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 42nd ACM SIGIR conference, to be held in Paris, welcomes contributions related to any aspect of information retrieval and access, including theories and foundations, algorithms and applications, and evaluation and analysis.

The conference and short paper program chairs invite those working in areas related to IR to submit original (four-page) short papers, which will be presented as posters at the conference. Short papers present original, previously unpublished work that make a novel research contribution to the field. They provide an opportunity to describe significant work in progress or research that is best communicated in an interactive or graphical format. Compared to full papers, their contribution may be narrower in scope, be applied to a narrower set of application domains, or have weaker empirical support than that expected for a full paper. Submissions likely to generate discussions in new and emerging areas are especially encouraged. We welcome submissions in all areas related to any aspect of IR, as identified in the call for full papers on the conference website ( and repeated in the list below.

Submissions will be peer reviewed, and accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author for each accepted submission is required to register for the conference by the early registration deadline. Furthermore, an author must be present at the conference to present the work as a poster during the poster session, where researchers can obtain direct feedback about their work from a wide audience. Accepted submissions where authors fail to register by the early deadline or cannot attend to present are subject to being withdrawn from the conference proceedings at the discretion of the chairs. A Best Short Paper Award will be awarded; nominations will be decided based on reviewer assessments on the submitted version with the Awards committee making the final decision among the nominees based on review of the camera-ready version.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original works by the authors, previously unpublished, and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Submissions of short papers must be in English, in PDF format, and should not exceed four (4) pages in the current ACM two-column conference format (including references and figures). Suitable LaTeX and Word templates are available from the ACM Website. Short papers must describe work that is not previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere. Submissions should not contain any author identification and should be submitted electronically via the conference submission system. The short-paper review process is double-blind. Authors are required to take all reasonable steps to preserve the anonymity of their submission. While authors can upload to institutional or other preprint repositories such as 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). Submissions which violate the pre-print policy, anonymity, length, or formatting requirements or are plagiarized are subject to desk-rejection by the chairs. Authors should carefully go through ACM’s authorship policy before submitting a paper. 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.

All short papers are to be submitted via EasyChair at to a track named “Short Paper”.

List of Topics

Upon submission, authors should select one or two relevant topics among the seven topics indicated below that best represent the area of their submission. Search and Ranking. Research on core IR algorithmic topics, including IR at scale, covering topics such as:

  • Queries and query analysis
  • Web search, including link analysis, sponsored search, search advertising, adversarial search and spam, and vertical search
  • Retrieval models and ranking, including diversity and aggregated search
  • Efficiency and scalability
  • Theoretical models and foundations of information retrieval and access

Future Directions. Research with theoretical or empirical contributions on new technical or social aspects of IR, especially in more speculative directions or with emerging technologies, covering topics such as:

  • Novel approaches to IR
  • Ethics, economics, and politics
  • Applications of search to social good
  • IR with new devices, including wearable computing, neuroinformatics, sensors, Internet-of-Things, vehicles

Domain-Specific Applications. Research focusing on domain-specific IR challenges, covering topics such as:

  • Local and mobile search
  • Social search
  • Search in structured data including email search and entity search
  • Multimedia search
  • Education
  • Legal
  • Health, including genomics and bioinformatics
  • Other domains such as digital libraries, enterprise, news search, app search, archival search

Content Analysis, Recommendation and Classification. Research focusing on recommender systems, rich content representations and content analysis, covering topics such as:

  • Filtering and recommender systems
  • Document representation
  • Content analysis and information extraction, including summarization, text representation, readability, sentiment analysis, and opinion mining
  • Cross- and multilingual search
  • Clustering, classification, and topic models

Artificial Intelligence, Semantics, and Dialog. Research bridging AI and IR, especially toward deep semantics and dialog with intelligent agents, covering topics such as:

  • Question answering
  • Conversational systems and retrieval, including spoken language interfaces, dialog management systems, and intelligent chat systems
  • Semantics and knowledge graphs
  • Deep learning for IR, embeddings, and agents

Human Factors and Interfaces. Research into user-centric aspects of IR, including user interfaces, behavior modeling, privacy, and interactive systems, covering topics such as:

  • Mining and modeling search activity, including user and task models, click models, log analysis, behavioral analysis, and attention modeling
  • Interactive and personalized search
  • Collaborative search, social tagging and crowdsourcing
  • Information privacy and security

Evaluation. Research that focuses on the measurement and evaluation of IR systems, covering topics such as:

  • User-centered evaluation methods, including measures of user experience and performance, user engagement and search task design
  • Test collections and evaluation metrics, including the development of new test collections
  • Eye-tracking and physiological approaches, such as fMRI
  • Evaluation of novel information access tasks and systems such as multi-turn information access
  • Statistical methods and reproducibility issues in information retrieval evaluation

Important dates

Short paper abstracts due Tue, Feb 12, 2019
Short papers due Tue, Feb 19, 2019
Short paper notifications Sun, Apr 14, 2019

Short paper track chairs

Renmin University of China

All questions about submissions should be emailed to