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The 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2015) will take place in Vienna, Austria from 29 March to 2 April 2015. ECIR is the main European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval (IR).

ECIR encourages the submission of high quality research papers reporting original, previously unpublished results. With the rapidly increasing amount of data produced in the world and the increasing adoption of IR techniques beyond the traditional search for documents, papers on IR applied to eScience and to the Internet of Things are particularly encouraged.

ECIR has a strong student focus, hence papers whose sole or main author is a postgraduate student or a postdoctoral researcher are especially welcome. Through the student mentoring programme, PhD students can request the assistance of a mentor, who can give advice and suggest improvements to an almost complete paper.

Full Papers, Short Papers and Demonstrations

We are seeking the submission of high-quality and original full papers, short papers and demos. Submissions will be reviewed by experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of IR.
Short Paper submissions addressing any of the areas identified in the conference topics are also invited. Authors are encouraged to describe work in progress and late-breaking research results.
Demonstrations present research prototypes or operational systems. They provide opportunities to exchange ideas gained from implementing IR systems and to obtain feedback from expert users. Demonstration submissions are welcome in any of the conference topic areas.


Tutorials inform the community on recent advances in core IR research, related research, or on novel application areas related to IR. They may focus on specific problems or specific domains in which IR research may be applied. Tutorials can be of either a half-day (3 hours plus breaks) or a full day (6 hours plus breaks). Tutorials are encouraged to be as interactive as possible. A university computer teaching laboratory (including multiple computers for students and projection of the instructor’s screen) could be made available for hands-on tutorials. The information required for a tutorial proposal is on the conference website. Tutorial proposals will be reviewed by the tutorial committee. A summary of the tutorial will be published in the conference proceedings.


The purpose of workshops is to provide a platform for presenting novel ideas and research results in a focused and more interactive way. Workshops can be of either a half-day (3 hours plus breaks) or a full day (6 hours plus breaks). Workshops are encouraged to be as dynamic and interactive as possible and should lead to a concrete outcome, such as the publication of a summary paper and/or workshop proceedings. The information required for a workshop proposal is on the conference website. Workshop proposals will be reviewed by the workshop committee. A summary of the workshop will be published in the conference proceedings.

Reproducible IR Research Track

We are happy to announce a Reproducible IR Research Track for ECIR 2015. Reproducibility is key for establishing research to be reliable, referenceable and extensible for the future. Experimental papers are therefore most useful when their results can be tested and generalized by peers. This track specifically invites submission of papers reproducing a single or a group of papers, from a third-party where you have *not* been directly involved (e.g. *not* been an author or a collaborator). Emphasize your motivation for selecting the paper/papers, the process of how results have been attempted to be reproduced (successful or not), the communication that was necessary to gather all information, the potential difficulties encountered and the result of the process. A successful reproduction of the work is not a requirement, but it is important to provide a clear and rigid evaluation of the process to allow lessons to be learned for the future. The submission must not exceed 13 pages.

Submission guidelines

All submissions must be written in English following the ECIR guidelines ( and the LNCS author guidelines and submitted electronically through the conference submission system. Full papers must not exceed 12 pages, short papers must not exceed 6 pages, demonstration papers must not exceed 4 pages, reproducible IR track papers must not exceed 13 pages, including references and figures. Full paper, short paper and reproducible IR track paper submissions will be refereed through double-blind peer review. Demonstration papers will undergo single-blind review. Accepted full papers, short papers, demos and reproducible IR track papers will be published in the conference proceedings published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The proceedings will be distributed to all delegates at the Conference. Accepted full papers, short papers, demos and reproducible IR track papers will have to be presented at the conference. Reproducible IR track papers will either be presented as a poster or as an oral presentation.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

IR Theory and Practice

  • Searching, browsing, meta-searching
  • Data fusion, filtering and indexing
  • Language models, probabilistic IR
  • Learning to rank
  • Content classification, categorisation, clustering
  • Relevance feedback, query expansion, faceted retrieval
  • Topic detection and tracking, novelty detection
  • Content-based filtering, collaborative filtering
  • Spam detection and filtering
  • Personalised, collaborative or user-adaptive IR
  • Recommender systems
  • Adversarial IR
  • Privacy in IR
  • Contextual IR
  • Mobile, Geo and local search
  • Temporal IR, time-based modelling
  • Entity IR

Web and Social Media IR

  • Link analysis
  • Query log analysis
  • Advertising and ad targeting
  • Spam detection
  • Trust, authority, reputation, ranking
  • Blog and online-community search, microblogs
  • Social search
  • Social tagging
  • Social networking and Web based communities
  • Trend identification and tracking
  • Time series and forecasting

User aspects

  • User modelling, user studies, user interaction and history
  • Interactive IR
  • Task-based IR
  • Click models
  • Novel user interfaces for IR systems
  • Visualisation of queries, search results or content
  • Multimodal aspects

IR system architectures

  • Distributed and peer to peer IR
  • Cloud IR
  • Federated IR
  • Aggregated Search
  • Fusion/Combination
  • Open, interoperable and flexible systems
  • Performance, scalability, efficiency
  • Architectures and platforms
  • Crawling and indexing
  • Compression, optimisation
  • Map/Reduce for IR

Content representation and processing

  • IR for semi-structured documents
  • IR for semantically annotated collections, semantic search
  • Reasoning for IR
  • Meta information and structures, metadata
  • Query representation, query reformulation
  • Text categorisation and clustering
  • Text data mining
  • Opinion mining, sentiment analysis
  • Cross-language retrieval, multilingual retrieval
  • Machine translation for IR
  • Question answering
  • Natural language processing
  • Summarization for IR


  • Evaluation methods and metrics
  • Building test collections
  • Experimental design
  • Crowdsourcing for evaluation, human computing
  • User-oriented and user-centred test and evaluation
  • Metric comparison and evaluation
  • Offline vs online evaluation

Multimedia and cross-media IR

  • Speech retrieval
  • Image and video retrieval
  • Entity retrieval
  • Digital music, radio and broadcast retrieval
  • Virtual reality and information access


  • Digital libraries
  • Enterprise and intranet search
  • Desktop search
  • Mobile IR
  • Genomic IR, IR for chemical structures
  • Medical IR
  • Legal IR, patent search
  • eScience
  • The Internet of Things



  • 01 October 2014 – Full Paper submission deadline
  • 08 October 2014 – Short Paper / Demo submission deadline
  • 01 October 2014 – Reproducible IR Track Paper deadline
  • 01 December 2014 – Notification on Full Papers, Short Papers, Demos, Reproducible IR Track Papers

Workshops / Tutorials

  • 15 September 2014 - Workshops / Tutorials submission deadline
  • 15 October 2014 – Notification on Workshops / Tutorials


  • 15 December 2014 – Student Grant application deadline
  • 11 January 2015 – Final paper submission and author registration deadline


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