Instructions for authors

The ALIFE 2018 Organizing Committee would like to cordially invite you to submit your work to the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2018), which will be held in Tokyo, Japan on July 23rd-27th, 2018.

Please see the call for papers and the main page for detailed information about the conference topic.

**Submissions now closed**

The final, corrected, versions of accepted papers and abstracts can now be uploaded via EasyChair. Please be sure to read all the instructions below.

The copyright form can be found here, along with instructions for what to put in the “Work (tentative title)” and “editors” boxes.

Important dates

Paper submission deadline: Mon. March 19th Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 midnight UTC-12 (FINAL DEADLINE)
Notification of Acceptance: Mon. Apr. 23 Mon May 7th, 2018
Camera-Ready due: Mon. May. 21 Mon June 4th, 2018
Main Conference convenes: July 23rd-27th, 2018

Contact email for queries:

Topics (see the call for papers for more details)

ALIFE 2018 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:

  • Perception, cognition, behavior
  • Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics, swarms
  • Ecological and social systems
  • Artificial chemistry, origins of life, computational biology
  • Complex dynamical systems and networks
  • Evolution of language, computational linguistics
  • Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science
  • Artificial life-based art
  • Synthetic biology and wet ALIFE
  • Education and society issues

For this edition the special theme is “Beyond AI: A new epistemology for Artificial Life and Complex Systems”. We are inviting especially contributions that investigate the use of computer simulations in the scientific method, and/or the interactions between in silico, in vitro and in vivo experiments.

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  • Full papers have an 8-page maximum length and should report on new, unpublished work.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

We encourage the use of LaTeX for the production of papers. Guidelines for submission and template files can be found below. Note that for both submission types you will need a text-only abstract (200 words or less), which will be displayed in the programme and on the web after publication.

Color figures are possible. Each submission should be uploaded as a single file, in PDF format only, to the Easy Chair system.

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.

Note that in addition to the pdf you will need a text abstract when you upload your submission (500 words max, shorter preferred).

NOTE: At least one author of every accepted paper or poster must be registered before May 21st, or the paper/poster will be withdrawn.

Workshops and Special Sessions

ALIFE 2018 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 in the Workshops page.

For more details on special sessions, see the special sessions page.

For more details on workshops, see the workshops and tutorials page.


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

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

Formatting guidelines for the camera-ready version are below.

Submission Process

Submission will be via the EasyChair system. To submit, follow this link and sign up for an EasyChair account.

You will need an EasyChair account to submit your paper. If you do not have one, create an account, then submit here.

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.

Formatting guidelines for the camera-ready version of your manuscript

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.
  • PDF size < 5 Mb.
  • All pages sized consistently at 8.5 x 11 (US letter format).
  • No visible crop marks.
  • 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.