SIGIR 2020 Test of Time Award

The SIGIR Test of Time Award recognizes research that has had long-lasting influence, including impact on a subarea of information retrieval research, across subareas of information retrieval research, and outside of the information retrieval research community (e.g. non-information retrieval research or industry). The winning paper is selected from the set of full papers presented at the main SIGIR conference 10-12 years before. The SIGIR 2020 award will be selected from the set of full papers presented at SIGIR 2008, 2009 and 2010. A detailed description of the 2014 selection process can be found in the December 2014 SIGIR Forum. Previous years’ awards can be found on the SIGIR Test of Time page.

The Test of Time Award winner will be announced at SIGIR 2020. The award consists of,

  • reprinting the paper in the December SIGIR Forum with a short preface written by the committee,
  • a plaque, and
  • documentation on the SIGIR website.

In addition to the Test of Time Award winner, the committee will select up to three honorable mentions presented at SIGIR 2008.

The award is selected by a committee composed of past Program Committee chairs as well as a Test of Time Award chair selected by the Executive Committee. This year’s committee will be announced in the coming weeks.

The committee will select a subset of the candidates to evaluate for the award. Of the qualifying papers, the top 5 papers from the SIGIR main conference ranked by citation according to the ACM Digital Library will automatically be nominated for consideration.* This year’s automatically nominated papers are listed below. In addition, we encourage nominations from the community of papers not automatically selected. Nominations should include,

  1. citation of nominated paper,
  2. a short paragraph justifying consideration, and
  3. names of at least three members of the community who endorse the nomination.

None of the endorsers may have a conflict of interest with the paper. A definition of what constitutes a conflict can be found below.

Nominations are due by February 10, 2020 (anywhere in the world).

Please submit nominations using this form.

Automatically-Nominated Publications

SIGIR 2008

  • A user browsing model to predict search engine click data from past observations
    Georges E. Dupret, Benjamin Piwowarski
  • Selecting good expansion terms for pseudo-relevance feedback
    Guihong Cao, Jian-Yun Nie, Jianfeng Gao, Stephen Robertson
  • Retrieval models for question and answer archives
    Xiaobing Xue, Jiwoon Jeon, W. Bruce Croft
  • Social tag prediction
    Paul Heymann, Daniel Ramage, Hector Garcia-Molina
  • Learning query intent from regularized click graphs
    Xiao Li, Ye-Yi Wang, Alex Acero

SIGIR 2009

  • Learning to recommend with social trust ensemble
    Hao Ma, Irwin King, Michael R. Lyu
  • On social networks and collaborative recommendation
    Ioannis Konstas, Vassilios Stathopoulos, Joemon M. Jose
  • Placing flickr photos on a map
    Pavel Serdyukov, Vanessa Murdock, Roelof van Zwol
  • Named entity recognition in query
    Jiafeng Guo, Gu Xu, Xueqi Cheng, Hang Li
  • Portfolio theory of information retrieval
    Jun Wang, Jianhan Zhu

SIGIR 2010

  • Uncovering social spammers: social honeypots + machine learning
    Kyumin Lee, James Caverlee, Steve Webb
  • Self-taught hashing for fast similarity search
    Dell Zhang, Jun Wang, Deng Cai, Jinsong Lu
  • Evaluating and predicting answer quality in community QA
    Chirag Shah, Jefferey Pomerantz
  • Social media recommendation based on people and tags
    Ido Guy, Naama Zwerdling, Inbal Ronen, David Carmel, Erel Uziel
  • Temporal diversity in recommender systems
    Neal Lathia, Stephen Hailes, Licia Capra, Xavier Amatriain

Conflicts of Interest

An individual is in conflict with a paper if,

  1. the individual is a co-author of the nominated paper,
  2. the individual was at the same institution as a co-author of the nominated paper when the paper was published,
  3. the individual is at the same institution as a co-author of the nominated paper currently,
  4. the individual is at the same institution as a co-author of the nominated paper when the paper was published, or
  5. the individual is a relative of a co-author of the nominated paper.


To be announced

measured on January 16, 2019. Previous Test of Time Award winners removed.