2018 Call for Participation


iConference 2018 takes place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. We are now accepting submissions on our secure submissions website.

This is our thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary society. The theme of this first-ever UK-based iConference is “Transforming Digital Worlds” and the aim is to bring together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organisations, to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management in our rapidly changing world.

iConference 2018 is jointly organised by two of the UK’s iSchools: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. iConference 2018 will be hosted in Sheffield, a city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming and rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and lots to see and do.

As always, the iConference will include peer-reviewed papers and posters, as well as workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. As well as tracks related to the conference theme, we shall be continuing with the iSchool Best Practices and iSchools and Industry Partnership tracks that were introduced last year. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium and the Early Career Colloquium.

For the first time, the conference proceedings 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. The papers will be published as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories as well as in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide consortium 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 a prerequisite of participation; we encourage all information scholars and practitioners to take part in the conference.

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Submission Information

Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 18, 2017, via our ConfTool submission system. All work should be original and not previously published.

Visit the submission area of your interest for more specific submission instructions:


  • July 2017: Open for submissions
  • 18 September 2017: Deadline for all submissions except Dissertation Award
  • 16 October 2017: Deadline for Doctoral Dissertation Award nominations
  • mid-October 2017: Workshop decisions announced
  • Mid-November 2017: Decisions announced for all remaining tracks except Dissertation Award
  • Mid-November 2017: Early Registration opens
  • 15 December 2017: Final versions deadline (papers and posters)
  • mid-December 2017: Doctoral Dissertation Award results announced
  • 19 January 2018: Early bird registration ends; Regular Registration begins
  • 28 February, 2018: Regular Registration ends; Late Registration begins
  • 25 March 2018: Conference begins
  • Important Links


    Visit our Conference Organizers page for chair-contact information specific to each track. Questions and media inquiries about the iConference in general can be sent to Conference Coordinator Clark Heideger.



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


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