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TMLR Code of Conduct

(Based on ICLR Code of Conduct)

The Transactions on Machine Learning Research (“TMLR”) aims at providing an online publication venue in which open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought and expression, and respectful scientific debate are pursued. This requires a community, including authors, reviewers, editors and public commentators, to recognize and respect the inherent worth of every person. This Code of Conduct lays out conduct expected by every participant of TMLR.

Who

TMLR is based on an open review process. We consider authors, reviewers, action editors, editors-in-chief, advisory board members, staff members, and public commentators as the participants of TMLR (“Participants''). Each and every Participant must agree with the Code of Conduct before participating in any activity of TMLR. Editors-in-Chief of TMLR (“Editors”) will enforce this code and expect cooperation from all Participants to help ensure a safe and productive scientific venue for everyone.

Scope

TMLR commits itself to providing an environment in which all Participants can engage in scientific discourses free from harassment, bullying, discrimination and retaliation. This includes offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), politics, technology choices or any other personal characteristics. TMLR will not tolerate bullying, intimidation, personal attacks, harassment and any behaviour that interferes with another Participant’s full participation.

The code applies to all activities of TMLR, including but not limited to scientific discussion using online tools used and/or maintained by TMLR for the purposes of reviewing and publication, direct correspondences between Participants regarding manuscripts under review, in press and published at TMLR. In particular, we strictly forbid trolling, use of inappropriate imagery, offensive language and doxxing, or revealing any personal information to target any Participant.

Outcomes

Any Participant is expected to comply with the code whenever asked by any other Participant or Editors of TMLR. If a Participant engages in inappropriate behaviour forbidden by the Code of Conduct, Editors may take any action they deem appropriate, including: issuing a formal or informal warning to the offender, barring them from submitting a manuscript, comments or reviews on TMLR’s OpenReview for a fixed duration, reporting the incident to the offender’s employer and/or funding agencies, and reporting the incident to law enforcement. If any action is taken by Editors, Editors will prepare an appeals process for the offending Participant.

Reporting

If you fall victim to the violation of the Code of Conduct or witness the violation of the Code of Conduct by other Participants, please email the Editors of TMLR. Your reports will be handled with discretion. Editors will strive to respond to your report within two weeks of receiving it. Editors welcome feedback from all Participants; please contact us.

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