Call for Workshop Proposals

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. SIGIR 2021 workshops will provide a platform for presenting novel ideas and emerging areas in IR, in a less formal and more focused way than the conference itself. Researchers and practitioners from all areas of IR are invited to submit proposals for review.

Important Dates

Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Workshop proposals due: Fri, Feb 19, 2021
Proposal acceptance notification: Fri, Mar 19, 2021
Workshop paper submissions due: Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Workshop paper acceptance notifications: Tue, May 18, 2021
Workshop day: Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Topics of interest

Workshop topics typically match those identified in the SIGIR 2021 general call for contributions (see e.g. full papers), but proposals concerned with other areas of IR are welcome as well. We encourage prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for highly interactive workshops (either full-day or half-day) focusing on either in-depth analysis or broad-ranging approaches to information retrieval. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organizers. We expect workshops to contain ample time for discussion and engagement of 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 revolve around the presentation of papers in a “mini conference” format are discouraged.

The organizers of approved workshops will be expected to define the workshop’s focus, gather and review submissions, and decide upon the final program content. Organizers (including co-organizers) are encouraged to write an article for the ACM SIGIR Forum summarizing the event. At least two organizers are expected to attend the entire workshop.

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals, in no more than 4 pages, should include the following information:

  • Title.
  • Motivation for the workshop and appropriateness for SIGIR.
  • Theme and purpose of the workshop.
  • Format (half/full-day) and planned activities and a tentative schedule of events.
  • Selection process for participants and/or presenters.
  • List of organizers with a short biographical sketch of each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Names of potential program committee (PC) members – if the workshop requires a PC.
  • Related workshops (if applicable): if the workshop has been held previously at SIGIR or another conference, the organizers should indicate this and describe briefly past attendance and outcomes, and why another workshop is needed.

Workshop proposals should be prepared in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use the “sigconf” proceedings template). 

Workshop proposals will be reviewed based on the quality of the proposal, their relationship to the main SIGIR 2021 topics, and the likelihood to attract enough participants as well as the hosting capacity of the venue. The submissions will be reviewed by a program committee selected for this purpose, and final decisions will be made at the SIGIR Program Committee meeting.

Proposals should be submitted in PDF through the EasyChair system (workshop track):

The organizers of accepted workshops will be invited to submit a camera-ready summary of the workshop, to be included in the SIGIR 2021 conference proceedings.

Workshop Chairs

  • Abdigani Dirye, Amazon
  • Jiafeng Guo, Chinese Academy of Science


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

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