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. 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.

Format: 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.




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




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.

Important Dates

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

  • November 2, 2020: Journal track paper submission deadline
  • November 18, 2020: Journal track paper submission deadline
  • January 11, 2021: Initial journal track decision announced to authors
  • [February 8, 2021: Regular conference paper submission deadline]
  • March 15, 2021: Revised journal track paper submission deadline
  • May 31, 2021: Final journal track paper decision announced to authors

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

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