We invite submissions for the journal track of the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD) 2022. The journal track of the conference is implemented in partnership with the Machine Learning Journal and the Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Journal. The conference provides an international forum for the discussion of the latest high-quality research results in all areas related to machine learning, data mining, and knowledge discovery.
Papers on all topics related to machine learning, knowledge discovery, and data mining are invited. However, given the special nature of the journal track, only papers that satisfy the quality criteria of journal papers and at the same time lend themselves to conference talks will be considered. Consequently, journal versions of previously published conference papers, or survey papers will not be considered for the special issue. Note that a paper rejected by the Machine Learning Journal should not be submitted to the Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Journal and vice versa. Papers that do not fall into the eligible category may be rejected without formal reviews but can of course be resubmitted as regular papers. Authors are encouraged to adhere to the best practices of Reproducible Research (RR), by making available data and software tools for reproducing the results reported in their papers. For the sake of persistence and proper authorship attribution, we require the use of standard repository hosting services such as dataverse, mldata, openml, etc. for data sets, and mloss, bitbucket, github, etc. for source code. Authors who submit their work to the ECML PKDD special issues of these journals commit themselves to presenting their paper at the ECML PKDD conference if it is accepted.
The journal track allows continuous submissions from October 2021 to February 2022. Papers will be processed and sent out for review after each of the following three cutoff dates:
- October 8, 2021
- December 10, 2021
- February 11, 2022
The deadline on each of these dates is 23:59, Central European Time. We strive for a high quality and efficient review process. For each submission, we aim at obtaining three reviews from experienced reviewers, including members of the Guest Editorial Board. Our goal is to arrive at an initial decision about 10 weeks after each cutoff date, though meeting this target may not always be possible. After the initial review phase, many papers will require substantial revisions, and the revised paper will be re-reviewed, which extends the review process. Consequently, a paper’s chance of finishing the review cycle and being included in the ECML PKDD 2022 special issue decreases with each subsequent cutoff date. This means that accepted papers, especially those that were submitted to the later deadlines, may be included in the ECML PKDD 2023 (or even later) special issue (and subject to approval of the ECML PKDD steering committee and future organizers). The reviewing process is single-blind.
Starting from the second cutoff date (December 10, 2021) we require to submit your paper simultaneously to the CMT conference system (ECML PKDD 2022 Journal Track: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/ECMLPKDD2022/) and the Springer Editorial Manager. For the latter system, authors make a journal submission to either the Springer Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery journal (https://www.editorialmanager.com/dami/default.aspx) or the Springer Machine Learning journal (https://www.editorialmanager.com/mach/default.aspx), and select the type of submission to be for the ECML PKDD 2022 special issue.
We use both submission systems to improve and speed up the reviewing process. The use of CMT enables Guest Editors and Reviewers to start the reviewing process much earlier. Note, however, that reviews, any required revisions, and final decisions will be made in the Springer Editorial Manager.
It is recommended that submitted papers do not exceed 25 pages including references. Every paper may be accompanied with unlimited appendices (being a part of the same pdf file). The papers should follow the submission guidelines found on the respective journals’ home pages. Templates can be found at https://www.springernature.com/gp/authors/campaigns/latex-author-support.
Both journals require authors to include an information sheet (for Machine learning submissions) or a cover letter (up to 2 pages) as a supplementary material (for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery submissions) that contains a short summary of their contribution and specifically address the following questions:
- What is the main claim of the paper? Why is this an important contribution to the machine learning/data mining literature?
- What is the evidence provided to support claims? Be precise.
- Report 3-5 most closely related contributions in the past 7 years (authored by researchers outside the authors’ research group) and briefly state the relation of the submission to them.
- Who are the most appropriate reviewers for the paper? Authors are required to suggest up to four candidate reviewers (especially if external to the Guest Editorial Board), including a brief motivation for each suggestion.
- Optionally, list up to four researchers/potential reviewers with competing interests that should not be considered for reviewers.