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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: Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers. Both paper subcategories undergo a rigorous double-blind review process, managed by the Papers Chairs and a Program Committee of Associate Chairs. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. Submitted papers will be scored on innovation, contribution and quality of thought and writing. The multi-step review process is as follows:

  • Paper Chairs assign each Paper to an Associate Chair, based on their expertise;
  • Associate Chair assigns the Paper to three external expert reviewers;
  • In order to correctly manage conflicts of interest, Papers Chairs and Associate Chairs have access to author metadata. The review process is double-blind: no reviewer will have access to these data;
  • Associate Chair initiates discussion among reviewers after all reviews are submitted and then completes a meta-review and makes recommendation based on the reviews and discussion;
  • Paper Chairs discuss recommendations (and may consult with Associate Chairs as needed) and finalize decisions.

All papers accepted for presentation at iConference 2019 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).

Awards will be presented to the best papers in each category. The best paper in the full research cateory will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Pbulishing. This includes a cash prize of $5,000. We thank Emerald Publishing for continuing the legacy of this award; more detail can be found here.

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 10 pages (excluding references) in Springer’s prescribed LNCS template

  • Submission deadline: September 10, 2018
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2018
  • Final camera-ready versions due: December 14, 2018

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. Full research papers should not exceed 10 pages in length (excluding references).

Short Research Papers

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

  • Submission deadline: September 10, 2018
  • Notification date: mid-November, 2018
  • Final camera-ready versions due: December 14, 2018

The goal of this submission type is to encourage the iConference community to present new, provocative, and cross-cutting themes in a short paper submission. Short research papers might include, but are not limited to, critical literature reviews of an emerging topic, theory building that is in the early stages of development, or new analysis / methods applied to existing data. Short papers are more focused and succinct contributions to the research program, and are likely to have a smaller scope of contribution than full research papers. For example, short papers on applications design may not cover the entire iterative design cycle (observation, design, implementation, evaluation, etc.) but may instead go into depth in specific areas. Short papers should not exceed 6 pages in length (excluding references). (Note that authors wishing to present “preliminary results” or “early work” are encouraged to submit their work to the Posters track).

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 2019. We reserve the right to withhold publication if none of the authors register.

Authors of full papers will be allowed 30 minutes total (about a 20-minute talk with 10 minutes of questions) to present their work at the conference. Authors of short papers will be allowed 15 minutes (about a 10-minute talk with 5 minutes of questions).

Program Committee

Aaron Trammell, University of California, Irvine, USA
Alex Poole, Drexel University, USA
Amelia Acker, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Andrea Thomer, University of Michigan, USA
Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield, UK
António Lucas Soares, University of Porto, Portugal
Atsuyuki Morishima, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Catherine Blake, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Christoph Becker, University of Toronto, Canada
Colin Rhinesmith, Simmons University, USA
Craig McDonald, Pratt Institute, USA
Dan Scholler, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Dharma Dailey, University of Washington, USA
Erja Yan, Drexel University, USA
Frank Hopfgartner, University of Sheffield, UK
Hanna Maurin Söderholm, University of Boras, Sweden
Hideo Yoho, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Irene Lopatovska, Pratt Institute, USA
Isa Jahnke, University of Missouri, USA
Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jack Andersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Joe Tennis, University of Washington, USA
Jorge Martins, University of Sheffield, UK
Kaitlin Costello, Rutgers University, USA
Karen Wickett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Katrina Fenlon, University of Maryland, USA
Koraljka Golub, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Matt Ratto, University of Toronto, Canada
Min Song, Yonsei University, South Korea
Miriam Posner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Mohammed Jarrahi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Noa Aharony, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Olivier St-Cyr, University of Toronto, Canada
Patrick Shih, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Peter Darch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Peter Organiscziak, Denver University, USA
Rachel Clarke, Syracuse University, USA
Rachel Mcgee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University, USA
Roberto González-Ibáñez, University of Santiago, Chile
Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tamara Peyton, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, USA
Vivek Singh, Rutgers University, USA
Wu Dan, Wuhan University, China
Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yubo Kou, Florida State University, USA
Yun Huang, Syracuse University, USA
Zhan Zhang, Pace University, USA

Papers Co-Chairs

Aleksandra Sarcevic, Drexel University
Nicholas Weber, University of Washington



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


  • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

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