Frequently Asked Questions

What are similarities and differences between regular submissions and blue sky submissions?

When will the regular papers be visible on the OpenReview?

Before the submission deadline (18-June), no papers will be visible.

Between 18- 30-June, the regular papers that do not comply with the guidelines and format will be desk rejected.

By 30-June all the submitted papers will become publicly visible. The paper will be anonymized.

During the review period, between 30-June and 16-Aug, the public is free to comment on the papers.

On 16-Aug, when the rebuttal period opens up, anonymized reviews will be made public.

During the rebuttal period, between 16-Aug and 30-Aug, the authors and reviewers should discuss the reviews. The authors are free to update the paper, and the reviewers are expected to review the new versions and update the reviews and scores.

After the author's notification, on 17-Sep, the accepted papers will be de-anonymized, and the rejected papers will be removed from the public domain.

Will I be able to update the paper during the response period?


What is the criteria for desk rejection for regular papers based on the scope?

A regular paper should demonstrate the relevance to robot learning through

  • Intent: Explicitly address a learning question for physical robots OR

  • Outcome: Test the proposed learning solution on physical robots.

Papers that do not meet that criteria might be desk rejected.

Rejection examples:

  • No learning: Manually design and tune the performance of a robot controller without use of learning.

  • No learning: A search algorithm for model-based planning.

  • No robotics: A generic result on sample complexity.

  • No robotics: A generic RL algorithm.

  • Little robotics: Improved performance on a standard CV dataset, e.g., ImageNet recognition.


  • An RL algorithm that works only in simulator X. Does it transfer to real robot learning (sim2real, data efficiency, …)? Yes for CARLA for autonomous driving. No for Cheetah/Human-oid in Mujuco. According to our stated principles, the submission satisfies the intent. Its failure or success to demonstrate the relevance will be determined during the review process.