Hot off the Press


The HOP (Hot Off the Press) track offers authors of recent papers the opportunity to present their work to the GECCO community, both by giving a talk on one of the three main days of the conference and by having a 2-page abstract appear in the Proceedings Companion, in which also the workshop papers, late-breaking abstracts, and tutorials appear. We invite researchers to submit summaries of their own work recently published in top-tier conferences and journals. Contributions are selected based on their scientific quality and their relevance to the GECCO community. Typical contributions include (but are not limited to) evolutionary computation papers appeared at venues different from GECCO, papers comparing different heuristics and optimization methods that appeared at a general heuristics or optimization venue, papers describing applications of evolutionary methods that appeared at venues of this application domain, or papers describing methods with relevance to the GECCO community that appeared at a venue centered around this methods domain. In any case, it is the authors responsibility to make clear why this work is relevant for the GECCO community, and to present the results in a language accessable to the GECCO community.

Acceptance criteria

  • The HOP paper must be of significant interest to the GECCO community for whatever reason.
  • The HOP paper must have appeared in a well-respected journal or conference proceeding. For journal publications, it suffices that the paper is finally accepted and available on the publishers webpage.
  • The HOP paper must not have been published in its final form earlier than 2015.
  • The core of the paper must not have been presented at a GECCO conference before.


For the first time this year, submitters to the HOP track have the choice between only giving a talk at the conference (as in the previous years) or giving both a talk and having their abstract appear in the GECCO Proceedings Companion. The track is equally happy with both formats. Acceptance/rejection of the submission will only be based on the acceptance critetia described above, not on the submission type.


A submission that aims at becoming a 2-page paper in the GECCO Proceedings Companion must follow relatively strict rules. It must consist of the 2-page paper that shall appear in the proceedings and a compulsory appendix with additional details. The paper part should give a concise description of the main results of the work in a language understood by the GECCO community. Where not obvious from the result, the particular interest to the GECCO audience must be clearly explained. The abstract of the 2-page paper must clearly indicate the original paper it is based on. This part of the paper at the moment of submission must be in the form the authors propose it to appear in the Proceedings Companion. The compulsory appendix (which will be only used for reviewing purposes) may contain any additional information the authors want to give to the reviewers. It must contain a complete description in what way the results have been presented at previous GECCO conferences. It must also contain a direct link to the original paper in pdf format. If the original paper appeared at a venue the reviewers might be unfamiliar with, then an explanation of its reputation is desirable. Any other arguments in favor of the paper should be given as well. The appendix should be brief. Apart from these rules, the same formatting rules apply as for the late-breaking abstracts.

If authors of an original paper prefer to only present their result at GECCO without a 2-page paper appearing in the Proceedings Companion, then their submission does not need to follow the above rules. However, still requires are (i) a short summary of the results accessable to reviewers with a typical GECCO background, (ii) an indication why the results are particularly interesting for the GECCO audience, (iii) a declaration to what extent they have been presented at previous GECCOs, (iv) and a link to the paper.

All submissions are done via the usual GECCO submission site at The deadline for HOP submissions is one week after the late-breaking abstracts, that is, on April 10, 2016, at 23:59 anywhere on earth. The notification is on April 20, 2016. Authors of 2-page abstracts for the Proceedings Companion will then have to prepare a camera-ready version by May 4.

Submitters of a 2-page paper have to ensure that there is no copyright conflict with the original submission. We do not expect greater problems here. One the one hand, a HOP paper is an excellent advertisement for the original paper, so it is clearly not in the interest of a publisher to make HOP submissions difficult. On the other hand, a good HOP submission, to optimally address the GECCO audience with 2 pages only, in almost all cases will contain a significant amount of new text. Nevertheless, it remains the authors' duty to take care of the copyright situation. This includes the reproduction of original artwork, for which a consent of the original publisher might be required. Authors retain the copyright of the HOP abstract, so there is no problem from the ACM or GECCO side.

Accepted papers and presentations

At least one author of an accepted presentation or paper is required to register for the conference by April 28 and present the result at the conference.

Further Information

For any further information regarding the HOP track, please contact the chair Benjamin Doerr Doerremail

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