Call for Tiny Papers, a DEI initiative

If you are interested in helping review, organize, volunteer, and generally contribute to this intiative, kindly fill out this form.


Accepted conference papers at ICLR represent a high level of scientific quality. The other side of the coin is that they can be out of reach for those starting out, or from different backgrounds. We want paper publishing to be not only a showcase of achievements, but also a marker for valuable learning experiences made accessible to beginners and outsiders. Devising more ways to mark milestones and measure growth in an individual, or community’s maturity, is greatly conducive to both continually pushing the frontiers of science, and lifting people up in this process.

Researchers from underrepresented backgrounds are not necessarily equipped with the same resources to publish full papers from the start of their scientific journeys. To create a more inclusive ICLR community, we as organizers need to create more pathways, and reasons for people from various backgrounds to enter, stay, and grow in the machine learning community. 

To that end, we are launching a more approachable format to publish, kick-start, and collaborate on ideas, “Tiny Papers,” and to be presented in the DEI workshop at ICLR 2023, with the hope to attract more underrepresented, under-resourced, and budding researchers to join the community in a meaningful way. Not only will this additional, and different, venue to publish usher in new researchers, it will also serve as an efficient platform for disseminating ideas, findings, and opinions.

The objective of the new “Tiny Papers” track at ICLR is threefold:

  1. Creating alternative, complementary, and diverse entry points to research. And in particular, creating approachable avenues for beginners to enter and enjoy the ICLR community.
  2. Celebrating intermediate breakthroughs in machine learning.
  3. Efficiently disseminating ideas, findings, and opinions.

As the Tiny Papers in the DEI workshop is a Diveristy, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative, orgnized by the DEI Chairs of ICLR 2023, we require every submission to have at least one key author that meets the underrepresented minority (URM) criteria.

Despite the wide range of topics that could benefit from the Tiny Papers format, we focus the type of submissions to be the following:

  • An implementation and experimentation of a novel (not published elsewhere) yet simple idea, or a modest and self-contained theoretical result
  • A follow-up experiment to or re-analysis of a previously published paper
  • A new perspective on a previously published paper


Key Dates


  • Submission portal opens: February 1st, 2023

  • Submission deadline: February 28th, 2023 AoE

  • Notification of acceptance: March 31st, 2023

  • Camera-ready deadline: April 15th, 2023

  • Tiny Papers Showcase Day: May 5th, 2023


Submission Guidelines


Underrepresented minority (URM) criteria

Each Tiny Paper needs its first or last author to qualify as an underrepresented minority (URM). Authors don't have to reveal how they qualify, and may just self-identify that they qualify.

In addition, underprivileged researchers and first-time submitters also qualify:

  • Underprivileged: not affiliated with a funded organization or team whose primary goal is research
  • First-time submitters: have never submitted to ICLR or similar conferences

Submissions have to include a "URM Statement" section which acklnowledges meeting the URM criteria. See the corresponding section in our provided LaTex teamplate for examples. The URM Statement section does not count into the page limit.


Formatting and author guidelines

The guidelines and restrictions for this Tiny Papers track are:

  • Write a paper with the same structure as seen in full papers, but with at most 2 pages of main text. References, Appendices, and URM Stement sections do not count towards the page limit, but we do not recommend dissecting a regular length paper into a tiny paper by moving the majority of the content into appendices.
  • It is recommended to have 1-2 figures, 1 table, and 4-5 sections. But authors are free to use their own structure.
  • The submission portal, hosted at OpenReivew, opens Feb 1st, 2023. Please check back on this page, or watch @iclr_conf on Twitter.

All Tiny Papers should comply with the conference paper formatting requirements. We provide a slightly edited LaTeX template for authors to use. Authors should submit their Tiny Paper with the authors names and affiliations anonymised, as in the conference paper track.


Can “Tiny” Papers Be Good?


Some may be skeptical that it is really possible to say something meaningful in just two pages. To quote Alexander Soifer:

“[We] respectfully disagree that a short paper in general … merely due to its size must be “a bit too short to be a good … article.” Is there a connection between quantity and quality?” [source]

For inspiration and as examples of exemplary short papers from a range of disciplines, we provide the following list:

  • Conway, J. and Soifer A., “Can unit equilateral triangle cover an equilateral triangle of side , say ?, link
  • Nash, J. F., “Equilibrium points in n-person games”, PNAS, 36 (1) 48-49, 1950, link
  • Watson, J., Crick, F., “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid”, Nature 171, 737–738, 1953, link
  • Gettier, E.L., “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” Analysis, 23, 6, 121-123, 1963, link
  • Weinberg, S., “A Model of Leptons”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 19, 1264, 1967, link
  • Lander, J. and Parkin, T. R., “Counterexample to Euler’s Conjecture On Sums of Like Powers”, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 72, 1079, 1966, link
  • Streitwieser, A., “Chlorination of Fluorene with Sulfuryl Chloride”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1944, 66, 12, 2127, link
  • Malmasi, S., “Discriminating Similar Languages: Persian and Dari”, Tiny ToCS Vol. 4, link


ICLR 2023 DEI Chairs 

Krystal Maughan (University of Vermont)

Rosanne Liu (ML Collective, Google Brain)

Thomas F Burns (OIST)