Call for Papers

The European Conference on Information Retrieval is the prime European forum for the presentation of original research in the field of Information Retrieval.

ECIR 2020 is seeking high-quality and original submissions on theory, experimentation, and practice regarding the retrieval, representation, management, and usage of textual, visual and multi-modal information. 

ECIR strongly supports user, system, application, and evaluation focused papers:

Topics of Interest

  • User aspects including information interaction, contextualisation, personalisation, simulation, characterisation, and information behaviours.
  • System aspects including retrieval and recommendation algorithms, machine learning, deep learning, content representation, natural language processing, system architectures, and efficiency methods.
  • Applications such as search and recommender systems, web and social media apps, domain specific search (professional, bio, chem, etc.), novel interfaces, intelligent search agents/bots, and related innovative search tools.
  • Evaluation research including new measures and novel methods for the measurement and evaluation of users, systems and/or applications.

In addition to these traditional topic areas, ECIR 2020 will be encouraging the submissions of papers on a specialised theme (eHealth, DeepLearning, education IR etc.)

Full Paper Track

The Full paper track provides the opportunity for researchers to present their state of the art research in Information Retrieval, which makes, or have the potential to make, a significant contribution to the field. Full paper submissions should be 12 pages in length plus additional pages for references. 

As of 2020, a selection of the best papers at ECIR will be published in a special issue of the Information Retrieval Journal.

Information Retrieval Journal

Selected papers from ECIR 2020  will be published in a special issue of the  Information Retrieval Journal in early 2021.

Short Paper Track

The Short Paper Track calls for original contributions presenting novel, thought-provoking ideas and addressing innovative application areas within the field of Information Retrieval. The inclusion of promising (preliminary) results is encouraged but not required. Papers that stimulate and promote discussion are particularly encouraged. Short paper submissions should be 6 pages in length plus additional pages for references. 

Reproducibility Track

ECIR also strongly encourages the submission of reproducibility papers that repeat and analyze prior work. In particular we solicit classical reproducibility papers, which replicate prior experiments and show how, why, and when the methods work (or not), along with two other types of reproducibility papers: generalizability papers, that focus on assessing how well technology performs in new contexts (e.g., different time, location, access device, task), and predictability papers, that focus on developing theory and methods that assess and evaluate how generalizable methods are and whether they will work in other contexts. 

Reproducibility submissions are welcome in any of the ares related to aspects of Information Retrieval, and either fits with the classical or alternative types of reproducibility papers. Reproducibility submissions should be 12 pages in length plus additional pages for references.

Demonstration Track

The Demo Track provide the opportunity for researchers to present their research prototypes and operational systems which they wish to share with the community, obtain feedback from experts, and exchanges knowledge on implementing and developing such systems. Submissions should clearly define their purpose, scope, and audience. All submissions should provide a URL to a live online version of their demo or, alternatively, provide a URL to a video showcasing the main features of their demo. Demonstrations that make their source code freely available are especially encouraged. 
Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to Information Retrieval (IR), as identified in the Topics of Interest listed above. Demo submissions should be 4 pages in length plus additional pages for references. 

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be written in English and be formatted according to the LNCS author guidelines. All papers should be submitted electronically through the conference submission system. Full papers (e.g. main paper track and reproducibility track) are up to 12 pages in length plus additional pages for references, short papers are up to 6 pages in length plus additional pages for references, and demonstration papers are to be 4 pages in length plus additional pages for references. 
Full paper and short paper submissions will be refereed through double-blind peer review. Demonstration papers will undergo single-blind review. Accepted full papers, short papers, and demo papers will be published in the conference proceedings published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The proceedings will be distributed to all delegates at the conference. Accepted full papers, short papers, and demos papers will have to be presented at the conference–and at least one author will be required to register.


Workshop submission: 1 September 2019
Workshop notifications: 1 October 2019

Full paper submission: 1 October 2019
Short paper submission: 15 October 2019
Demo submission: 15 October 2019
Doctoral consortium submission: 15 December 2019
Full/short/demo notifications: 30 November 2019
Camera-ready copy: 27 December 2019

Tutorials submission: 15 November 2019
Tutorials notifications: 15 December 2019

Workshops and tutorials: 14 April 2020
Main Conference: 15-17 April 2020

Program Committee Chairs

Joemon Jose
   The University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Emine Yilmaz 
   University College London, United Kingdom

Short Paper Chairs

Nicola Ferro
   University of Padua, Italy

Mário J. Silva
   Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal