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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

We strongly encourage authors to be concise.

Because of AAI's quick turnaround time, authors may be tempted to "test the waters" with papers that are less than they might be. Authors should submit only papers that have been carefully proofread and polished. Papers that are clearly unacceptable will be returned by the editor without being reviewed.

All claims should be clearly articulated and supported either by empirical experiments or theoretical analyses. When appropriate, authors are encouraged to implement their work and to demonstrate its utility on significant problems; any experiments reported should be reproducible. Papers describing systems should clearly describe the contributions or the principles underlying the system. Papers describing theoretical results should also discuss their practical utility. In general, it should be clear how the work advances the current state of understanding and why the advance matters. Papers should report on what was learned in doing the work, rather than merely on what was done.

Authors must clearly acknowledge the contributions of their predecessors. If a paper introduces new terminology or techniques, it should also explain why current terminology or techniques are insufficient.

Submissions must be original. The work cannot have been published previously or be pending publication in another journal, nor can it be under review or be sent for review in any other forum. Violation of this policy will result in rejection of the submission and a six-month ban on further submissions to AAI. Submissions to AAI can, however, contain material published in one or more conference papers. In this case, the AAI submission should contain additional, unpublished, information, and provide a more complete presentation of the work. Needless to say, it should be different enough from the original conference paper also to avoid copyright infringement issues. The journal format affords you the opportunity to include additional significant information such as new experiments, proofs, results or analysis that did not fit before and to incorporate additional background information or discussion. Authors submitting a paper that extends a paper previously published at a conference or accepted but not yet published at a conference must notify the editor at the time of submission to AAI.

Published articles may be accompanied by online appendices containing data, demonstrations, instructions for obtaining source code, or the source code itself (if appropriate). We strongly encourage authors to include such appendices along with their articles. (Note: if an online appendix contains source code, we will require you to sign a release form prior to publication freeing us from liability.)  Online appendices are not included in the review process.

Submissions that use color are welcome, but all figures should be understandable by readers viewing or printing via monochrome devices. We cannot guarantee that referees will review the color version of your work.