Appel: Special issue on Medical Information Retrieval

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Tue Oct 7 19:38:41 UTC 2014

Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:48:49 +0200
From: Lorraine Goeuriot <lorraine.goeuriot at>
Message-ID: <CALwc3ghyjsVxKH-UcSXuKL-b_N+saQU1Q3KU+Wy9-p4tFch=CQ at>

Call for Papers - Information Retrieval Special Issue on Medical
Information Retrieval

Editors: Dr Lorraine Goeuriot, Dr Gareth J.F. Jones, Dr Liadh Kelly, Pr
Henning Mueller, Pr Justin Zobel

Submission deadline: December 15


Medical information search refers to methodologies and technologies that
seek to improve access to medical information archives via a process of
information retrieval (IR). Such information is now potentially
accessible from many sources including the general web, social media,
journal articles, and hospital records.

Medical information is of interest to a wide variety of users, including
patients and their families, researchers, general practitioners and
clinicians, and practitioners with specific expertise such as
radiologists.  Despite the popularity of the medical domain for users of
search engines, and current interest in this topic within the
information retrieval research community, development of search and
access technologies remains particularly challenging. One of the central
issues in medical information search is diversity of the users of these
services. In particular, they will have varying categories of
information needs, varying levels of medical knowledge, and varying
language skills. In addition, the format, reliability, and quality of
biomedical and medical information varies greatly. A single health
record can contain clinical notes, technical pathology data, images, and
patient-contributed histories, and may be linked by a physician to
research papers. The importance of health and medical topics and their
impact on people’s everyday lives makes the need for retrieval of
accurate and reliable information especially important.  Determining the
likely reliability of available information is challenging.  Finally, as
with information retrieval in general, the evaluation of medical search
tools is vital and challenging. For example, there are no established or
standardized baselines or evaluation metrics, and limited availability
of test collections.

We encourage participation from researchers in all fields related to
medical information search including mainstream information retrieval,
but also natural language processing, multilingual text processing, and
medical image analysis.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Users and information needs
- Semantics and NLP for medical IR
- Reliability and trust in medical IR
- Personalised search
- Evaluation of medical IR
- Multilingual issues in medical IR
- Multimedia technologies in medical IR
- The role of social media in medical IR


Paper Submissions:
Papers should be appropriate for journal publication. Submissions should
follow the guidelines set out by the Information Retrieval journal
(under the section “Instructions for authors).
Submissions to the Special Issue are received via the website, by choosing the "S.I. :
Medical Information Retrieval”

All papers submitted to the special issue will be reviewed by at least 3
reviewers. Papers will appear online on the Springer journal website
soon after they are accepted.


Important Dates:
- December 15, 2014: Deadline for paper submission (midnight Pacific
  Daylight Time)
- March 1, 2015: Notification to authors
- May 15, 2015: Camera-ready papers due


Dr Lorraine Goeuriot (lorraine.goeuriot at and Dr Liadh Kelly (
liadh.kelly at
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