Full Research Papers


NOTICE: This page contains information on our Full Research Papers track. If you are looking for information on our Short Papers track, click here for short paper details.



iConference papers push the boundaries of information scholarship, explore core concepts and ideas, and help identify new technological and conceptual configurations.

iConference 2020 offers two distinct research papers tracks: Full Research Papers, which are explained here, and Short Research Papers, which are explained on their own dedicated track page.

iConference Full Research papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review process, managed by the Full 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 2020 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 best Full Research Paper will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper.

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

Full Research Papers

Guidelines: All papers must follow the guidelines on our Author Instructions Page
Length: Up to 6,000 words (excluding references) in Springer’s prescribed LNCS template

  • Submission deadline: Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2019
  • Final camera-ready versions due: Monday, December 16, 2019

Full research papers should present new and original research results from empirical investigations and experiments, or from theory and model development. Full papers must break new ground and provide complete and substantial support for its results and conclusions. Papers presenting a new system design or implications for design are also encouraged.

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. 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.

Authors should remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted on the Author Instructions Page. Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors’ discretion. Authors are expected to leave citations to their previous work un-anonymized, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. However, authors are encouraged to cite their own work in the third person, e.g., avoid “As described in our previous work [10], …” and instead use “As described by [10], …”.

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 2020. We reserve the right to withhold publication if no presenter registers.

Papers Co-Chairs


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

For general questions about the iConference, please contact iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.




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


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