About CCR

Computer Communication Review (CCR) (ISSN 0146-4833) is a publication of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) and publishes articles on topics within the SIG’s field of interest.

From http://www.sigcomm.org/:

“SIGCOMM members include scientists, engineers, educators and students. They study all aspects of computer communications and networks: analysis, technical design, engineering, measurement and management. Our members are particularly interested in the systems engineering and architectural questions surrounding computer communication.Technical papers accepted to CCR typically report on practical advances or the practical applications of theoretical advances. CCR serves as a forum for interesting and novel ideas at an early stage in their development. The focus is on timely dissemination of new ideas that may help trigger additional investigations. While the innovation and timeliness are the major criteria for its acceptance, technical robustness and readability will also be considered in the review process. We particularly encourage papers with early evaluation or feasibility studies. ”

Papers accepted for publication are printed in the CCR print edition and are also made available on-line through CCR Online and through the ACM Digital Library.

Submission types

CCR accepts three types of submissions: technical papers, education papers and editorial notes. Technical papers are carefully prepared presentations of technical material within the field. If these extend previously published work, the additional contribution should be clearly identified. Paper selection is highly selective with acceptance rates comparable to ACM SIGCOMM conference, i.e., under 15%.

Education papers share results, insights, and developments that further the benefit of computer networking and computer systems education. They are peer reviewed, but allow for diverse subject material and levels of formality, including position papers, studies, and experience reports. Technical papers, for example, descriptions and evaluations of teaching platforms, are also welcomed, but educational papers need not contain technical material. Papers are evaluated based on their benefit to the community, and authors are encouraged to release artifacts. For more details about what papers are saught in this category, please go to http://caesar.web.engr.illinois.edu/ccr_education.pdf. Note that, as for editorial notes handled by the Editor, the education papers are handled by Matthew Caesar, the de-facto CCR area editor for them.

Editorial notes are typically shorter and less formal presentations on topics of broad interest to the research community. They are not peer-reviewed. The scope for editorial contributions spans topics such as interviews of research scientists and industry leaders, editorials, conference reports, summary standards, NSF or European Commission user manuals, arguments on a research topic, outrageous opinion columns, timely tutorials, What’s Worth Reading, and similar material. Letters from readers are also welcome. Authors considering submission of an editorial contribution are welcome to contact the Editor for feedback about its appropriateness, if desired. Prospective authors should follow the guidelines described here.


CCR allows authors to retain copyright of their submitted work. This is to encourage early submission of work to the community. Specifically, by submitting your article for distribution in this Special Interest Group publication, you hereby grant to ACM the following non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide rights:

  • to publish in print on condition of acceptance by the editor
  • to digitize and post your article in the electronic version of this publication
  • to include the article in the ACM Digital Library and in any Digital Library related services
  • to allow users to make a personal copy of the article for noncommercial, educational or research purposes

However, as a contributing author, you retain copyright to your article and ACM will refer requests for republication directly to you.

Publication of a paper in CCR does not preclude the later acceptance of a related paper to any workshop, conference, journal or magazine. Our expectation is that enhanced versions of the work would be submitted to other venues as appropriate. Prospective authors are cautioned that some venues are likely to require that the work be enhanced to a significant degree before being considered for acceptance.

Note that articles submitted to CCR should not be extension of previously published work, unless there is a new contribution in the paper. Articles not describing ongoing work or not containing new contribution do not match the objective of CCR.

Double-submission and Plagiarism

Articles submitted to CCR must not be submitted elsewhere, in accordance with ACM’s double submission policy. We would also like to draw the attention of prospective authors to ACM’s policy on plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

Implicit Deadlines

Although CCR accepts submissions all year around, there are four implicit deadlines: December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1. Papers submitted just before the deadline will experience a eight-to-ten week review process.

  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of December and the 1st of March will be considered for the July issue.
  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of March and the 1st of June will be considered for the October issue.
  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of June and the 1st of September will be considered for the January issue.
  • Paper submitted between the 2nd of September and the 1st of December will be considered for the April issue.

Authors will be required to send their camera ready paper two weeks after notification (details below).

Please contact the CCR Editor for editorial submissions, which should be submitted no later than eight weeks before the publication date. For example, editorial submissions for the January issue must be submitted no later than November 1 (which is two months after the technical paper submission deadline).

Review process

The review process is carried out under the responsibility of the editorial board.  All CCR technical submissions will be reviewed by up to three reviewers. The target turn-around time for the review cycle is approximately ten weeks from the submission deadline, so that accepted papers are published in the issue of CCR following their submission deadline. Editorial contributions will be reviewed by the Editor.

Most papers will be either accepted or rejected. However, when the review process suggests significant revisions, papers may be revised and resubmitted to the next issue. Authors are allowed to appeal editorial decisions. In such instances, they can submit a rebuttal of up to 300 words to the area editor in charge of the paper or to the Editor. The Editor will make every effort possible to ensure a fair handling of any such request as well as a prompt resolution and final editorial decision.

The technical papers that include artefacts like datasets or software will be reviewed in those phases. The first phase will focus on the technical content of the paper, without evaluating the replicability of the results. The artefacts of the papers that pass this first phase will be checked according to the ACM policy on Result and Artefact Review and Badging

Accepted papers will be accompanied by a public review written by the paper’s assigned Area Editor. The public review provides insight (based on the reviews and possibly an independent third party comment) of motivations for accepting the paper – pointing out the contributions and interesting aspects of the paper, mentioning perceived shortcomings, identifying broader issues raised by the work, etc. If the paper includes artefacts, a second public review will discuss the quality of the provided dataset or software and the efforts required to replicate the paper’s results. Authors of accepted papers will have the option to comment on the public review in a subsequent CCR issue. To exercise this option, authors should submit a comment of up to 500 words to the Editor.

Instructions for submission

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