Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH)


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Topical Scope


The Cultural Heritage sector spans many distinct sub-areas, which may be divided into two major classifications:

  • Tangible heritage, such as the discovery, documentation, organization, interpretation and communication of artifacts, monuments, sites, museums, and collections (including digital archives, catalogues and libraries);
  • Intangible heritage, such as music, performance, storytelling, and mythology.

At the interface between these two areas lies the area of historical and cultural interpretation. The increasing volume of digital cultural artifacts and collections is becoming an important body of heritage content in its own right. Finally the area of collections, their organisation, cataloging, management and interrogation is also an area of interest for the journal.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • On-site and remotely sensed data collection
  • Enhanced 2D media for CH
  • 3D digital artifact capture, representation and manipulation
  • Tools for reconstruction and processing of digital representations
  • Metadata, classification schema, ontologies and semantic processing for CH multimedia repositories
  • Analytic tools to assist scholars' research on collections or artifacts
  • ICT assistance in monitoring and restoration
  • Augmentation of physical collections with digital presentations
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies for virtual and digital museums
  • Human-Computer interfaces for virtual and digital museums
  • Story-telling and other forms of communication, multimedia systems
  • Serious games
  • Web-based and mobile technologies for CH
  • Long term preservation of digital artifacts
  • Provenance, copyright and IPR
  • Digital capture and annotation of intangible heritage (performance, audio, dance, oral heritage)
  • ICT technologies in support of creating new cultural experiences or digital artifacts
  • Applications (e.g. in Education and Tourism)

JOCCH seeks content that combines the best of computing science with real attention to any aspect of the cultural heritage sector. Submissions are sought under two broad categories: Use-inspired Basic Research and Applied Research; and may be one of several types (see Type of papers): research paper; tutorial/survey; research note/short paper; software/algorithms; addendum/corrections; datasets.

Please note this journal uses CrossCheck software to screen papers to ensure originality. By submitting your paper to JOCCH you are agreeing to any necessary checks your manuscript may undergo during the peer review process. For more information on CrossCheck see at
ACM has recently published new Fair Use Guidelines for authors whose manuscripts include third-party material. They can be found at

ACM Policy on Authorship

The new ACM Policy on Authorship states that anyone listed as Author on an ACM paper must meet all the following criteria:
•    they have made substantial intellectual contributions to some components of the original work described in the paper; and
•    they have participated in drafting and/or revision of the paper; and
•    they are aware that the paper has been submitted for publication; and
•    they agree to be held accountable for any issues relating to correctness or integrity of the work.

Other contributors may be acknowledged at the end of the paper, before the bibliography, with explicitly described roles, preferably using the roles found in the CASRAI Contributor Roles Taxonomy at

Type of papers

Submissions are sought under two broad categories: Use-inspired Basic Research and Applied Research

Contributions under the Use-inspired Basic Research category describe results which push forward the bounds of knowledge in computing science and are grounded on evidence-based need from the cultural heritage sector.

Applied Research contributions take state-of-the-art results from general computing science and apply them to real data from the cultural heritage sector – evidencing their effectiveness with reference to feedback from intended beneficiaries.

Submissions may be one of several types:

  1. Research paper: Presents results of original research, typically a long paper (10-20 print pages or 5,000-10,000 words). The primary purpose of a research paper is to present an interpretation based on the technology, where the interpretation advances cultural heritage studies and enhances our understanding of the technology. These papers should state clearly the interpretative problem that the research seeks to address and should explain why the technology that is employed advances the interpretation or enables a new type of analysis.
  2. Tutorial/Survey: Presents an overview of a topic in which the value of the synthesis lies in its ability to demonstrate important research problems or directions for further research, typically a long paper (10-20 print pages or 5,000-10,000 words).
  3. Research Note/Short Paper: Describes results of a single project or experiment that illuminates an important but limited issue or problem or extends understanding of an existing problem or technique, typically a short paper (3-5 pages or 1,500-2,500 words).
  4. Software/Algorithms: Describes and evaluates new software or algorithm in a long paper (10-20 print pages or 5,000-10,000 words), with the primary purpose of advancing the technology with an application to cultural heritage studies. The paper should explain clearly the technological problem that the research addresses, the innovative software solution proposed, and how they relate to CH applications.
  5. Addendum/Corrections: Extends prior work or provides a clarification or correction, typically a short paper (3-5 pages or 1,500-2,500 words).
  6. Datasets: Describes a new or expanded dataset or data resource, which explains the structure of the dataset, its potential use and audiences, its innovative characteristics, access policies, archiving and preservation policies, and evaluation; may be either a long paper (10-20 print pages or 5,000-10,000 words) or a short paper (3-5 pages or 1,500-2,500 words). Please note that in order to be considered for publication the manuscript should present a sufficiently wide/general dataset. Therefore, the dataset should be able to support the research activity of a large community of researchers rather than a small and very specific research domain.

We note that there are no required page lengths; the page lengths and word counts given above are provided as guidance and to suggest the scope of submission. Page counts will not be used to determine the eligibility of a submission for further review. However, length may be considered during the review process.

Special Issues

Periodically we will issue calls for submissions for Special Issues.  Please watch our "Announcements" page in the Editors section for upcoming calls.


We prefer manuscripts submitted in PDF format, but can also accept PostScript or Microsoft Word documents. Supplementary electronic material can accompany a submission, and can be made available with the paper on the JOCCH web page immediately upon acceptance and in the ACM Digital Library after the submission is published.


ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at:  The new TeX template consolidates all eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates.  The templates are updated to the latest software versions, were developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. Please note: Separate Word for Windows and Word for Mac consolidated templates are also available.
We will continue to accept manuscripts using the previous template format through Spring 2017.  
The new TeX template requires that a call be made within the source document  for “\documentclass” so that an article is formatted according to the specifications to the publication. Detailed instructions can be found in section 2.2 of the User and Implementation Guide (

Typesetting JOCCH submissions using LateX and the collaborative Overleaf tool

Overleaf ( is an online cloud-based resource to write and typeset papers with LateX. It is a collaborative platform: authors can easily invite colleagues to collaborate on documents.
ACM has partnered with Overleaf, to provide an ACM LaTeX authoring template for all ACM journals and conferences.
To produce a JOCCH submission, please use the ACM Large template on OverLeaf.
 JOCCH authors just need to set the  \acmJournal{}  parameter to \acmJournal{JOCCH}

Computing Classification System

An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication by ACM Press is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). This is beneficial to you because accurate categorization provides the reader with quick content reference, facilitating the search for related literature, as well as searches for your work in ACM's Digital Library and on other online resources.

Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM'S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.

Language Services

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services, and also has significant international outreach, especially in China. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files. As an ACM author, you will receive a generous discount on ISE editing services.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page:

Submission Instructions

The Journal submission process is unlike that of a conference, workshop or symposium.

  • There is no deadline.

    Submit your manuscript when it is ready.

  • There is only a suggested word/page limit.

    Use the least number of pages necessary to adequately describe your results and place them in context. It is unlikely that this will exceed 20 pages, as noted in the section on Type of papers. Be sure to indicate the type of paper (research paper, tutorial survey, technical note, and so on).

JOCCH encourages original manuscripts that have not been published anywhere else. A paper previously published in a workshop, symposium or conference can be submitted to JOCCH for consideration if it contains sufficient new material, such as the exploration of effectiveness of novel techniques or technologies applied to digital data in genuine Cultural Heritage applications or the usability of tools or techniques by Cultural Heritage professionals in the field. In some cases papers submitted via this route will be considered on the recommendations of the International Program Committee of related conferences affiliated to ACM or ACM special interest groups.

The ACM Author Representations Policy can be found at:

Reviewing Process

JOCCH accepts submissions electronically via Scholar One Manuscript . Authors should create an account and password, login selecting “Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage”, and proceed to the Author Center to submit a manuscript. For a quick Author guide, see: Author.pdf

A submitted paper will then follow a process before receiving recommendation for publication in JOCCH:

  1. The information director first checks the submission for completeness and notifies the Editor-in-Chief.
  2. The Editor-in-Chief then determines if the paper is appropriate for consideration by JOCCH and, if so, assigns it to an Associate Editor with the appropriate expertise in the area. In turn, the Associate Editor selects minimum 3 referees or reviewers with expertise both in the technical and the cultural heritage perspectives appropriate to the submission. To facilitate this selection process, it is encouraged to use appropriate keywords to describe the content of the submission.
  3. The referees read the submission and assess it against the criteria for inclusion in the journal including novelty, impact, correctness and relevance to the cultural heritage sector. Each referee returns its review and recommendations on the acceptability of the submission to the Associate Editor; who in turn makes a final recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief.
  4. The Editor-in-Chief, based on the reviews and recommendations, takes a decision on the acceptability of the submission, and communicates to the author this decision along with the referees’ comments.

The decision may take one of four forms:

  1. Acceptance: The submission is accepted as is or subject to minor amendments which do not require an additional full refereeing process. In this case, you will be required to submit your final version, production files and a signed copyright form:
  2. Major/Minor revision: The submission is appropriate but elements of it require a level of improvement which means that an additional full cycle of reviewing will be required. These changes can be minor or major changes according to the referees’ opinion. The revision’s review would normally be undertaken by the original referees unless there were specific needs for additional opinions. In order to achieve timely publication the authors will normally be given a maximum of 30 days (for minor changes) or 45 days (for major changes) to make the required changes and acceptance of the revised submission will need to take into account relevant developments since the original submission.
  3. Reject and resubmit: The submission requires major improvements; hence a new submission is required. It might be the case that the Editor-in-Chief recommends to resubmit according to another type category, so a full restructuring of the paper will be required. This resubmission should be submitted before the specified deadline and should take into account the reviewers comments and any relevant developments since the original submission.
  4. Reject: The paper is rejected on a basis described with the decision. This could include the decision that the submission did not address the scope of the Journal, or that the results described replicated work already published and hence had insufficient originality.

We note that paper may be sent back to the authors for more than one review cycle.

Target Timescales

Our goal is to get accepted submissions out to the community as soon as possible. We strive to complete this process from submission to decision in three months, though some papers can require longer periods to perform the complete and thorough evaluation required.

If at any time during this process we determine your submission is inappropriate for consideration by the JOCCH, we will notify the lead contact immediately so the problem can be fixed or the submission can be sent to a more appropriate venue. This is in the best interest of the author(s) and the timely publication of the submission as it avoids a lengthy review process that would nevertheless result in rejection.

The JOCCH is published electronically in the ACM Digital Library. Accepted submissions are grouped into up to four issues per year. A complete volume will be published on paper, accompanied by other material in appropriate digital format.

Third Party Material

Third Party Material is non-textual in nature - e.g., figures, tables, graphs, photographs, simulations, music or audio/video clips. (Small text quotations borrowed from a third party are placed in quotes and cited.)
It is extremely important that you identify the copyright holder and secure permission to use each and every piece of third party content in your paper or presentation that you, yourself, did not create, be it an image of an M. C. Escher print or a ten-second clip from a movie or a 3D model that you've downloaded from the "AIM@SHAPE" website.
You must deliver to ACM documentation of the permission you receive. Please do not assume that, since you found it on the Internet, it is freely available to be used - chances are it's not.

ACM has published new Fair Use Guidelines for authors whose manuscripts include third-party material. They can be found at

Flickr and Creative Commons images

If you are using third-party content released for use under Creative Commons (CC) licensing, please be aware that there are various kinds of CC licenses; make sure that the licensing details match your intended use of that content. Of particular note are the "NC" or non-commercial licenses; you may not use material made available with an "NC" Creative Commons license unless you receive specific permission from the author of that content. In all CC licenses, attribution to the creator is required at a minimum, not just the URL where the image is found.

Requesting Permission

When requesting permission, make sure you mention the distribution media ACM will use, e.g., print, online, and recordable media. If the copyright holder restricts you from use in one of ACM's intended publication media, you may not include the material. An event's organizers or an ACM representative can help answer specific questions about distribution media or quantities.
Be advised that obtaining permission to reuse third-party content may take some time, and you may be asked to pay a licensing fee to the copyright holder; ACM does not cover this for you. Even if the owner of the third-party content does not require permission to use their content - material from the Stanford University 3D Scanning Repository, for example - you must still identify it as third-party content on ACM's copyright form, and acknowledge its use, as defined by the owner, in your paper.

Attribution Requirements

ACM requires that you place the ownership attribution of third-party material with the object. If it is a figure or image or model, or similar, you must identify the owner in the caption (example: "Image courtesy David Jones" or "© David Jones"). If the third-party material is some object like a music clip that cannot incorporate an attribution of ownership, then you must identify the owner in your text. (ACM requires this identification so that anyone seeking re-use rights will know whom to contact and so that ACM will not mistakenly grant any re-use rights to third-party material.)
Additionally, the copyright holder may require that a particular acknowledgement be included. If not otherwise stipulated by the copyright holder, this statement of acknowledgement for film or music clips may be placed in the 'Acknowledgements' section of your content.

All author rights forms are now filled electronically through the ACM e-Rights Transfer Application.

The Third-Party Material table in Part III of the ACM Copyright/Release Form is used as follows if you have any third-party material in your paper:

  • "ACM citation reference" is the place in your paper where each piece of third-party content resides: "Figure 1" for example.
  • "Original Third-party source" is where the third-party content was first published.
  • "Approved By" is the name of the person granting you permission to use this content.
  • "Date Received" is the date on which you received permission to use this content.

In addition to completing Part III, you must submit documentation of the permission you've received to use each piece of third-party content when you submit your completed copyright form, regardless of the origin of the third-party material.

Material from ACM

If the third-party content was originally published by ACM and is under ACM's copyright, you will need to select the "Request Permission" link from the ACM Digital Library page for that content and follow the instructions there to secure permission, using "Re-use in an ACM Publication" as the type of usage. The administrative fee will be waived with the application of an event-specific discount code that can be obtained from your Program Chair or the ACM publications Department ( The automated permissions system will automatically generate a license documenting your free re-use of this material in a new ACM publication which you should upload with your copyright form.

Material from IEEE

If the third-party content was originally published by IEEE, please visit the following link to learn how to request permission from IEEE to reuse this third-party content:

Material from Eurographics

If the third-party content was originally published by Eurographics, please send an e-mail to "" to request permission to reuse.

Please remember: you must provide us with documentation of the copyright owner's permission that you have received to use each piece of third-party material when you deliver your paper's copyright form, and you must identify the owner of each piece of third-party material in your paper/presentation itself. For any photograph, figure, graphic image of any kind, the owner must be identified in the caption. ACM cannot grant permission for re-use of material on which it does not hold copyright and therefore must be able to identify that owner.

If you cannot obtain permission to use a particular piece of third-party material, it must be removed before final submission.

For more information, please see

Author Rights

Working with the computing community, ACM leadership has responded to calls to make scholarly articles more openly accessible, to enable authors to exercise greater control of their published works, and to comply with the increasing demands placed on authors by funding agencies. ACM authors now have three ways to manage their publication rights with ACM:

  1. A license granting ACM non-exclusive permission to publish—by choosing to pay for perpetual open access from the ACM Digital Library, authors may opt to self-manage all rights to their work. 
  2. A new Publishing License Agreement granting ACM exclusive publication rights—in choosing this license authors grant ACM the right to serve as the exclusive publisher of their work and to manage ongoing rights and permissions associated with the work, including the right to defend it against improper use by third parties. This exclusive license is roughly the equivalent of ACM’s traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement except that the author continues to hold copyright. 
  3. ACM's traditional Copyright Transfer Agreement—for authors comfortable with the existing agreement.

Learn more by visiting the Information for Authors webpage.


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For further assistance

  • - Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • - Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the Publisher, Laura A. Lander.
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