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2021 Full Research Papers


We have now posted Papers Presentation Guidelines to help you prepare your iConference presentations. All papers presenters have the option of making their presentation live, or as a pre-recorded video. We strongly encourage the pre-recorded video option. See Guidelines for details.

Register now on the ConfTool submission site.



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

iConference 2021 offers two distinct research papers tracks: Full Research Papers, which are explained here, and Short Research Papers, which are explained on the short research papers track page.  There is also a special track dedicated to Chinese Papers.

iConference Full Research Papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review process, managed by the Full Research Papers Chairs in consultation with the Program Chairs. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. Submitted papers will be scored on innovation, contribution and quality of thought and writing.

iConference 2021 will take place entirely virtually. The hybrid in-person option is rescinded. All authors should plan for remote presentation.

All papers accepted for presentation at iConference 2021 will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and ScopusAuthors are also allowed and encouraged to deposit their work into the IDEALS open repository if they so choose. 

The best Full Research Paper will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper , which is presented by the iSchools and Sponsored by Springer Nature. The Award includes a cash prize of $1,000 US.

You can review full research paper examples in the official proceedings of past iConferences.

Full Research Papers

Guidelines: All papers must follow the guidelines on our Author Instructions Page

Length: Up to 6,000 words (excluding references) in Springer’s prescribed LNCS template

Submissions: Visit ConfTool to create a user account and start the submission process

UPDATED Timeline:

  • Submission deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020
  • Notification date: mid-December, 2020
  • Final camera-ready versions due: Monday, January 11, 2021

Full research papers should present new and original research results from empirical investigations and experiments, or from theory and model development. Full papers must break new ground and provide substantial support for its results and conclusions. Papers presenting a new system design or implications for design are also encouraged.

Preparation and Submission Guidelines

The following is a brief summary. Papers authors should also familiarize themselves with the Springer LNCS template as well as further requirements and guidelines found on our Author Instructions Page.

Submissions can now be made using the ConfTool submission system. Submissions must be in English. Author-identifying information must be removed from first submissions to facilitate double-blind review. All papers must follow Springer’s prescribed LNCS template.

Failure to adhere to the appropriate guidelines on our Author Instructions Page may result in a desk reject, i.e., the work not being reviewed.

A note from Springer:  “Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.”  

Upon Paper Acceptance

Authors 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 2021. We reserve the right to withhold publication if no presenter registers.

Full Research Papers Chairs


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

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to




Papers Publisher

Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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