Call for Short Papers

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). SIGIR 2017 will be held in Tokyo, Japan on 7-11 August 2017. We invite those working in areas related to IR to submit original (four-page) short papers, which will be presented as posters at the conference. Short papers present original, previously unpublished work. They provide an opportunity to describe significant work in progress or researches that are best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Short papers can also present smaller or more speculative ideas, researches that are controversial, new applications of old ideas or the reworking of previous studies. They should be inspirational and spark some discussions among attendees. Submissions are welcome in areas related to any aspect of IR, as identified in the call for full papers on the conference website (/sigir2017/submit/call-for-full-papers/).

Submissions will be peer reviewed, and accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings. Each accepted submission will be presented as a poster by at least one of the authors during the poster session, where researchers can obtain direct feedback about their work from a wide audience. A Best Short Paper Award is instituted this year and will be decided based on both the content and the presentation of the short paper.

Resource Papers

As a special topic for this year, we welcome papers describing resources that may be helpful to IR-related studies. We are looking for descriptions of newly-appeared public-available implementations of the state of the art algorithms, evaluation metrics, or frameworks based on which IR researchers can develop their own ideas. We also welcome descriptions of new corpora, data collections or benchmarks that inspire new research directions. If available, indicative results from methods developed based on this resource would be useful information to report.

Resource papers should be submitted to the special track for “Resource short papers” and will be reviewed by a separate team of reviewers (although there may be some overlap with the short paper reviewer team). These submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of the resource, its novelty compared to other available resources, how well it has been described, and its potential for investigating a variety of IR-related research questions.

Instructions for Short Papers Submissions

Submissions of short papers must be in English, in PDF format, and should not exceed four pages in SIGIR two-column format (including references and figures). Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR are available from the ACM Website. The short-paper review process is double-blind. Authors are required to take all reasonable steps to preserve the anonymity of their submission. While authors can upload to institutional or other preprint repositories such as before reviewing is complete, we generally discourage this since it places anonymity at risk (which could result in a negative outcome of the reviewing process). Submissions that are over the four-page limit, do not adhere to the SIGIR two-column format, are not anonymous, or are incomplete will be rejected without review.

Each submission should also be complete with all co-authors’ information entered into the submission system. Submissions should be submitted electronically via the Easychair SIGIR 2017 short paper submission site.

Note that summaries of full papers that have already been published or submitted elsewhere (including in another language) are not acceptable as short-paper submission to SIGIR 2017. This dual submission policy applies to both short-paper and long-paper submissions to SIGIR 2017. If a short-paper and a long-paper submissions to SIGIR 2017 from the same authors are similar, they will both be rejected. Authors should carefully go through ACM’s authorship policy before submitting a paper.

Important Dates (Timezone: Anywhere on Earth)

February 28, 2017 Short papers due
April 11, 2017 Short papers notification
August 8-10, 2017 ACM SIGIR 2017, Main Conference

Short Paper Chairs

Hui Fang (University of Delaware)
Mounia Lalmas (Yahoo!)
Yiqun Liu (Tsinghua University)

Childcare & Nursing Room

A childcare service and nursing room will be available at SIGIR 2017. For more information, please visit /sigir2017/attend/childcare/.