Call for papers


SPIRE 2018 covers research in all aspects of string processing, information retrieval, computational biology, and related applications. Typical topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • String Processing: string pattern matching, text indexing, data structures for string processing, text compression, compressed data structures, compressed string processing, text mining, 2D pattern matching, automata based string processing.
  • Information Retrieval (IR): retrieval models, indexing, evaluation, algorithms and data structures for IR, efficient implementation of IR systems, interface design, text classification and clustering, text analysis and mining, collaborative and content-based filtering, topic modeling for IR, search tasks (Web search, enterprise search, desktop search, legal search, cross-lingual retrieval, federated search, (micro) blog search, XML retrieval, multimedia retrieval), digital libraries.
  • Computational Biology: high-throughput DNA sequencing (assembly, read alignment, read error correction, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics), evolution and phylogenetics, gene and regulatory element recognition, motif finding, protein structure prediction.


    • Paper deadline: May 18th, 2018 (anywhere on Earth)
    • Notification: July 9th, 2018
    • Camera-ready due: July 23rd, 2018
    • Early bird registration: August 31st, 2018 (extended from July 23rd due to technical difficulties)
    • Main conference: 9th-11th October, 2018
    • Workshops: 8th and 12th October, 2018


SPIRE 2018 invites submissions in two categories:

  • long papers (up to 12 pages, excluding references and optional appendices) and
  • short papers (up to 6 pages, excluding references and optional appendices).

The reviewing process of SPIRE 2018 will be single-blind, namely each submission should be non-anonymous. The submission server will be EasyChair ( The proceedings will be published in the LNCS series of Springer-Verlag. The use of either LaTeX or Word LNCS templates is mandatory. Suitable templates are available at the Springer Website ( Do not change the margin size or the font, do not make a separate title page, etc.: use the LNCS style file as given. Simultaneous submission to other conferences with published proceedings is not permitted.