Frequently Asked Questions

How do I claim a paper?

From RC2021 Fall Edition, you no longer need to separately claim a paper as our last iterations. You can directly submit your report in OpenReview before the deadline.

I cannot search the paper on OpenReview portal anymore?

Since we no longer have the claims process, we have removed the functionality of searching for a paper through OpenReview as previous years. Please search the paper from the conference proceedings, or through Papers With Code.

Can I reproduce a workshop paper from the listed conferences?

Unfortunately no, as of now we are not accepting reports on workshop papers from the listed conferences. Please work on any accepted papers from the conference proceedings.

I want to reproduce a paper from a conference not listed in the challenge. Can I?

Before starting to work on it, please contact the organizers to confirm, as your request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

I want to reproduce a paper from a previous year conference paper. Can I?

Typically we do allow it if the paper is published within a couple of years prior to the current scope of conferences. Although, before starting to work on it, please contact the organizers to confirm, as your request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How many team members are allowed?

Any number of team members are allowed.

Do all team members have to be from the same institution?

Not at all, we encourage cross-institute participation! In that case, add the institutions of your team members in a comma separated format in the claims and report submission forms in OpenReview.

Do I have to add team members based on author order?

No, author order will depend on your final report.

Do I need to be registered at a course to participate?

No, you can participate independently on your own. Participation from industry is especially welcome!

I am a course instructor, how do I participate officially with my course?

Many thanks for your participation! You can just drop us a mail ( with details of your course, and we will list it on our website!

I am a course instructor, can I forward my reviews on the reports of my class?

Yes! If your course ends earlier than the submission deadline and you have already graded the assignments, you can directly send us the evaluations! Have your students submit their report in our OpenReview portal, and drop us a mail at with the evaluations paired with the submission links.

I am a student participant from a course, but I do not see my course listed?

Please contact your course instructor or TA to send us a mail ( to register your course. We will update the website periodically and add new courses.

I am from industry, can I participate?

Yes you can! Please consider sharing the word about the challenge to your peers in your company too!

This is all nice, but what do I gain from participating?

You will first add to the knowledge of the original paper. Peer reviewed reports will be showcased on PapersWithCode and published in the ReScience Journal.

Where can I get GPUs to run experiments?

Check the Resources tab for more information.

Can I contact the authors?

Yes! It is highly recommended to contact the authors of the paper you are reproducing, to clarify doubts and implementation details.

How do I contact the authors?

You can send the authors mail directly to initiate a discussion. The contact details can be found on the paper, which is linked in the pdf of the paper which is available for each paper.

How do I get the code of the paper?

You can either search the pdf of the paper for the code, or find the link to PapersWithCode (“HTML” button) page of the paper, which is usually updated with the publicly released code of the authors.

How much of the code am I allowed to use?

There is no restriction on the extent of the original code you can use for the reproducibility effort.

Is the submission double blind?

Yes, the report to be submitted should be double blind. When submitting code for review, include your codebase in the Supplementary Materials, or link to an Anonymous Github URL.

What is the format of the report?

You can find the style files of the report here.

Is the Reproducibility Summary section of the report mandatory?

Yes! You should use our style files and add the “Reproducibility Summary” in the first page of your report. Make sure this summary does not exceed the first page. Failure of adding this summary will result in desk rejection.

When I am submitting the report, what should I write in the “Abstract” field?

You should copy your Reproducibility Summary in the abstract field. You should add a line separator between sections, and ensure the summary is properly formatted.

If my report is selected, how do I submit to ReScience?

Once your report is accepted, you will be required to submit the final draft by camera-ready deadline in ReScience journal format. Details of this process will be communicated to you after acceptance notification.

This is super exciting, how can I help?

Thanks for your interest in our challenge! You can help out by spreading the news. If you are a course-instructor you can help by enrolling your course in the challenge. You can also sign up to be a reviewer when we share the call for reviewing for the challenge! If you are a company you can help sponsor by providing compute resources. Please contact us at to list your generous offer in the Resources section.