The University of Sheffield
Department of Computer Science

Call for Papers: Time and Information Retrieval

We invite submissions for a special issue of Information Processing and Management on “Time and Information Retrieval”.


With the rapid growth of digitised document resources, both on and off the web, and increased variety in types of document collections, future search systems will face growing difficulties in providing reliable, useful, and timely results. The web already archives a lot of content; organizing and searching by time will only become more critical as we move forward.

This issue aims to explore opportunities and novel research on the intersection of time and information retrieval. Unlike existing work that focuses exclusively on the interesting problems related to adding time to established methods of information retrieval (such as, e.g., how to incorporate temporal relevance in ranking of retrieved results), we aim to stimulate discussion on new or powerful uses of temporality in all kinds of information systems.

Scope & Topics of Interest

We are particularly interested in work that describes novel advances on the intersection of temporality and IR. For example, work that goes deeper than metadata-level time (e.g. document creation timestamp), or that does temporal analysis of document collections for, e.g., event identification, tracking and prediction, or that works on temporal-based relevancy.

We especially welcome papers on the following topics:

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