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2021 Short 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: Short Research Papers, which are explained here, and Full Research Papers, which are explained on the full research 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.

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 The hybrid in-person option is rescinded.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 Scopus.

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

You can review examples of short research papers in 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

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

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 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 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


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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