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Deadlines and important dates

  • January 22, 2017 – Tutorial and Workshop proposal submissions
  • January 29, 2017  – Full paper and short paper submissions
  • February 5, 2017 – Full and short paper submissions, abstracts due January 29
  • February 1, 2017 – Notification of acceptance for tutorials and workshops
  • February 12, 2017 – Panel submissions
  • February 12, 2017 – Poster and demonstration submissions
  • March 20, 2017 – Notification of acceptance for full papers, short papers, panels, posters, and demonstrations
  • April 16, 2017 – Doctoral Consortium abstract submissions
  • April 26, 2017 – Final camera-ready deadline for full papers, short papers, posters, demonstrations, panels
  • May 1, 2017 – Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Consortium
  • June 19 – 23, 2017 – Conference Dates
  • June 19, 2017 – Tutorials and Doctoral Consortium
  • June 22 – 23, 2017 – Workshops


The field of digital libraries has undergone dramatic changes as digital collections grow in scale and diversity. These changes call for novel analytical tools and methodologies for making sense of large amounts of heterogeneous data, for deriving diverse kinds of knowledge, and for linking across different collections and research disciplines. Thus the theme of the 2017 conference is #TOScale #TOAnalyze #TODiscover. Digital libraries must improve outreach efforts, engage diverse communities, and provide scholars and users with effective and flexible access to materials which will in turn empower them to make new observations and discoveries. This year, we particularly invite papers, panels, workshops, and tutorials that present new discovery methods for diverse kinds of collections and datasets (e.g., documents, images, sounds, videos), that apply recent technologies in related fields like machine learning and data mining, and that report on innovative digital library applications that engage diverse communities, facilitate user access, and enable discovery and exploration in all domains including science, art, and the humanities.

This year, in addition to the research-oriented program, we are organizing a practitioners’ day so experts and practitioners can share their experiences and report on major projects. Practitioner contributions will take the form of posters and demos.

Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of established and emerging disciplines and professions including computer science, information science, web science, data science, digital humanities, librarianship, data management, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, information technology, medicine, social sciences, education and the humanities. Representatives from academe, government, industry, and others are invited to participate.


JCDL welcomes submissions from researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of digital libraries such as:

  • collection discovery and development;
  • hybrid physical/digital collections;
  • knowledge discovery;
  • applications of machine learning and AI;
  • services;
  • digital preservation;
  • system design;
  • scientific data management;
  • infrastructure and service design;
  • implementation;
  • interface design;
  • human-computer interaction;
  • performance evaluation;
  • user research;
  • crowdsourcing and human computation;
  • intellectual property;
  • privacy; electronic publishing;
  • document genres;
  • multimedia;
  • user communities; and
  • associated theoretical topics.

Submissions that resonate with JCDL 2017 theme are especially welcome, although we will give equal consideration to all topics in digital libraries.


Full papers report on mature work, or efforts that have reached an important milestone, and must not exceed 10 pages. Accepted full papers will typically be presented in 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

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.

Posters permit presentation of late-breaking results in an informal, interactive manner. Demonstrations showcase innovative digital library technologies 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 in the conference format. Accepted posters and demonstrations will be displayed at the conference.

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, centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, centering on an extended roundtable discussions among the selected participants. Submissions should include a workshop title, short description, statement of objectives, topical outline, identification of the expected audience and expected number of attendees, description of the planned format and duration (half-day or full-day), contact and biographical information about the organizers. If a workshop or closely related workshop has been held previously, information about the earlier sessions should be provided: dates, locations, outcomes, attendance, etc. Workshop proposals should be no more than 2 pages, should use the ACM Proceedings template, and are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page.

Panels are intended to draw together communities of interest, including those with strong traditions in the JCDL community as well as those involving emerging issues of interest in the community. Panels typically last about 60 to 90 minutes and include an extended round-table discussion among the selected participants and the audience present. Each panelist may also choose to make a short statement. Panels relating to the theme of the conference “#TOscale #TOanalyze #TOdiscover” are particularly encouraged.

Submissions should include a topical outline for the panel, a statement of objectives, 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) as well as contact and biographical information about the organizers is desired. In general, it is possible for organizers to also serve as panelists but this is not a requirement. In case panel organizers have prior experience with organizing a similar themed panel or discussion, it should be highlighted in the proposal. Proposals should further include specific requirements for the panel (e.g., A/V). They should not exceed two pages and follow the ACM proceedings template. Proposal papers have to be submitted via EasyChair.

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 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, full description or topical outline (1-2 pages, to be used for evaluation), tutorial history (previous offerings of tutorial, if any), format of tutorial ( half or full-day), expected number of participants, target audience, including level of experience (introductory, intermediate, advanced), keywords, any special audiovisual or computer needs, and any other noteworthy comments or remarks.

Tutorial proposals should be no more than two pages, should use the ACM Proceedings template, and are to be submitted in electronic form via the conference’s EasyChair submission page.

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 dissertation). The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to help students with their thesis and research plans by providing feedback and general advice in a constructive atmosphere. For detailed submission information, see the Doctoral Consortium Call for Proposals.


All submissions will be subject to a single-blind peer review. Paper submissions including full and short papers, posters, and demos should use the ACM Proceedings template (sigconf) and are to be submitted in electronic format. However, given issues with the new ACM templates, papers can be submitted in either the old or new templates for review. Accepted papers should be converted to the proper template prior to publication. All accepted papers will be published by the ACM as conference proceedings and electronic versions will be included in both the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.