Call for Demonstrations for SIGIR 2020, Xi’an, China

Important dates for demonstrations:

Time zone: Anywhere On Earth (AOE)
Demo papers due: Feb 23, 2020
Demo papers notification: Apr 22, 2020
Camera Ready for accepted demo papers: TBD (Mid- to Late-May 2020)

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 2020 will be held in Xi’an, China from 25 to 30 July 2020.

Demonstrations present first-hand experience with research prototypes or operational systems. They provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing IR systems, and to obtain feedback from expert users. We cordially invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original proposals for demonstrations. Proposals from startups and industry players are also welcomed. Accepted demonstration submissions will appear in the conference proceedings.

A good demonstration submission should be interesting to a SIGIR audience and should show a novel solution to a problem. The demonstration submission should address the following questions: Who is your target user? Why does your system exist and why is it important? What does your demonstration do and how does it work? What does it look like? How does it compare with existing systems? Finally, how and when might your technology have an impact, either technically or commercially?


Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to any aspects of IR, as identified in the Call for Full Papers for SIGIR 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions of demonstration papers must be in English and can be up to 4 pages in SIGIR format (including references and figures). The first 2 pages are expected to describe your system. The third and fourth pages are expected to be used for diagrams, images, references, screen shots, hyperlinks, and demo requirements. You should expect wireless network access, along with a table and poster mount backdrop, will be provided for all accepted demonstrations. We cannot guarantee additional technical or practical requests. Upon acceptance, all pages will be published in the SIGIR proceedings.

To help reviewers and readers of your demonstration paper intuitively and fully understand your system, your demonstration submission should include either a link to a video capture or a link to the online web interface of your system (login details shall be specified in your submission if applicable).

Please note that, unlike short and full paper submissions, demonstration submissions are single blind. You are not expected to take measures to conceal your identity from reviewers.

Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR are available from the ACM Website (use 'sigconf' proceedings template). It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the PDF submission has been uploaded successfully. We suggest downloading the PDF after submission to check it is ok. Submissions that are over the 4-page limit and incomplete submissions will be rejected without review. Authors should also go through ACM’s authorship policy before making a submission. Authors should note that changes to the author list after the submission deadline are not allowed without permission from the PC Chairs.

At least one author of each accepted demo paper is required to register for, attend, and present the work at the conference or the paper will not appear in the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

All papers are to be submitted via EasyChair (demos track):

Demo Chairs

  • Aixin Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Jiashu (Jessie) Zhao, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada