Call for Papers

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Full Papers and Short Papers

We are seeking the submission of high-quality and original full papers and short papers. Submissions will be reviewed by experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of IR.

Short Paper submissions addressing any of the areas identified in the conference topics are also invited. Authors are encouraged to describe work in progress and late-breaking research results.

Reproducible IR Research Track

We are happy to announce the Reproducible IR Research Track introduced at ECIR 2015 will continue for ECIR 2016.

Reproducibility is key for establishing research to be reliable, referenceable and extensible for the future. Experimental papers are therefore most useful when their results can be tested and generalised by peers. This track specifically invites submission of papers reproducing a single or a group of papers, from a third-party where you have *not* been directly involved (e.g., *not* been an author or a collaborator). Emphasise your motivation for selecting the paper/papers, the process of how results have been attempted to be reproduced (successful or not), the communication that was necessary to gather all information, the potential difficulties encountered and the result of the process. A successful reproduction of the work is not a requirement, but it is important to provide a clear and rigid evaluation of the process to allow lessons to be learned for the future.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

IR Theory and Practice
Searching, browsing, meta-searching
Data fusion, filtering and indexing
Language models, probabilistic IR, neural network based models
Learning to rank
Content classification, categorisation, clustering
Relevance feedback, query expansion, faceted retrieval
Topic detection and tracking, novelty detection
Recommender systems
Content-based filtering, collaborative filtering
Spam detection and filtering
Personalised, collaborative or user-adaptive IR
Adversarial IR
Privacy in IR
Contextual IR
Mobile, Geo and local search
Temporal IR, time-based modelling
Entity IR
Web and Social Media IR
Link analysis
Query log analysis
Advertising and ad targeting
Spam detection
Trust, authority, reputation, ranking
Blog and online-community search, microblogs
Social search
Social tagging
Social networking and Web based communities
Trend identification and tracking
Time series and forecasting
User aspects
User modelling, user studies, user interaction and history
Interactive IR
Task-based IR
Click models
Novel user interfaces for IR systems
Visualisation of queries, search results or content
Multimodal aspects, multimodal querying
IR system architectures
Distributed and peer to peer IR
Cloud IR
Federated IR
Aggregated Search
Open, interoperable and flexible systems
Performance, scalability, efficiency
Architectures and platforms
Crawling and indexing
Compression, optimisation
Map/Reduce for IR
Content representation and processing
IR for semi-structured documents
IR for semantically annotated collections, semantic search
Reasoning for IR
Meta information and structures, metadata
Query representation, query reformulation
Text categorisation and clustering
Text data mining
Opinion mining, sentiment analysis, argumentation mining
Cross-language retrieval, multilingual retrieval
Machine translation for IR
Question answering
Natural language processing
Summarization for IR
Evaluation methods and metrics
Building test collections
Experimental design
Crowdsourcing for evaluation, human computing
User-oriented and user-centred test and evaluation
Metric comparison and evaluation
Offline vs online evaluation
Multimedia and cross-media IR
Speech retrieval
Image and video retrieval
Entity retrieval
Digital music, radio and broadcast retrieval
Virtual reality and information access
Cross-modal processing and search
Digital libraries
Enterprise and intranet search
Desktop search
Mobile IR
Genomic IR, IR for chemical structures
Medical IR
Legal IR, patent search
The Internet of Things

Submission instructions are available here: Submission instructions

Program Chairs
Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Marie-Francine Moens, KU Leuven, Belgium
Short Paper Chairs
Josiane Mothe, ESPE, IRIT, Université de Toulouse, France
Fabrizio Silvestri, Yahoo! Labs, London