Author Guidelines


Fri May 19, 2017 20:00 PM UTC

You may upload an early version of your paper well before the deadline. Replacing an earlier version is allowed and does not take long, so please upload early and often. In particular, please upload supplementary material early to avoid server congestion near the deadline.

Online submission system (CMT)

All NIPS submissions must be made via the electronic submissions system. The submission server will open about two weeks before the submission deadline. If you are a reviewer as well as an author, please use the same email address to login to the CMT system for both roles. If your paper is submitted by a co-author, tell them which of your email addresses to use (i.e., the same as the one that you are using as a reviewer).


CMT FAQ: You can access FAQ information inside the CMT site by typing FAQ into the query box near the top of the page in the author console and then clicking on the “FAQs” link.

Other Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

Formatting instructions

Your submission must follow the new LaTeX style file. Note that the LaTeX style file has changed compared to last years, please download the latest version from the NIPS webpage. All submissions must be in PDF format. The maximum file size for submissions is 30MB. Papers are limited to eight pages, including figures and tables, in the NIPS style. Additional pages containing only cited references are allowed. Submissions  that do not follow these guidelines (in particular by exceeding the page limit or increasing the page size) will be rejected without review. You are strongly encouraged to test the formatting of your paper using the NIPS paper checker (well in advance of the deadline due to server limitations).

Double blind submission

Reviewing will be double-blind: the reviewers will not know the identities of the authors. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure the proper anonymization of their paper. For anonymization, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not include any author names or affiliations in the paper.

  • Do not include any acknowledgments.

  • Refer to your own published work in the third person: e.g., use "In the previous work of Jones et al." rather than "In our previous work".

  • If you cite your own papers that are not widely available (e.g., a paper currently under review), use anonymous author names in the citation, for example an author of the form "A. Anonymous".

Supplementary material


Authors can submit up to 100 MB of material, containing proofs, additional details, data, or source code. Looking at any supplementary material is up to the discretion of the reviewers. To anonymize the supplementary material, please follow the instructions above. Please use meaningful file names and upload supplementary material as an archive file even if it contains only a single PDF file.

Toronto Paper Matching System

In order to assign reviewers to papers, NIPS uses the Toronto Paper Matching System, which computes similarity scores between submitted papers and reviewers’ publications. During the submission process, authors will be asked whether they agree with the use of this service for their submission. Authors are not forced to agree; however, disagreeing may result in a poor match between their submission and the reviewers.

Dual submissions policy

Submissions that are identical (or substantially similar) to papers that have been previously published, accepted for publication, or submitted in parallel to other conferences or journals are not appropriate for NIPS and violate the dual submission policy. Prior submissions on are permitted. The reviewers will be asked not to actively look for such submissions, but if they are aware of them, this will not constitute a conflict of interest. Previously published papers by the authors on related topics must be cited (with adequate means of preserving anonymity). It is acceptable to submit work to NIPS 2017 that  has been made available as a technical report or on without citing it. The dual submissions policy applies for the duration of the NIPS review period (i.e., until the authors have been notified about the decision for their paper).

Policy on near-duplicate submissions

It is not acceptable to make multiple submissions to NIPS 2017 with an excessive amount of overlap in their text or technical contents. The program co-chairs reserve the right to immediately reject any submissions that they deem to be excessively similar.

Submission withdrawal policy

We allow papers submitted to NIPS to be withdrawn at any time in the reviewing process. Note however that when a paper is withdrawn after reviews become available, it is counted as a rejection for statistical purposes.

Paper publication

Camera-ready papers will be due in advance of the conference; however, authors will be allowed to make minor changes, such as fixing typos and adding additional references, for a certain period of time after the conference. The reviews and meta-reviews of accepted papers will be made publicly available.