Call For Short Papers

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 47th ACM SIGIR conference, will be run as an in-person conference from July 14th to 18th, 2024 in Washington D.C., USA. Short papers provide an opportunity to describe significant novel 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.

Important Dates for Short Papers

  • Time zone: Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
  • Abstracts due: February 1, 2024
  • Papers due: February 8, 2024
  • Notifications: March 25, 2024

Short paper authors are required to submit an abstract by midnight February 1, 2024 AoE. Paper submission (deadline: midnight February 8, 2024 AoE) is not possible without a submitted abstract. We recommend authors waiting for notification from other conferences to submit an abstract, even if they do not ultimately submit a paper. Immediately after the abstract deadline, PC Chairs will desk reject submissions that lack informative titles and abstracts (“placeholder abstracts”).

Submission Guidelines

See this brief checklist to strengthen an IR paper, for authors and reviewers.

Short research papers must describe original work that has not been previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not simultaneously submitted or currently under review in another journal or conference (including the other tracks of SIGIR 2024).

Submissions of short research papers must be in English, in PDF format, and be at most 4 pages (including figures, tables, proofs, appendixes, acknowledgments, and any content except references) in length, with unrestricted space for references, in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use “sigconf” proceedings template for LaTeX and the Interim Template for Word). ACM’s CCS concepts and keywords are required for review.

For LaTeX, the following should be used:


Submissions must be anonymous and should be submitted electronically via EasyChair:

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, and the author(s) or their delegate(s) must present the work at the conference in person.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Anonymity and Pre-Print/ArXiv Policy

The short paper review process is double-blind. Authors are required to take all reasonable steps to preserve the anonymity of their submission. The submission must not include author information; citations or discussion of your own prior work should be written up in third person form. It is acceptable to refer to companies or organizations that provided datasets, hosted experiments or deployed solutions if reviewers can not infer that the authors are currently affiliated with these organizations. You can submit to SIGIR 2024 papers that you have posted to pre-print/archival platforms (e.g. arXiv), or plan to post in the future, after submission. However, your paper must conform to the SIGIR 2024 Pre-Print/ArXiv Policy. Not abiding by the anonymity or pre-print/ArXiv policy puts the submission at risk of being desk rejected.

Authorship Policy

Authors should carefully review the ACM’s authorship policy (2023) before submitting a paper. Please ensure that all authors are recorded in EasyChair before the submission deadline. To support the identification of reviewers with conflicts of interest, the entire author list must be specified at abstract submission time. No changes to authorship will be permitted for the camera-ready submission under any circumstance or after the abstract submission deadline. So please, make sure you have them listed correctly at submission time.

Desk Rejection Policy

Submissions that violate the anonymity, pre-print policy, length, or formatting requirements, or are determined to violate ACM’s policies on academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, author misrepresentation, falsification, etc., are subject to desk rejection by the chairs. Any of the following may result in desk rejection:

  • Figures, tables, proofs, appendixes, acknowledgements, or any other content after page 4 of the submission.
  • Formatting not in line with the guidelines provided above.
  • Authors or authors’ institutional affiliations clearly named or easily discoverable.
  • Links to source code repositories that reveal author identities, or extended versions of the current paper. It is recommended to hold these for the final published version and submit source code for artifact review.
  • Change of authors after the abstract submission deadline.
  • Content that has been determined to have been copied from other sources.
  • Any form of academic fraud or dishonesty.
  • Lack of topical fit for SIGIR.

Relevant Areas

Short papers submissions are welcome in any of the areas related to any aspects of IR, as identified in the Call for Full Papers.

Program Chairs

  • Chirag Shah, University of Washington, USA
  • Craig Macdonald, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Yiqun Liu, Tsinghua University, China


For any questions about short paper submissions, you may contact the Program Chairs by email to