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IJML welcomes author submission of papers concerning any branch of Machine Learning and their applications in business, industry, and other subjects. Please read the Aims and Scope to gain an overview and assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal.

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Submission Instructions 
Cover Letter
Preparing Manuscripts
Data Deposit and Software Source Code
About Paper Review

Manuscript Submission Instructions 

When submitting papers for potential publication in IJML, please submit an original editable file in a .doc style file. All figures, tables, equations, etc., should be embedded into the original file. 
IJML had implemented an online submission system. With the online journal management system that we are using, you will be able to track its progress through the editorial process. To submit your manuscript, register and log in to the submission system. When registering, please check your email to activate your account, and check your junk box in case the activate link was blocked. The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list (read the criteria to qualify for authorship) and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. All co-authors can see the manuscript details in the submission system if they register and log in using the e-mail address provided during manuscript submission.
Detailed instructions on preparing papers for submission can be found in the Template Paper and Submission Confirmation Form.

Please read our ethical publication statement: Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement 

Cover Letter 

A cover letter should be submitted together with each manuscript. It should be concise and explain why the work is significant and can be considered suitable for IJML. Authors should confirm that the submitted article reports original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and is not considerated for publication elsewhere.

Preparing Manuscripts 

Types of Publications

The following article types are applied:
Article: The journal considers all original research manuscripts provided that the work reports scientifically sound experiments and provides a substantial amount of new information.
Review: These provide concise and precise updates on the latest progress made in a given area of research.

Format of Manuscripts

Normally, articles should be at least 5 pages excluding references. The manuscript should contain text, in a sequence of title, author list, abstract, index terms, main text part, appendix, conflicts of interest, author contributions, acknowledgments, references, and author biography, etc.

  • Title: A title should adequately “flag” the content of the paper, and should be concise, specific, and relevant. The potentially interested experts want to decide from the title whether or not they spend time on reading the paper, so the precise wording used in the title is very important and deserves proper attention.
  • Author list: Full names of authors are preferred in the author field, but are not required. Put a space between the authors' initials. At least one author should be designated as the corresponding author. Only those who made a significant contribution to this paper can be listed as co-authors, please view Authorship Criteria for details.
  • Abstract: A good abstract is a stand-alone summary of the paper, and should summarize the key components of the manuscript. Generally, the abstract should be no more than 200 words. As an abstract is a separate section, it should be a self-contained text (no abbreviations, no references, no URLs, no undefined concepts, etc. ).
  • Index Terms: about four keywords or phrases separated by commas, the keywords should be specific to the article, and reasonably common within the subject discipline.
  • Main text: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions (for research paper) or literature review sections (for review paper).
  • Appendix: Appendix is optional. If Appendixes are provided, they appear before Conflict of Interest. Multiple appendixes are labeled with letters (Appendix A, Appendix B). A single appendix is labeled without letters (Appendix). Multiple appendixes must be numbered in the order in which they are to appear.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors should declare whether or not the submitted work was carried out with a conflict of interest. If yes, please state any personal, professional or financial relationships that could potentially be construed as a conflict of interest.  If no, please add "The authors declare no conflict of interest".
  • Author Contributions: Each author's contribution to this work should be stated in Author Contribution Section, authorship should be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work. The description can be up to several sentences long and should briefly describe the tasks of individual authors. e.g., A, B concuted the research; C, D analyzed the data; A, B wrote the paper; ...; all authors had approved the final version.
  • Acknowledgments: Acknowledgements should be brief, and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors, or effusive comments. Use the singular heading even if you have many acknowledgments. Avoid expressions such as “One of us (S.B.A.) would like to thank ... .” Instead, write “F. A. Author thanks ... .” Sponsor and financial support acknowledgments are placed in the unnumbered footnote on the first page.
  • References: This section should contain references to the most relevant related work and state of the art at the time of writing. The references should be complete, correct, and appropriately formatted. References should be numbered sequentially in order of appearance in the text (including table captions and figure legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. Please refer to Journal Template for a detailed reference style.
  • Footnote: funding, authors’ affiliation, and contact information can be put in the footnote of the first page.
  • Abbreviations: Abbreviations should be defined when they are first introduced in the manuscript.
  • SI Units: Use either SI (MKS) or CGS as primary units. (SI units are strongly encouraged.) English units may be used as secondary units (in parentheses).
  • Equations: If you are using Word, please use either the Microsoft Equation Editor or the MathType add-on (http://www.mathtype.com) for equations in your paper (Insert | Object | Create New | Microsoft Equation or MathType Equation). “Float over text” should not be selected.
  • Figures and Tables: All figures and tables should be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearances. All figures should be at a sufficiently high resolution (300 dpi or higher).

Data Deposit and Software Source Code 

Data Availability

In order to maintain the integrity, transparency, and reproducibility of research records, authors are encouraged to provide data availability statement about where a data supporting the results reported in this study can be found, including, where applicable, hyperlinks to publicly archived datasets, e.g.,

The datasets generated in this study are available in the [NAME] repository, [weblink].
The datasets generated in this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.

Availability of Computer Code, Software and Algorithm

Authors should make available on any unreported custom computer code, software, or algorithm used to generate results that are reported in the study, authors are encouraged to deposit their source code in a recognized, public repository or upload it as supplementary information to the publication. The name and version of all software used should be indicated.

About Paper Review 

All published journal papers are refereed by international competent researchers and scientists. Therefore, a full double-blind international refereeing process is used in which:

•  Papers are sent to reviewers for their peer review process.
• The reviewers' recommendations determine whether a paper will be accepted / accepted subject to change / subject to resubmission with significant changes / rejected.

For papers that require changes, the same reviewers will be used to ensure that the quality of the revised paper is acceptable.

All papers are refereed, and the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse any typescript, whether on invitation or otherwise and to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication.

For more details about peer review, please refer to Editorial Process.

General Information

  • E-ISSN: 2972-368X
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Mach. Learn.
  • Frequency: Quaterly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJML
  • Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Lin Huang
  • Executive Editor:  Ms. Cherry L. Chen
  • Abstracing/Indexing: Inspec (IET), Google Scholar, Crossref, ProQuest, Electronic Journals LibraryCNKI.
  • E-mail: ijml@ejournal.net