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NeurIPS 2020 Conflicts of Interest

This document defines what constitutes a conflict of interest for the NeurIPS 2020 review process. You will be asked to separately enter two types of conflicts into CMT, domain conflicts and individual conflicts.


Domain conflicts:

A domain conflict should be used for your current or recent employment or graduate institution, where “recent” means “within the last three years.” For current or recent collaborations, including internships, you should generally use individual conflicts (see next section). Please use domain conflicts judiciously, reserving them for cases when you have a genuine conflict of interest with the institution.

Each co-author will be asked to log in to CMT and enter domain conflicts. When you enter a domain conflict for yourself, none of your submissions will be visible to reviewers, area chairs, or senior area chairs who have also entered this domain.

Please note that CMT does not automatically add the domain from your email address, so you have to add it manually. If an institution has multiple domains (e.g., and, please enter all of them. Please do NOT enter the domain of email providers (i.e.,,, etc.).

Conflict domains should be separated by semicolons (e.g.,;


Conflicts with individual authors, reviewers, area chairs, senior area chairs

The following constitutes an individual conflict:

  • Family relationship or close personal relationship
  • Graduate advisee/advisor relationship
  • Any current, recent, or recurring collaboration (including grants and internships)

Note: “recent” means “within the last three years.”

Individual conflicts must be entered into CMT the first time you log in. All co-authors and program committee members are required to enter such information.

Please note that all declared conflicts will only be used for NeurIPS 2020.


Other conflicts:

In very rare cases, an author may have an individual conflict that is not covered by the definition above, but would nonetheless significantly compromise the fairness of the review process. If, after careful consideration, you feel that you need to enter such a conflict for one of your submissions, please email the program chairs before the submission deadline. The program chairs reserve the right to ignore this information when assigning submissions to reviewers and area chairs.