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NOTICE: This page is under construction, in preparation for iConference 2018. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT FINAL. If you are looking for information on iConference 2017 in Wuhan, please visit our 2017 Summary Page.



iConference papers push the boundaries of information scholarship, explore core concepts and ideas, and help identify new technological and conceptual configurations.

The iConference papers track includes two subcategories for Completed Research and Early Work/Preliminary Results. Papers in the completed research category can be up to 6,000 words in length maximum, not including references, not exceed 10 pages total. Papers in the Early Work/Preliminary Results subcategory can be up to 3,000 words maximum, not including references, not to exceed 5 pages total. Submissions will be refereed in a double-blind process. Details on each subcategory of papers submissions can be found below.

The author(s) of the completed research paper judged the best of the conference will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and $5,000. There will also be a competition for the “Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper,” with no cash prize.

For more information and inspiration, we encourage you to review the official proceedings of past iConferences in the IDEALS and ACM repositories.

2018 Completed Research Papers Call

Length: up to 6,000 words, not including references, not to exceed 10 pages total.

  • Submission deadline: September 18, 2017
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2017
  • Final verisons due: December 15, 2017

Completed research submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical investigations: bibliometric analysis, experiments, ethnographic studies, and content analysis relating to the information field
  • Theories and models: critical analysis or theory with relevance to the design or study of information-related problems.
  • System design: infrastructures, interaction design, technical foundations, algorithms, and/or toolkits that enable the building of new systems to deal with information

2018 Early Work/Preliminary Results Papers Call

Length: up to 3,000 words, not including references, not to exceed 5 pages total

  • Submission deadline: September 18, 2017
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2017
  • Final verisons due: December 12, 2017

Early Work/Preliminary Results submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Emerging analysis in quantitative or qualitative papers
  • Conceptual descriptions/early development of systems

Submission Information

Submissions will be made using the ConfTool submission system. Authors should also review the submission requirements and guidelines on our Author Instructions Page.

Please note the following:

  • Authors retain copyright to their work.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All papers submitted for review will be in PDF format using the official iConference template. Please note for future reference that final submissions of accepted papers will be in Word or comparable word processing file formats: .doc, .docx, or .rtf; LaTeX is also acceptable.
  • All submissions must be original work not published elsewhere. The submission should not be under review in a journal, conference, or other publication venue before the iConference review process is complete. Accepted Papers can be submitted elsewhere for consideration, but cannot be published before iConference 2017 takes place.
  • Authors should be prepared to provide keywords with their submission.
  • All author-identifying information must be removed from first submissions to facilitate blind review. (Authors will add this information to their final versions.)
  • Submitters agree that if their work is accepted, it will not be published elsewhere prior to presentation at iConference 2017.
  • Submitters agree that if their work is accepted, at least one author will register during the Early Bird registration period, and present the accepted work at iConference 2018. We reserve the right to withhold publication in the proceedings if none of the authors registers.
  • Submitters agree not to submit the same work to different conference tracks (for example, submitting the exact same work as a paper and a poster).
  • Accepted work will be published as part of the official proceedings in the IDEALS open repository (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship).
  • Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines may result in the work not being reviewed, or not included in the proceedings.

Research Data
Research data from iConference papers can be submitted to the IDEALS open repository if authors desire. Metadata of data sets will be added to the Proceedings.

Papers Co-Chairs

  • Chairs TBD


Questions about papers submissions should be directed papers co-chairs listed above.

For general questions about the iConference, please contact iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.



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