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). SIGIR 2019 will be held in Paris, France from 21-25 July 2019. We cordially invite all those working in areas related to IR to submit original proposals for demonstrations.

Demonstrations present first-hand experience with research prototypes or operational systems. They provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing IR systems, and to obtain feedback from expert users. Accepted demonstration submissions will appear in the conference proceedings.

A good demonstration submission should be interesting to a SIGIR audience and should show a novel solution to a problem. The demonstration submission should address the following questions: Who is your target user? Why does your system exist and why is it important? What does your demonstration do and how does it work? What does it look like? How does it compare with existing systems? Finally, how and when might your technology have an impact, either technically or commercially?

To help the reviewers and the readers of your demonstration paper intuitively and fully understand your system, you are highly encouraged to complement the demonstration submission with an online demo, screencast, or video clip (not mandatory); you will have the chance to provide a link to online demos or online video files when submitting your proposal, and you may add suitable visual cues or hyperlinks in your submission files. Please note that, unlike short and full paper submissions, authors of demonstration submissions are not expected to take measures to conceal their identity from reviewers; although we request to leave out the author list from the PDF you upload for review and try to hide your identity in hyperlinked material and video files where possible.


Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to any aspects of IR, as identified in the Call for Full Papers for SIGIR 2019.

Submission guidelines

Submissions of demonstration papers must be in English and can be up to 4 pages in SIGIR format (including references and figures). The first 2 pages are expected to describe your system. The third and fourth pages are expected to be used for diagrams, images, references, screen shots, hyperlinks, and demo requirements. You should expect wireless network access, along with a table and poster mount backdrop, will be provided for all accepted demonstrations. We cannot guarantee additional technical or practical requests. Upon acceptance, all pages will be published in the SIGIR proceedings.

Suitable LaTeX and Word templates for SIGIR are available from the ACM Website (use the 2017 ACM Master Article Template. LaTeX users should use the standard ‘sigconf’ proceedings template). It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the PDF submission has been uploaded successfully. We suggest downloading the PDF after submission to check it is ok. Papers should be submitted electronically via the EasyChair SIGIR2019 demo paper submission site. At least one author of each accepted demonstration must register and attend the conference.  Submissions that are over the 4-page limit and incomplete submissions will be rejected without review. Authors should also go through ACM’s authorship policy before making a submission.  Authors should note that changes to the author list after the submission deadline are not allowed without permission from the PC Chairs. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, attend, and present the work at the conference or the paper will not appear in the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

Important dates

Demo papers due Tue, Feb 26, 2019
Demo papers notification Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Camera Ready for accepted demo papers TBD (Early May 2019)

Demo chairs

Microsoft Research Asia
Radboud University and Spinque, NL

Please email inquiries to: sigir2019demo AT easychair DOT org