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Papers Submission Instructions

General Information

All papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library. For any paper to be accepted into the ACM Digital Library, it must be submitted in an electronic format which conforms to ACM SIG formats using official ACM templates. Moreover, papers must adhere to ACM copy-editing rules. Finally, there are specifications of page and word limits imposed by GECCO. This information is detailed in the sections below.

Papers must be submitted through the paper submission website.

The Full and Poster-only papers submitted to GECCO will be rigorously reviewed in a double-blind review process and they should be ANONYMIZED. This means that they should NOT contain any element that may reveal the identity of their authors. This includes author names, affiliations, and acknowledgments. Moreover, any references to any of the author's own work should be made as if the work belonged to someone else.

Page and Word Limits

Full papers
Maximum number of words in the abstract: 200. Maximum number of pages: 8 (excluding references).

Poster-only papers
Maximum number of words in the abstract: 200. Maximum number of pages: 2.

Late-Breaking Abstracts
Maximum number of pages: 2.

Hot Off the Press
Maximum number of pages: 2.

Competition Entries
Maximum number of pages: 2.

Student Workshop Papers
Maximum number of words in the abstract: 200. Maximum number of pages: 4.

Workshop Papers
Maximum number of words in the abstract: 200. Maximum number of pages: 8 (excluding references).

ACM Formats and Templates

Submissions that do not conform to the ACM SIG standards, templates, and formats will be returned to the author for corrections and/or alterations. The page size for this ACM publication is US Letter (8-1/2x11 inches).

Submissions for review
WORD INSTRUCTIONS (a) You MUST use one of these ACM templates: WORD (Windows) and WORD (Mac 2016)
(b) Be sure to format your document for American/US Letter (8-1/2x11). Please check that your submission adheres to the set page limit for your type of submission (see above).
(c) Make sure your submission is ANONYMIZED.
(d) Distill/Create an ACM compliant PDF. If your submitted PDF file is not ACM Compliant, we will distill your .doc or .docx file with the ACM distilling settings, send the PDF to the contact author for approval, and use the PDF for the proceedings and the ACM DL.
(e) Upload your PDF file. We recommend using a modern, standards-compliant Web browser to upload the necessary files.
LaTeX INSTRUCTIONS (a) You MUST use this ACM template: LaTeX template
(b) Make sure your submission is ANONYMIZED.
(c) You MUST use Type 1 fonts for your submission, for help on obtaining the correct type of fonts and other formatting issues, see: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template.
(d) Distill/Create an ACM compliant PDF. If your submitted PDF file is not ACM Compliant, we will distill your .ps (postscript) file with the ACM distilling settings, send the PDF to the contact author for approval, and use the PDF for the proceedings and the ACM DL.
(e) Upload your PDF file. We recommend using a modern, standards-compliant Web browser to upload the necessary files.


Camera-Ready Instructions

Camera-ready
WORD INSTRUCTIONS (a) You MUST use one of these ACM templates: WORD (Windows) and WORD (Mac 2016).
For more information about these templates see ACM Master Article Template.
(b) Be sure to format your document for American/US Letter (8-1/2x11). Please check that your submission adheres to the set page limit for your type of submission (see above).
(c) Insert the ACM copyright statement, with precise DOI and ISBN numbers, that you received back from ACM after completing the copyright process (it will look similar to this GECCO-blurb.txt). This statement should appear in 8 pt. Times New Roman, justified text, with GECCO'19 (the venue acronym made italic).
(d) Distill/Create an ACM compliant PDF. Make sure fonts are embedded in the final PDF: When saving as a "PDF", in "Options", select "Compatible with PDF/A" option (or similar option, such as "ISO 19005-1 compliant (PDF/A)"). Then open the PDF and make sure all fonts are embedded. See also https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/word-to-pdf-instructions-.txt. If your submitted PDF file is not ACM Compliant, we will distill your .doc or .docx file with the ACM distilling settings, send the PDF to the contact author for approval, and use the PDF for the proceedings and the ACM DL.
(e) Upload your PDF file. We recommend using a modern, standards-compliant Web browser to upload the necessary files.
(f) IMPORTANT: Alongside the camera-ready PDF’s, you will be required to collect and submit the source files for each paper – all files which were used to create the final output (PDF): Word, LaTeX, image files, etc. ACM requires the submission of source files for camera-ready papers in order to serve both accessibility compliant PDF and responsive HTML5 formatted files from the ACM Digital Library,
LaTeX INSTRUCTIONS (a) You MUST use this ACM template: LaTeX template, specifically the ACM_SigConf template. If you're having trouble with the LaTeX template, make sure to follow the instructions in section 2.1 Installation in acmguide.pdf, which comes in the acmart.zip archive or search the help available at http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template
(b) Verify that your .tex document includes the following lines, using the precise DOI and ISBN numbers that you received back from ACM after completing the copyright process. Make sure that your PDF shows the correct conference information on the front page:
\acmDOI{10.1145/nnnnnnn.nnnnnnn} % To be updated after completing copyright process
\acmISBN{978-x-xxxx-xxxx-x/YY/MM} % To be updated after completing copyright process
\acmConference[GECCO '19]{the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2019}{July 13--17, 2019}{Prague, Czech Republic}
\acmYear{2019}
\copyrightyear{2019}
(c) You MUST use Type 1 fonts for your submission, for help on obtaining the correct type of fonts and other formatting issues, see: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template.
(d) Distill/Create an ACM compliant PDF. If your submitted PDF file is not ACM Compliant, we will distill your .ps (postscript) file with the ACM distilling settings, send the PDF to the contact author for approval, and use the PDF for the proceedings and the ACM DL.
(e) Upload your PDF file. We recommend using a modern, standards-compliant Web browser to upload the necessary files.
(f) IMPORTANT: Alongside the camera-ready PDF’s, you will be required to collect and submit the source files for each paper – all files which were used to create the final output (PDF), be they Word, LaTeX, image files, etc. ACM requires the submission of source files for camera-ready papers in order to serve both accessibility compliant PDF and responsive HTML5 formatted files from the ACM Digital Library,


Copy-Editing Rules

Bad Breaks Be sure that there are no lines going outside the column margins. Also make sure there are no bad page or column breaks. This means no widows (last line of a paragraph at the top of a column), no orphans (first line of a paragraph at the bottom of a column). If this happens either tighten the previous column or force a line over. Section and Sub-section heads should remain with at least 2 lines of body text when near the end of a page or column.
Images & Figures (a) Colors and Black & White (Gray Scale) Print Testing. If you have any images in color, we suggest that you print your paper to a black/white printer (or black-white version) to be sure that the tones and screens used in your images or figures reproduce well in black and white. Your images will appear in color in the electronic proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.
(b) Resolution & CYMK. We recommend images to be at least 300 or 600 dpi for quality reproduction and saved as .tif images. When creating or revising your images for inclusion in the paper, please be sure you choose CYMK and not RGB (as the color profile choice).
(c) TIF (EPS) vs JPG (JPEG) images. TIFs were (and should be) created for pre-press applications where quality takes priority over file size. While TIFs can be compressed (LZW compression option when saving out of Photoshop, for example), no image data is lost, thus ensuring maximum quality. JPEG was designed as a compressed image format designed to keep the file size small which makes it ideal for use in web graphics. To do this, the JPEG format actually deletes image data from the image. The higher the level of compression, the more data is removed. This is referred to as a lossy compression system. On a printout, the removed data tends to show up as blocky areas of a solid color. At higher resolutions (a minimum of 200 dpi), there's usually enough data in the JPEG file for the compression artifacts to be very noticeable.
(d) Rules/Lines. We recommend for quality reproduction of rules in your graphs, tables or charts, that the rules are at least a 0.5 pt. and black. Finer lines and points than this will not reproduce well, even if you can see them on your laser printed hardcopy when checked — bear in mind that your laser printers have a far lower resolution than the imagesetters that will be used.
(e) Fonts. If your figure uses custom or any non-standard font, the characters may appear differently when printed in the proceedings. Remember to check your figure creation that all fonts are embedded or included in the figure correctly. When saving from Word as a "PDF", in "Options" select "Compatible with PDF/A" option (or similar option, such as "ISO 19005-1 compliant (PDF/A)"). Then open the PDF and make sure all fonts are embedded. See also https://www.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/publications/word-to-pdf-instructions-.txt.
(f) Transparencies. If a figure or image is assembled from multiple images, the images must be embedded, layers flattened or grouped together properly in the file, not lined. Transparencies should also be flattened.
Page Numbering, Headers, & Footers Your final submission SHOULD NOT contain any footer string information at the bottom of each page. The submissions will be paginated in a determined order by the chairs and page numbers added to the PDF during the compiling, indexing and pagination process.
ACM Classification Sections (a) The sections CCS Concepts (ACM Computing Classification System) and Keywords are mandatory to be included on the first page of your submission.
(b) CCS Concepts. Make sure that your selection included on the first page of your paper are also chosen properly on the paper submission page. Click here for information on the ACM Computing Classification Scheme.
(c) Keywords. The contents of this section is at the author's discretion. Be sure to pick terms that fit your work well as they will be used to index your work.