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FAccT 2023 : ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency 2023


When Jun 1, 2023 - Jun 5, 2023
Where Chicago
Abstract Registration Due Jan 30, 2023
Submission Deadline Feb 6, 2023
Categories    fairness   algorithms   AI   HCI

Call For Papers

The research program of ACM FAccT solicits academic work from a wide variety of disciplines, including computer science, statistics, law, social sciences, the humanities, and policy, and multidisciplinary scholarship on fairness, accountability, and transparency in computational systems (broadly construed). We welcome contributions that consider a wide range of technical, policy, societal, and normative issues. These include, but are not limited to, issues of structural and individual (in)equity, justice in systems and policy; the material, environmental, and economic effects of computational systems.

The 2023 conference will be held both in-person and online. The in-person conference will take place in Chicago, IL. The online conference—including both live-streamed elements of the in-person conference, and online-only content—will also begin at that time, with content and discussion available for two weeks from that date, and a library of content available subsequently.

FAccT is committed to reducing barriers to access for in-person attendance. As such, there is a substantial travel scholarship fund available to support in-person attendance and broader initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Questions? Contact the Program Co-chairs: And stay tuned for updates by following @facctconference on Twitter or joining the FACCT-ANNOUNCE listserv.

Areas of Interest
We invite submissions in the following areas:

Algorithm Development e.g. Fairness; Interpretability; Explainability; Causality; Data Collection and curation

Data and Algorithm Evaluation e.g. Metrics; Audits; Evaluations, both quantitative and qualitative

Applications e.g. Natural Language Processing; Computer vision; Health; Information retrieval; Recommender systems; Programming languages; Databases

Human Factors e.g. Human-computer interaction; Humans-in-the-loop; Information visualization; UX design; Community or participatory-research design

Privacy and Security e.g. Formal approaches; Privacy-preserving models; Usable privacy and security

Law e.g. Data protection; Non-discrimination and equality; Privacy; Platform governance; Transparency; Due process and the rule of law; Human rights and fundamental values; Accountability; Enforcement institutional design and compliance by design; regulating large/foundation models

Policy e.g. Organizational governance; Codes of ethics; Perspectives and concerns of historically marginalized groups

Historical and Cultural Critiques e.g. Interrogating foundational concepts of the field; Bridging critical concepts across fields; Historical perspectives on FAccT issues

Philosophy e.g. Philosophical foundations of machine learning and its applications; values in scientific inquiry; social epistemology; moral, legal and political philosophy of data and AI

Social Sciences e.g. Algorithms and computing in organizations and institutions, including education; Social and cultural shaping of algorithmic phenomena; algorithmic impacts on social phenomena

We especially welcome contributions that are grounded in the cultures, norms, laws, and/or sociopolitical systems from regions that are usually not featured prominently at FAccT, which has so far been composed mainly of North American and European scholarship.

Review process
Authors will be asked to select one or more of the above areas when they register their submissions. Papers will be matched to reviewers with appropriate expertise based on these designations and the paper abstract. Each paper will be reviewed by multiple members of the Program Committee. Papers will be evaluated based on conventional scholarly criteria in their designated area, including

Relevance to the conference topic and chosen area: fairness, accountability, and transparency in sociotechnical systems, plus topics listed under each area;
Quality of submission: correctness, clarity, and depth of exposition, including contextualizing the approach, methodology, perspective, domain considered, etc.; and
Potential for impact: potential to influence academic disciplines, public discourse, or real-world systems.
Area chairs will oversee the reviewing process for papers within their area, and recruit program committee members to review. Area chairs will be listed on the conference website ( before the submission deadline.

Research Ethics & Social Impact
FAccT is an ACM conference and as such, we will review papers in alignment with the ACM ethics guidelines. Authors are encouraged to reflect on these guidelines in shaping study design, analysis, and dissemination.

Authors should describe the ethical challenges they faced in their submission, ideally in a dedicated section, and how they addressed such challenges. In particular, submissions that (1) describe experiments with users and/or deployed systems (e.g., websites or apps), or (2) rely on sensitive user data (e.g., social network information), must adhere to precepts of ethical research and community norms. These include compliance with applicable laws and applicable professional ethical codes; respect for privacy; secure storage of sensitive data; voluntary and informed consent when appropriate; avoiding deceptive practices when not essential; beneficence and non-maleficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or society while minimizing harm to the individual); risk mitigation; and post-hoc disclosure of audits. When appropriate, authors are encouraged to include a subsection describing these issues.

Note that submitting research for approval by each author’s institutional ethics review body (IRB) may be necessary in some cases, but by itself may not be sufficient. In cases where the Program Chairs have concerns about the ethics of the work in a submission, the Program Chairs will consider the ethical soundness and justification of the submission, just as it does its technical soundness. The Program Chairs will take a broad view of what constitutes an ethical concern. Authors will agree to be available during the review process to rapidly respond to queries from the Program Chairs regarding ethical considerations.

Submission Guidelines
Authors are required to pre-register their papers through the submission site by submitting a tentative title and abstract and specifying their submission area(s) by January 30, 2023 AoE. This process will enable the Program Chairs to better anticipate the submission load and to make necessary adjustments to the program committee

Authors who do not pre-register their submission by the deadline will be unable to submit their paper to ACM FAccT. Authors can change their preliminary titles and abstracts up until the submission deadline. However, the preliminary title and abstract should be representative of the work that is ultimately submitted, and the list of authors cannot be modified. Program Chairs reserve the right to delete submissions with "placeholder" titles and abstracts (e.g., "TBA" or nothing) at the abstract submission deadline.

Final submissions will be due on Februrary 6, 2023.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for, (virtually) attend, and present the work at the conference for the paper to appear in the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

Please read the following instructions carefully, as papers that violate the following guidelines on length and formatting may be rejected without review.

Length and Formatting
Submitted papers must be up to 14 pages (including all figures and tables) in the single-column format, plus unlimited pages for references. We will use the new ACM workflow for formatting manuscripts, described here. Options and templates are available for both Word and LaTeX users.

Authors can upload supplementary materials with their submissions. In such cases, please upload only one document, placing appendices or supplementary material at the end of the submission. Keep in mind that reviewers are not obligated to read these materials.

If using LaTeX, please use the template given in sample-manuscript.tex when downloading the latest version of the ACM LaTeX documents. Please set the anonymous option for review. Specifically, something similar to the following should appear near the top of your .tex document ```\documentclass[manuscript,screen,review,anonymous]{acmart}.

Papers may also be formatted simply in single-column, with one-inch margins, 9-point Times New Roman font. If the paper is accepted, authors will have to reformat their paper in the ACM format.

Preparation for review
ACM FAccT uses a mutually anonymous review process. Authors must omit their names and affiliations from submissions, and avoid obvious identifying statements. For instance, citations to prior work from the authors' should be made in the third person. Submissions that do not comply with this policy will be rejected without review.

ACM FAccT maintains the confidentiality of submitted material. Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of accepted papers will be released.

Archival vs. Non-archival Submissions
ACM FAccT 2023 offers authors the choice of archival and non-archival paper submissions:

Archival papers will appear in the published proceedings of the conference, if they are accepted.
Non-archival papers will only appear as abstracts in the proceedings, if they are accepted.
In previous years, most authors used the archival option. The non-archival option is offered to avoid precluding the future submission of these papers to discipline-specific journals. Switching from archival to non-archival option after submission is discouraged, but justified requests from authors will be considered by Program Chairs on a case-by-case basis.

All submissions will have the same page length requirements and be judged by the same quality standards, regardless of whether the authors choose the archival or non-archival option. Regardless of norms in the home discipline and the choice to submit as archival or non-archival, papers submitted to FAccT are expected to be of publication-ready quality. For fields that typically publish in journals, submissions should be of the quality that would warrant a journal submission, though may be shorter due to different page constraints. Reviewers will not be told whether submissions under review are archival, to avoid influencing their evaluations.

Authors of all accepted papers must present their work at the FAccT 2023 conference, regardless of whether their paper is archival or non-archival.

Concurrent Submission Policy
You may not submit papers that are identical, or substantially similar to papers that are currently under review at another peer-reviewed conference or journal, have been previously published, or have been accepted for publication. Such submissions violate our concurrent submission policy and will be removed from submission.

There are three main exceptions to this rule:

Technical Reports & Preprints: ACM FAccT welcomes work that is already available without peer reviewing as a technical report (e.g., in SSRN, arXiv, or similar). In this case, the authors should not cite the report, to preserve anonymity.
Extensions of Workshop Paper & Abstracts: ACM FAccT welcomes the submission of work that has previously appeared in non-archival venues like workshops (i.e., venues without formal proceedings). These works may be submitted as-is or in an extended form. ACM FAccT also welcomes submissions that extend previously published short papers or abstracts, even if they appeared in formal proceedings if the previously published version does not exceed 4 pages in length.
Conference-length versions of papers that are already under review at a journal, but which have not yet been published in that journal: Authors interested in this option must select the non-archival option for the FAccT submission. Authors are also responsible for ensuring that submitting to FAccT would not violate the relevant journal's submission policies.
Program Chairs
Please contact for any questions.

Lilian Edwards, Newcastle University
Jessica Hullman, Northwestern University
Atoosa Kasirzadeh, University of Edinburgh
Berk Ustun, UC San Diego

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