Last updated: Aug.15, 2020
This page will be updated with questions (and answers) as they arise. Please check back regularly. If you do not find an answer to your question here, you are welcome to contact the IJCAI-21 program chair at email@example.com, but please make sure that you have read IJCAI-21 CFP and the current FAQ first.
[Many parts are inherited from IJCAI-20 FAQ]
Yes. If the paper was on arXiv at least one month before the abstract submission deadline of IJCAI-21, and it is not cited by the submitted paper.
Yes. This applies more generally to papers presented in any non-archival venue (that is, as long as there are no formally published proceedings with a publisher).
IJCAI requires that all submissions be anonymized. To facilitate this, we require that the authors follow both the letter and spirit of the normal anonymization guidelines. Any paper that obviously violates this requirement will be rejected without review.
Yes. Resubmissions from at any peer-reviewed conference within the past 6 months have to follow the “Resubmissions” terms in the call for papers, otherwise the paper may be rejected without further review.
A paper is considered a ‘student paper’, and thus a potential winner of the ‘Best Student Paper Award’, when the first author is a student who, at the time of submission, has not obtained any PhD degree yet. When submitting a paper, this should be indicated by marking the appropriate checkbox.
Yes. If, for instance, the short paper is a two-column two-page paper. If the ‘short’ paper is longer than that, but no longer than half of the IJCAI paper, then the extension should be significant enough. Significance will be assessed by reviewers. In any case, the short version has to be cited and it must be clear that the IJCAI submission is an extension.
Title: It is highly recommended not to go above two lines in the IJCAI format. Three lines is a strict maximum.
Abstract: There is no word limit for abstracts. However, 200 words is a nice upper limit that authors should always apply.
By ‘abstract submission’ we mean that you should register your paper by giving a title and a short abstract. This abstract is intended for helping program committee members getting the papers they are competent for reviewing. There are no abstract-only submissions, nor any paper-only submissions: in all cases, you must submit an abstract, and then you must submit a full paper. (See abstract submission and paper submission deadlines on the web site).
PCs (Program Committee members): participate in only full-paper review phase: write reviews and participate in discussions.
SPCs (Senior Program Committee members): participate in both summary-reject and full-paper review phases. In summary-reject phase: fill in checkbox form and (optional) write brief reviews; in full-paper review phase: write reviews and participate discussions.
ACs (Area Chairs): participate both summary-reject and full-paper review phase. In summary-reject phase: fill in checkbox form and (optional) write brief reviews; in full-paper review phase: Coordinate reviewers, write meta-reviews and make recommendations.
SACs (Senior Area Chairs): A very small group of leading experts who help cross-check the reviews, meta-reviews and recommendations of ACs.
(A)PCC: Program Chair and Associate Program Chairs: IJCAI has a single Program Chair governing the whole program of the conference. 3 Associate Program Chairs with different expertise are appointed to help the Program Chair to cover the whole AI field.
Nominate or self-nominate PCs are welcome. The nominee should have published at least three papers in premier AI conferences such as IJCAI, AAAI, NeurIPS, ICML, CVPR, ICCV, ACL, KDD, etc. in the past five years. A PhD degree in AI fields is expected. Senior PhD students who have published at least five papers in premier AI conferences can also be nominated as candidates. Nomination/self-nomination should go to firstname.lastname@example.org Approved PCs should register to the CMT system with invitation sent from Workflow Chair, and fill in all required information immediately. Later, some senior PCs will be upgraded to SPCs.
Many factors will be considered, such as how long the candidate has been working in AI fields, how rich the experience of the candidate has for publishing in premier AI conferences, how rich the experience of the candidate has for serving AI conferences. In addition, an important factor is how many papers are submitted to IJCAI-21; we plan to have a reasonable workload for SPCs in the summary reject phase, and thus, some PCs may be selected to SPCs after the abstract submission deadline. Another important factor is in what AI subarea the candidate is working; we plan to have a balanced workload across different subareas. Thus, it is important to fill in CMT information as early as possible for PCs who wish to be selected as SPCs.
IJCAI-21 review process will be triple blind at the level of Area Chairs (AC), Senior Program Committee members (SPC), and Program Committee members (PC), i.e., AC/SPC/PC cannot see the identities of authors and other AC/SPC/PCs, and vice versa. Author identities are also invisible to Senior Area Chairs (SACs) and vice versa.
During the discussion phase, AC/SPC/PCs should avoid disclosing your own identity. You can use CMT number to call other reviewers such as Meta-Reviewer1, Reviewer2, etc. To compensate for information of the hidden reviewer names, you can see the information of “how many years have you worked in Artificial Intelligence?” of other reviewers handling the same submission.
The rapid growth of IJCAI and many other AI conferences has overwhelmed the review resource. Thus, a summary reject procedure will be executed for IJCAI-21. In this process, each submission will be assigned to a group of senior experts (ACs and SPCs) to judge whether the submission has a chance to be accepted by IJCAI-21. The group-size will be decided based on the number of submissions and the size of senior program committee. An SAC will cross-check the group judgment, finally governed by (A)PCC. Submissions passing this procedure will go into the full-paper review phase.
This summary reject process will try to help authors save time for revision and resubmission earlier to other venues. IJCAI-21 will provide checkbox information and encourage reviewers to write brief reviews. Note that by submitting a paper, authors admit to be aware of the possibility of receiving a summary rejection notification without any written review.