Call for Papers

Deadline extended! New deadline is the 16th of October.

The Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop (DIR) aims to serve as an international platform (with a special focus on the Netherlands and Belgium) for exchange and discussions on research & applications in the field of information retrieval and related fields. 

We invite quality research contributions addressing relevant challenges. Contributions may range from theoretical work to descriptions of applied research and real-world systems. We especially encourage doctoral students to present their research.

Submission deadline : 16 October
Notifications: 9 November

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Complex search tasks and professional search
  • Social media search and quality of online content
  • User aspects and interactive IR
  • Personalized search
  • Document representation and content analysis
  • Queries and query analysis
  • IR and scientometrics
  • Knowledge graphs for IR
  • Retrieval models and ranking
  • Filtering and recommendation
  • Evaluation
  • IR and structured sata
  • Multimedia IR
  • Search engine architectures and scalability
  • Fairness, transparency, privacy preserving and responsible IR
  • Other IR Applications (digital humanities, digital libraries, internet of things, enterprise search, searching health records, legal IR, patent search, site search, new retrieval problems)


We accept three types of submissions:

  1. Novel contributions: Research papers describing original research that has not been published before. The maximum paper length is four pages in the ACM proceedings template including figures and references. Please submit novel contributions anonymously, i.e. don't include author(s) in the LaTeX/PDF.
  2. Demo proposals: Proposals of working system demonstrations to be presented at the workshop. We encourage submissions from early prototype demonstrations to mature production-ready systems from academia and industry alike. The accepted demos will be presented during the poster and demo session (with an optional poster). The maximum paper length is two pages in the ACM proceedings template including figures and references.
  3. Compressed contributions: Proposals to present research which has already been published in high-impact venues (2017-2018). The proposal should contain a summary of the research conducted, a clear reference to the original publication (available online, or attached as PDF) and a short motivation of why this work is interesting to the DIR community. The maximum paper length is one page in the ACM proceedings template including figures and references.

Please use the two-column LaTeX stylesheet for ACM proceedings for your paper.

We accept submissions for DIR through Easychair. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference orally or as posters; the presentation mode will be determined based on the topic of the paper. A submission implies willingness of at least one author to register for DIR 2018 and present the work. 

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