IJCAI-ECAI-2018 Call for papers

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The Program Committee of the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-ECAI-18), joint with the the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, invites the submission of technical papers for the main technical track of the conference which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, from July 13th to July 19th, 2018. Submissions are invited on significant, original, and previously unpublished research on all aspects of artificial intelligence. All papers will receive mindful and rigorous reviews. For nearly a half-century, IJCAI has remained the premier conference bringing together the international AI community to communicate the advances and celebrate the achievements of artificial intelligence research and practice. It is a highly-referenced conference that will provide authors with useful critical feedback. ECAI, which has been running every two years since 1982, has become the leading conference for this field in Europe. This is the first time that IJCAI and ECAI are joint. With the current explosive interest in AI and its applications, this conference is guaranteed to provide an exciting forum to present and hear about cutting-edge research in AI.


IJCAI-ECAI 2018 welcomes submissions across all areas of AI. The conference scope includes all subareas of AI, including (but not limited to) traditional topics such as machine learning, search, planning, knowledge representation, reasoning, constraint satisfaction, 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.

The special theme of IJCAI-ECAI-18 is the evolution of the contours of AI. There will be a corresponding special track with a specific call for papers.


  • Abstract submission deadline: January 25, 2018 (11:59PM UTC-12)
  • Paper submission: January 31, 2018 (11:59PM UTC-12), extended until Friday, Feb 2, 2018 (11:59PM UTC-12)
  • Rebuttal period: March 19-23, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 16, 2018

Information about camera ready deadlines will be provided to authors at a later date.


Submitted papers must be formatted according to IJCAI guidelines and submitted electronically through the IJCAI-ECAI-18 paper submission site. Full instructions including formatting guidelines and electronic templates are available on the IJCAI-ECAI-18 website. Submissions must be in electronic form using the IJCAI-ECAI-18 paper submission software linked above. 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 25, 2018 (11:59 UTC-12). All papers are due electronically on January 31, 2018 (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. The designated author will be notified by email about acceptance or rejection by April 16, 2018. Authors will also be able to respond to preliminary reviews during the dates March 19-23. Guidelines for such responses, along with details of the reviewing process will be posted on the IJCAI-ECAI- 18 website.


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-ECAI-18 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for, has already been published in, or has already been 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 the IJCAI-ECAI-18 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. Multiple submission is grounds for immediate rejection of the submitted paper.

IJCAI-ECAI 2018 allows all submitted papers to be submitted to another conference from April 12 onwards. This will not be considered a double submission by IJCAI-ECAI 2018. However we require that if you paper is accepted to IJCAI-ECAI 2018, it should be withdrawn immediately from the other conference.


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


All people involved in the IJCAI-ECAI-18 review process adhere to the IJCAI conflict of interest policy. Details can be found at http://ijcai.org/.


Papers will be subject to double blind peer review in which the reviewers do not know the author’s identity. 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 work of the authors, it should not include unpublished work (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. Similarly, reviewers should not reveal their identities within the paper reviews. Selection criteria include originality of ideas, correctness, clarity, 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.


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 can only include references. For accepted papers, up to two additional pages may be purchased at an additional cost 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-ECAI-18 guidelines, which will be available on the conference website (the style will be essentially that of previous IJCAI conferences). Electronic templates for the LaTeX typesetting package, as well as a Word template, that conform to IJCAI-ECAI-18 guidelines will be made available at the conference website. Final camera-ready versions will be formatted according to the publisher’s instructions. 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-ECAI-18 will not accept any supplementary materials other than those specified in the paragraph ‘RESUBMISSIONS OF SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED AAAI-18 Submissions’ below.


This year IJCAI-ECAI-18 is enforcing a strict submission limit. Each individual author is limited to no more than 10 submissions to IJCAI-ECAI-2018. The list of authors provided at submission time is final. Authors may not be added to, or removed from, papers following submission. (However, author ordering may still be changed.) Also, by submitting a paper to IJCAI-ECAI-18, authors must acknowledge that they will do their best to contribute in some way to the review process, if asked to.


Authors of declined AAAI-18 submissions may submit substantially improved versions to IJCAI-ECAI-18. At the discretion of the authors, the resubmission can be accompanied by all three of the following, as a single file: a cover letter that explains how the revised submission addresses the comments of the AAAI-18 reviewers, the AAAI-18 paper, and the full AAAI-18 reviews. These documents, as a single file, will be submitted as additional material in the corresponding field in the submission system. Cover letters will be taken into consideration in the IJCAI-ECAI-18 review process.


For a list of frequently asked questions about IJCAI-ECAI-18 paper submission, click here.


Please send all enquiries about the technical program to the IJCAI-ECAI-18 Program Chair, Jérôme Lang,  at the email address pcchair@ijcai-18.org