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WOSP 2020 : 8th International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications


When Aug 4, 2020 - Aug 5, 2020
Where Xi’an, China
Submission Deadline May 18, 2020
Notification Due Jun 22, 2020
Final Version Due Jul 13, 2020
Categories    text-mining   data-mining   digital libraries   scholarly publications

Call For Papers

You are invited to participate in the upcoming 8th International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications (WOSP 2020) to be held in conjunction with the 2020 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2020) on August 4th or 5th, 2020 in Xi’an, China.

The workshop will consist of a research track, which is a continuation of the successful WOSP workshop series (, and a shared task track ( The shared task track includes two new challenges: the '3C' Citation Context Classification Task, and the Subject Classification Task.

The submission deadline is Monday, May 18, 2020.

August 4th or 5th, 2020 – Xi’an, China

Workshop page:
Conference page:


The entire body of research literature is currently estimated at 100-150 million publications with an annual increase of around 1.5 million. Research literature constitutes the most complete representation of knowledge we have assembled as human species. It enables us to develop cures to diseases, solve difficult engineering problems and answer many of the world’s challenges we are facing today. Systematically reading and analysing the full body of knowledge is now beyond the capacities of any human being. Consequently, it is important to better understand how we can leverage Natural Language Processing/Text Mining techniques to aid knowledge creation and improve the process by which research is being done.

This workshop aims to bring together people from different backgrounds who:
(a) have experience with analysing and mining databases of scientific publications,
(b) develop systems that enable such analysis and mining of scientific databases (especially those who publication databases) or
(c) who develop novel technologies that improve the way research is being done.


The topics of the workshop will be organised around the following themes:

1. The whole ecosystem of infrastructures including repositories, aggregators, text-and data-mining facilities, impact monitoring tools, datasets, services and APIs that enable analysis of large volumes of scientific publications.
2. Semantic enrichment of scientific publications by means of text and data mining.
3. Analysis of large databases of scientific publications to identify research trends, high impact and improve access to research content.


This year we would like to invite the workshop participants to take part in two special Shared Tasks.

'3C' Citation Context Classification Task
We are extremely excited to introduce the new Citation Context Classification '3C' task which will require teams to build models for the classification of citations according to purpose and influence. A brand new dataset of annotated citations will be released for training and test purposes. All teams of all levels are welcome to submit their entries.
Subject Classification Shared Task
We are also excited to announce a shared task on subject area classification. This task will require teams to build models that identify which subject area publications fall into. An expert-curated dataset will be released for this challenge.
For more information about the shared tasks, please see the workshop website:
Registration: Interested teams need to register before receiving access to the shared task data. The registration is done using EasyChair: For detailed instructions, please see the workshop website.


We invite submissions related to the workshop’s topics. Long papers should not exceed 10 pages and short papers should not exceed 4 pages in the JCDL (ACM) style. Furthermore, we welcome demo presentations of systems or methods. A demonstration submission should consist of a maximum two-page description of the system, method or tool to be demonstrated.
The ACM proceedings template can be found here Papers should be submitted using


Monday, May 11, -- Shared task evaluation data release
Monday, May 18 -- Paper and Shared task submission deadline
Monday, June 22 -- Acceptance notification and Shared Task results release
Monday, July 13 -- Camera-Ready
Tuesday, August 4th or Wednesday, August 5th -- Workshop

The dates are at this stage indicative only and can change.


Petr Knoth, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK
Christopher Stahl, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Bikash Gyawali, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK
David Price, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK
Drahomira Herrmannova, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

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