Call for Participation


UPDATE: We thank all authors for their submissions and proposals. Reviews are underway and decisions will be announced according to the timeline below.

iConference 2017 takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. This is our twelfth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary information society. The theme of this first-ever Asia-based iConference is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community.”

iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. The 3,500-year-old city of Wuhan represents a combination of ancient culture and modern living, and conference participants are assured a memorable and rewarding experience.

As always, the iConference will include peer-reviewed papers, posters, workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium.

New this year are special conference programs focused on iSchool Best Practices, and also on iSchools and Industry Partnership. In addition, there will be a special track for papers originating in China.

The iConference brings together scholars and researchers addressing critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations—all shaping interdisciplinary discourses. Affiliation with a member iSchool is not required—all information scholars, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to make submissions.

Click here for a pdf version of our Call for Participation.

Submission Information

Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 16, 2016. Click here to visit our secure submissions site. All submissions must be in English, and all work should be original and not previously published. Complete guidelines and links to the official iConference template can be found on our Author Instructions page.

The official proceedings of iConference 2017 will be published in the IDEALS open repository (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship).

Visit the submission area of your interest for more specific submission instructions:

New this year:


  • July 2016: Open for submissions
  • 16 September 2016: deadline for all submissions
  • mid-October 2016: Workshop decisions announced
  • 31 October, 2016: public-facing Workshop descriptions due
  • Mid-November 2016: Decisions announced for all tracks excepting Dissertation Award
  • Mid-November 2016: Early Registration opens
  • 12 December 2016: Final versions deadline
  • mid-January 2016: Doctoral Dissertation Award results announced
  • 16 January 2017: Early bird registration ends; Regular Registration begins
  • 27 February, 2017: Regular Registration ends; Late Registration begins
  • 22 March 2017: Conference begins
  • Questions

    Visit our Organizers page for chair-contact information for each track. Questions and media inquiries about the iConference in general can be sent to Conference Coordinator Clark Heideger.







    Learn how you can become an iConference sponsor.


    • Program questions can be directed to Program Co-Chair Wonsik Jeff Shim.
    • Questions pertaining to logistics in Wuhan can be directed to Dr. Fei Wang.
    • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

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