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There is no minimum or maximum length imposed on papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers should report research thoroughly but succinctly: brevity is a virtue. A typical length is 5,000 to 6,000 words (previous maximum length) but may be shorter if the contribution can be described and supported in fewer pages – shorter, more focused papers (called Notes in last year’s CFP) are encouraged. While longer papers (more than 6,000 words) are welcome, the contribution must warrant the extra length. Papers whose length is incommensurate with their contribution will be rejected.


Completed Research
Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical Investigations – Findings, guidelines, and/or ethnographic studies relating to the information field.
  • Theories and Models – Critical analysis or organizing theory with clear 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 challenges.

Early Work/Preliminary Results
We welcome submissions that contain early and partial results from original research (as presented in the examples in the Completed Research category). Reviewers will be instructed to review these papers in terms of their:

  • Motivation
  • Related work
  • Methods for evaluation and analysis (if relevant)
  • Potential contribution to the information field

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Emerging analysis in quantitative papers,
  • Descriptive accounts verging on the analytical in qualitative papers
  • Conceptual descriptions/early development for technical papers.
  • Preliminary study results analysis


  • Submissions deadline: September 5, 2014
  • Notification: Mid-November
  • Final versions due: TBD

Submission Information

We will begin accepting submissions in June of 2014. All submitters agree to the following parameters:

  • Authors retain copyright to their work.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All submissions will be made using the official iConference template (this applies to initial and final submissions).
  • All submissions must be original work, not published elsewhere.
  • All author-identifying information must be removed from initial submissions to facilitate blind review.
  • Submitters agree that if their work is accepted, it will not be published elsewhere prior to presentation at iConference 2015.
  • 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 2015.
  • Submitters agree not to make duplicate submissions to different 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).
  • To help build best practices as well as provide transparent research and re-usable data, we also propose to deposit research data of iConference contributions to the IDEALS open repository. Metadata of data sets will be added to the proceedings contributions.
  • Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines may result in the work not being reviewed, or not included in the official proceedings.

Papers Co-Chairs


Questions about Papers should be directed to the Papers Co-Chairs listed above. Logistical questions having to do with the conference in general can be addressed to to Conference Coordinator Clark Heideger.

2015 Sponsors

Microsoft Research

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University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

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