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Call for Short papers

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

Topics of Interest

ECIR 2021 encourages the submission of high-quality and original papers on the theory, experimentation, and practice of retrieval, representation, management, and usage of textual, visual, audio, and multi-modal information. 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.

Short Paper Track

The Short Paper Track calls for original contributions presenting novel, thought-provoking ideas and addressing innovative application areas within the field of Information Retrieval. The inclusion of promising (preliminary) results is encouraged but not required. Papers that stimulate and promote discussion are particularly encouraged. Short paper submissions should be 6 pages in length plus additional pages for references.

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. 

Short papers are up to 6 pages in length plus additional pages for references.

Short paper submissions will be refereed through double-blind peer review. Accepted 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 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

Short paper 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

Short Paper Chairs

Josiane Mothe, Université de Toulouse, France
Martin Potthast, Leipzig University, Germany