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iConference 2021

Dates: March 2021

Location: Virtual

Host: Renmin University School of Information Resource Management 


IMPORTANT UPDATE: iConference 2021 has transitioned to all-virtual format. Key submission deadlines extended.

The iConference Renmin hosts and the iSchools Board have decided that due to ongoing pandemic concerns, iConference 2021 should switch to an all-virtual format. This means there will not be an in-person event in Beijing; all presentations will be made online, all colloquia and meetings will be virtual.

Accordingly, key deadlines are being extended as follows:

Monday, Oct. 19: New deadline for Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers.

Monday, Oct. 26: New deadline for Posters, Workshops, Sessions for Interaction and Engagement, Virtual Interactive Sessions, Archival Education, Doctoral Colloquium applications and Early Career Colloquium applications.

Monday, Oct. 26: New deadline for Chinese Papers.

Monday, Oct. 19: Deadline for Student Symposium applications and Doctoral Dissertation Award nominations (dates unchanged).

Submissions must be uploaded to the ConfTool submission system by end-of-day, 23:59 IDLW (UTC-12). IDLW stands for International Date Line West, which is the last time zone on Earth.

Online Format: What this means for authors

iConference 2021 will be entirely online. This means all presentation will be be made online, and all colloquia and meetings will be virtual. 

Submission deadlines have been extended, as noted above. Decision announcement dates and the opening of registration will likewise be postponed by approximately three weeks. A new conference timeline will be posted shortly.

Virtual participation feels will be kept as low as possible to promote global participation. We currently project the 2021 virtual participation rates will be significantly lower than the 2020 virtual rates, making this the most-affordable iConference ever.

The iConference is currently accepting submissions for all tracks on our secure ConfTool submissions website.

For all authors and applicants, the fully online format of iConference 2021 helps ensure that all accepted submitters can participate in a meaningful way, regardless of future travel or budget restrictions. 

As with everything these days, all iConference planning is subject to future circumstances. As planning evolves, we will keep everyone informed. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and look forward to gathering with you virtually in March of 2021. 

Now accepting submissions

We are now accepting submissions for iConference 2021 on our secure ConfTool submissions site

We invite everyone to visit the track pages listed below for more details, and start planning your submissions.

We encourage everyone to share the  2021 Call for Participation with friends and colleagues throughout the information field. All information scholars, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to make submissions, and affiliation with a member iSchool is not required in order to take part; all are welcome.

Click here to create your ConfTool user account and begin the submission process.

iConference 2021 Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers 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. Posters will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to

About the iConference Series

Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.

The following is a list of sample topics from past conferences:

  • information behavior
  • social, cultural, health and community informatics
  • human-computer interaction
  • education in Library and Information Science
  • information systems
  • social computing
  • information policy
  • knowledge management
  • information retrieval
  • information services
  • information organization
  • digital curation and preservation
  • bibliometrics and scholarly communication
  • history and philosophy of information
  • participatory cultures
  • digital youth
  • social computing
  • human computer interaction
  • knowledge infrastructures
  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • data, text and knowledge mining
  • computational social science
  • digital humanities
  • network science
  • information and communication technology for development
  • data science
  • information economics
  • information work and workers
  • user experience and design

Learn More

To access the offical proceedings of past iConferences, vist our Past Proceedings page.To learn more about the conference in general, view our About The iConference page.

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


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