The recent NeurIPS call for papers requires authors to include a statement about the potential broader impact of their work

by ofer 1 min read24th Feb 20205 comments

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NeurIPS (formerly NIPS) is a top conference in machine learning and computational neuroscience. The recently published call for papers for NeurIPS 2020 includes the following (which did not appear in previous years):

In order to provide a balanced perspective, authors are required to include a statement of the potential broader impact of their work, including its ethical aspects and future societal consequences. Authors should take care to discuss both positive and negative outcomes.

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Evaluation criteria: [...] Submissions will also be considered on ethical grounds. Regardless of scientific quality or contribution, a submission may be rejected for ethical considerations, including methods, applications, or data that create or reinforce unfair bias or that have a primary purpose of harm or injury.