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Call for Papers & Extended Abstracts

Deadline: 07 March, 2021

Extended Deadline: 14 March, 2021

The ALIFE 2021 Organizing Committee cordially invites you to submit your work to the virtual 2021 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2021), 19-23 July 2021.

EasyChair submission system 


Paper Submission Deadline: 14 March, 2021.
Notification of Acceptance: 25 April, 2021.
Camera-Ready Submission: 16 May,  2021.



ALIFE 2021 will showcase a wide range of topics in Artificial Life, bringing together world-leading researchers to discuss the latest advances in the synthesis and simulation of living systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of Artificial Life:

  •     Complex dynamical systems and networks

  •     Artificial chemistry, origins of life, computational biology

  •     Synthetic biology, protocells and wet artificial life

  •     Ecology and evolution

  •     Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics, swarms

  •     Artificial intelligence and machine learning

  •     Perception, cognition, behavior

  •     Social systems, artificial and alternative societies

  •     Evolution of language, computational linguistics

  •     Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science

  •     Artificial-life-based art

  •     Artificial Life in education

For this edition of the conference the special theme is "Robots: The century past and the century ahead"

Submission format

There are two options for submission: either full paper or extended abstract. Note that the format is exactly the same for both options. The difference resides in the number of pages and type of contents:

  •   Full papers have an 8-page maximum length and should report on new, unpublished work.

  •    Extended abstracts are limited to a 2-page length and can report on previously published work. 
    (The page length maximum is only for the body of the paper and does not include citations).

Please see the author guidelines below for detailed instructions and manuscript templates.

All submissions will undergo a detailed peer review process. Full papers will be reviewed for timeliness, novelty, scientific quality, sound methodology and use of appropriate analysis techniques. Abstracts will be reviewed for timeliness, novelty, and quality.

Both papers and extended abstracts will be considered for oral or poster presentation, without distinction between full papers and extended abstracts.

Accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published by MIT Press as open-access electronic proceedings.


Author Guidelines

We encourage the use of LaTeX for the production of papers. LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates are available here:

Note that for both submission types you will need a text-only abstract, which will be displayed in the programme and on the web after publication. Note that in addition to the pdf you will need this text abstract when you upload your submission (500 words max, shorter preferred).

The reviewing process is single-blind, meaning that submissions do not have to be edited to remove authors' names.

The following formatting instructions apply to the final version of your manuscript, if it is accepted for publication:

  • One single PDF, no additional file.

  • PDF length <= 8 pages for full papers, <= 2 pages for extended abstracts. (The page length maximum is only for the body of the paper and does not include citations).

  • PDF size < 5 Mb.

  • All pages sized consistently at 8.5 x 11 (US letter format).

  • No visible crop marks.

  • Color figures are possible. Images at *no greater* than 300 dpi, scaled at 100%.

  • Embedded open type fonts only.

  • All layers flattened.

  • All desired links active in the files: This can be done easily with LaTeX. To automatically turn all your internal references (citations, figures, equations, sections...) into internal hyperlinks in the PDF, add \usepackage{hyperref} in the preamble of your .tex file. If you get an error ("Paragraph ended before \Hy@setref@link was complete") upon compilation, remove the .aux files and try to compile again, this should fix the problem. To insert links pointing outside the document, use \url{http://theurlyouwanttoinsert}. It will show the URL using a mono-spaced font and, if readers click on it in the PDF, their browser will be opened pointing at it.

Paper Abstract
Author Guidelines

Submission Process

Each submission should be uploaded as a single file, in PDF format only, to the Easy Chair system. You will need to create an Easy Chair account if you do not have one yet.

Please enter appropriate keywords for your submission when prompted to help us organise the conference programme. You must also specify whether your submission is a full paper or an extended abstract. If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process.

ALIFE 2021 will have a number of special sessions. The submission and review process for special sessions is the same as for the main conference. If you are submitting to a special session you will be given the opportunity to select it during the submission process.

In addition, there will be workshop sessions. Workshop papers are managed separately from the main conference. To submit a paper to a workshop, go to its own website, which will be listed on the Workshops page of the conference.

NOTE: At least one author of every accepted paper or poster must be registered before 16 May 2021, or the paper/poster will be withdrawn.  ALIFE 2021 will be a hybrid conference and will provide the necessary infrastructure for video presentations, and virtual participation.

Contact email for queries:

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