REINFORCEMENT
LEARNING
CONFERENCE

August 9-12, 2024
Amherst, MA

RLC 2024 Call For Papers

The first Reinforcement Learning Conference (RLC) will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts from August 9–12, 2024. RLC is an annual international conference focusing on reinforcement learning. RLC provides an archival venue where reinforcement learning researchers can interact and share their research in a more focused setting than typical large machine learning venues. The RLC peer review process prioritizes rigorous methodology over perceived importance, aiming to foster scholarly discussions on both well-established and emerging topics in RL.

We invite submissions presenting new and original research on topics including, but not limited to:

We also welcome interdisciplinary research that does not fit neatly into existing categories, but which falls under the broad scope of reinforcement learning research.

Dates and Deadlines: Submission is now open at OpenReview.

Formatting Instructions: All submissions should be in PDF format. All of the content prior to (but not including) the references are referred to as the “main text.” There is a recommended page limit of 8 pages and a strict page limit of 12 pages for the main text; authors should use their best judgment to edit the paper to make sure the content needed to understand the main parts of the method are included in the main text. Main texts of length beyond 8 pages are reserved for papers that cannot fully communicate their core scientific contributions within 8 pages (e.g., for clear and thorough proofs or plots related to additional experimentation). Reviewers may penalize papers for unnecessary main text length above 8 pages, so authors are advised to minimize length while maintaining scientific rigor. Authors should look at papers in NeurIPS, ICML, and ICLR for expectations on writing quality and organization. You must use the provided style file (overleaf link or zip file link ) and follow the instructions therein. Any submissions that violate the style guidelines may be rejected without further review.

You are welcome to include supplementary materials alongside your paper submission. These can include code, extra figures, and videos. It is crucial, however, that the main text stands on its own as a complete document. Please note that reviewers are not obligated to examine the supplementary materials or any text beyond the main text. Therefore, any results critical to your paper should be fully detailed within the main text itself.

Note: The main text ends when the references begin. Appendices before the references are viewed as part of the main text and are subject to the 8-12 page limit, are peer reviewed, and can contain content central to the claims of the paper. Appendices that appear after the references are not part of the main text, have no page limits, are not necessarily reviewed, and should not contain any claims or material central to the paper. In general, we recommend including all text within one .pdf file. That is, additional supporting text should appear after the references rather than in a separate .pdf file within the supplementary materials.

Review Criteria: All submissions will be evaluated by at least two reviewers, supervised by an area chair. The reviewers will evaluate the paper based on:

Review Process: We use OpenReview for the review process. However, reviews will not be made public, and rejected or withdrawn papers will not be made public.

Attendance: One author of each paper must attend the conference and present accepted papers as either a poster or talk (papers will be selected for talks as part of the review process).

Use of Large Language Models (LLMs): The use of LLMs and other writing tools is allowed in the preparation of submissions. However, 1) all listed authors should correspond to humans, and 2) the authors are responsible for ensuring that the content of the paper is correct and original. The authors are responsible for ensuring that plagiarized text does not occur even if the LLM is the source of the text.

Double-blind reviewing: The review process for RLC will be double blind. As such, authors are responsible for ensuring that their submissions do not contain any identifying information. This applies to any materials linked from the submission, such as code. Papers violating this double-blind policy may be rejected without further review.

Dual submissions: Authors should not submit papers that are substantially similar to versions that have been published, accepted for publication, or submitted in parallel to other conferences or journals. Any such submissions may be rejected or retracted after publication. Authors may submit substantially similar versions to workshops and may publish substantially similar versions on arXiv.

Author responses: After initial reviews have been provided, authors will have a chance to respond to questions raised by the reviewers. These responses should clarify points that the authors believe the reviewers have misunderstood. Note that submissions will be evaluated based on their suitability for publication prior to any changes discussed during the rebuttal phase.

Publication of accepted submissions: The proceedings of RLC will be published, with an ISSN corresponding to a journal (details forthcoming). All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a copyright form prior to publication.

Contemporaneous Work: While authors are encouraged to reference and discuss related work that they are aware of, there is no expectation that authors reference or discuss any work published within three months of the paper submission deadline.