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2021 Short Research Papers

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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: Short Research Papers, which are explained here, and Full Research Papers, which are explained on the full papers track page. There is also a dedicated page for Chinese Papers.

iConference Short Research Papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review process, managed by the Short 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.

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 Scopus.

A Best Paper Award will be presented in the Short Research Papers category.

We welcome you to review the official proceedings of past iConferences.

Short Research Papers

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

Length: Up to 3,000 words (excluding references) in Springer’s prescribed LNCS template


  • Submission deadline: Monday, September 28, 2020
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2020
  • Final camera-ready versions due: Monday, December 14, 2020

The goal of the Short Research Papers track is to encourage the iConference community to present new, provocative, and cross-cutting themes in a short paper submission. Short research papers might include, but are not limited to, critical literature reviews of an emerging topic, theory building that is in the early stages of development, or new analysis / methods applied to existing data. Short papers are more focused and succinct contributions to the research program, and are likely to have a smaller scope of contribution than Full Research Papers. For example, short papers on applications design may not cover the entire iterative design cycle (observation, design, implementation, evaluation, etc.) but may instead go into depth in specific areas. Short papers should not exceed 3,000 words in length (excluding references).

Preparation and Submission Guidelines

The following is a brief summary. Papers authors should also familiarize themselves with the detailed requirements and guidelines on our Author Instructions Page.

Submissions will be made using the ConfTool submission system, starting in late June. Submissions must be in English. Author-identifying information must be removed from first submissions to facilitate 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.

Upon Paper Acceptance

Authors agree that if their work is accepted, at least one author will register during the Early registration period, and present the accepted work at iConference 2021. We reserve the right to withhold publication if no presenter registers.

Short Research Papers Chairs

  • To Be Announced


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

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to 


Renmin University School of Information Resource Management


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Papers Publisher

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


  • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

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