Frequently Asked Questions

This document has an updated list of frequently asked questions about IJCAI 2017 paper submission and revision. These clarifications apply to both the main track and the AI & Autonomy special track. If you have a question that is not on this list, please feel free to send a mail to me at pcchair@ijcai-17.org.

Prof. Carles Sierra

Program Chair, IJCAI 2017

Questions

  1. Can we submit papers to IJCAI if we have already put them up on arxiv?
  2. Are papers that appeared at workshops previously eligible for submission to IJCAI?
  3. How strict is author anonymity requirement in the submissions?
  4. Is supplemental material allowed for IJCAI submissions?
  5. Are we allowed to put (anonymized) links to supplemental material?
  6. Can we have color images in the submission?
  7. Clarifications regarding author response phase
(updated 07/07/2016)
1. Can we submit papers to IJCAI if we have already put them up on arxiv?
We require that any submission to IJCAI must not be under review at any other refereed publication venue including conferences and archival journals. Papers put on arxiv do not violate this rule as long as they are not refereed.
2. Are papers that appeared at workshops previously eligible for submission to IJCAI?
Although workshops at top AI conferences sometimes do have reviewing process, traditionally they have all been seen as venues for informal presentation/discussion, rather than formally refereed archival venues. Consequently, presentation of a piece of work at a workshop doesn’t disqualify that work from submission to IJCAI.
3. How strict is author anonymity requirement in the submissions?

IJCAI requires that all submissions be anonymised so that the review of the submission is done on objective criteria, and is not influenced by author identity. To facilitate this, we require that the authors follow both the letter and spirit of the normal anonymisation guidelines. Any paper that obviously flouts this requirement will be rejected without review. (Please note that given the tight reviewing cycle, we will not have time to work with authors to “correct” their submissions after deadline).

The anonymity requirement holds only for the submitted paper. In particular, the program committee members will be explicitly instructed not to actively seek to figure out author identities with the help of search engines etc.

4. Is supplemental material allowed for IJCAI submissions?
No supplemental material is allowed for submissions to the IJCAI main track. The submitted papers must be self-contained.
5. Are we allowed to put (anonymized) links to supplemental material?
We recommend against such a practice.
6. Can we have colour images in the submission?
Yes, colour images are fine. (The style file instructions suggesting black & white images are a holdover from the days of hard copy proceedings).
7. Clarifications regarding the author response phase

Here are some additional clarifications on the author response phase

  1. Author responses must respect the double-blind reviewing (and thus not divulge author identity). This is particularly important in cases where the reviewers specifically ask questions regarding a prior publication that happens to be by the same authors. Care must be exercised in responding so as not to explicitly divulge author identity.
  2. The summary rating is an overall rating and is not a simple function of the other ratings. It only makes sense in the context of the rest of the written review.
  3. In some cases the program committee has either updated existing reviews or added missing reviews after the author response phase started. You can always check the up-to-date reviews of your paper on the Conference Management System of IJCAI 2017.