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Informer Informer is the quarterly newsletter of the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG). Its aim is to provide insights and inspiration to researchers and professionals working in all aspects of search and information retrieval. Our articles provide accessible and timely coverage of important topics, ranging from focused, practical advice, to concise overviews of broader topics, and to deeper, research-oriented articles and opinion pieces.

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Previous Paper Editions

Year Edition
2012Spring (Edition 34)   Winter (Edition 33)  
2009Autumn (Edition 32)   Summer (Edition 31)    Spring (Edition 30)    Winter (Edition 29)  
2008Autumn (Edition 28)   Summer (Edition 27)    Spring (Edition 26)    Winter (Edition 25)  
2007Autumn (Edition 24)   Summer (Edition 23)    Spring (Edition 22)    Winter (Edition 21)  
2006Autumn (Edition 20)   Summer (Edition 19)    Spring (Edition 18)    Winter (Edition 17)  
2005Autumn (Edition 16)   Summer (Edition 15)    Spring (Edition 14)    Winter (Edition 13)  
2003Article - Panel Session ECIR 2003
2002Article - Review of SIGIR 2002   Spring Edition 12  
2001Winter Edition 11
2000Winter Edition 10
1999Winter Edition   Spring Edition    Summer Edition    Autumn Edition  
1998Winter Edition   Spring Edition    Summer Edition  
1997Winter Edition   Autumn Edition  
1995Spring Edition   Summer Edition  
1994Winter Edition