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The Visions track seeks papers that present ideas and visions that stimulate the iSchools community to pursue new directions in research, education and social interaction. We are interested in papers that open new perspectives and enable new ways of seeing.

The Visions chairs are looking for thinking that is open-ended and presents new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies that are likely to stimulate significant new research. The track has its orignins in the Blue Sky program, which received much acclaim at iConference 2019.

Empirically based, theoretically oriented, and critical papers are welcome. Contributions addressing challenges concerning sustainable digital communities may be prioritized. Visions papers should not exceed 3,000 words in length (excluding references). 

Submissions will be judged on expanding the field and/or challenging existing assumptions.

Visions papers will undergo a single-blind review, and accepted papers will be deposited in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship repository (IDEALS).

2020 Submission Details

  • Length: Up to 3,000 words (excluding references)
  • Submission deadline: Monday, Sepember 23, 2019
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2019
  • Final versions due: Monday, December 16, 2019

Visions submissions will be made using the ConfTool submission system. All papers must be in English. Visions papers will receive single-blind review, so author-identifying information should be included with your submission.

First versions will be submitted using .pdf. Final versions must be submitted in .doc, .docx or La Tex.

To facilitate consistency and ease of review, Visions papers should use Springer’s LNCS template. Nevertheless, please note that these papers will be deposited into the IDEALS open repository and will not be published by Springer. (Authors will retain copyright; no copyright forms will be collected for this track.)

Submitters 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 2020. We reserve the right to withhold publication if none of the authors register.

Submitters agree not to make duplicate submissions to different tracks (i.e. submitting the exact same work as a Research Paper and a Visions paper).

Visions Co-Chairs


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

General questions about the iConference 2020 should be directed to

Questions about the iSchools and the overall Conference series should be sent to iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.



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