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For papers and posters, one author must attend the meeting in person to present their work. Multiple co-authors are encouraged to attend as well. For panels, alternative events, and workshops, all presenters listed on the submission must present in person. If others provide assistance in formulating the presentation but will not be attending the meeting, you may acknowledge their contribution at the end of the submission, but do not list them as a presenter.

Initial Submission Instructions

To make a Paper / Poster / Panel or Alternative Event submission, please upload a Word or PDF document through the ConfTool Site. These documents do not need to be formatted in a template but must comply with the following word limits and naming conventions:

Long Paper
Long papers should discuss, analyze, and critique theories and concepts, or report original, unpublished research; all papers must be substantiated by experimentation, simulation, theoretical development, empirical evidence, analysis or application in practice. Submissions will be judged on such criteria as quality of content, significance for theory, relevance for practice, method, design, originality, and quality of presentation. Long paper presenters will have 20 minutes to present their paper at the meeting.

  • Length: The maximum length for a long paper, including title, abstract (not more than 200 words) and references, is 8,125 words. All citations and references must be in APA format.
  • Any tables, figures, or other graphics should be embedded in the document. If accepted, you will be asked to submit any tables, figures, or graphics separately from the text of your document.
  • Peer Review: Submissions must be anonymized and will be refereed by a double-blind review process. Do not include any author names on the paper you upload.
  • Name the file [last name, first initial] Long_Paper2020

Short Paper
Short papers are similar to long papers in terms of scope, but may also report work in progress. Submissions will be judged on such criteria as quality of content, significance for theory, relevance for practice, method, design, originality, and quality of presentation. Short paper presenters will have 10 minutes to present their paper at the meeting.

  • Length: The maximum length for a short paper, including title, abstract (not more than 200 words) and references, is 3,025 words. All citations and references must be in APA format.
  • Any tables, figures, or other graphics should be embedded in the document. If accepted, you will be asked to submit any tables, figures, or graphics separately from the text of your document.
  • Peer Review: Submissions must be anonymized and will be refereed by a double-blind review process. Do not include any author names on the paper you upload.
  • Name the file [last name, first initial] ShortPaper2020

Deadlines:

Submission of paper proposals due: April 27, 2020

Notification regarding submitted papers: June 1, 2020

Layout-ready accepted papers due: June 15, 2020

Panel and Alternative Event

Proposals for 40- or 90-minute panels are invited on topics that explore emerging cutting-edge research and design, analyses of emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, analyses of tools and techniques, or contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary areas of research. Please indicate when making your submission if you would prefer a 40- or 90-minute session.

Proposals for 40- or 90-minute alternative events sessions are available for high- interactive engagement which can include (but are not limited to) fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions. Please indicate when making your submission if you would prefer a 40- or 90-minute session.

Panels and alternative events are intended to be highly interactive and participatory, informal, engaging, and pluralistic, and are not a substitute for a set of contributed papers; they must have a cohesive theme and promote lively discussions.

Proposals should include an overview of the issues to be discussed and must also list panelists and alternative events participants who have agreed to attend the meeting and participate, indicating the qualifications and contributions of each. Remote presentations are not allowed.

If your panel is sponsored by a SIG (Special Interest Group), please indicate this in your proposal.

  • Length: The maximum length for a panel or alternative event submission, including title, abstract (not more than 200 words) and references, is 3,025 words. All citations and references must be in APA format.
  • Any tables, figures, or other graphics should be embedded in the document. If accepted, you will be asked to submit any tables, figures, or graphics separately from the text of your document.
  • Peer Review: Panel and alternative event proposals undergo single-blind review process and should not be anonymized.
  • Name the file [last name, first initial] Panel 2020 or AE 2020 respectively

Deadlines:

Submission of panel and alternative event proposals due: April 27, 2020

Notifications regarding submitted panels and alternative events: June 1, 2020

Layout-ready accepted panel and alternative events due: June 15, 2020

Poster

Posters are designed to invite questions and discussion and offer a unique opportunity to present late-breaking results, work in progress, data sets, methodological tools, or research that is best communicated in a poster format. Authors are expected to address how the work will be presented at the meeting. Since all posters are presented at the same time, only one (1) poster per presenting author can be accepted. If more than one is accepted, a coauthor must be available to attend the meeting and present the poster. If there are no coauthors, then only one (1) poster can be accepted per author.

  • Length: The maximum length for a poster submission, including title, abstract (not more than 200 words) and references, is 1,325 words. All citations and references must be in APA format.
  • Any tables, figures, or other graphics should be embedded in the document. If accepted, you will be asked to submit any tables, figures, or graphics separately from the text of your document.
  • Peer Review: Submissions must be anonymized and will be refereed by a double-blind review process. Do not include any author names on the poster submission you upload.
  • Name the file [last name, first initial] Poster 2020

Deadlines:

Submission of poster proposals due: June 5, 2020

Notifications regarding submitted posters: July 17, 2020

Layout-ready accepted posters due: August 3, 2020

Workshop

Workshops will be held before the conference. The purpose of a workshop is to provide a more informal setting for the exchange of ideas on a focused topic and suggest directions for future work. As such, they offer a good opportunity for researchers and professionals to present and discuss their work among a targeted and interested community. Workshops may be mini-focused research presentations, a series of working events, brainstorming and idea sharing, or even teaching/learning a new skill like a tutorial.

  • Length: The maximum length for a workshop proposal, including title, abstract (not more than 200 words) and references, is 1,325 words. All citations and references must be in APA format.
  • Workshop Length: One half day (4 hours) or one full day (7 hours plus lunch).
  • Peer Review: Workshop proposals undergo single-blind review process and should not be anonymized.

Deadlines:

Submission of workshop and tutorial proposals due: April 27, 2020

Notification regarding submitted workshops and tutorials: May 18, 2020

Tutorials

The conference co-chairs will set up an advisory panel to help solicit and review tutorials that will best meet the needs of existing members and increase the impact of the field by recruiting new members.

Topics

Submissions are particularly welcome that respond to the conference theme:Information for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges. In general, submissions are invited which are related to, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Archives, Data Curation, and Preservation
    • archives, records, cultural heritage materials
    • digital data curation
    • digital libraries
    • digital humanities
  • Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization
    • big data analytics
    • data science, data analytics, data mining, social analytics
    • data and information management
    • knowledge management
    • information retrieval, social information retrieval
    • information visualization, images and sound
    • machine learning, text mining, natural language processing
    • learning analytics
  • Domain-Specific Informatics
    • health informatics
    • bioinformatics
    • business informatics
    • medical informatics
    • social and community informatics
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution
    • artificial intelligence
    • virtual reality
    • augmented reality
    • IoT
    • smart technologies
    • Cybersecurity
    • voice computing
    • robotics
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
    • user experience, human-computer interaction, human-technology interaction, usability
    • human information behavior; information seeking, needs and use; collaborative information seeking
  • Information Theory
    • history, theory, and philosophy of information
    • information organization, knowledge organization, knowledge representation, metadata, classification
    • information architecture, information design
  • Library and Information Science
    • altmetrics, bibliometrics, infometrics, scientometrics
    • e-learning, e-books, m-learning, education in information sciences
    • digital literacy, multiple literacies, information literacy
    • intelligence analysis
    • libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions, information services
    • scientific and technical information
    • scholarly communication and new modes of publishing
  • Privacy and Ethics
    • information ethics, computing ethics
    • information policy, open access, information and society, Information security, information privacy
    • international information issues
  • Research Methods
    • mixed methods research
    • qualitative research methods
    • quantitative research methods
  • Social Media and Social Computing
    • community informatics, online communities
    • digital youth
    • social media
    • social informatics, social computing
    • socio-technical design, user-centered computing
    • sustainable computing
  • Technology, Culture and Society
    • crisis informatics
    • personal informatics, personal information management
    • virtual reality, augmented reality
    • information and communication technology for development (ICT4D)
    • cultural informatics and heritage
    • cultural informatics, cultural heritage informatics
    • geographical information systems
    • Information for sustainable development

ASIS&T unCommons (Featuring SIGs and more)

This year, the unCommons creates the opportunity for SIGs and other groups to showcase, engage and collaborate. SIGs will be given priority and are encouraged to sign-up for a 40-minute unCommons session. Individual SIGS and groups are expected to manage their activities in the unCommons. The sign-up system will be open to SIGs on June 1, 2020, and to others June 15, 2020.

When a session is not being held at the unCommons, it will be used as a gathering point where colleagues and contemporaries can share ideas, brainstorm and network, meet for an impromptu presentation, hold a one-on-one meeting, or engage in a lively debate! The unCommons includes a screen and projector.

Final Submission Instructions

All accepted Papers, Posters, Panels and Alternative Events should be revised per any recommendations made by the reviewers. Be sure that the word count does not exceed the above-noted limits when making revisions.

Please include the following copyright statement in your final paper upload:

“83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania| October 24-28, 2020. Author(s) retain copyright, but ASIS&T receives an exclusive publication license.”

Once revised, please upload a .doc or .docx file as the first file in the ConfTool system. Do not include any tables, figures, or other graphics in the first file. Rather, please indicate in the text where you want any tables, figures, or other graphics placed and then upload a .zip file that contains the additional files. If you do not have any additional files to submit, please download this file from GoogleDocs then upload it as the second file in your submission (the system requires that 2 files be submitted). Please use the following naming convention for uploaded files:

Long and Short Paper:

  • Name of first file: [last name, first initial] Long_Paper 2020 or Short_Paper 2020 respectively
  • Name of second file for graphics (if any) [last name, first initial] Long_Paper 2020 Graphics or Short_Paper 2020 Graphics respectively

Poster:

  • Name the file [last name, first initial] Poster 2020
  • Name of second file for graphics (if any) [last name, first initial] Poster 2020 Graphics

Panel or Alternative Event:

  • Name the file [last name, first initial] Panel 2020 or AE 2020 respectively
  • Name of second file for graphics (if any) [last name, first initial] Panel 2020 Graphics or AE 2020 Graphics respectively