CFP for iConference 2013

CFP for iConference 2013

We are now accepting submissions for iConference 2013, our eighth annual gathering of scholars, researchers, and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary society.

In keeping with our ongoing effort to push the boundaries of information scholarship, we have added several new areas of participation this year. In addition to the usual peer-reviewed papers, posters, alternative events, and workshops, this year's submission options includes Notes, a Research Paper Development Roundtable, a Social Media Expo, and a Doctoral Dissertation Competition.

Authors and organizers can now submit materials using our secure submissions website: The official proceedings will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). All submitting authors must provide basic information and agree to the IDEALS Deposit Agreement: Non-Exclusive Distribution and Preservation License.

iConference 2013 takes place February 12-15, 2013, in Fort Worth Texas, and is hosted by the College of Information at the University of North Texas. The presenting sponsor is Microsoft Research. The conference theme is Scholarship in Action: Data, Innovation, Wisdom.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools Caucus (<>), a growing association of Schools, Faculties and Colleges in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required to participate--all information scholars and practitioners are invited.

The following describe the details for each of the submissions along with deadlines.

* Papers: Results of completed original research, maximum 6,000 words (not counting references).  Papers will be refereed in a double-blind process. Submissions will be in PDF format. Visit the Papers webpage for more information on formatting:
Submission deadline: September 3, 2012.
Notification: Early November.
Final version due: December 3, 2012.

* Notes: Reports of early and partial results, maximum 2,500 words (not counting references).  Notes will be refereed in a double-blind process. Submissions will be in PDF format. Visit the Notes webpage for more information on formatting:
Submission deadline: September 10, 2012.
Notification: Early November.
Final version due: December 3, 2012.

* Posters: We welcome submission of Posters presenting new work, preliminary results and designs, or educational projects. Applicants will submit an abstract, maximum 1,500 words (not including references), describing the proposed Poster, and these abstracts will undergo a single-blind blind review process (i.e., reviewers will know the identity of authors, but not vice versa). Abstract submissions will be in PDF format. Completed Posters will be presented at the iConference. Visit the Posters webpage for more information:
Abstract submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.
Final abstract due: December 7, 2012.
Completed poster due: February 12, 2013

* Workshops: Workshops can be half- or full-day and can focus on any area related the conference theme (Scholarship in Action) or more broadly to the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among information, people and technology. Submission will be in PDF format, and additional submission guidelines are provided on the website. Visit the Workshops webpage for more information:
Submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Final version due: Early November.

* Alternative Events: These can include panels, fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory, informal, engaging, and pluralistic. Submission will be in PDF format, and additional submission guidelines are provided on the website.  Visit the Alternative Events webpage for more information:
Submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.
Final version due: December 7, 2012.

* Research Paper Development Roundtable: This new iConference submission track is for researchers developing manuscripts for submission as journal articles. The goals of this track are to provide a forum for interactive development of research papers, enable a discussion of current research ideas, provide a clear path to journal publication, and increase collaboration opportunities for junior faculty.  Papers reporting work in progress and late breaking research are welcome. Visit the Roundtable webpage for detailed submission and other information:
Submission deadline: Extended abstracts due August 1, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Full draft due: January 7, 2013.


* Doctoral Colloquium: The doctoral student colloquium will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students will receive feedback on their dissertation and/or current research from participating faculty and student peers. Participation in the doctoral colloquium is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the colloquium. The colloquium will not be open to observers. Visit the doctoral colloquium webpage for more information:
Application deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.

* Early Career Colloquium: This half-day event is intended for assistant professors, post-docs, or others in pre-tenure positions and builds on the tradition of highly successful events at past iConferences. The program will include an introductory presentation on the tenure process, panels by recently tenured faculty and experienced former deans, and small group discussions to provide informal dialogue, guidance, and insights. Visit the early career colloquium webpage for more information:

* FUSE Labs iConference Social Media Expo: The iConference, in collaboration with FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research, is pleased to announce the first iConference Social Media Expo. The exposition is designed to showcase exceptional interdisciplinary research and development work from information school programs specializing in social media. Students are asked to form interdisciplinary teams of 3-5 students to perform research, design, development or community engagement exploring technological solutions to people?s real needs around the theme of leveraging social media to foster lifelong learning in everyday life. A representative team from each participating school will be selected to attend and featured in a presentation at a special session of the iConference in February of 2013. Visit the Social Media Expo webpage for more information:
Initial notification: Letters of Interest due September 14, 2012

* Doctoral Dissertation Competition: As a way of recognizing the outstanding work being done at iSchools, the iCaucus has instituted a Doctoral Dissertation Competition, with awards to be given out at iConference 2013. The Coordinating Committee will accept one nomination from each member iSchool, and will select up to two best dissertations. The winning nomination(s) will receive a cash prize of $2,500.00 US. Applicants should have successfully defended the doctoral dissertation and completed the doctoral degree (including all final revisions, if any, and all final paper work) within the academic year from July 1, 2011 to June 30 2012. The dissertation research can be on any topic in the information field, broadly defined, and use any methodology. Visit the Doctoral Dissertation Award webpage for more information:
Submission deadline: September 15, 2012

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