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  • Our program schedule is now available. Browse the conference agenda to view all 2018 presentation times. Presenters can use the search field to find their time slot. Note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
  • Click here to register. A presenter for each accepted paper must register by Jan. 19, 2018; otherwise, the paper will be removed from the proceedings.
  • View our Papers Presentation Guidelines for information on your presentation at iConference 2018.



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

The iConference papers track includes two subcategories: Completed Research and Early Work/Preliminary Results. Both subcategories are described below. Submissions will be refereed in a double-blind process.

New for 2018: All papers accepted for presentation at iConference 2018 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 author(s) of the completed research paper judged the best of the conference will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and $5,000. There will also be a competition for the “Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper,” with no cash prize.

For more information and inspiration, we encourage you to review the official proceedings of past iConferences in the IDEALS and ACM repositories.

2018 Completed Research Papers Call

Length: Up to 10 pages in Springer’s prescribed LNCS format

  • Submission deadline: September 18, 2017
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2017
  • Final verisons due: December 15, 2017

Completed research submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical investigations: bibliometric analysis, experiments, ethnographic studies, and content analysis relating to the information field
  • Theories and models: critical analysis or theory with relevance to the design or study of information-related problems.
  • System design: infrastructures, interaction design, technical foundations, algorithms, and/or toolkits that enable the building of new systems to deal with information

2018 Early Work/Preliminary Results Papers Call

Length: up to 6 pages in Springer’s prescribed LNCS format

  • Submission deadline: September 18, 2017
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2017
  • Final verisons due: December 15, 2017

Early Work/Preliminary Results submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Emerging analysis in quantitative or qualitative papers
  • Conceptual descriptions/early development of systems

Submission Information

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 format.

All papers will receive double-blind review by at least two reviewers. Each review results in a score that is a weighted sum of the reviewer’s grades for each of the various components of the review (review factors). Review factors for Completed Research Papers include soundness, significance, originality, thematic relevance, clarity and overall recommendation. Review factors for Early Work / Preliminary Results Papers include motivation, methods for evaluation and analysis, potential contribution to the field, results, and overall recommendation. The submissions are then ranked in decreasing order of the mean scores when averaged over the reviews. The top-ranked submissions will finally be reviewed for consistency by the papers chairs, in consultation with the program chairs, before the results are announced.

Submitters agree that if their work is accepted, at least one author will register during the Early Bird registration period, and present the accepted work at iConference 2018. We reserve the right to withhold publication if none of the authors register.

Failure to adhere to the appropriate guidelines on our Author Instructions Page may result in the work not being reviewed, or not included in the proceedings.

Papers Co-Chairs


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

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



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