[Elsnet-list] ACM SIGIR 2009: Request for mentoring

Mounia Lalmas mounia at dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Tue Sep 16 22:33:44 CEST 2008

32nd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference
Boston, MA, July 19-23 2009.


SIGIR is the major international forum for the presentation of new
research results and for the demonstration of new systems and techniques
in the field of information retrieval (IR).

Request for mentoring


The ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR)
offers a mentoring program for papers being submitted to the ACM SIGIR
2009 conference. If you would like help with your submission, you may
ask for a mentor: a person who will help you with your submission to the
SIGIR audience through one-to-one advising, usually via e-mail. A mentor
can also familiarize you with the standards and deadlines of SIGIR
submissions. He or she will also help you understand how to align your
paper with the expectations of the typical SIGIR reviewer. Mentors are
volunteers familiar with successful submissions.

Mentors are primarily available for full papers. To request a mentor,
please send an email to Mounia Lalmas at mounia at acm.org. Requests can
be sent between November 1, 2008 and November 17, 2008. No requests will
be accepted after November 17, 2008. Please include:

- Your name and the names of your co-authors.
- The name of your department or school, and institution.
- A plain-text description of your work (a title and abstract is a
minimum requirement).
- Any specific questions or areas in which you would like help.
- At this stage, please do not include your draft paper.

Reasonable expectations for a mentor include giving advice as to the
most appropriate forum for your work, suggesting improvements to your
submission, suggesting how to deal with language problems, or referring
you to relevant research of which you might not have been aware.
Typically, a mentor might spend 3-7 hours on a submission. We carefully
match mentors to mentees, and wish to support you in developing your
work into a high-quality submission with a good chance of being accepted
and published.

Note the following:

- People requesting mentoring must have an almost complete submission
ready for the mentor to review by the date they request a mentor.
- If there is an experienced information retrieval researcher in your
department, a request for mentoring may be declined.
- Reviewers will not be informed of whether a paper has been mentored.
That is, the fact that a paper was mentored is not considered during the
paper selection process.
- A mentor will be assigned 2-3 days after the request has been made and

Mentors can be requested from November 1, 2008. The deadline for
mentoring requests is November 17, 2008.

Mounia Lalmas
SIGIR 2009 Mentoring Chair

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