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

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


Call for Workshops

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). Proposals are solicited for workshops to be held at ACM SIGIR 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the USA. Workshops will last for one day and will be held on July 12, 2018.

SIGIR 2018 workshops will provide a platform for presenting novel ideas and emerging areas in IR, in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conference itself. Workshop topics will typically match those identified in the SIGIR 2018 general call for contributions, but proposals concerned with other areas of IR are welcome. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organizers, but it is expected that workshops will contain ample time for general discussion and engagement by all participants – not just those presenting papers. Workshops that foster collaboration, discussion, group problem-solving and community building initiatives are particularly encouraged. Workshops that only involve the presentation of papers in a “mini conference” format are discouraged.

Researchers and practitioners from all areas of the IR are invited to submit proposals for review. The organizers of approved workshops will be expected to define the workshop’s focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon final program content. Organizers (including co-organizers) are expected to provide an article for the ACM SIGIR Forum summarizing the event. At least two organizers are expected to attend the entire workshop.

Workshop proposals should include the following information:

  • Title.
  • Motivation for the workshop and appropriateness to SIGIR.
  • Theme and purpose of the workshop.
  • Format and planned activities and a tentative schedule of events. (Half or Full day)
  • Selection process for participants and/or presenters and maximum number of participants (if limited).
  • List of organizers with a short biographical sketch of each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Names of potential program committee members (who would act to organize the proposed workshop) (if a program committee will be formed).
  • Related workshops (if applicable). If the workshop has been held previously at SIGIR or another conference, then the organizers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed.


  • Proposals should be submitted at

          in PDF format and should not exceed 4 pages in ACM style.

Important Dates (Timezone: Anywhere on Earth)

(UPDATED) February 8, 2018  (was Feb 5) Workshop proposals due (UPDATED: now Thurs Feb 8)
March 5, 2018 Workshop proposals notification
May 4, 2018 Submissions due

(for all accepted workshops)

May 25, 2018 Submissions notification

(for all accepted workshops)

July 12, 2018 Workshop Day


Workshop Chairs
Hui Fang  (University of Delaware, USA)
Fiana Raiber (Yahoo Research, Haifa, Israel) 

Please contact us at for any inquiries.