Call for Papers

Paper Submission is Closed

However, workshop paper submission may still be open.


The 30th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2013) will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta Georgia, from June 16 to 21, 2013. The conference will consist of one day of tutorials, followed by three days of main conference sessions, followed by two days of workshops. All topics related to machine learning are eligible for papers, tutorials or workshops.

This year there will be three reviewing cycles for main conference papers. This is an experimental step toward a merger of conference and journal formats — ICML may ultimately have six two-month reviewing cycles per year. Accepted papers will appear on-line shortly after acceptance and will be available for citation at that time. As of now we are still calling ICML a conference rather than a journal. A good discussion of the issues of merging conference and journal formats can be found in this paper by H. V. Jagadish.

Orals, Spotlights, Invited Speakers and a Banquet

Accepted papers will each have either a full oral presentation or a shorter “spotlight” presentation as well as a poster in an evening poster session. There will also be talks by invited speakers, an opening reception, and a banquet.

Paper Format and Electronic Submission

The submission of papers and the management of the paper reviewing process for the main conference will be entirely electronic. Submissions for a given reviewing cycle will be accepted until 23:59 Universal Time (3:59pm Pacific Daylight Time) on the date of the deadline. Detailed formatting and submission instructions for authors will be available on the conference web site.

Submitted papers can be up to eight pages long, not including references, and up to nine pages when references are included. Any paper exceeding this length will automatically be rejected. Authors have the option of submitting a supplementary file containing further details of their work; it is up to the reviewers whether they wish to consult this additional material.

All submissions must be anonymized and must closely follow the formatting guidelines in the templates; otherwise they will automatically be rejected.

Dual Submission Policy

Submitted papers must not be substantially similar to (50% or more overlap) another paper currently under review, or accepted for publication, in a journal, conference or workshop with archival proceedings (where proceedings are assigned an ISBN number). Similarly, authors must withdraw their papers if they submit an overlapping paper to a different archival venue during the ICML review period. If a paper submitted to ICML 2013 is found to significantly overlap another published or submitted paper at another archival venue then the ICML submission may be rejected on the grounds of being a dual submission.

To keep things simple in this experimental year, the “not for proceedings” option of ICML 2012 will not be available in 2013.

Reviewing Criteria

Accepted papers must contain significant novel results. Results can be either theoretical or empirical. Results will be judged on the degree to which they have been objectively established and/or their potential for scientific and technological impact.

Main Conference Paper Dates

Cycle I:

  • Cycle I paper submissions due October 1, 2012
  • Cycle I author response period November 11 – 15, 2012
  • Cycle I author notification December 4, 2012
  • Cycle I final version submission due January 7, 2013

Cycle II:

  • Cycle II paper submissions due December 15, 2012.
  • Cycle II author response period January 23 – 27, 2013
  • Cycle II author notification Feb 15, 2013
  • Cycle II final version submission due March 15, 2013

Cycle III:

  • Cycle III paper submissions due February 15, 2013.
  • Cycle III author response period March 27-31, 2013
  • Cycle III author notification April 15, 2013
  • Cycle III final version submission due May 8, 2013

Some fraction of papers declined in cycle I will be invited to resubmit with modifications in cycle III. Papers declined in cycle II will not be eligible for resubmission to ICML 2013.

Workshop and Tutorial Dates:

Please visit this page for the Workshop and Tutorial dates.