Below is a list of frequently asked questions about XRDS. If you are unable to find an answer to a specific question, then please contact the editorial team.
- What is XRDS?
- How do you pronounce the name?
- How can I read XRDS?
- How often is XRDS published?
- Can I contribute to XRDS?
- What happens when I submit an article?
- If I submit an article, who owns the copyright?
- Wasn't this magazine previously called Crossroads?
- Do you have an advisory board?
- Are you looking for more volunteers?
XRDS is the ACM's magazine for students. More detailed information about the publication can be found on the About Us page.
We say both "ex are dee ess" and "crossroads." Either pronunciation is fine.
There are several ways to read the magazine: in print, on this web site, through the ACM Digital Library, and via a web-based digital edition, or electronic version of the magazine that mirrors the look and feel of the print magazine. Readers can access some articles from every issue of XRDS directly on this web site, but access to the full issue is restricted to ACM members, student members, and subscribers to the ACM Digital Library. The best way to subscribe to the print edition of XRDS, is to join the ACM as a student member for about $20 per year.
XRDS is published quarterly.
Of course! We encourage you to submit articles to the magazine. Please see the Editorial Calendar for a list of upcoming issue themes and deadlines, and the Author Guidelines for information on preparing your article.
Your article will be sent to our editorial team and reviewed for quality and relevance to the upcoming themes. If your article is provisionally accepted, it will be assigned to a feature editor who will offer feedback and modifications if required. Once the final version of your article has been submitted, it will copyedited which may result in some shorting and tweaking to fit within available space.
Previous to Issue 7.1 authors retained the copyrights to their articles. Beginning with Issue 7.1 (drafts due in March, 2000), all authors of accepted articles were and will be required to transfer the copyright to the ACM. If the author is unable or unwilling to transfer the copyright to the ACM, then XRDS will not be able to publish that article in print or online. More information is available in the Author Guidelines.
The magazine was published under the name Crossroads from the first issue in Fall 1994 through to Spring 2010. The magazine underwent a major redesign towards the end of 2009 and relaunched in Summer 2010 under the new name XRDS.
Like most other ACM publications, we have an active advisory board; see the About Us page.
If you think you would be a great addition to our editorial team, see the information about applying to become an editor on the Get Involved page.