Submissions for the Conference Track closed on 12th April 2018. Please note submissions made after 12th April will not be considered for review.


Submissions are solicited for the 2018 edition of the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD 2018). The conference provides an international forum for the discussion of the latest high-quality research results in all areas related to machine learning and knowledge discovery in databases. The 2018 conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland, 10‐14 September 2018.

Submissions are invited for research papers in machine learning, knowledge discovery and data mining. Following the tradition of ECML-PKDD, we expect high-quality papers in terms of their scientific contribution, rigour, correctness, quality of presentation and reproducibility of experiments.

Electronic submissions will be handled via Microsoft CMT.

To submit a paper:

  • Create an account and Log in to conference CMT submission site. Please note that user accounts in each CMT conference are independent of other conferences, so you will need to create a new account.
  • Create a New Paper submission.
  • Select the Research Track (please note that the Conference Track is referred to as Research Track in the CMT system).
  • Complete the submission form by providing title, authors, one primary subject area, any number of secondary subject areas and a short abstract. The manuscript must be uploaded in pdf format.

Before completing the submission, please make sure you have specified all your conflicts of interest (see details below).

Abstracts need to be registered by Thursday April 5, 2018 and full submissions will be accepted until Thursday April 12, 2018.

Papers must be written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines. Author instructions, style files and copyright form can be downloaded here.

The maximum length of papers is 16 pages in this format. Overlength papers will be rejected without review (papers with smaller page margins and font sizes than specified in the author instructions and set in the style files will also be treated as overlength).

Up to 10 MB of additional materials (e.g. proofs, audio, images, video, data or source code) can be attached to the submission. Note that the reviewers and the program committee reserve the right to judge the paper solely on the basis of the 16 pages of the paper; looking at any additional material is at the discretion of the reviewers and is not required.

For each accepted paper, at least one author must attend the conference and present the paper at the ECML-PKDD 2018 conference. The proceedings will be published after the conference and will include only the papers that authors have presented at the conference. Please make early arrangements for your travel and immigration (e.g., Visa) requirements. Please note that Ireland is not part of the Schengen space, and non-EU citizens may require a Visa to travel to Ireland (also see ).

ECML-PKDD considers the author list submitted with the paper as final. No additions or deletions to this list may be made after paper submission, either during the review period, or in case of acceptance, at the final camera ready stage.

During the submission process, enter the email domains of all institutions with which you have an institutional conflict of interest. You have an institutional conflict of interest if you are currently employed or have been employed at this institution in the past three years, or you have extensively collaborated with this institution within the past three years. Authors are also required to identify all Program Committee members and Area Chairs with whom they have a conflict of interest. Examples of conflict of interest include: co-author in the last five years, advisor, student or colleague.

The review process is single-blind (authors identities known to reviewers). Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of technical quality, novelty, potential impact, and clarity.

Papers submitted should report original work. ECML-PKDD 2018 will reject without review any paper that, at the date of April 17, 2018 (we have a 5-day withdrawal policy), is under review or has already been accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during the review period. The dual submissions policy applies during the following period: from April 12 to June 14, 2018.

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. Authors may flag their submissions as RR and make software and data accessible to reviewers who will verify the accessibility of software and data. Links to data and code must be inserted in the final version of RR papers. For the sake of persistence and proper authorship attribution, we require the use of standard repository hosting services such as Dataverse,, OpenML, figshare, Zenodo, etc. for data sets, and, Bitbucket, GitHub, figshare (where it is possible to assign a DOI) etc. for source code. If data or code gets updated after the paper is published, it is important to enable researchers to access the versions that were used to produce the results reported in the paper. Authors who do not have a preferred repository should consult Springer Nature’s list of repositories and research data policy.

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS). The proceedings will be published after the conference and will include only the papers that authors have presented at the conference. During the conference a version of the papers will be available for conference participants.


  • Abstract submission deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Paper submission deadline: Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Author notification: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Camera ready submission: Friday, July 6, 2018

All deadlines expire on 23:59 AOE (Anywhere On Earth).

In addition to regular conference submissions, papers can be submitted to other tracks: Applied Data Science; Demo; Ph.D.; Nectar; and Journal track. Accepted papers in all the tracks, including the Journal track, will be presented at the conference.

For information about other tracks, please see the separate call for papers.

For any additional questions on the Conference track you can contact the Program Chairs (Michele Berlingerio, Francesco Bonchi, Thomas Gärtner, Georgiana Ifrim) at 

For general questions on the conference, please contact the General Chairs (Michele Berlingerio, Neil Hurley) at .

Submit to ECML-PKDD 2018