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Call for Demo papers

The European Conference on Information Retrieval is the prime European forum for the presentation of original research in the field of Information Retrieval.

ECIR 2021 is seeking high-quality and original submissions on theory, experimentation, and practice regarding the retrieval, representation, management, and usage of textual, visual and multi-modal information.

Topics of Interest

ECIR strongly supports user, system, application, and evaluation papers. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • User aspects, including information interaction, contextualisation, personalisation, simulation, characterisation, and behaviours.
  •  System and foundational aspects, including retrieval models and architectures, content analysis and classification, recommendation algorithms, query processing and ranking, efficiency and scalability.
  • Machine learning, deep learning, neural IR, natural language processing, as applied to textual, visual, audio, and multi-modal information.
  • Applications such as web search, recommender systems, web and social media apps, domain-specific search, enterprise search, novel interfaces to search tools, intelligent search, and conversational agents.
  • Evaluation research, including new measures and novel methods for the measurement and evaluation of systems, users, and/or applications.

Demonstration Track

The Demo Track provides the opportunity for researchers to present their research prototypes and operational systems which they wish to share with the community, obtain feedback from experts, and exchange knowledge on implementing and developing such systems.

Submissions should clearly define their purpose, scope, and audience. All submissions should provide a URL to a live online version of their demo or, alternatively, provide a URL to a video showcasing the main features of their demo. Demonstrations that make their source code freely available are especially encouraged. Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to Information Retrieval (IR), as identified in the Topics of Interest listed above.

Submission Guidelines

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

All submissions must be written in English. Authors should consult ECIR’s paper guidelines for the preparation of their papers. Useful suggestions to avoid common IR evaluation mistakes can be found in Fuhr’s and Sakai‘s papers. All papers should be submitted electronically through the conference submission system. 

Demonstration papers are to be 4 pages in length plus additional pages for references. Demonstration papers will undergo single-blind review.

Accepted demo papers will be published in the conference proceedings published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The proceedings will be distributed to all delegates at the conference. Accepted demos papers will have to be presented at the conference and at least one author will be required to register.

Dual Submission Policy

Papers submitted to ECIR 2021 should be substantially different from papers that have been previously published, or accepted for publication, or that are under review at other venues. Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Submission is permitted for papers presented or to be presented at conferences or workshops without proceedings.
  • Submission is permitted for papers that have previously been made available as a technical report (e.g. in institutional archives or preprint archives like arXiv). We discourage this since it places anonymity at risk. In this case, the authors should not cite the report, so as to preserve anonymity.

Important dates

Demo submission: October 15, 2020 EXTENDED 30 October 2020, 11:59 pm (AoE)

Notification: December 1, 2020  15 December 2020

Camera-ready copy: January 10, 2021

Main Conference: March 28 – April 1, 2021

Demo Chairs

Nattiya Kanhabua, Upwork, TH

Franco Maria Nardini, National Research Council of Italy, IT

Contact: DemoChairs@ecir2021.eu