Call for Demonstrations

The annual SIGIR conference is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results, and the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The 44th ACM SIGIR conference will be held online on July 11 to 15, 2021.

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.

Important dates

Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Demo papers due: Tue, Mar 9, 2021
Demo papers notification: Mon, Apr 19, 2021


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 2021.

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?

Submission Guidelines

Submissions of demonstration papers must be in English, in PDF format, and be at most 4 pages (including figures) in length + unrestricted space for references. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf 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 page limit and incomplete submissions will be rejected without review. Authors should also go through ACM’s authorship policy before making a submission. 

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 recording 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. 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, and present the work at the conference. Upon acceptance, all pages will be published in the SIGIR proceedings. Details on how demos will be presented will be made available soon after the notification of acceptance.

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

Demo Chairs

  • Miguel Martínez, Signal AI
  • Milad Shokouhi, Microsoft


For further information, please contact the SIGIR 2021 Demo Co-chairs by email to sigir2021-demos AT easychair DOT org.

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