NeurIPS 2021 FAQ for Authors

We will update this page as new questions arise. Please check back regularly. If you do not find an answer to your question here, you are welcome to contact the NeurIPS 2021 program chairs at neurips2021pcs@gmail.com, but please make sure that you have read the call for papers and this document first. 

Submission Process

  • Can the author list be changed? Answer: Changes may be made to the author list until the full paper deadline. After that, authors may be reordered, but any additions or removals must be justified in writing and approved on a case-by-case basis by the program chairs. 

  • Do my co-authors need to create an OpenReview account? Answer: Yes. Before the full paper deadline, every co-author needs to create (or update) an OpenReview profile. The information entered in the profile is used for conflict resolution, as discussed in this document.

  • I missed the abstract submission deadline. Can I still submit a full paper? Answer: No. The abstract submission deadline is firm.

  • Will you extend the full paper deadline? Answer: No. The full paper deadline is firm.

  • Can I submit supplementary material after the deadline? Answer: Yes. The deadline for supplementary material (including appendix and source code) is one week after the paper deadline. Check the call for papers for the exact day and time.

  • Can I withdraw my submission? Answer: Yes. You can withdraw your submission at any point in the reviewing process.
      

Submission format and content

  • Can I include an appendix in my main submission file? Answer: No. You can include an appendix, but it must be submitted in a separate file, with the supplementary material.

  • I would like to write my paper using Microsoft Word, but I don’t see a template. Can you provide one? Answer: No. The Microsoft Word template has been discontinued. Authors must use the NeurIPS 2021 LaTeX style file.
     

Dual submissions

  • Can I submit work to NeurIPS that is currently in submission to another archival venue? Answer: No. The NeurIPS policy on dual submissions explicitly prohibits this. You need to withdraw your submission from the other venue before submitting to NeurIPS.

  • Can I submit work to NeurIPS and then later submit the same work to another archival venue while it is still under review at NeurIPS? Answer: No. The NeurIPS policy on dual submissions explicitly prohibits this. You need to withdraw your submission from NeurIPS first.

  • Can I submit work that is in submission to, has been accepted to, or has been published in a non-archival venue (e.g. arXiv or a workshop without any official proceedings)? Answer: Yes, as long as this does not violate the other venue's policy on dual submissions (if it has one).

  • Can I submit work to NeurIPS and then later submit the same work to a non-archival venue while it is still under review at NeurIPS? Answer: Yes, as long as this does not violate the other venue's policy on dual submissions (if it has one).

Resubmissions 

  • If my paper was previously submitted to a non-publishing (non-archival) workshop, do I need to declare it as a resubmission? Answer: No, only declare papers that were previously submitted to peer-reviewed, archival venues such as conferences or journals.

  • If my paper was withdrawn from another conference, rather than rejected, does it still need to be declared as a resubmission? Answer: Yes, if it has received reviews.

  • If my paper was desk-rejected from a conference or journal and I received no reviewer feedback, does it still need to be declared as a resubmission? Answer: Yes, it should still be declared and you should still describe any changes that have been made to the current version.

  • If my paper has been substantially rewritten, do I need to declare that it was previously rejected? Answer: Yes, you will need to declare that it is a resubmission and describe the changes since the last time it was peer-reviewed.

  • Will I need to share the actual reviews? How much information should be given in the declaration? Answer: No, you do not need to share or copy the previous reviews. Please summarize the reasons for rejection and then explain the changes that have been made to the current version.
     

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