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XRDS: Editorial Calendar


XRDS is the ACM's magazine for students, established in 1994. It is published quarterly and invites submissions of high quality articles of interest to computer science students. For more information on the types of articles XRDS publishes, see our About page. Potential authors should read our Author GuidelinesIf you are interested in submitting an article to XRDS, please contact Managing Editor Denise Doig at (doig at acm dot org).

The magazine plans to publish articles on the following topics:

Spring 2020 (March, April, May issue) : Changing Healthcare

  • Article submission deadline: CLOSED
  • Advertising deadline: CLOSED

Summer 2020 (June, July, August) : View Source

  • Article submission deadline (Final Department Articles due):  February 14, 2020
  • Article submission deadline (Feature articles from Authors to Guest Editor): February 28, 2020
  • Advertising deadline: May 4, 2020

Fall 2020 (September, October, November issue) : Is Social Media Over?

  • Article submission deadline (Final Department Articles due):  May 18, 2020
  • Article submission deadline (Feature articles from Authors to Guest Editor) June 1, 2020
  • Advertising deadline: August 10, 2020

December 2020 (December, January, February issue) : The Flow of Information and Battling Fake News

  • Article submission deadline (Final Department Articles due): August 17, 2020
  • Article submission deadline (Feature articles from Authors to Guest Editor): September 1, 2020
  • Advertising deadline: November 10, 2020

Please note that submitted articles do not necessarily have to fit the theme of the issue. Themed articles are typically written by experts in the field. Student authors typically have a much better opportunity of being published if they write about the student experience, including but not limited to experiences at an internship, advice for other students about their educational careers, and activities going on at their universities or ACM chapters that are unique and of interest to students worldwide.

Additionally, in recent past issues, we have covered the following topics:

  • Tech for Crises
  • Startups
  • Incentives and Gamification
  • Human to Human
  • Future of Work
  • Quantum Computing
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Cultures of Computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Virtual Reality
  • Computational Biology
  • Cryptography
  • Health Informatics
  • Natural Language
  • Diversity and Computer Science
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Wearable Computing
  • The Complexities of Privacy and Anonymity
  • Computer Science and Creativity
  • Scientific Computing
  • Big Data
  • Startups
  • Open Government
  • Neuroscience and Computing
  • Green Technology
  • Banking, Currency and e-Commerce
  • Human computation
  • Programming
  • Interfaces and human-computer interaction
  • Cloud computing
  • The social web