Author Instructions: Research Track

Below are instructions on how to submit papers to KDD-2012, as well as pointers to information about the reviewing process and decision process.

Paper Submission Deadlines

Papers must be electronically submitted to the CMT Web site by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday February 10th 2012.

In order to be fair to all authors, there will be no extensions to the submission deadline. Papers not submitted by the deadline will not be reviewed.

Note that the CMT site allows you to upload updated versions of your paper up until the deadline - so you may want to upload an early version of the paper which you can later (if you wish to) overwrite with a newer version of the paper up until the deadline.

Evaluation and Decision Criteria

Papers will be reviewed by members of the KDD-2012 program committee and decisions will be emailed to all authors no later than 11:59pm PST Friday May 4th 2012. Note that this year there will not be an author response phase between submission and decisions.

For a detailed discussion of the reviewing criteria please refer to Reviewing Criteria. The general criteria for evaluation of submitted papers for KDD-2012 is summarized in the call for papers, and repeated for convenience below:

We invite submission of papers describing innovative research on all aspects of knowledge discovery and data mining. Examples of topic of interest include (but are not limited to): classification and regression methods, semi-supervised learning, clustering, feature selection, social networks, mining of graph data, temporal and spatial data analysis, scalability, privacy, visualization, text analysis, Web mining, recommender systems, and so on. Papers emphasizing theoretical foundations are particularly encouraged, as are novel modeling and algorithmic approaches to specific data mining problems in scientific, business, medical, and engineering applications. We welcome submissions by authors who are new to the KDD conference, as well as visionary papers on new and emerging topics. Authors are explicitly discouraged from submitting papers that contain only minor incremental results and that do not provide significant advances over existing approaches.

Submitted papers will be assessed based on their novelty, technical quality, potential impact, and clarity of writing. For papers that rely heavily on empirical evaluations, the experimental methods and results should be clear, well executed, and repeatable. Authors are strongly encouraged to make data and code publicly available when possible.

Policy Regarding Dual Submission

Submitted papers must describe work that is substantively different from work that has already been published or is currently under review for another conference. In particular, papers submitted to KDD-2012 should be substantively different to any papers submitted to another conference where the review and decision period of the other conference overlaps with that of KDD-2012.

Formatting Requirements for Submitted and Accepted Papers

All submissions must be in PDF format and must not exceed 10MB in size.

Papers should be no more than 9 pages total in length. The format is the standard double-column ACM Proceedings Style. Additional information about formatting and style files are available online at:

Papers that do not meet the formatting requirements will be rejected.

For accepted papers, authors will have the opportunity to revise their papers in response to the reviewers before final submission for publication in the proceedings.

Indicating the Subject Areas for Your Paper

When you submit your paper to CMT you will be asked to select which terms from a pre-defined list of subject could best be used to describe the content of your paper. The purpose of this is to help us in assigning reviewers to your paper. Reviewers will also indicate their expertise using the same set of subject area terms. The subject areas we are using this year differ from previous years, so please carefully look over the options. You will be allowed to select a single primary subject area, and up to 10 secondary areas. A full list of subject area terms is provided on the Subject Areas Web page.


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