SIGIR 2020

Virtual Conference

43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

July 25-30, 2020 (Xi'an, China)

Latest News

  • SIGIR 2020 has concluded with great success. We hope all our 1,516 registrants enjoyed the conference this year! SIGIR 2020 cannot be such a successful and enjoyable virtual event without all our keynote speakers, attendees, sponsors and volunteers! A thousand thanks for all your support! We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts! See you at SIGIR 2021 in Montreal, Canada!

  • The most viewed page on the virtual conference portal is the Keynote given by Prof. Geoffrey Hinton! Besides the considerable number of attendees who joined the Zoom Webinar, there are more than 2,900 people who watched his keynote via our livestream service!

  • The visitors of our virtual conference portal come from 134 countries/areas around the world!

  • During the conference, the accumulated number of visited unique IP addresses of our virtual conference portal exceeds 10,500! The number of page views in total exceeds 330,000!

  • The most three frequently visited pages on the virtual conference portal came from the following three papers!

    1. “ColBERT: Efficient and Effective Passage Search via Contextualized Late Interaction over BERT” from Stanford University

    2. “Controlling Fairness and Bias in Dynamic Ranking” from Technische Univerität Berlin and Cornell University

    3. “Training Effective Neural CLIR by Bridging the Translation Gap” from University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  • The SIGIR 2020 virtual hangout room is ongoing! Come and join us!

  • Attendees are warmly welcome to have a further discussion with our paper authors in SIGIR 2020 Virtual Discussion Rooms!

  • The chatroom is online! Our attendees can login to chat on each paper’s information page of the Virtual Conference Portal!

  • SIGIR '20: Proceedings of the 43rd ACM SIGIR Conference are available at ACM Digital Library!

  • Come and join our Student Event @ SIGIR 2020!

  • SIGIR 2020 Booklets are available now!

  • Virtual Conference Portal for SIGIR 2020 is Online Now!

  • All our attendees are very welcomed to join Women-in-IR @ SIGIR 2020!

  • Good news! All attendees of any registration types have access to SIGIR 2020 Summer School without paying extra!

  • The keynotes of SIGIR 2020 have been released!

  • Call for volunteers! Would you like to be a volunteer for SIGIR 2020? Come and join us!

  • Non-student authors are also eligible for reimbursement of the full author registration fee (both full conference and workshop/tutorial registration) via ACM SIGIR. Please apply here.

  • Student authors are eligible for application to the SIGIR Student Travel Grant Program which covers their registration fees!

  • Registration for SIGIR 2020 is now open! Enjoy the early bird registration rates by June 30, 2020 (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)!

  • We are grateful to announce that as of now we have received the generous support from our sponsors, including Alibaba, Meituan AI, Microsoft, Huawei, Baidu, Kuaishou and Polixir Technology! More details would be followed up.

  • Workshops and Tutorials for SIGIR 2020 are now available!

  • Detailed instructions for producing the camera-ready final version are posted by Sheridan Printing. For Keynote abstracts, Full and Short papers, please see For Demos, Doctoral Consortium, Industry track papers, Tutorial and Workshops summaries, please see Please also expect two emails: one from with your submission id and link to submit/upload your final version --and-- the other from ACM Rightsreview to the lead contact author only for the ACM eform to be completed.

  • Great news!!! Prof. Geoffrey E. Hinton, from the University of Toronto, and the recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, will be our KEYNOTE speaker in the conference this year!

  • We received a record high of 80 (effective) paper submissions to the Industry Track of SIGIR 2020, out of which 22 were accepted!

  • In response to the pandemic of COVID-19, the organizers of SIGIR 2020 have made their final decision that the conference will be held fully online this year with the same schedule. We are looking forward to enjoying an amazing online conference together with you. Further information would be followed in the upcoming days. Take care and stay safe during this challenging period!

  • The number of full paper submissions this year hit its historical peak at 555, out of which 147 were accepted.

  • The number of short paper submissions this year hit its historical peak at 507, out of which 152 were accepted.


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 43rd ACM SIGIR conference, to be held in Xi'an, China, 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 program chairs invite those working in areas related to IR to submit high-impact original papers for review.

Important Dates

  • Full paper abstract registration

  • Full paper submission

  • Short paper abstract registration

  • Workshop and tutorial proposals

  • Short paper and demo submission

  • Doctoral consortium proposals

  • SIRIP proposals


  • Workshop notification

  • Full paper, short paper, demos, tutorials, doctoral consortium notifications

  • SIRIP notification