Call for Papers


The call for papers is now officially closed. On the Accepted Papers page in the content menu of this webpage, a list of accepted papers can be found.

General Information

The GECCO 2017 Program Committee invites the submission of technical papers describing your latest and best work in genetic and evolutionary computation. As of 2017, two categories of submissions are identified: full papers and poster-only papers (see below). For the former, a separate abstract needs to be submitted first for which the deadline is one week before the general paper submission deadline. For the latter, no abstract needs to be submitted first. The deadlines, which are NON-EXTENSIBLE are as follows:

  • Submission of abstracts (max 200 words): January 30, 2017
  • Submission of papers: February 6, 2017

Each paper submitted to GECCO, be it a full paper or a poster-only paper, will be rigorously evaluated in a double-blind review process. Evaluation is done on a per-track basis, ensuring high interest and high expertise of the reviewers. Review criteria include significance of the work, technical soundness, novelty, clarity, writing quality, relevance, and replicability (if applicable). All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

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), and
  • present the accepted paper at the conference.

If an author has more than one paper to present at the conference, there are NO additional registration fees. The author registers one time (pays for 1 registration), and presents as many papers as have been accepted. If a paper has more than one author, and more than one author will attend the conference, then each author in attendance must pay for a separate registration.

More detailed information on the review process and the publication policy can be found below. Further instructions for paper formatting and submitting papers can be found on the Papers Submission Instructions page. Alternatively, you can follow this link to go directly to the paper submission website.

Paper Categories

Full papers (the traditional category)
Papers in this category concern the traditional full papers of at most 8 pages, that are aimed to present original new work in genetic and evolutionary computation that meets the high-quality standards of GECCO. Accepted full papers appear in the ACM digital library as part of the main proceedings of GECCO. Mandatory abstract submissions of at most 200 words for full papers are due by the non-extensible deadline of January 30, 2017; submissions of the full papers themselves are due by the non-extensible deadline of February 6, 2017.

Poster-only papers (a new category)
For the first time this year, submissions are allowed that are targeted at being a poster-only paper of at most 2 pages. Such papers should still present work in genetic and evolutionary computation that is original and new, but has not yet reached the stage of the more mature, complete research results that are typically published in full papers at GECCO. Accepted poster-only papers appear in the ACM digital library as part of the companion proceedings of GECCO. Poster-only papers are due by the non-extensible deadline of February 6, 2017. Abstracts for poster-only papers do not have to be submitted in advance. All other conditions for the submission of full papers also apply to poster-only papers.

Double-Blind Review Process

Each paper submitted to GECCO will be rigorously reviewed in a double-blind review process. In other words, authors should not know who the reviewers of their work are and reviewers should not know who the authors are. To this end, the following information is very important:

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

The outcome of the review process is scheduled to be announced on March 20, 2017.

Publication Policy

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Simultaneously submitting work to another conference or journal that is substantially similar to work also submitted to GECCO, is NOT ALLOWED. Material may later be revised and submitted to a journal, if this is permitted by the journal.

It is also NOT ALLOWED to submit work to GECCO that is substantially similar to work already accepted or published in other conferences or journals. GECCO is however still interested in such related publications. For this reason, 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 to be presented at GECCO based on quality and interest to the GECCO community.

A notable exception to the above is the simultaneous submission of work to arXiv. 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.

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.'

Supplementary Material

It is possible to submit supplementary material (e.g., videos) in addition to the PDF of the paper. In particular, we encourage authors to submit source code to support the reproducing of experiments as described in their 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.