Donna Harman, "Information Retrieval: The Early Years", Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval: Vol. 13: No. 5, pp 425-577. Free copies available until July 17.

Call for journal papers: Our Special Issue on “Bibliometrics and Information Retrieval” to appear in the Scientometrics journal w/ Guillaume Cabanac and Philipp Mayr as Guest Editors. Deadline 📝: end of September 2019

Call for nominations: Microsoft BCS/BCS IRSG Karen Spärck Jones Award - An Award to Commemorate Karen Spärck Jones

We extended the deadline for FDIA 2019 submissions to May 24 -

PhD students and supervisors - FDIA (Future Directions in Information Access) is an excellent opportunity for PhD students to present their work in information retrieval and access. FDIA 2019 will be held in conjunction with ESSIR, the European Summer School on Information Retrieval in Milan, Italy. CfP . Deadline May 18. Please spread the word!

Preliminary program available at for detailed sessions and other events @ECIR2019! Please note that we may make minor adjustments in the upcoming weeks.

Gabrielle Pasi's excellent keynote talk on information credibility on social media. #dir2018

Our 8th International Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval (BIR 2019) will take place at ECIR 2019 in Cologne. Here's the CfP - deadline January 27.

The new BCS Informer Autumn Edition is out - Among other very interesting articles it also includes the review of our 2018 Autumn School for Infomation Retrieval and Foraging at Schloss Dagstuhl (

Nov 23rd in Leiden we will have the 17th (!) Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval workshop; looking forward to two great keynotes by Gabriella Pasi and Ludo Waltman:

International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL) Volume 19, Issue 4 is out now:

In this issue:

Neural ParsCit: a deep learning-based reference string parser

Open information extraction as an intermediate semantic structure for Persian text summarization

Promoting user engagement with digital cultural heritage collections

Image libraries and their scholarly use in the field of art and architectural history

BCS Search Solutions is the BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group's annual event focused on practitioner issues in the arena of search and information retrieval. The registration for BCS Search Solutions is now open - please visit Early bird ends October 31. The same for Search Solutions Tutorials - please have a look at

Submit your ECIR short papers before October 23. We are looking for novel, thought-provoking ideas; the inclusion of promising (preliminary) results is encouraged but not required!

Quick reminder: Just one day left to send your ECIR 2019 full papers (deadline 12 October 2018, 11:59 pm, AoE)

Now listening to Andreas Henrich’s tutorial on Digital Humanities, with an IR flavour. Currently discussing the DARIAH-DE project. Shame I've got to leave after this session, there are many more interesting talks coming up this week at .

Lots of user orientation in yesterday’s tutorials at - Pia Borlund and Christa Womser-Hacker talking about interactive IR, information foraging, UX and user interfaces, respectively. System-oriented side was covered by Ralf Schenkel’s talk on efficient IR.

En route to Dagstuhl to attend the Autumn School on Information Retrieval and Foraging at Dagstuhl. Will give a talk about IR models there. An earlier version of my talk is available at

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.