General Submission Instructions

Speedier Innovation. Sustainable Development. Societal Transformation

The speed with which emerging technologies are innovated seems to be accelerating. Digital Library (DL) plays a key role as tools for lessening digital divides and providing equal access. The conference theme is Speedier Innovation | Sustainable Development | Societal Transformation. We invite participants to discuss innovation in DL theory and practice, construction of sustainable ecosystems that help people create knowledge, and the promotion of societal transformation in a time of rapid change.

Communities Welcomed

JCDL welcomes interesting submissions ranging across theories, systems, services, and applications. We invite those managing, operating, developing, curating, evaluating, or utilizing digital libraries broadly defined, covering academic or public institutions, and including archives, museums, and social networks.

We seek contributions from computer, information or social sciences. Multiple tracks and sessions will ensure tailoring to researchers, practitioners, and diverse communities including:

  • data science/analytics
  • data curation/stewardship
  • information behavior
  • information organization
  • information retrieval
  • information science
  • information service
  • human-computer interaction
  • hypertext (and Web/network science)
  • multimedia
  • publishing, preservation
  • digital humanities
  • machine learning/AI
  • heritage/culture
  • health/medicine
  • policy
  • law
  • privacy/intellectual propertyinformation science

In addition to the topics indicated above, the following are some of the many topics that will be considered relevant, as long as connections are made to digital libraries:

  • collaborative and participatory information environments
  • crowdsourcing and human computation
  • cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
  • document genres
  • extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
  • information and knowledge systems
  • information visualization
  • infrastructure and service design
  • knowledge discovery
  • knowledge service
  • smart data and its applications
  • performance evaluation
  • personal digital information management
  • scientific data management
  • social media, architecture, and applications
  • social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
  • user behavior and modeling
  • user communities and user researchmultimedia

General Instructions for all Submissions

All submissions must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Please use the ACM Proceedings template ( where Word authors use the interim word template: Interim layout.docx and interim sample pdf, and Latex authors use sample-sigconf.tex and sample-sigconf.pdf in LATEX (Version 1.67). All submissions should be uploaded in PDF format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page.The proceedings will be published by ACM and included in EI and CPCI.

All submissions will be subject to the single-blind peer-review process.

This page has brief instructions about papers (full and short), as well as about other types of submissions (posters & demonstrations, doctoral consortium, tutorials, workshops, panels, and practitioners).

The following paper categories are welcome:

Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone, and must not exceed 10 pages in the conference format. Accepted full papers will typically be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. More information about Full Papers can be found at:

Short papers may highlight preliminary results to bring them to the community’s attention. They may also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space. Short papers must not exceed 4 pages in the conference format. Accepted short papers will typically be presented in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. More information about Short Papers can be found at:

Posters & Demonstrations permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Demonstrations showcase innovative digital library technologies and applications in a high-visibility setting. Proposals for posters or demonstrations should not exceed 2 pages in the conference format. Accepted posters & demonstrations will be displayed at the conference. More information about Posters & Demonstrations can be found at:

Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a workshop for Ph.D. students from all over the world who are in the early phases of their dissertation work (i.e., the consortium is not intended for those who are finished or nearly finished with their dissertation). Please find the detailed DC call for participation at:

Tutorials provide an opportunity to offer in-depth education on a topic or solution relevant to research or practice in digital libraries. They should address a single topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day. More information about Tutorials can be found at:

Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest - both those in established communities and those interested in discussion and exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, perhaps centering on an extended round-table discussion among the selected participants. Workshop proposals should be no more than 2 pages in the conference format. More information about Workshops can be found at:

Panels at JCDL are intended to draw together communities of interest, including those with strong traditions in the digital library community as well as those involving emerging issues of interest to members of the community at large. The panels typically last about 90 minutes and include an extended round-table discussion among the selected participants and the audience members. More information about Panels can be found at:

Practitioners emphasizes innovation, insight, and vision in the practices of digital libraries. It provides opportunities for libraries, archives, museums, publishers, and digital content industry partners to showcase their latest novel, speculative, and even provocative ideas, practices, case studies, technologies, productions, strategies, datasets, and/or designs related to digital library practices and services. Proposals for practitioners should not exceed 2 pages in the conference format. Accepted practitioners will be displayed at the conference. More information about Practitioners can be found at:

Supplemental Datasets or Software Artifacts. Datasets or software artifacts that supplement short or long papers may be submitted as part of the paper submissions. They could be considered during the review of the papers. We support the objective of the ACM to include the dataset or software artifact in the proceedings and later in the ACM Digital Library, separately identified and discoverable.

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