SIGIR 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 SIGIR 2024 Doctoral Consortium (DC) will provide a unique opportunity
for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests under the guidance
of distinguished researchers from both academia and industry.
We invite students to apply for this unique opportunity, which will allow them to share
their work with their peers as well as with senior researchers in the field. The DC is
particularly suited for candidates who have made some research progress, but who are not
so far along that they can no longer make changes in their research plans. Typically, this
means that they have defined their topic and have completed some research, but still have
at least a year of research remaining before completing a dissertation (in many universities
this corresponds to the dissertation proposal stage).
The objectives of the Doctoral Consortium are:
- To provide a forum where doctoral students can present and discuss their research
with experienced IR researchers: the members of the Doctoral Consortium Program
- To provide students with an opportunity to establish a supportive community, including
other doctoral students at a similar stage of their dissertation research.
- Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and
Important Dates for Doctoral Consortium Papers
- Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
- Papers due: February 28, 2024
- Notifications: March 25, 2024
Consortium Format and Participation Expectations
The DC will usually take place the day before the main conference. We anticipate student
presentations with plenary discussions, individual 1:1 meetings with experienced
researchers, and interactive networking sessions.
To apply to participate in the DC, doctoral students should submit a paper up to 5 pages
(including all figures and references) along with a 1-page appendix (for details please
see the submission guidelines below).
Candidates will be selected based on the potential of their research for future impact on
the field of information retrieval, as well as for the likely benefit to the student from
participating in the DC. Note that SIGIR 2024 DC is deeply committed to improving the
field of IR by making it more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We highly encourage women
and students from other underrepresented groups to apply.
For each selected student, a one page extended abstract will be published in the conference
proceedings. Extended abstracts will be invited after selection and should not be submitted
with the submission. Details will be shared with camera-ready instructions upon acceptance.
Doctoral students who submit to the DC are allowed to have previously published their
research and are encouraged to submit their work to the different SIGIR 2024 tracks and
Priority is given to students chosen to attend the Consortium when travel grants are
determined for the conference. Application details for travel grants will be available on
the SIGIR 2024 website (you must apply for the grant to be considered).
The submitted paper, solely authored by the student, will be the basis for selection to
participate in the DC and subsequent detailed discussions at the Consortium. Therefore,
the submitted paper should include:
- Motivation for the proposed research.
- Background and related work (including key references).
- Description of the proposed research, including main research questions.
- Research methodology and proposed experiments (where appropriate).
- Specific research issues for discussion at the Doctoral Consortium
In addition, the paper should include a 1-page appendix (placed after the references) with:
- A detailed statement by the student explaining why they want to participate in the
SIGIR 2024 DC at this point in their doctoral studies, and how they hope it will
contribute to the development of their work and potential future career.
- A statement by the student’s advisor/supervisor saying how the student would benefit
by attending the DC. Advisors should also specifically state whether the student has
written, or is close to completing, a thesis proposal (or equivalent), and when they
expect the student would defend their dissertation if they progress at a typical
Doctoral students should submit their papers for review in a ACM two-column conference
format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and
Overleaf templates for
SIGIR are available from the
(use the ‘sigconf’ proceedings template).
The paper should be no more than 5 pages in length (including all figures and references)
and one page for appendix. The first page must contain the title of the paper, full author
name, affiliation, and contact details, an abstract of up to 250 words, ACM Computing
Classification System (CCS) categories, and up to 3 keywords describing the topic areas.
Information about categories and keywords can be found on ACM Web pages on the computing
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their submissions use no unusual
format features and are printable on a standard printer. Submissions will be reviewed by
the members of the DC Program Committee.
Authors are strongly encouraged to provide
“alt text” (alternative text) for floats
(images, tables, etc.) in their content so that readers with disabilities can be given
descriptive information for these floats that are important to the work. The descriptive
text will be displayed in place of a float if the float cannot be loaded. This benefits
the author as well as it broadens the reader base for the author’s work. Moreover, the
alt text provides in-depth float descriptions to search engine crawlers, which helps to
properly index these floats. Additionally, authors should follow the
ACM Accessibility Recommendations for Publishing in Color and
SIG ACCESS guidelines on describing figures.
DC submissions should be submitted in PDF through the EasyChair system (Doctoral
Review Process and Selection Criteria
Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected
submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. Submissions should contain no
information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.
Doctoral student papers will be evaluated by the DC Program Committee based on:
- Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques (provide
- Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues in information retrieval
(clearly identify the problems you are trying to solve).
- Rigor and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations.
- Clarity and persuasiveness of expression.
To provide maximum feedback to each student, participation in the DC is limited.
Selection is based on three broad criteria:
- The degree to which the applicant is positioned to benefit from participation,
including the student’s position in the doctoral process (the greatest benefit is for
students with a developed research idea but much of the work yet undone).
- The degree to which the student may otherwise lack access to a diverse set of
feedback and input on their research plans (e.g., availability of local experts and
- Diversity of participation, including diversity by institution, country, research
topic and approach, and demographics. In general, we might limit participation to one
or two students per institution, depending on the number of applicants.
Doctoral Consortium Chairs
- Hui Fang, University of Delaware
- Lizi Liao, Singapore Management University
For further information, please contact the SIGIR 2024 DC Co-chairs by email to