Can an ICML paper be withdrawn at any time?

Update on 24 March 2020: As part of the adjustments to the review process we have made due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are now allowing authors to withdraw papers at any time between now and the end of the review process. Only the primary author of the paper can do this, but they should be able to acheive it directly on their own through CMT.


PLEASE NOTE that once you withdraw a paper, it is removed from your account as well. This means you must save a copy of the reviews before withdrawing, assuming you want them! If you do not do this, we will not be able to restore your reviews until after the decision process has ended (early June).


Unfortunately, once the review process has begun (Feb 27), we cannot allow papers to be withdrawn until the final acceptance decisions have been made. This rule exists to help keep down potentially duplicated reviewer effort in the case that an ICML paper is withdrawn during review and resubmitted elsewhere.

If you wish us to terminate the *review and discussion* of your submission (to save reviewer effort), send email to program chairs at and we would be happy to notify any reviewer assigned to your paper that they may skip your submission. However, to be clear, even in that case the paper will still be considered as submitted to ICML and will be subject to the rules around dual submissions until decisions are made.