Request for Mentoring (Closed)

The ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) is offering a mentoring program to assist authors in preparing papers for submission to the ACM SIGIR 2011 conference. The mentoring program is intended for prospective authors planning to submit a paper to SIGIR 2011. A mentor can assist you in familiarizing yourself with the standards and submissions procedures of SIGIR 2011. Your mentor can help to prepare your proposed submission for the SIGIR audience through one-to-one advising, usually via e-mail. He or she will also help you understand how to align your paper with the expectations of the typical SIGIR reviewer. The program is primarily intended for students and new researchers in the field of information retrieval, but anyone who wishes to work with a mentor in preparation of their submission is free to apply. Mentors are experienced researchers in information retrieval and are all volunteers familiar with successful submissions.


Mentors are primarily available for full papers, but could also potentially assist you with preparation of the SIGIR 2011 submissions. To request a mentor, please send an email to the Mentoring chair Gareth Jones ( Requests can be sent at anytime between November 12, 2010 and December 1, 2010. No requests will be accepted after December 1. 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 better 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.

Submissions that are incomplete or significantly off-topic may be returned.

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 typically be assigned within a week after the request has been made and approved.

Mentors can provide advice on language issues of your paper, but cannot function as technical editors for your submission.


Mentors can be requested starting November 12, 2010.

The deadline for mentoring requests is December 1, 2010.


Please email to the mentoring chair: