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Important Dates
Conference: May 29th-31st, 2019
Abstract submission deadline:
January 23rd, 2019 February 1st, 2019 Anywhere on Earth”, i.e., UTC-12
Regular paper submission deadline:
February 1st, 2019 February 10th, 2019 Anywhere on Earth”
Notification to authors and registration opening:
March 18th, 2019 April 1st, 2019
Camera-ready copy deadline for all paper types:
April 2nd, 2019 April 12th, 2019
Author registration deadline:
April 28th, 2019
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The goal of RCIS is to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers and practitioners from a wide range of information science fields and provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and dissemination. RCIS has become a recognised conference on research challenges in information sciences. Organised for the 13th time in a row, RCIS 2019 will be held from May 29-31, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium, Capital of Europe.

The RCIS 2019 Doctoral Consortium is an opportunity for doctoral students to present, discuss and develop their research project in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of senior researchers. The doctoral consortium is especially designed for the students who have defined their topic, research plan and have obtained early results, but who still have room for improving their longer term plan. However, since the doctoral consortium is meant to also help at creating a community of early career researchers and at sharing experiences, we encourage PhD students at all stages of their doctoral project to participate by submitting their latest research results.

Scope and topics

As part of the RCIS 2019 conference, the scope and topics of the doctoral consortium are the same as those of the main conference, with the special focus on “Towards a Design Science for Information Systems”. Please refer to

The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:
  • Provide a platform for students to present their work and to meet other students in the community
  • Provide feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference event.
The DC is organized in sessions embedded in the main RCIS 2019 conference program.
Submission guidelines
Interested PhD students are invited to submit papers (maximum length: 6 pages) addressing the following content:
  • Introduce the field of research and identify the main challenges
  • Formulate the research questions and objectives, justifying why they were chosen
  • Outline the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions
  • Sketch the research methodology that is being applied
  • Describe the proposed solution and the results achieved so far
  • State how the suggested solution is different or better than existing approaches
  • Indicate the issues still to be resolved, and describe the next steps that are planned.
Submissions must be written in English, must be authored by the student only, and must follow the IEEE 2-column format available at (

Submissions must be unpublished and must not be under review for any other conference, workshop or journal.

By submitting a DC paper, doctoral students commit that they will attend the conference to present their research. Accepted papers will not be published if the author does not register at the conference to present the paper.

The submission site address is: Please choose “Doctoral Consortium” as a submission type.

Authors of accepted submissions will submit the camera-ready version using the same format as the initial submission. The reviewers’ comments shall be taken into account in the camera-ready paper. Only papers that have been presented by their authors will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors will receive information on the presentation, and how to register for the conference. There will be a discounted registration fee for DC students.
Important Dates
Doctoral paper submission deadline: February 1st, 2019 March 1st, 2019 (“Anywhere on Earth”)
Author notification and registration opening: April 1st, 2019
Camera-ready deadline and author registration: April 12th, 2019
Authors registration deadline: April 28th, 2019
RCIS’2019 Conference: May 29th-31st, 2019
Review Process

The review and decision of acceptance will be based on the opinions of at least two reviewers that will conduct a blind review process. Many factors will be considered, including the quality of the proposal, the clarity of the paper, and the stage within the doctoral education program. The selection process will, when possible, maximize a good coverage of the topics of the conference and diversity of participants' background, research objectives, and research methods.

The reviewers for a proposal will consist of two members of the international program committee.

At the Conference

Each student will present his or her work to the participants with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating researchers and other students. The discussion will be guided by a member of the committee of expert mentors, who will play the role of proposal discussant together with another Phd student that has been accepted at the Doctoral Consortium.

Each student will then be asked to review another accepted DC paper and prepare a few questions to be discussed during the consortium day. The papers will be assigned in advance such that the students will have sufficient time to review the paper and prepare their questions.

The consortium sessions will have an informal atmosphere where every participant is encouraged to be actively involved in the discussion, the core objective being to learn how to conduct excellent research, as opposed to criticizing each other’s work.

Fabian Gilson , University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Michael Petit , UNamur, Belgium
Program Committee
  • Austen Rainer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Csaba Nagy, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland and University of Szeged, Hungary
  • Etienne Cuvelier, ICHEC Brussels Management Schools, Belgium
  • Giuseppe Berio, Université de Bretagne Sud, France
  • Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Miguel Morales, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Moussa Amrani, UNamur, Belgium
  • Sébastien Mosser, Université Côte d'Azur, France
  • Xavier Devroey, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Xavier Le Pallec, Université Lille 1, France

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