Call for Papers (Research Papers)

The annual Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) is the primary international event for the inter- and multi-disciplinary community of academics and practitioners in digital libraries coming from computer, information and social sciences, and other related disciplines. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including notions of managing, operating, developing, curating, evaluating, or utilizing collections of data/information/knowledge in various domains.

The deadline for submitting Research papers has expired!

The deadline for submitting Late-breaking results, Preliminary work, Datasets, and Demonstrations is March 14, 2022. See the call for late breaking and demo papers for more details.


JCDL 2022 – Bridging Worlds

In this global pandemic that put many of us into lockdown, quarantine, and separation for a long time, we will do our best to bring together communities and people again. As digital libraries are traditionally strong in connecting the digital and the physical world, we will pick up this heritage and establish a hybrid format that is as open as possible to everyone.


Topics of interest, as they relate to digital libraries, include, but are not limited to:

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Research Papers: Variable Page Length

JCDL 2022 will implement a variable paper length policy for research papers. There is no longer a distinction between long and short papers, nor a need of condensing or enlarging medium-length submissions.

The maximum paper length is 10 pages in content plus unrestricted space for references. The minimum paper length is 4 pages in content plus unrestricted space for references. Any page length in between is allowed.

Paper length should be commensurate with contribution size and authors should submit a paper whose length reflects what is needed for the content of the work. The reviewers will assess whether the contribution is appropriate for the given length. Longer papers may be given more presentation time during the conference. We hope this new streamlined process will preserve the variety of paper lengths and foster the exchange of ideas without creating an artificial distinction among them. Reviewers will be explicitly advised to judge the quality of a paper and not its length.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original works, not previously published or under review for publication elsewhere, in English, in PDF format, and in the current ACM two-column conference format. Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (use “sigconf” proceedings template for LaTeX and the Interim Template for Word,

All submissions will be rigorously peer-reviewed in a double-blind reviewing process.

Submissions must be anonymous and all references to authors’ works have to be anonymised.

Submissions are to be made via Easychair:

All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings and will be presented at the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, and present the work at the conference at sight in Cologne. In case of travelling restrictions, authors will be enabled to present the work remotely.

Selected best papers will be invited for a special issue to be published with the International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL), Springer.

Dual Submission Policy

Papers submitted to JCDL 2022 should be substantially different from papers that have been previously published, or accepted for publication, or that are under review at other venues. Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Submission is permitted for papers presented or to be presented at conferences or workshops without proceedings.
  • Submission is permitted for papers that have previously been made available as a technical report (e.g., in institutional archives or preprint archives like arXiv). However, we discourage this since it places anonymity at risk; in particular, please do not publish your paper at arXiv and submit to JCDL at the same time, some days before, or during the reviewing period of JCDL.

If your paper already is available as a technical report:

  • You might not want to use the exact same title and abstract for your JCDL submission (in case of acceptance at JCDL, the title of your submission still might be changed “back”).
  • Please do not cite your technical report and make some effort to avoid any issues that may harm the double-blindness of your submission. Reviewers will receive guidance that ask them to refrain from trying to break blindness if at all possible too, but be aware that the availability of an available technical report for an JCDL submission can cause issues.

Submission Deadlines

All dates are Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone

    • 10 January 2022  23 January (extended) – Research paper submissions
    • 14 March 2022 – Notification of acceptance for research papers
    • 18 April 2022 – Final camera-ready deadline for all submission
    • 30 April 2022 – Final camera-ready deadline (extended) for all submission
    • 20 – 24 June 2022 – JCDL Conference in Cologne, Germany

Program Chairs

    • Annika Hinze, University of Waikato, New Zealand
    • Philipp Mayr, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
    • Philipp Schaer, TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences), Germany


For any questions about paper submissions you may contact the Program Chairs by email to