by Tegan Maharaj, Koustuv Sinha
As announced in our blog post, this year we are excited to pilot a Journal Showcase Poster Session at NeurIPS. In machine learning, authors publishing papers in top-tier journals do not get the opportunity to present their work to a live audience. This impacts the visibility of their hard work, and also reduces the incentives to publish in journals. However, we witness some of the most impactful research being published at top-tier journals throughout the year. Thus, in this year’s NeurIPS conference, we attempt to balance the status quo by offering the authors who have published their work in select journals in ML an avenue to present their work. This endeavor will impact a large portion of journal authors to have access to the same networking opportunities at NeurIPS as the conference paper authors have. This initiative will also improve the incentives of publishing a journal paper, thus promoting a viable alternative to the conference publication cycle. We believe our program will expose the NeurIPS community to a rich set of curated relevant research to discuss during the conference, and in-turn improve the visibility of the papers published in the selected journals.
In this pilot session, we are excited to call for participation to the authors of papers published in two top-tier journals: JMLR and ReScience.
- The Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR) is a premier journal in ML, which has a rich history from 2000 publishing high quality papers in our field. The Boards of NeurIPS, ICML and ICLR recently agreed to experiment with a Journal-to-Conference Track for JMLR, to provide the same presentation and networking experience to the published journal papers at JMLR. Thus, we call on all eligible authors from JMLR to showcase their work in our poster session. In order to be eligible, the JMLR paper must be (1) published in the current volume, vol23, of JMLR, i.e. no earlier than January 1st, 2022 and (2) not be an extension of a previous conference paper; i.e. not have had substantive contributions of the work previously presented at a conference.
- ReScience is a platinum open-access peer-reviewed journal that targets computational research and encourages explicit replication of already published research, and is the primary publication medium for reproducibility reports accepted at the Machine Learning Reproducibility Challenge. At NeurIPS, we are committed to promote and encourage reproducible research, and thus we partner with MLRC annually to improve the standards of reproducibility of papers published at our conference. Therefore, we are also excited to call upon the authors of the accepted reproducibility reports at MLRC 2021 to showcase their work to the NeurIPS community. In order to be eligible, the reproducibility report must be published at ReScience Volume 8 Issue 2.
The primary focus of the NeurIPS 2022 in-person event (Nov 27 to Dec 3) is the in-person poster sessions, as they provide the best networking and communication medium in a conference. Thus, we also plan to have a similar, parallel poster session at our Journal Showcase event which will allow authors to present their already published work. This poster presentation will be non-archival, thus the authors would not need to change any formatting of their published paper nor resubmit the PDFs. Instead of a virtual poster session all eligible journal papers, similar to accepted papers at NeurIPS, will be required to upload a short video of their paper to our portal. During the conference, we will curate these videos and share the playlist to the community. Thus, those who are unable to attend NeurIPS at New Orleans, USA, will have the opportunity to interact with journal paper authors via our portal, which will have a chat component alongside the video.
We will soon begin the process of contacting eligible authors from both journals to invite them to present their work. There is no further review process apart from the eligibility mentioned above. We aim to finalize the program of the poster session by September 8th, 2022. Details of the poster format, video format and the website to upload these materials will be communicated to presenting authors shortly after this deadline. If you are an eligible author and haven’t heard from us by this date, please drop us an email.
We hope this special session will benefit both the journal paper authors and the NeurIPS community at large, and we are excited to host this along with the main conference. We look forward to seeing your presentations this November in New Orleans, USA!
Tegan Maharaj, Koustuv Sinha
Journal Chairs, NeurIPS 2022