 3 8
5030 3 1 6
4350 3 2 5
Est. 1300 1 1 2

For more formatting instructions, consult the ACM proceedings formatting instructions at: and best practices at: