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European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR)

The Annual BCS-IRSG European Conference on Information Retrieval is a forum for young researchers in the area of Information Retrieval with a vision to: provide a supportive forum for which their research can be presented, discussed and debated; provide feedback from seasoned Information Retrieval researchers; and facilitate a large student audience as well as established researchers by ensuring that the costs are minimal.


Call for Bids: ECIR 2015


The BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) has been running a successful annual conference for young researchers in Information Retrieval since 1979. Originally the event was started as a BCS-IRSG Colloquium for Information Retrieval, but now has developed into a European conference to reflect the increased popularity and importance of the event. Previously the BCS-IRSG European Conference on Information Retrieval Research (ECIR) has alternated between Britain (even years) and continental Europe (odd years). From 2012, this constraint has been removed.

The BCS-IRSG Committee is interested in hearing from bidders for organizing ECIR 2015 in a European country. ECIR 2014 is to be held in Amsterdam. Recent ECIR events have been held in Moscow, Russia (2013), Barcelona, Spain (2012), Dublin, Ireland (2011), Milton Keynes, UK (2010), Toulouse, France (2009), Glasgow, UK (2008), Rome, Italy (2007), London, UK (2006), Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2005) and Sunderland, UK (2004).

Detailed guidelines can be found here (and a costings template here).

Interested parties should submit their proposal by email to the IRSG Secretary (udo AT essex.ac.uk), and a copy to chair.irsg AT bcs.org.uk.

Deadline for ECIR 2015 proposals: Midnight UTC Wednesday 31st July 2013.


ECIR reviewing guidelines

At a recent committee meeting (Dec 2010), we considered the reviewing process for papers, posters, workshops and tutorials. The reviewing process is set out in the call for Bids. The committee confirmed that these requirements ensure that a proper scientific review process is maintained - as demonstrated by the success of ECIR. Groups or individuals interested in bidding for ECIR in future should contact the chair of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) for more information or advice.

ECIR Review Workshop 2006

The ECIR workshop proceedings are now available. This report contains a summary of the presentations, survey results, and the discussion during the workshop and includes the guidelines for writing good ECIR papers.

The Draft ECIR Paper Guidelines are also available. This report contains the guidelines for writing good ECIR papers that are theoretical, conceptual, experimental, applications, and/or user oriented, in nature.

ECIR 2010 Industry Day

Industry day presentations can now be watched and available below.