DL 2014 LogoDigital Libraries 2014
ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2014)
International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2014)
London, 8th-12th September 2014

Call for Papers

In 2014 the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) and the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) will be held together as the International Digital Libraries Conference (DL2014) in London, UK.

The combined DL conference will be the major international scientific forum on digital libraries for 2014, bringing together researchers and developers as well as content providers and users. The focus of the joint conference is on on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues.

Important dates

Full and short papers:
Abstracts and Titles submitted: Please submit any abstract and titles for new submissions as soon as possible.
Full and short papers final submission: March 23, 2014, 11.59pm HAST

Posters and Demonstrations due: March 23, 2014, 11.59pm HAST

Notification of acceptance: May 25, 2014
Camera ready version due: June 8, 2014

Workshop, Tutorial, and Panel submissions due: March 2, 2014, 11.59pm HAST
Notification of acceptance: April 27, 2014

Doctoral Consortium submissions due: June 15, 2014
Notification of acceptance: July 6, 2014

End of early registration: TBA
Conference dates: September 8 - 12, 2014
Tutorials and Doctoral Consortium date: September 8, 2014
Workshop dates: September 11 - 12, 2014

Conference Scope

The themes of the 2014 TPDL/JCDL combined conference will follow the theme of ‘preserving the past - finding the future’. Digital collections face two major challenges: organising and conserving material across time, and enabling users to discover the material they need in increasingly large collections. In terms of ‘preserving the past’, example issues include the demands of digitisation of physical materials, the digital preservation of material so it remains accessible, and the systematic classification and indexation of large collections across social and technological change.

In contrast, when ‘finding the future’, sophisticated discovery tools, effective library policies, support for linked data, and supporting the user’s interpretation and analysis of content are examples of the key challenges that face the communities of DL practitioners and researchers.

The conference welcomes internationally leading insights into both research problems and practical complexities. Contributions from digital humanities, digital preservation, hypertext and information retrieval researchers are as much a vital part of the digital library community’s interests as core DL research, and submissions on these and other related topics are strongly encouraged.

Conference Topics

General areas of interest for DL 2014 include but are not limited to:

Technical Research Paper Submissions

The DL conference will have a single set of proceedings for accepted research papers and there will be one stream of submissions. Authors may choose between full and short papers. Both formats will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. Full papers typically will be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Short papers typically will be presented in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Both formats will be rigorously peer reviewed. Complete papers are required and 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.

Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone. Short papers will highlight efforts that might be in an early stage, but are important for the community to be made aware of. Short papers can also present theories or systems that can be described concisely in the limited space.

Full papers must not exceed 10 pages. Short papers are limited to 4 pages.

All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word). Papers must be submitted in PDF format via the conference's EasyChair submission page.

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.

Practice Submissions Track

To complement the program of papers with a strong research focus, for this special track we invite contributions capturing practitioners point of view on the topics covered by the conference. Papers are invited that report on strong case studies, provide best practice guidelines, or highlight theoretical and practical challenges encountered that are not properly addressed by existing solutions. In contrast to research papers, which will be evaluated on their novelty and innovativeness and solid theoretical foundations, practice paper tracks will be evaluated based on the applicability of the lessons learned to a broader community, and the solidity of the underlying study or practice gained for working digital libraries.

Papers on the practice of digital libraries are encouraged in both long and short formats (10 and 4 pages respectively). Contributions should emphasise the methods through which effective DL systems are created, maintained, run or managed, and be supported by evidence that demonstrates the impact of the presented technique on tangible outcomes for service quality or organisational benefits.

All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word).Submission is via our EasyChair page.

Digital Humanities Submissions Track

Submissions on the specific theme of digital humanities are invited in both long (10 pages) and short format (4 pages max.) Contributions are welcome that report reflections or analysis on any aspect of digital libaries and digital humanities. Example concerns include the use of DLs by humanities scholars, analysis methods and tools for DH researchers, and digital collection development for humanists.

All contributions must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines (templates available for authoring in LaTex2e and Microsoft Word). Submission is via the EasyChair conference management system.

Poster and Demonstration Submissions

Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Poster proposals should consist of a title, an extended abstract, and contact information for the authors. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference and may include additional materials, space permitting. Abstracts of posters will appear in the proceedings.

Demonstrations are meant to showcase innovative digital libraries technology and applications. This format allows the presentation of work directly to conference participants in a high-visibility setting. Demonstration proposals should consist of a title, an extended abstract, and contact information for the authors. Abstracts of accepted demonstrations will appear in the proceedings.

The submissions of posters and demonstrations must not exceed 2 pages. Proposals must be written in English and must follow the ACM formatting guidelines. They are to be submitted in PDF format via the conference's EasyChair submission page.

Panels and Invited Briefings

Panels and invited briefings will complement the other portions of the program with lively discussions of controversial and cutting-edge issues that are not addressed by other program elements. Invited briefing panels will be developed by the Panel co-chairs, and will be designed to address a topic of particular interest to those building digital libraries. Panel ideas may be stimulated or developed in part from synergistic paper proposals (with consensus of involved paper proposal submitters).

This year stand-alone formal proposals for panels will be accepted. However, panel sessions are few and so relatively few panel proposals will be accepted. Panel proposals should include a panel title, identify all panel participants (maximum 5), include a short abstract as well as an uploaded extended abstract in PDF format. The extended abstract must not exceed 2 pages and should describe:

Panel proposals should be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair page. For more information about potential panel proposals, please contact the Panel co-chairs.

Tutorial Submissions

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. 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 technologies or concepts 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 include:

Tutorial proposals are to be submitted in PDF format via the conference's EasyChair submission page.

Workshop Submissions

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 discussions among the selected participants.

Submissions should include: a workshop title and short description, a statement of objectives for the workshop, a topical outline for the workshop, the identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees, a description of the planned format and duration (half-day, full-day, or one and a half day), information about how the attendees will be identified, notified of the workshop, and, if necessary, selected from among applicants, as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers. Finally, if a workshop or a closely related workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided (dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc).

Workshop proposals are to be submitted in PDF format via the conference's EasyChair submission page.

Doctoral Consortium

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. Ideally, students should have written or be close to completing a thesis proposal, and be far enough away from finishing the thesis that they can make good use of feedback received during the consortium.

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

Full details on the Doctoral Consortium page.

All Submissions

According to the registration regulation for DL 2014, inclusion of papers in the proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.