First International Workshop on Professional Search

Co-located with SIGIR 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA -- 12 July 2018


Professional search in specific domains has been addressed in IR research over the last decades. Although each domain (e.g. legal, medical, academic, governmental) has its own idiosyncrasies, professional search tasks have specific requirements in common that are different from requirements of generic web search engines. These requirements follow directly from the context and needs of professional searchers: Searchers in different domains often exhibit particular search behavior different from general Web search. These unique behavioral patterns can be both a nature of the profession as well as a result of using a particular professional search tool.

This workshop will address the specific requirements for professional search from multiple angles; covering many different facets of professional search in an interactive setting where researchers work with input from information professionals to their mutual benefit. The workshop will deliver a roadmap of research directions for the years to come.


We invite submissions of research papers and position papers with a maximum length of four pages ACM style. Please anonymize your paper; the reviewing process will be double blind. The selection of papers is based on relevance, quality and diversity. The workshop is also open for papers presenting work in progress and challenges of new projects. The proceedings will be published as CEUR workshop proceedings.

List of topics:

EasyChair submission link.

Important Dates




PC members

Allan Hanbury, Charlie Hull, David Elsweiler, Diane Kelly, Elaine Toms, Farhad Shokraneh, Jaap Kamps, Julie Glanville, Krisztian Balog, Laura Dietz, Martin White, Michail Salampasis, Mihai Lupu, Norbert Fuhr, Ray Daley.