Author Information

acmart Format

ACM commissioned the construction of a Master Article Template that consolidates all previous ACM journal and proceedings formats (including SIGPLAN’s legacy sigplanconf format) and is designed to enable a uniform production workflow for authors and publishers. The acmart format includes a number of sub-formats, two of which are relevant to SIGPLAN authors:

  • acmsmall sub-format: a one-column format used by papers published as an issue of PACM on Programming Languages (PACMPL)

  • sigplan sub-format: a two-column format used by papers published as traditional SIGPLAN proceedings

ACM provides technical support for authors working with the acmart format. General comments and problems about the acmart format may be communicated through the SIGPLAN Information Director.

LaTeX class, bibliography style, and template files

For LaTeX users, the PACMPL package ( and SIGPLAN proceedings package ( are light-weight packages that include only the essential files for an author:

The acmart format is also available from ACM’s Master Article Template page and as a CTAN package (and is distributed with most popular TeX distributions). However, these are heavy-weight packages, including the documented LaTeX (.dtx) file, samples of all of the different sub-formats, and bibliography and image files used by the samples, that most authors won’t want or need. The PACMPL template (acmart-pacmpl-template.tex) and SIGPLAN proceedings template (acmart-sigplanproc-template.tex) are not distributed in the heavy-weight packages; authors are encouraged to use the templates if they obtain the acmart format via the heavy-weight packages (or through their TeX distribution).

The review option is strongly encouraged, but not required, for submissions. (The review option will add line numbers, which make it easier for reviewers to reference specific parts of the paper in their comments, but should have absolutely no other effect on the typesetting.)

Word templates

For Word users, the acmart format is available from ACM’s Master Article Template page.

Republication Policy

Please review SIGPLAN’s republication policy.

ACM Author Rights


If you would like some advice on how to write submissions, here are some suggestions by

Additional Support

Are you a student needing additional support to present your paper at the conference? The SIGPLAN Professional Activities Committee (PAC) can help you.