AI Journal Competition Section

Competitions between AI systems are now well established in AI (e.g. in speech and language, planning, auctions, games, to name a few). The scientific contributions associated with the systems entered in these competitions are routinely submitted as research papers to conferences and journals. However, it has been more difficult to find suitable venues for papers summarizing the objectives, results, and major innovations of a competition.

AIJ has established a new category of competition summary papers, called the Competition Section.


Competition Section Papers will describe the competition, its criteria, why it is interesting to the AI research community, the results (including how they compare to previous rounds, if appropriate), and give a summary of the main technical contributions to the field manifested in systems participating in the competition. Papers may be supplemented by online appendices giving details of participants, problem statements, test scores, and even competition-related software.

Acceptance criteria

Although Competition Section Papers serve as an archival record of a competition, it is critical that they make clear why the competition's problems are relevant to continued progress in the area, what progress has been made since the previous competition, if applicable, and what were the most significant technical advances reflected in the competition results. The exposition should be accessible to a broad AI audience.

Editorial management

A new Editorial Board position, the Competition Section Editor, has been created, who will be responsible for soliciting, receiving, and managing the review process for competition papers Reviewing of Competition Section papers is subject to AIJ's standard policy for avoiding conflicts of interest. Queries related to possible submissions to this section should be directed to the Compeition Editor. The first Competition Editor is Gerhard Lakemeyer (RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany). Submissions to the Competition Section should be made online at