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Papers submission information

Important information regarding submissions

Double-blind submissions

Each paper submitted to GECCO will be rigorously reviewed, in a double-blind review process, meaning that reviewers should not be able to infer the identities of the authors of the papers under review, and, of course, that authors will not know the identities of their reviewers.

Submitted papers should be anonymized, meaning they should NOT contain any element that may reveal the identity of their authors, such as author names, affiliations, and acknowledgments. Any references to the author's own work should be made as if the work belonged to someone else.


Review criteria include the significance of the work, technical soundness, novelty, clarity, writing quality, and sufficiency of information to permit replication, if applicable.

Important dates

Abstract submission: January 27, 2016
Submission of full papers: February 3, 2016
Notification of paper acceptance: March 20, 2016
Camera ready submission: April 20, 2016

Supplementary material

It is possible to submit supplementary material (e.g., videos) in addition to the PDF of the paper. In particular, we encourage to submit source code for reproducing experiments described in the paper. At the time of submission, all the supplementary material must also be anonymized. Upon acceptance, the supplementary material will be made available.

You can upload supplementary material as a ZIP archive (.zip) or a compressed tarball (.tgz or .tar.gz). Please use informative filenames and do not upload more than 10MB.

Note that neither the reviewers, the track chairs, nor the editors are required to look at the supplementary material. They are requested to base their reviews and decisions solely on the main PDF manuscript.

Publication policy

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. GECCO does not allow submission of material that is substantially similar to a paper being submitted for review by another conference or journal. Material may later be revised and submitted to a journal, if permitted by the journal.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts of their work recently published in top-tier conferences and journals to the Hot Off the Press track. Contributions will be selected based on quality and interest to the GECCO community.

By submitting a paper, the author(s) agree that, if their paper is accepted, they will:

  • Submit a final, revised, camera-ready version to the publisher on or before the camera ready deadline
  • Register at least one author to attend the conference on or before the advance registration deadline
  • Attend the conference (at least one author)
  • Present the accepted paper at the conference


Authors take note: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date will be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.