All deadlines are at 11:59 PM Anywhere On Earth on the given date.
The research program of ACM FAccT solicits academic work from a wide variety of disciplines, including computer science, statistics, law, social sciences, the humanities, and policy, and multidisciplinary scholarship on fairness, accountability, and transparency in computational systems (broadly construed). We welcome contributions that consider a wide range of technical, policy, societal, and normative issues. These include, but are not limited to, issues of structural and individual (in)equity, justice in systems and policy; the material, environmental, and economic effects of computational systems.
The 2024 conference will be held in-person, with support for online participation, from Monday, June 3rd through Thursday, June 6th, 2024.
FAccT is committed to reducing barriers to access for in-person attendance. As such, there is a substantial travel scholarship fund available to support in-person attendance and broader initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The conference location and key deadlines have been chosen in an effort to ensure participants from all parts of the world can obtain the necessary visas and authorisation to travel.
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We invite submissions in the following areas (authors will be able to select a primary and a secondary area):
We especially welcome contributions that are grounded in the cultures, norms, laws, and/or sociopolitical systems from regions that are usually not featured prominently at FAccT, which has so far been composed mainly of North American and European scholarship.
Authors will be able to select a primary and a secondary area from the above areas when they register their submissions. Papers will be matched to reviewers with appropriate expertise based on these designations, the paper abstract, and a reviewer bidding process. Each paper will be reviewed by multiple members of the Program Committee. Papers will be evaluated based on conventional scholarly criteria in their designated area, including:
Area chairs will oversee the reviewing process for papers within their area, and recruit program committee members to review. Area chairs write a meta-review, synthesizing the reviews for the papers they have responsibility for. These meta-reviews support the Program Chairs in acceptance decisions. Area chairs will be listed on the conference website (facctconference.org) before the submission deadline.
FAccT is an ACM conference and as such, we will review papers in alignment with the ACM ethics guidelines. Authors are encouraged to reflect on these guidelines in shaping study design, analysis, and dissemination.
Authors should describe the ethical challenges they faced in their submission, ideally in a dedicated section, and how they addressed such challenges. In particular, submissions that (1) describe experiments with users and/or deployed systems (e.g., websites or apps), or (2) rely on sensitive user data (e.g., social network information), must adhere to precepts of ethical research and community norms. These include compliance with applicable laws and applicable professional ethical codes; respect for privacy; secure storage of sensitive data; voluntary and informed consent when appropriate; avoiding deceptive practices when not essential; beneficence and non-maleficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or society while minimizing harm to the individual); risk mitigation; and post-hoc disclosure of audits.
We strongly encourage authors to include in their papers 1) a description of the ethical concerns the authors mitigated while conducting the work (as part of an ethical considerations statement), 2) reflections on how their background and experiences inform or shape the work (as part of a researcher positionality statement), 3) reflection on the adverse, unintended impact the work might have once published (as part of an adverse impact statement). Note that these sections are not meant for the discussion of limitations of your methodology, which should be addressed in the main body of the paper. The authors may put these statements on an extra page at the end of the paper before references (this extra page will not count towards the overall page count), as long as all three areas are addressed. (For additional guidance on these statements, please see the section on suggestions for more meaningfully engaging with the impact of RAI research here)
Note that submitting research for approval by authors’ institutional ethics review body (IRB) may be necessary in some cases, but by itself may not be sufficient. In cases where the Program Chairs have concerns about the ethics of the work in a submission, the Program Chairs will consider the ethical soundness and justification of the submission, just as it does its technical soundness. The Program Chairs will take a broad view of what constitutes an ethical concern. Authors will agree to be available during the review process to rapidly respond to queries from the Program Chairs regarding ethical considerations.
Authors are required to pre-register their papers through the submission site by submitting a tentative title and abstract and specifying their submission area(s) by Monday 15th January 2024, Anywhere on Earth Time. This process will enable the Program Chairs to better anticipate the submission load and to make necessary adjustments to the program committee
Authors who do not pre-register their submission by the deadline will be unable to submit their paper to ACM FAccT. Authors can change their preliminary titles and abstracts up until the submission deadline. However, the preliminary title and abstract should be representative of the work that is ultimately submitted, and the list of authors cannot be modified. Program Chairs reserve the right to delete submissions with "placeholder" titles and abstracts (e.g., "TBA" or nothing) at the abstract submission deadline.
Final submissions will be due on Monday 22nd January 2024, Anywhere on Earth Time. After receiving the reviews, there will also be a short rebuttal period to allow the authors to raise any critical concerns they have with the reviews, clarify misunderstandings, and signpost intended minor edits.
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for, (virtually) attend, and present the work at the conference for the paper to appear in the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. Note that depending on the number of submissions, to accommodate constraints related to how much time is available in the conference program, we might not be able to guarantee that every paper has an oral presentation slot, and some papers might need to be presented as posters.
We expect all submissions to adhere to the following policies:
Submitted papers must be up to 14 pages (including all figures and tables) in the single-column format, plus unlimited pages for references. Submitted papers must be written in English. References should be in the ACM Reference Format. An extra page is permitted when authors include ethical considerations, researchers positionality, and adverse impacts statements on the last page of their paper (note that this extra page can only be used for these statements).
Authors can upload supplementary materials with their submissions. In such cases, please upload only one document, placing appendices or supplementary material at the end of the submission. Keep in mind that reviewers are not obligated to read these materials.
If using LaTeX, please use the template given in sample-manuscript.tex when downloading the latest version of the ACM LaTeX documents. Please set the anonymous option for review. Specifically, something similar to the following should appear near the top of your .tex document:
Papers may also be formatted simply in single-column, with one-inch margins, 9-point Times New Roman font. If the paper is accepted, authors will have to reformat their paper in the ACM format.
Authors are encouraged to refer to the CHI Guide to an Accessible Submission for pointers on how to make their submission accessible.
ACM FAccT uses a mutually anonymous review process. Authors must omit their names and affiliations from submissions, and avoid obvious identifying statements. For instance, citations to prior work from the authors' should be made in the third person. Submissions that do not comply with this policy will be rejected without review. Note that submitted papers must be in English.
ACM FAccT maintains the confidentiality of submitted material. Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of accepted papers will be released.
ACM FAccT 2024 offers authors the choice of archival and non-archival paper submissions:
In previous years, most authors used the archival option. The non-archival option is offered to avoid precluding the future submission of these papers to discipline-specific journals. Switching from archival to non-archival option after submission is discouraged, but justified requests from authors will be considered by Program Chairs on a case-by-case basis.
All submissions will have the same page length requirements and be judged by the same quality standards, regardless of whether the authors choose the archival or non-archival option. Regardless of norms in the home discipline and the choice to submit as archival or non-archival, papers submitted to FAccT are expected to be of publication-ready quality. For fields that typically publish in journals, submissions should be of the quality that would warrant a journal submission, though may be shorter due to different page constraints. Reviewers will not be told whether submissions under review are archival, to avoid influencing their evaluations.
Authors of all accepted papers must present their work at the FAccT 2024 conference, regardless of whether their paper is archival or non-archival.
You may not submit papers that are identical, or substantially similar to papers that are currently under review at another peer-reviewed conference or journal, have been previously published, or have been accepted for publication. Such submissions violate our concurrent submission policy and will be removed from submission.
There are three main exceptions to this rule:
To submit your paper please use this link: HotCRP submission portal. Note that you might need to create a HotCRP account first (if you do not have one already).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.