Call for papers and extended abstracts submission

Call for Papers and Extended Abstracts

deadline: 14th March 13.00 CET 2022 SUBMISSION IS CLOSED

Review in progress, first paper acceptance decision by 29th April.

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  • Full papers have an 8-page maximum length and should report on new, unpublished work.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. The review process will be double blind, please do not add author names in the text file you will submit. 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 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.


ALIFE 2022 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:

  • Artificial chemistry, origins of life and computational biology

  • Complex dynamical systems and networks

  • Synthetic biology, protocells and wet artificial life

  • Theoretical evolution, evolutionary algorithms and evolutionary computation

  • Ecosystems and synthetic ecology

  • AI and Alife approaches to gastronomy, agriculture, food and wine production

  • Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics and swarms

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning 

  • Perception, cognition and behavior

  • Social systems, artificial and alternative societies 

  • Evolution of language and computational linguistic 

  • Philosophy of mind and of science

  • Artificial life based art


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 double-blind, meaning that submissions 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.

Each submission will be reviewed in a double blind review process. To this end, the following information is very important: submissions should NOT contain any element that could reveal the identity of the authors (author names, affiliations and acknowledgments). Furthermore, any reference to any of the author's own work should be made as if the work belonged to someone else.


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 2022 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 1 May 2022, 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.

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