The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

August 28, 2018 to August 31, 2018
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2018) seeks original research papers that focus on the design, implementation, development, management, use and evaluation of advanced systems where document and document collections play a key role. DocEng emphasizes innovative approaches to document engineering technology, use of documents and document collections in real-world applications, novel principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage, maintain, share, and productively use these. In particular, DocEng 2018 seeks works involving large-scale document engineering applications of industrial relevance. You are invited to submit original papers to DocEng 2018, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Attendees at this international forum have interests that span all aspects of document engineering and applications.

Important Dates

Full papers Short papers & application notes
abstracts due February 1, 2018, extended to February 8 (must submit abstract before manuscript) manuscripts due March 22, 2018, extended to March 29
(time AOE-Anywhere on Earth)
manuscripts due February 8, 2018, extended to February 15 acceptance notice April 30, 2018
acceptance notice March 15, 2018

Evaluation Criteria

The program committee will evaluate the technical contribution of each submission as well as its general accessibility to the DocEng audience. Papers will be judged on significance, originality, and clarity. The paper must be organized so that it is easily understood by an audience with varied expertise. The paper should clearly identify what has been accomplished, why it is significant, and how it relates to previous work.


Symposium format

DocEng is a single-track conference attended by a community of academic and industrial researchers. It will be preceded by one day of workshops and tutorials.

Symposium organization

Role Names
General chairs Evangelos Milios & Stan Matwin
Program chairs Vlado Keselj & Jimmy Huang
Workshops and tutorials Sonja Schimmler & Fernando Paulovich
Local chair Abidalrahman Moh’d
Publicity chair Axel Soto
Web chair Seyednaser Nourashrafeddin (Hamid)
Birds of a feather chair Charles Nicholas

Relevant topics

Collections, Systems, and Management
Document repositories: storage, indexing, retrieval, deduplication, cleansing
Enterprise content management: models and standards, scale and performance
Digital libraries: and archives preservation systems
Document system components: security, versioning, synchronization
Massive collections of documents
Document systems and workflows
Systems engineering and documents
Modelling and Representation
Document models and structures (multimedia, graphs, trees, streams, adaptive and responsive documents, probabilistic documents)
Document representation and standards (interchange standards, markup languages, style sheets, document type representation, metadata)
Collaborative documents and sharing economy
Document internationalization, multilingual representations
Generation, Manipulation, and Presentation
Document authoring tools and systems
Document presentation (typography, formatting, layout) algorithms and systems
Automatically generated documents, content customization, variable printing
Mobile platforms and documents
Document transformation
User Experience
Navigation, search
Usability, accessibility, readability, and aesthetics
Collaborative authoring and editing, curation and annotation
Workflows, integration, and interaction between human and automated processes
Culture-dependent layouts
Document Content Analysis*
Structure and visual representation analysis
Linguistic and semantic (content) analysis, categorization, classification, clustering
Automated tagging, named entity disambiguation, semantic linking, automatic image captioning
OCR Error correction
Systems for Visual Document Analysis*
Historical document processing
Handwritten character recognition
Recognition of images, equations, drawings, music scores and other content in document images and layout description languages
Recovery and assessing document quality from distortions and defects such as tears or blemishes
We encourage submissions about document-centric applications such as:Digital humanities, digital preservation/archiving
eBooks and digital publishing
Web applications and systems
Mobile applications
Web Document Processing and Interaction
Rich web applications
Systems and algorithms for safe and efficient document processing
Scalable distributed document processing
Linked data and semantics enrichment, linking techniques and standards
Documents and privacy
Secure document workflows, policy, and access, security for mobile and printing devices
Security printing, including document identification, tagging and meta-data
Cyber-physical document workflows, especially electronic/print options, including 3D printing workflows*

* Pure document image or document content analysis papers are not out of scope but authors should clarify how the contribution relates to document engineering technology, use of documents or document collections

Authors Take Note

Submission Information

DocEng is a single track conference attended by a community of academic and industrial researchers. At least one author for each paper or application note and all workshop organizers and presenters must register to attend DocEng 2018. All papers must conform to the ACM SIG Proceedings format.

Each submission must fit in one of the following categories:

Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Submitters should also be aware of ACM’s Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism.

All submissions will undergo a rigorous single blind review process considering the originality of work, the quality of research or analysis of experience, the relevance to document engineering and the quality of presentation of ideas.

Submission of the Camera-ready paper: Please ensure the following when you submit the final paper to EasyChair Proceedings.

  1. You have included the ACM CCS information in your paper. Instructions are in the sigconf latex template and also here.
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  5. In the next few days we will proof read the camera ready versions and email you with specific instructions if some corrective action is required for your paper. Kindly respond to this within 48 hours, so as not to delay the publication process.

Submission of Auxiliary Material (Full papers and Short papers):

All auxiliary material should be submitted in a folder called "aux" within the .gz or .tar file submitted with the pdf and source files of the paper.

Auxiliary material may include videos, survey text, experimental protocols, source code, data and any other material which may help with the replicability of your work. Any non-video auxiliary material should include a "README" file with a description of the materials. Auxiliary material will be uploaded on the ACM digital library with your paper. Please keep in mind that not everyone who reads the paper will necessarily view the auxiliary material, so your submission must stand on its own, and will be reviewed as such.

Video figures do not have a specified limit for duration, although we recommend staying within 10 minutes.

Submission of Supplemental Material (Application Notes and Demos only):

All supplemental material should be submitted in a folder called "sup" within the .gz or .tar file submitted with the pdf and source files of the paper.

Supplemental material may include for example, a video of the planned demonstration or other audio-visual content that helps a reader understand the system or application. It forms an integral part of the published paper and reviewers are instructed to view this material as part of the reviewing process.

Video figures do not have a specified limit for duration, although we recommend staying within 10 minutes.