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September, 2020

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  • Message from the Editor
  • Dates and Deadlines
    • Deadlines
    • Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • Conferences
    • ICDAR 2021: Call for Workshops
    • ICDAR 2021: 1st Call for ICDAR-IJDAR Journal Track Papers *(repost)*
  • Datasets
    • TC11 Datasets Repository *(repost)*

The ICFHR 2020 conference was a great success. Congratulations to the organizers for providing a seamless virtual format, which allowed experts from academia and industry to gather and exchange their latest research on handwriting recognition. Note that the conference platform Moodle will remain accessible until end of October.

In this newsletter, we are already looking ahead to ICDAR 2021, which will be held from September 5-10, 2021, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Workshop organizers interested in holding an ICDAR 2021 satellite workshop are invited to submit a proposal to the workshop chairs by October 5. Upcoming deadlines further include the ICDAR-IJDAR journal track paper submission deadline on November 2.

Regarding competitions, there are two long-term competitions running, namely the ICDAR 2021 Competition on Scientific Literature Parsing and the ICDAR 2021 Competition on Document Visual Question Answering (DocVQA). Accepted short-term competitions will be announced soon.

Andreas Fischer, TC11 Communications Officer
( andreas.fischer@hefr.ch )

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Upcoming Conferences and Events


2021 and Later

  • ICPR 2020. Milan, Italy (January 10-15, 2021)
  • ICDAR 2021. Lausanne, Switzerland (September 5-10, 2021)
  • ICFHR 2022. Hyderabad, India (December, 2022)

ICDAR 2021: Call for Workshops

Important Dates

  Oct 5, 2020   Workshop proposal due date
  Nov 2, 2020   Acceptance notification
Sep 5-7, 2021   Dates of workshops

The ICDAR 2021 Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops that will be held before the commencement of the ICDAR 2021 main conference. Researchers interested in organizing workshops at ICDAR 2021 are invited to submit a proposal, including the following information.

  1. Title
  2. Preference for the duration (full day or half day) and date (September 5-7, 2021)
  3. Scope and motivation
  4. Topics
  5. Relevance for ICDAR
  6. Potential committee
  7. Short CV of organizers

In order to facilitate innovative collaboration and engagement between members of other research communities and the document analysis community, in addition to the document analysis related workshop, Workshop Chairs also strongly encourage other research communities to submit proposals on recent other important topics which are used by the document analysis community. Workshops proposing discussions about topics dealing with an open vision of the notion of documents are also welcome.


  • The ICDAR main conference organizers will handle the workshop registration and provide workshop space, coffee breaks and other facilities required to organize workshops (e.g. a room, a projector and a screen). In addition, a free registration will be provided to an organizer of each workshop.
  • If a workshop incurs costs for invited speakers, the workshop organizers are required to bear that cost. The workshop organizers may solicit sponsorship to cover the relevant costs. They may use their free registration for the invited speaker.
  • Please set the camera-ready due date of your workshop at July 5, 2021, or prior.


  • Workshop proceedings will be published through the ICDAR organizers and proceeding costs will also be borne by the ICDAR main organizers.
  • The front matter (preface, title page and so on) and the paper order with session dividers are provided from the workshop organizers to the ICDAR2021 Publication Chairs. (Its due date will be set around the same date as camera-ready papers.)
  • If the proceedings related conditions above are not met by an organizer, the proceedings will not be published through the ICDAR main organizers, and the organizer will need to be published locally by their own.

Submission Guidelines & Inquiries

All proposals should be submitted by email to the Workshop Chairs (Elisa Barney Smith – Boise State University, USA or Umapada Pal – Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India) via:

ebarneysmith***boisestate.edu or umapada_pal***yahoo.com (please replace *** with the at mark).

For any inquiries you may have regarding the workshops, please contact the Workshop Chairs via the above emails.

ICDAR 2021: 1st Call for ICDAR-IJDAR Journal Track Papers (repost)

Download PDF version of the 1st Call for Journal track papers here.

Continuing a feature that was added in 2019, ICDAR 2021 will again include the option of a journal track that offers the rapid turnaround and dissemination times of a conference while providing the paper length, scientific rigor, and careful review process of an archival journal.

Important Dates
For convenience, we also list the regular conference paper submission deadline enclosed in [brackets].

Nov  2   Journal track paper submission deadline
Jan 11   Initial journal track decision announced to authors
[Feb 8   Regular conference paper submission deadline]
Mar 15   Revised journal track paper submission deadline
May 31   Final journal track paper decision announced to authors

The ICDAR-IJDAR journal track invites high-quality submissions that present original work in the areas of Document Analysis and Recognition appropriate to both the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) and the International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition (IJDAR). Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of IJDAR and will receive an oral presentation slot at the ICDAR 2021 conference. Journal versions of previously published conference papers or survey papers will not be considered for this special issue. Such submissions can be submitted as journal-only papers via the regular IJDAR process.

Authors who submit their work to the journal track commit themselves to present their results at the ICDAR conference in case of acceptance. Springer-Nature, the publisher of IJDAR, will make the papers accepted for the journal track freely available in a time frame of four weeks around the conference, beyond being available in the archival journal.


Papers submitted to the journal track should follow the format of IJDAR submissions and all of the standard guidelines.

Procedure and deadlines

While we are able to permit a somewhat “soft” deadline for submissions of papers to the IJDAR-ICDAR journal track, it must be understood by all authors that the full journal review process will be required for all such submissions - there is no “short cut.” Papers that are submitted later run the risk of the review process not completing in time. In such cases, authors should know that: (1) The submitted paper can still continue under review as an IJDAR paper. (2) The authors always have the option of preparing a shorter version of the paper to submit via the regular ICDAR process.

Questions regarding the status of a paper that is under review for the ICDAR-IJDAR journal track should be directed to the Journal Editorial Office by using the Editorial Manager tools. The guest editors have full authority to determine that the journal review process will not complete in time, and to decline submissions that arrive too late. In which case they will immediately notify the authors who can decide to leave the paper in the standard journal reviewing system or withdraw the manuscript from the journal.


For any information about this initiative, please email one of the editors of this special issue or consult the FAQ that will be posted on the IJDAR website.


This special issue is a joint initiative of the IJDAR editors and the ICDAR 2021 program chairs.
Josep Lladós, Daniel Lopresti, Seiichi Uchida - Program Chairs of ICDAR 2021
Koichi Kise, Daniel Lopresti, Simone Marinai - Editors-in-Chief of IJDAR

TC11 Datasets Repository (repost)

TC11 maintains a collection of datasets that can be found online in the TC11 Datasets Repository.

If you have new datasets (e.g., from competitions) that you wish to share with the research community, please use the online upload form. For questions and support, please contact the TC11 Dataset Curator (contact information is below).

Joseph Chazalon (TC11 Dataset Curator)
( joseph.chazalon@lrde.epita.fr )

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