Important Dates
Conference: May 11 - 14, 2021
Posters/Demos/DC/RP Submission Deadline:
February 19 , 2021
Submission deadline only for tutorials:
March 19, 2021
Conference Registration:
12 Mar 2021 – 11 May 2021

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Samira Cherfi
CNAM, France

Anna Perini
FBK, Italy


Prof. George Angelos Papadopoulos
University of Cyprus


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15th International Conference on
Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS2021)

Scope and Topics

RCIS aims to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers and practitioners from a wide range of information science fields and to provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and dissemination. The RCIS 2021 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 offers ample opportunities for PhD students. Firstly, the feedback received during the Doctoral Consortium will really benefit students who have defined their topic, research plan and have obtained early results, but who still have room for improving their longer-term plan. Secondly, students at all stages of their doctoral project can meet the welcoming RCIS community and widen their network of contacts.

The main scope and topics of the Doctoral Consortium are the same as those of the main conference. RCIS welcomes submissions from the whole spectrum of the information science field. The list of themes and topics includes, but is not limited to, Information Systems and their Engineering, User-Oriented Approaches, Data and Information Management, Business Process Management, Domain-specific IS Engineering, Data Science, Information Infrastructures, Reflective Research and Practice (see the call for papers of RCIS 2021 for more detail).


The Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • Provide a platform for students to present their work and to meet other peers and be familiar with different research topics and methods.
  • Provide feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research and networking
  • Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers.

The Doctoral Consortium is organised in sessions that are part of the RCIS 2021 conference programme.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: February 9, 2021
Posters/Demos/DC/RP Submission Deadline February 19, 2021
Notification to authors and registration opening: March 12, 2021
Submission deadline only for tutorials: March 19, 2021
Author registration deadline: March 29, 2021 - March 26, 2021
Camera-ready paper deadline: March 29, 2021 - March 26, 2021
Conference: May 11-14, 2021

DC Chairs

Xavier Franch
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Renata Guizzardi
University of Twente, Netherlands

Submission Guidelines

Interested PhD students are invited to submit papers, in agreement with their supervisors, addressing the following instructions. Please bear in mind that we are not prescribing a specific structure of sections; we just expect that you cover these topics in the paper:

  • 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 and empirical research instruments (e.g. interviews, case study, controlled experiment) that are being applied and justify their convenience (in particular, why they have been chosen among other possible alternatives)
  • Describe the proposed solution and the results achieved so far
  • State how the suggested solution is different from or better than existing approaches
  • Indicate the issues still to be resolved and describe the next steps that are planned
  • Reflect how you plan to follow open science principles (e.g., availability of research data, replication of studies, …)

Students should mention if they have presented their work in former Doctoral Consortia in other conferences.

Papers shall be formatted according to the Springer LNCS/LNBIP conference proceedings template (for LaTeX and Word): Submissions must be written in English, and must be authored by the student only. The maximum length of the paper should be eight (8) pages, including references, appendices, etc.

Authors of accepted submissions will submit the camera-ready version using the same format as the initial submission (some additional instructions might be issued at this stage). The reviewers’ comments shall be taken into account in the camera-ready paper. Authors will receive information on the presentation, and how to register for the conference. There will be a discounted registration fee for Doctoral Consortium students.

The accepted papers will be published in a Springer LNBIP volume, along with the other papers accepted for RCIS 2021. This will give visibility to the work of the doctoral student and contribute to building their CV.

The submission site is On submission, you will be asked to select a track. Please choose the “RCIS2021_Doctoral_Consortium” track.

By submitting a Doctoral Consortium paper, doctoral students commit that they will attend the conference to present their research. The appearance of a paper in the Springer proceedings is dependent on the registration of the author within the early registration deadline on March 29, 2021 - March 26, 2021.

Review Process

The review and decision of acceptance will be based on the opinions of at least two reviewers. Several 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, maximise a good coverage of the topics of the conference and diversity of participants' background, research objectives, and research methods. In case of high number of submissions, students who have not yet presented their work in other Doctoral Consortiums will be given priority.

At the conference

Students will present their 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 be invited to review another accepted Doctoral Consortium 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 and friendly 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 well as provide and receive useful feedback to improve one’s work.

Research Challenges in Information Science Series
RCIS-2007 | RCIS-2008 | RCIS-2009 | RCIS-2010 | RCIS-2011 | RCIS-2012 | RCIS-2013 | RCIS-2014 | RCIS-2015 | RCIS-2016 | RCIS-2017 | RCIS-2018 | RCIS-2019 | RCIS-2020