The 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

July 8-12, 2018.   Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

SIGIR 2018 Call for Doctoral Consortium 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). The ACM SIGIR 2018 Doctoral Consortium will provide doctoral students with a unique opportunity to have substantive interaction with other researchers regarding their proposed dissertation

The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:
– To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and discuss their research with experienced IR researchers: the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program Committee.
– To provide students with an opportunity to establish a supportive community, including other doctoral students at a similar stage of their dissertation research.

The Consortium will take place the day before the conference (July 8, 2018), with the format including: student presentations with plenary discussions, individual meetings with experienced researchers, and highly interactive networking sessions over lunch and breaks with a special emphasis on gaining insights regarding career paths after the PhD.

Prospective attendees should have written, or be close to completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent). It is desirable that students not be so close to completion that the event would have little impact on their work. Before submitting, students should discuss this criterion with their advisor or supervisor.

Over the years, the Consortium has become increasingly selective. Candidates for the Consortium will be selected based on the potential of their research for future impact on the field of information retrieval and the likely benefit to the student of participation in the Consortium. If necessary, priority will be given to students whose research goes beyond locally available expertise at their home institution. This selection will be based in part on a written paper, solely authored by the student. For each selected student, a one page extended abstract of the paper will be published in the SIGIR 2018 Conference Proceedings. Extended abstracts will be invited after selection, and should not be submitted with the proposal.

Doctoral students who submit to the Consortium are permitted to have previously published on their research, and are encouraged to submit full, short, or demo papers to SIGIR 2018 and associated workshops.

Priority is given to students chosen to attend the Consortium when travel grants are determined for the conference. Application details for travel grants will be available on the SIGIR 2018 web site. In addition, students accepted to the consortium will be eligible to receive a free workshop registration to attend a workshop of their choosing.

Submission Guidelines

The submitted paper will be the basis for detailed discussions at the Consortium. To get the most out of the discussion, it should include:
– Motivation for the proposed research.
– Background and related work (including key references).
– Description of proposed research, including main research questions.
– Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
– Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Consortium.

In addition, a one page appendix to the paper (placed after the references) should include the following:
– A detailed statement by the student explaining why they want to participate in the SIGIR 2018 Doctoral Consortium at this point in their doctoral studies, and how they hope it will contribute to the development of the development of their work and potential future career.
– A statement by the student’s advisor/supervisor saying how the student would benefit by attending the Consortium. Advisors should also specifically state whether the student has written, or is close to completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent), and when they expect the student would defend their dissertation if they progress at a typical rate.

Format Requirements

– Submissions must be written in English and submitted in the 2017 ACM Master Article Template (for LaTeX, use the “sigconf” option) [ ]. The paper should be no more than 5 pages in length including all figures and references, but not including the one page appendix. The first page must contain the title of the paper, full author
name, affiliation and contact details, an abstract of up to 250 words, ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) categories, and up to 3 keywords describing the topic areas. Information about categories and keywords can be found in ACM Web pages on the computing classification system and in the LaTeX and Word templates.

– Doctoral Consortium papers will not be published in the SIGIR Conference Proceedings; only one-page extended abstract invited from selected students will be published.
– Doctoral Consortium submissions must be in PDF format and submitted via Easychair SIGIR 2018 doctoral consortium site [ ]. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their submissions use no unusual format features and are printable on a standard printer. Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Doctoral
Consortium Program Committee.

Important Dates (Timezone: Anywhere on Earth)

February 26, 2018: Doctoral consortium papers due
April 11, 2018: Doctoral consortium papers notification
July 8, 2018: ACM SIGIR 2018 Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Charles L. A. Clarke (Facebook, USA)
Makoto P. Kato (Kyoto University, Japan)