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The need for tools to address problems of information overload has become apparent. Information seeking is a complex process as often searchers do not know what they are looking for. Information retrieval tools need to be context sensitive and the retrieval process should adapt to users context. Increasingly information is sought from collections with multiple media and genres using multiple modalities and languages. A number of factors affect the retrieval process such as query formulation, matching process and result presentation.

Adaptive retrieval, a process in which search process is adapted towards the user needs/context has become more and more important. Effective retrieval systems should learn and predict what information a searcher needs, decide how and when this information should be presented. In order to do this, systems should effectively distinguish between different search goals and searcher preferences.

Adaptation can happen in many different ways during an information seeking process. It can be related to user’s short-term or long-term needs. It can be related to the specific context of the user or task at hand. This special topic issue of the Journal of Information Processing & Management will address adaptive retrieval approaches.


Submissions for the special topic issue should be high-quality manuscripts on the theoretical, empirical and methodological issues surrounding adaptive information retrieval. Submissions should describe original research and not be under consideration in any other forum.

All submissions should be formatted according to the Information Processing & Management guidelines for papers, references, and citations and should be submitted using the Elsevier Editorial System for Information Processing and Management.

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that authors select Special Issue: Adaptive Information when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.

Submitted articles will be reviewed according to the Information Processing & Management reviewing criteria and appropriateness to the special topic issue.

We particularly welcome submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:


Please contact Joemon Jose for further information on the CFP.