The annual SIGIR conference is the major international forum for the presentation of new research results, and the demonstration of new systems and techniques, in the broad field of information retrieval (IR). The 44th ACM SIGIR conference, to be held in Montréal, Canada (with support for remote attendance) on July 11 to 15, 2021, welcomes contributions related to any aspect of information retrieval and access, including theories, foundations, algorithms, evaluation, analysis and applications. The conference and program chairs invite those working in areas related to IR to submit high-impact original papers for review.
Call For Paper
See a brief checklist to strengthen an IR paper, for authors and reviewers.
Full research papers must describe original work that has not been previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not simultaneously submitted or currently under review in another journal or conference (including the short paper track of SIGIR 2021).
Submissions of full research papers must be in English, in PDF format, and be at most 9 pages (including figures) in length + unrestricted space for references, in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use the“sigconf” proceedings template).
Submissions must be anonymous and should be submitted electronically via EasyChair:
At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, and present the work at the conference.
The CFP for other paper tracks, as well as workshops, tutorials, doctoral consortium, industry day, and other SIGIR 2021 venues will be released separately.
The full paper review process is double-blind. Authors are required to take all reasonable steps to preserve the anonymity of their submission. The submission must not include author information and must not include citations or discussion of related work that would make the authorship apparent. Note that it is acceptable to explicitly refer in the paper to the companies or organizations that provided datasets, hosted experiments, or deployed solutions. For example, instead of stating that an experiment “was conducted on the logs of a major search engine”, the authors should refer to the search engine by name. The reviewers will be informed that it does not necessarily imply that the authors are currently affiliated with the mentioned organization. While authors can upload to institutional or other preprint repositories such as arXiv.org before reviewing is complete, we generally discourage this since it places anonymity at risk (which could result in a negative outcome of the reviewing process). Authors should carefully go through ACM’s authorship policy before submitting a paper. Submissions that violate the preprint policy, anonymity, length, or formatting requirements or are plagiarized are subject to desk-rejection by the chairs.
To support the identification of reviewers with conflicts of interest, the full author list must be specified at submission time. Authors should note that changes to the author list after the submission deadline are not allowed without permission from the PC Chairs.
Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the following.
Search and ranking. Research on core IR algorithmic topics, including IR at scale, such as:
Foundations and theory of IR. Research with theoretical or empirical contributions on technical or social aspects of IR, such as:
Domain-specific applications. Research focusing on domain-specific IR challenges, such as:
Content recommendation, analysis and classification. Research focusing on recommender systems, rich content representations and content analysis, such as:
Artificial Intelligence, semantics, and dialog. Research bridging AI and IR, especially toward deep semantics and dialog with intelligent agents, such as:
Human factors and interfaces. Research into user-centric aspects of IR including user interfaces, behavior modeling, privacy, interactive systems, such as:
Evaluation. Research that focuses on the measurement and evaluation of IR systems, such as:
For any questions about full paper submissions you may contact the Program Chairs by email to sigir2021-pcchairs AT easychair DOT org.
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