Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- You have chosen the correct *track* for the paper - articles, surveys, special track, etc. This is essential to identify the right set of reviewers.
The manuscript describes new methods, results or insights that will be considered important by the global artificial intelligence (AI) community or a well-established sub-community. We urge authors who have not previously published in JAIR to read several JAIR articles related to their work to get a feeling for the kind of content published by our journal.
- As described in our submission requirements, the work must be original and unpublished. All claims should be clearly articulated and supported by appropriate empirical evidence or theoretical analyses. The paper meets all of JAIR's submission requirements (see https://jair.org/index.php/jair/about/submissions).
- This is either a first time submission, or you are resubmitting your paper after making modifications suggested by the editor. In the latter case, please indicate this (including the submission number of the original paper and the name of the Associate Editor who handled it) in the comments section below. Also, you should upload a PDF file (choose the type "Responses to Reviews") with a detailed description of the changes you made in response to the editor's and reviewers' comments.
- The manuscript is not under review or published elsewhere. The only exception is for substantially extended versions of conference or workshop papers that have been published or accepted for publication (i.e., the final version has been submitted and approved for publication).
The manuscript has been carefully proof-read and edited for language, clarity and technical content. We urge authors who have not previously published in JAIR to read several JAIR articles to get a feeling for what is expected in this regard.
The manuscript has been formatted according to the requirements described at https://jair.org/index.php/jair/about/submissions#formatting-submission and is being submitted in PDF format; this requirement is strictly enforced, in order to (a) prevent work caused by careless resubmissions of papers rejected elsewhere, (b) reduce time between acceptance and publication in JAIR.
The manuscript does not fall into one of the following categories, which usually have a high probability of summary rejection:
- Papers rejected from a conference or other journal that have not undergone extensive revisions and improvements.
- Papers that are better suited for publication in a more specialised venue, e.g., because the results are incremental or only of interest to a very narrow audience.
- Surveys that merely summarise a selection of existing literature without providing new insights or conceptual contributions; this includes most surveys closely based on related work sections of student theses.
- Papers merely apply known AI techniques to a problem or problem area, but do not provide insights or methodological contributions of significant interest to the AI research community (these are better suited for publication in a venue aligned with the application area).
- Papers that are insufficiently grounded in the state of the art in an established area of AI (as often evident from a lack of suitable, recent references).
Please answer the following three questions in the comments section below (required).
1. Please state in no more than 150 words why your work is important to other researchers in Artificial Intelligence and how they could make use of your results.
2. Please list 1 - 3 papers previously published in JAIR that are closest to your work, and explain in no more than 150 words how your work differs from those papers. If you consider no previous articles in JAIR to be sufficiently close to your work, please state this and instead list a previous JAIR publication that has a similar structure to your submission. Please note that articles with little similarity in content or structure to published JAIR articles have a high chance of rejection without review.
3. If any part of this paper has been previously published or is under review, please state where and explain how the current paper differs. If not, please state "No" as the response. If this is a resubmission to JAIR, please also provide here the original submission number and the name of the Associate Editor who previously handled it. This will make it easier for us to use (whenever possible), the same AE and reviewers, to ensure consistency of the reviewing process.
Submissions for which these three questions are not clearly answered will not be considered for publication in JAIR.