Machine Learning Journal

Special Issue on


Call for Papers


Following the 14th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming held in Porto, Portugal, the Machine Learning Journal invites authors to submit papers for the Special Issue on Inductive Logic Programming. In keeping with the original topic of Inductive Logic Programming, while reflecting also the broadening scope of the field, authors are invited to submit papers presenting original results in all aspects of learning logic programs, learning in first-order logic and in other logic-based knowledge representation frameworks. Papers on logical aspects of multi-relational learning and data mining are also welcome. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest for submissions include

Papers emphasising new topics related to learning in logic, as well as to logical foundations of multi-relational learning and data mining are especially encouraged.
All contributors to ILP 2004 are invited to submit a full paper, but the special issue is open to everyone. Each submission will be reviewed according to the standards of the Machine Learning Journal.


Titles and short abstracts due: March 15th, 2005
Papers due: April 1st, 2005
Author notification: July 15th, 2005
Final versions of accepted papers due:   September 30th, 2005
Publication: Early 2006


Ashwin Srinivasan (IBM India Research Laboratory, New Delhi, India)
Rui Camacho (University of Porto, Portugal)
Ross King (University of Wales, Aberystwyth Wales, United Kingdom)


Authors of papers that appeared previously in refereed conferences and workshops (e.g. in ILP 2004) are encouraged to submit extended versions of their papers. Such extended papers must be significantly different from the conference version, as well as accessible to the broad readership of the journal, not just to researchers in ILP. More generally, authors submitting extended versions of previously published conference/workshop papers are strongly encouraged to expand on the material that was included in the original paper, e.g., to provide more details, to give greater, more in-depth, discussion of the results and related work, to expand upon the experimental results, and to give a more thorough and scholarly treatment of the material (than was possible in a conference paper). Submissions must not have appeared in, nor be under consideration by, other journals. Authors of papers whose previous versions appeared in refereed conferences and workshops are requested to provide the previously published version of their papers, as well as to include in their submission a brief letter stating the differences between the prior published version and this MLJ Special Issue submission.


Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
1) Submission of the abstract (until March 15th, 2005): Please send an e-mail to and

with the subject "MLJ special issue on ILP", Include in the body of the e-mail the title of the paper you intend to submit, the authors and the abstract.

2) Submission of the full paper (until April 1st, 2005):
In the instructions to authors that you will find in the above URL do not forget to read the NOTE on special issues of the journal (you are required to say in the submitting e-mail that the paper is for a special issue on ILP). In addition to submitting the paper following the instructions given in the above URL, please submit it also to and
All enquiries regarding this special issue should be directed to
Ashwin Srinivasan (
Rui Camacho (