iConference 2021 has opened for submissions on the secure ConfTool submissions site. iConference presenters and participants will have the option of taking part face-to-face or virtually, so anyone can take part regardless of potential travel or budget restrictions. With these potential barriers cleared, everyone is encouraged to begin work on submissions.
The physical portion of iConference 2021 will take place March 28-31 in Beijing, China. The virtual portion will take place in the preceding weeks. The event is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by the iSchool at Renmin University of China. The conference theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. All information scholars, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to make submissions; affiliation with the iSchools is not required in order to submit.
As always, the iConference will present exceptional peer-reviewed research in the form of Full- and Short-Research Papers and Posters, as well as thought-provoking Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement. Also returning in 2021 are the Doctoral Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium, as well as a Student Symposium for undergraduate and master’s students.
New this year is a special track for Virtual Interactive Sessions, which will be conducted entirely online, as well as an Archival Education track and a special track for Chinese Papers.
Full details on how to take advantage of the conference’s hybrid live/virtual format will be explained in fall. For now, submitters to affected tracks will express their preference for face-to-face or remote participation. This information is being gathered purely for planning purposes and is non-binding.
The organizers of iConference 2021 have produced this updated Submissions Call, and everyone is encouraged to share the Call with friends and colleagues throughout the information community.