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July 9–15, 2016

IJCAI-2016 Call for papers

25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16)
New York, NY, USA, July 9-15, 2016

The Program Committee of the Twenty-fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16) invites the submission of original technical papers for the conference, to be held in New York, USA, from July 9th to July 16th, 2016. Submissions are invited on significant, original, and previously unpublished research on all aspects of artificial intelligence. For nearly a half-century, IJCAI has remained the premier conference bringing together the international AI community in communicating the advances and celebrating the achievements of artificial intelligence research and practice. With the current explosive interest in AI and its applications, this 25th edition of the conference is guaranteed to provide an exciting forum to present and hear about the cutting-edge research in AI.


As the premier general conference on AI, IJCAI 2016 welcomes submissions across all areas of AI. The conference scope includes all subareas of AI, including (but not limited to) traditional topics such as search, machine learning, planning, knowledge representation, reasoning, natural language processing, robotics and perception, and multiagent systems. We expressly encourage work that cuts across technical areas and/or integrated capabilities. We encourage all types of contributions including theoretical, engineering and applied. We also encourage papers on AI techniques in the context of novel application domains, such as security, sustainability, health care, transportation, and commerce. A special theme of IJCAI-16 is Human-Aware AI. This theme will highlight the many beneficial ways AI technologies work hand-in-hand with humans. Papers relevant to this special theme can also be submitted through the main track submission site. In addition to the main track, IJCAI 2016 will have a special track for submissions related to AI and the Web; see the special track call for additional details on that track.


• Abstract submission: January 27, 2016

• Paper submission: February 2nd, 2016

• Rebuttal Period: March 10-11, 2016

• Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 4, 2016

• Camera-ready copy due: April 20, 2016

(All deadlines are 11:59PM, UTC-12; thus submissions are allowed as long as the deadline date is not past anywhere in the world)


Formatting Guidelines, LaText Styles and Word Template
• Main track Submission link: TBA
• Special track on AI&Web submission link: TBA

Submitted papers must be formatted according to IJCAI guidelines and submitted electronically through the IJCAI 2016 paper submission site. Full instructions including formatting guidelines and electronic templates are available on the IJCAI 2016 website. Submissions must be in electronic form using IJCAI 2016 paper submission software linked above. Submissions must be self-contained; IJCAI will not accept or review any supplementary materials. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work. Authors will be required to agree to this requirement at the time of submission. The paper title, author names, contact details, and a brief abstract must be submitted electronically by January 27, 2016 (11:59 UTC-12). All technical papers are due electronically on February 2, 2016 (11:59 UTC- 12). Submissions received after the deadline or that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be considered for review (see the PAPER LENGTH AND FORMAT section below). No email or fax submissions will be accepted. Notification of receipt of an electronically submitted paper will be emailed to the designated contact author soon after receipt. If there are problems with the electronic submission, the program chair will contact the designated author by email. The designated author will be emailed notification of acceptance or rejection by April 4, 2016. Authors will also be able to respond to preliminary reviews during early March. Guidelines for such responses, along with details of the reviewing process will be posted on the IJCAI 2016 website. Camera-ready copy of accepted papers must be received by April 20, 2016.


When submitting their abstract, authors will be required to choose content area keywords. General categories should only be used if specific categories do not apply or do not accurately reflect the main contributions. The full list of keywords will be available on the submission site.


IJCAI 2016 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published, or accepted for publication, in a journal or another venue with formally published proceedings. As a rule of thumb, authors should regard any publication with an ISBN or ISSN as a formal publication. Authors are also required not to submit their papers to venues with formal publication during IJCAI-16 review period. These restrictions are not intended to apply to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience and without published proceedings. Authors will be required to confirm that their submissions conform to these requirements at the time of submission.


All submissions will be treated in strict confidence until the publication date.


All people involved in the IJCAI 2016 review process adhere to the IJCAI conflict of interest policy. Details can be found at http://ijcai.org/


Submitted technical papers must be no longer than seven pages in total: six pages for the main text of the paper (including all figures but excluding references), and one additional page for references. Note that the references page should only include references. For accepted papers, up to two additional pages may be purchased at a price of $275 per page, but note that at the time of submissions, papers should adhere to the guidelines above: 6 pages for main text plus one page for references. Papers must be formatted according to posted IJCAI 2016 guidelines, which will be available on the conference website (the style will be essentially that of previous IJCAI conferences). Papers must be formatted for letter-size (8.5 x 11) paper. Electronic templates for the LaTeX typesetting package, as well as a Word template, that conform to IJCAI 2016 guidelines will be made available at the conference website.

Authors are required to submit their electronic papers in PDF format. Files in Postscript (ps) or any other format will not be accepted. Over-length papers will be rejected without review. Submissions must be self-contained; IJCAI will not accept or review any supplementary material.

In order to make blind reviewing possible, authors must omit their names and affiliations from the paper. Also, while the references should include all published literature relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, it should not include unpublished works (papers that are accepted and are made available online by the publisher can be cited). When referring to one’s own work, use the third person rather than the first person. For example, say “Previously, Foo and Bar [7] have shown that...”, rather than “In our previous work [7] we have shown that...”. Such identifying information can be added back to the final camera-ready version of accepted papers.


Papers will be subject to blind peer review. Selection criteria include originality of ideas, correctness, clarity and significance of results and quality of presentation. IJCAI main track will have a four-tier program committee, with the program chair, area chairs, senior program committee members and program committee members.

The review process will include the opportunity for authors to see the reviews of their papers and to respond to technical questions raised by the reviewers before discussion starts within the Program Committee. The decision of the Program Committee will be final and cannot be appealed.


For a list of frequently asked questions about IJCAI 2016 paper submission, click here.


Please send all enquiries about the technical program to the IJCAI 2016 Program Chair, Prof. Subbarao Kambhampati, at the email address ijcai16programchair@gmail.com