Call for Submissions - All tracks
ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2021)
27-30 September 2021 - online

Important Dates:
1 April 2021 (EXTENDED) – Full paper and short paper submissions
15 April 2021 – Poster and demo submissions
15 April 2021 – Tutorial, workshop and panel submissions
28 June 2021 – Doctoral consortium submissions

The organizers of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2021 invite you to make original submissions of papers, posters, or demos on related research and practice.  We also invite you to submit proposals for workshops, tutorials or panels; or submissions to the doctoral consortium.  Details are provided below, and on our website.

We encourage submissions that relate to one of the topics listed below, but we will consider submissions related to any aspect of digital libraries:
* Collaborative and participatory information environments
* Crowdsourcing and human computation
* Cyberinfrastructure architectures, applications, and deployments
* Data curation and stewardship
* Digital humanities and heritage
* Digital preservation
* Distributed information systems
* Document genres
* Extracting semantics, entities, and patterns from large collections
* Hypertext and Web/network science
* Human-information Interaction
* Information and knowledge systems
* Information retrieval
* Information visualization
* Infrastructure and service design
* Knowledge discovery
* Linked data and its applications
* Multimedia
* Performance evaluation
* Personal digital information management
* Policy and law
* Privacy and Intellectual property
* Scientific data management
* Social media, architecture, and applications
* Social networks, virtual organizations and networked information
* User behavior and modeling
* User communities
Particular consideration will be given to papers that focus on digital libraries in times of crisis.


Authors may choose between two formats:  full papers and short  papers. Both formats will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required; abstracts and incomplete papers will not be reviewed. All papers must be original contributions. The material must therefore not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. Both formats will be included in the proceedings and will be presented online at the conference. At least one author for each paper will be expected to register for the conference, and each paper will have the opportunity to be heard by a global audience.

Full papers:
* At most 10 PAGES
* Report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone
Short papers:
* At most 4 PAGES
* Highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of; can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space

All accepted papers will be published by ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.
Submission details: The paper should use the ACM Proceedings template, located at: Note that we are using the “Interim Template” and not the new workflow.
Paper submissions are to be submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:
All questions concerning proposed papers should be discussed with programme committee chairs prior to the submission deadline of 1 April 2021.  The programme committee chairs are:
Dana McKay 
Hussein Suleman 


Posters and demonstrations permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Demonstrations showcase innovative digital libraries technology and applications, allowing you to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting.
Proposals for posters or demonstrations should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. Poster and demonstration submissions should use the ACM Proceedings template ( and are to be submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:
Posters and demos will be presented online and further details on the presentation format will be communicated later.
Poster and demonstration submissions are due via Easychair ( on 15 April 2021. Questions should be directed to the chairs before the due date. The posters chairs are:
Sampath Jayarathna
Fernando Loizides


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. They are not intended to be venues for commercial product training. Experts who are interested in engaging members of the community who may not be familiar with a relevant set of concepts or technologies should plan their tutorials to cover the topic or solution to a level that attendees will have sufficient knowledge to follow and further pursue the material beyond the tutorial. Leaders of tutorial sessions will be expected to take an active role in publicizing and recruiting attendees for their sessions.

Tutorial proposals should be in two parts.  The first document must be a maximum of 2 pages in the ACM proceedings format, outlining:
* Title of the tutorial
* Abstract (1-2 paragraphs, to be used in conference programs)
* Brief biographical sketch and contact information for the instructor(s)
* Aims, scope and learning objectives of the tutorial
* Intellectual or conceptual background of the tutorial
* Tutorial history (previous offerings of tutorial, if any)
* Target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced)
* Keywords
* Any other noteworthy comments or remarks
The second document must be up to 2 pages in any format and must include:
* A full overview of the proposed tutorial timetable, addressing how learning objectives will be met, including the length of time required from participants. We recommend a maximum of 2 hour blocks online at any given time.
* A 100 word description for the JCDL website.
* A description of how the tutorial will be made accessible to participants from all time zones (this may be multiple delivery, or pre-recording with a way to ask questions, or some other solution we have not thought of).

This second document will be used for assessment purposes, and will not be included in the proceedings.
Tutorial proposals are due via Easychair ( on 15 April 2021. If you have questions, please contact the tutorial chairs prior to the due date:
Claire Timpany
Alexander Nwala


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 roundtable discussion among the selected participants. Organizers are expected to publicize their workshops and recruit participants.

Workshop proposals must be submitted as two documents. The first document, in the ACM proceedings format, will be published in the proceedings and must be at most 2 pages.  This document must include:
* Title and short description
* A statement of objectives for the workshop
* The intellectual background for the workshop
* Identification of expected audience
* Biographies and contact details for workshop organizers
* Anticipated outcomes of the workshop
The second document must be up to 2 pages in any format and must include
* A description of how the workshop will run online, including how it will be inclusive for participants in all time zones.
* A 100 word description for the JCDL website.
* A workshop webpage URL (this need not be active at the time of submission).

If a workshop or closely related workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided: dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc.
This second document will not be included in the proceedings, and will be used for assessment purposes only.

Workshop proposals are due via Easychair ( on 15 April 2021. If you have questions, please contact the workshop chairs prior to the due date:
Claire Timpany
Alexander Nwala


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. Panels will last 60 minutes and should consider mechanisms to accommodate participants from all time zones (e.g., repeated delivery, recording).  Panels can be comprised of short position statements with longer format discussions or can be structured to engage audience members in a direct discussion from the very outset.

Submissions, in any format, should include a statement of learning objectives for the panel, a topical outline for the panel, identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees, a tentative list of panelists and their bios. Please indicate if the panelists have already been contacted about the panel and include contact and biographical information about the organizers. (It is possible for organizers to serve as panelists as well but this is not a requirement.). The organizers’ prior experience with organizing any similarly themed panel or workshop should be noted in the proposal.

Panel proposals are due via Easychair ( on 15 April 2021. If you have questions, please contact the panel chair prior to the due date:
Dion Goh


The Doctoral Consortium 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 dissertations).

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis/dissertation and research plans by providing feedback and general advice in a constructive atmosphere. Students will present and discuss their research in the context of a well-known and established international conference, in a supportive atmosphere with other doctoral students and an international panel of established researchers.

A panel of prominent professors and experienced practitioners in the field of digital library research will conduct the workshop. They will review all the submissions and comment on the content of the research and on the presentation. In the course of the workshop, students will also get the opportunity for one-on-one advice on students’ current research and guidance on future research directions as well as more general questions, e.g., on the differences in Ph.D. studies in different countries.

There is no registration fee for the doctoral consortium workshop for students who are accepted into this workshop only (i.e., are not authors of papers in the main conference) and the applicants who are selected will receive complimentary conference registration.

Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit an extended abstract describing their Digital Library related research. Submissions relating to any aspect of Digital Library research, development, practice and evaluation are welcomed, including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education.

To apply for participation in the Doctoral Consortium, please submit an extended abstract of your doctoral work. The extended abstract is restricted to 6 pages in the ACM Proceedings template and must be submitted in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page:
Submissions are due on 28 June 2021.  If you have questions, please contact the chairs prior to the due date:
George Buchanan
Xiao Hu