Call For Papers
Papers | Mentoring Program | Posters | Tutorials | Doctoral Consortium | Demonstrations | Workshops
Final Call For Papers
Twenty-Seventh Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
July 25 - 29, 2004
The University of Sheffield and ACM
Deadline for submissions: January 26, 2004
SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original research contributions, posters, and proposals for tutorials, workshops, and demonstrations of systems.
SIGIR 2004 welcomes contributions related to any aspect of IR, but the major areas of interest are listed below. For each general area, two to four area coordinators will guide the reviewing process.
- Formal Models, Language Models, Fusion/Combination
- Text Representation and Indexing, XML and Metadata
- Performance, Compression, Scalability, Architectures, Mobile Applications
- Web IR, Intranet/Enterprise Search, Citation and Link Analysis, Digital Libraries, Distributed IR
- Cross-language Retrieval, Multilingual Retrieval, Machine Translation for IR
- Video and Image Access, Audio and Speech Retrieval, Music Retrieval
- Machine Learning for IR, Text Data Mining, Clustering, Text Categorization
- Topic Detection and Tracking, Content-Based Filtering, Collaborative Filtering, Agents
- Summarization, Question Answering, Natural Language Processing for IR, Information Extraction, Lexical Acquisition
- Interfaces, Visualization, Interactive IR, User Models, User Studies
- Specialized Applications of IR, including Genomic IR, IR in Software Engineering, and IR for Chemical Structures
- Evaluation, Building Test Collections, Experimental Design and Metrics
Authors are invited to submit research papers, not exceeding 5000 words, representing original, previously unpublished work, on or before January 26, 2004. Papers must be submitted electronically, via the submission web page.
Travel to Sheffield
Please note that the submission deadline for papers has now passed. No more submissions will be accepted.
Call For Papers For Mentoring Program
If you would like help with your SIGIR 2004 submission, you may ask for a
mentor. A mentor is a person who will help you with your submission to the
SIGIR audience through one-on-one advising, usually via e-mail. A mentor can
also familiarize you with the standards and deadlines of SIGIR submissions.
Mentors are volunteers familiar with successful submissions.
Mentors may be available for both full papers and posters. To request a
mentor, please send email to email@example.com. Please include a
description of your work (an abstract is a minimum requirement), an
indication of whether you are presently planning a full paper or a poster,
and any specific questions or areas in which you would like help.
If you wish to ask for a mentor, we strongly encourage you to contact us
before the November 14, 2003 deadline. A mentor's feedback will be most
useful to you if it is early enough to influence the way you focus your
work, not just the way you write it up for the conference. Reasonable
expectations for a mentor might include giving advice as to the most
appropriate forum for you work, suggesting improvements to your submission,
suggesting how to deal with language problems or referring you to relevant
research of which you might not have been aware. Typically, a mentor might
spend 3-7 hours on a submission. We carefully match mentors to mentees, and
wish to support you in getting your work focused into a high quality
submission with a good chance of being accepted and published.
Please note that the deadline for the mentoring program has now passed. No more submissions will be accepted.
Call For Posters
Poster presentations offer researchers an opportunity to present
late-breaking results, significant work in progress, or research that is
best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Two-page
abstracts of posters will appear in the conference proceedings. A poster
proposal is an extended abstract (of 2 pages maximum in SIGIR format)
that emphasizes the research problem and the methods being used. As for
research papers, authors are encouraged to conceal their identity where
it is practical to do so. Poster proposals must be submitted by February
27, 2004. They must be submitted electronically via the submission web page.
We can accept poster proposals in either PDF or Postscript. It is the
responsibility of authors to ensure that their poster proposals use no
unusual format features and are printable on a standard Postscript
printer. Hardcopy or electronic copy in other formats will only be
accepted in exceptional circumstances. To arrange hardcopy or
alternative format submission, please email the Poster Chair Gareth
Jones Gareth.Jones@computing.dcu.ie. All authors, even those who choose
to submit hardcopy, must complete the details on the submission web
LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR submissions are available from the ACM Website.
Call For Tutorial Proposals
SIGIR 2003 will begin with a full day of tutorials, each of which should
cover a single topic in detail. Proposals are solicited for tutorials of
either a half day (3 hours plus breaks) or full day (6 hours plus
breaks). Submissions should be made to the Tutorials Chair and should
include a cover sheet and an extended abstract. The cover sheet should
specify: (1) the length of the tutorial; (2) the intended audience
(introductory, intermediate, advanced); (3) complete contact information
for the contact person and other presenters; and (4) a brief biography
(max. 2 paragraphs) for each presenter. The extended abstract should be
3 to 5 pages, and should include an outline of the tutorial, along with
descriptions of the course objectives and course materials.
proposals must be sent via email by February 27, 2004, to Fabio Crestani
Call For Papers For Doctoral Consortium
The main idea of the Consortium is to give Doctoral students the
opportunity to discuss their PhD thesis proposal with experienced IR
researchers and other Doctoral students. The objectives of the Doctoral
The Consortium will take place on the same day as the Tutorials Day,
with the format: student presentations with plenary discussions, lunch,
individual meetings with experienced researchers, and dinner.
- To provide a forum where Doctoral students can discuss their
proposal with experienced IR researchers (members of Doctoral Consortium
Program Committee) and other students
- To give students an opportunity to interact one-on-one with
experienced IR researchers.
- To give students an opportunity to establish a supportive
community of other students at the same stage as themselves.
Prospective student attendees should have written, or be close to
completing, a thesis proposal. Please discuss this with your PhD
advisor/supervisor to ensure you meet this criterion.
Attendance at the Doctoral Consortium will be based on a written paper,
which will be reviewed by members of the Doctoral Consortium Program
Committee (hereafter Committee). Accepted papers will be distributed
through a special SIGIR Consortium website, accessible to the Committee
and student invitees only. The accepted papers will be read prior to the
Consortium by both Committee and student attendees, and will be
presented by the student at the Consortium. The full papers will not be
formally published in the SIGIR Conference Proceedings; the abstracts
will be published in the SIGIR Conference Proceedings.
Papers must be submitted electronically, via the submission web page. We
can accept papers in either PDF or Postscript. It is the responsibility
of authors to ensure that their papers use no unusual format features
and are printable on a standard Postscript printer. PDF or Postscript
submissions must arrive by February 27, 2004.
Clearly, the topic of the proposed PhD thesis should be within the field
of Information Retrieval, as described in the SIGIR 2004 Call for
Papers. We expect all Consortium papers will be single author papers,
i.e. authored by the student wishing to attend the Consortium.
Your paper will be the basis for detailed discussions at the Consortium,
and to get the most out of the discussion of your paper should include
the following: motivation for the proposed research, background and
related work (with key references), description of proposed research
including main research questions, research methodology and proposed
experiments (where appropriate), and particular issues which you want to
highlight for discussion. You should also consider the content
guidelines for SIGIR papers, which distinguish between different kinds
of IR research, when preparing your Consortium paper.
In addition, a one page Appendix to the paper should include the
following: a detailed statement by the student saying why he/she wants
to attend the Consortium; a description of the (IR) research group in
which you work (including numbers of faculty and graduate students); and
a statement by your advisor/supervisor saying how you would benefit by
attending the Consortium. Advisors should also state that the student
has written, or is close to completing, a thesis proposal (or
equivalent). These statements should be placed in an Appendix after the
All papers will be reviewed with respect to overall quality of
presentation, the potential for future impact of the proposed PhD
research on the field of Information Retrieval, and the likely benefit
to the student of attending the Consortium. Given that the abstract will
be published, the abstract will be critically reviewed.
You are permitted, and indeed encouraged, to submit a full SIGIR paper
or poster on your research. However, attendance at the Consortium will
be based solely on the paper you submit for the Consortium.
Effectively, the same format is used for Consortium papers as for full
SIGIR papers. LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR submissions are
available from the ACM Website. The first page must contain the title of
the paper, full author name, affiliation and contact details, and an
abstract of not more than 150 words, and up to 3 topic areas. The papers
will be reviewed by the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program
Committee. Papers should contain up to 2,500 words (with a minimum of
1200 words), should have wide margins, and font sizes must be 10 point
or greater. The final version of the paper will have to fit within 2-4
double-column pages in the standard SIGIR format, including all figures
and bibliography, so plan accordingly. The Appendix containing the
statements by the student and advisor will not be included in the final
paper. All correspondence with the author will be through email.
All Consortium paper submissions must include a set of ACM Computing
Reviews categories and keywords that describe the contents of the paper.
These categories and keywords must appear after the Abstract and before
the Introduction. Information about selecting and formatting categories
and keywords can be found in ACM Web pages on how to use the computing
classification system and in the LaTeX and Word templates.
Essentially, the format for Consortium papers follows almost exactly
that for full papers, and provides useful experience in preparing papers
for the SIGIR Conference. Note, the accepted papers will not be
published in the SIGIR Conference Proceedings; only the abstracts will
The members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee are: Nick
Belkin (Rutgers University, USA), Bruce Croft (U. Massachusetts, USA),
Susan Dumais (Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA), Elizabeth Liddy (U.
Syracuse, USA), Yoelle Maarek (IBM Research, Israel), Alistair Moffat
(U. Melbourne, Australia), Doug Oard (U. Maryland, USA), Keith van
Rijsbergen (U. Glasgow, UK), and Steve Robertson (Microsoft Research,
Cambridge, UK). They will attend the Consortium.
The Consortium Chair is David Harper (The Robert Gordon University, UK)
who can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently looking into providing travel support for students
attending the Consortium, although we cannot guarantee any support at
this time. We will put details here when available.
Call For Demonstration Proposals
Demonstrations can offer first-hand
experience with Information Retrieval systems, whether advanced
operational systems or research prototypes. A demonstration proposal
should indicate how the demonstration illustrates new ideas, should
provide the technical specifications of the system and should include
references to other literature. Demonstrations which will involve the
use of non-standard hardware, e.g. context-aware mobile systems or
virtual reality systems, should include a short statement of how the
system will be demonstrated at the conference. A one-page abstract
describing each accepted demonstration will be published in the
proceedings. A demonstration proposal is an one-page extended abstract
that must be submitted electronically, via the submission web page.
Demonstration proposals must be submitted by February 27, 2004.
We can accept demonstration proposals in either PDF or Postscript. It is
the responsibility of authors to ensure that their proposals use no
unusual format features and are printable on a standard Postscript
printer. LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR submissions are available
from the ACM Website.
The hardware, software, and network requirements should be indicated in
a separate email to the demonstrations chair: Ian Ruthven
(Ian.Ruthven@cis.strath.ac.uk). Any queries regarding demonstration
proposals should be mailed to the demonstrations chair.
Call For Workshop Proposals
Proposals are solicited for one-day workshops to be held on July 29,
2004, the last day of the conference. The purpose of these workshops is
to provide a platform for presenting novel ideas in a less formal
and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. As such, they
also offer a good opportunity for young researchers to present their work
and to obtain feedback from an interested community. The format of
each workshop is to be determined by the organisers, but it is expected
that they contain ample time for general discussion.
Researchers and practitioners from all segments of the
information retrieval community are invited to submit proposals for
review. The organisers of approved workshops are expected to define the
workshop's focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final
program content. They may elect to form organising or program committees
for assistance in these tasks. After the workshop, organizers are
required to provide an article for the SIGIR Forum summarizing the workshop.
Submissions describing proposed workshops (up to 1,000 words)
should include the theme and goal of the workshop, planned activities,
the maximum number of participants, the selection process for
participants, and a list of potential participants. The submission should
include a one-paragraph CV for each organizer, describing relevant
qualifications and experience.
Workshop proposals must be sent by email to the Workshops Chair,
Mounia Lalmas (email@example.com) by February 27, 2004.