Santiago, Chile

August 9-13, 2015

The 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference

SIGIR 2015 Call for Contributions


SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The Conference and Program Chairs invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original papers for review. SIGIR 2015 welcomes contributions related to any aspect of IR theory and foundation, techniques, and applications. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Document Representation and Content Analysis (text representation, document structure, linguistic analysis, NLP for IR, cross- and multi-lingual IR, information extraction, sentiment analysis, clustering, classification, topic models, facets, text streams)
  • Queries and Query Analysis (query intent, query suggestion and prediction, query representation and reformulation, query log analysis, conversational search and dialogue, spoken queries, summarization, question answering)
  • Retrieval Models and Ranking (IR theory, language models, probabilistic retrieval models, learning to rank, combining searches, diversity and aggregated search)
  • Search Engine Architectures and Scalability (indexing, compression, distributed IR, P2P IR, mobile IR, cloud IR)
  • Users and Interactive IR (user studies, user and task models, interaction analysis, session analysis, exploratory search, personalized search, social and collaborative search, search interface, whole session support)
  • Filtering and Recommending (content-based filtering, collaborative filtering, recommender systems)
  • Evaluation (test collections, experimental design, effectiveness measures, session-based evaluation, simulation)
  • Web IR and Social Media Search (link analysis, click models/behavioral modeling, social tagging, social network analysis, blog and microblog search, forum search, community-based QA, adversarial IR and spam, vertical and local search)
  • IR and Structured Data (XML search, ranking in databases, desktop search, entity search)
  • Multimedia IR (image search, video search, speech/audio search, music search)
  • Search applied to the Internet of Things (billions of devices, sensors, and actuators are now connected to the Web, which will affect how people search and browse the Web)
  • Other Applications (digital libraries, enterprise search, genomics IR, legal IR, patent search, text reuse, new retrieval problems)


Submissions of long papers must be in English, in PDF format, and should not exceed ten pages in SIGIR two-column format (including references and figures). Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR are available from the ACM Website: The long-paper review process is double-blind, and authors must take all reasonable steps to conceal their identity. Submissions will be rejected without review if they are over the ten-page limit, or if they violate the formatting guidelines in other ways (such as the use of too-small fonts, including in graphs and figures), or if they are not anonymous, or if they are incomplete.

Full papers must describe work that is not previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere (including as a short-paper submission for SIGIR). Violations of this requirement may involve sanctions that go beyond rejection of the submission in question. As part of the submission process, submitting authors will also be asked to certify (for themselves and all other authors) that they have complied with applicable institutional policies in regard to conduct of research, ethics, and authorship.

Papers must be submitted electronically using the the full-paper track of the conference submission system, It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the PDF submission has been uploaded successfully. We suggest that authors download the PDF after submission to ensure correct formatting and printability.

Abstracts must be registered by 11:59pm 21 January (anywhere in the world), and PDF papers must be submitted by 11:59pm 28 January (anywhere in the world).

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend SIGIR 2015.

ConfMaster Web site for submission:


21 January 2015 Abstracts for full research papers due
28 January 2015 Full research papers due
20 April 2015 Paper acceptance notifications
20 May 2015 Camera ready copies due
9-13 August 2015 Conference held in Santiago, Chile

Authors Take Note

Rejected long papers will not be considered as short papers. Further, the dual submission policy applies to short and long paper submissions, so if a short paper and long paper submission from the same authors are similar, they both will be rejected.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Late Submissions

All deadlines are on the date specified at 11:59 pm in the UTC-12 time zone. SIGIR does not accept material that is submitted after the deadline.

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