Main Track

The main track will be devoted to all aspects of diagrams research that fall into the scope of the conference, except that contributions which are largely philosophical or psychological in nature should be submitted to the special tracks.

Topics of Interest (Main Track)

Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

  • applications of diagrams,
  • computational models of reasoning with, and interpretation of, diagrams,
  • design of diagrammatic notations,
  • diagram understanding by humans or machines,
  • diagram aesthetics and layout,
  • educational uses of diagrams,
  • evaluation of diagrammatic notations,
  • graphical communication and literacy,
  • heterogeneous notations involving diagrams,
  • history of diagrammatic notations,
  • information visualization using diagrams,
  • nature of diagrams and diagramming,
  • novel technologies for diagram use,
  • philosophy of diagrams (see the Philosophy of Diagrams special call),
  • psychological issues pertaining to diagrams (see the Psychology of Diagrams special call),
  • reasoning with diagrams,
  • semiotics of diagrams,
  • software to support the use of diagrams, and
  • usability and human-computer interaction issues concerning diagrams.

If the main research contribution of your submission is considered to be on either of the special themes – philosophy of diagrams and the psychology of diagrams – you are strongly encouraged to submit to the respective special track, each of which has a dedicated program committee.

Submission Categories

Diagrams 2018 will include presentations of refereed Papers, Abstracts, and Posters, alongside tutorials, workshop sessions, and a graduate symposium.

We invite submissions for peer review that focus on any aspect of diagrams research, as follows:

  • Long Papers (16 pages)
  • Abstracts (3 pages)
  • Short Papers (8 pages)
  • Posters (4 pages – this is both a maximum and minimum requirement)

All submissions should include diagrams where appropriate. Submission of Long Papers, Abstracts, Short Papers, and Posters should be made to either the main conference track, or one of the special session tracks, on the philosophy of diagrams and the psychology of diagrams.

Long Papers and Short Papers should report on original research contributions.

Submissions to the Abstracts category should report on significant research contributions, which may have been published elsewhere (such submissions must clearly cite prior work) or are intended to be published elsewhere. The contribution should be of a similar level to that expected of a Long Paper. Submissions to the Abstracts category will not be included as an archival contribution in the proceedings. Accepted Abstract submissions will be offered the same presentation time in the program as Long papers. High quality Abstract submissions that nonetheless fall short of the standard required for full acceptance may be accepted for a short presentation. The Abstracts submission category is not intended for work-in-progress; the Poster submission category should be used for work-in-progress.

Posters may report on original, yet early stage, research or on previously published research that is of interest to the Diagrams community (such submissions must clearly cite prior work).


The Proceedings will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The Long papers, Short papers, and Posters will be indexed by Springer, whilst the Abstracts will not.

Formatting Guidelines

All submissions must follow Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines:

How to Submit

Submissions should be made by the respective deadline via EasyChair:

Program Committee (Main Track)

Dave Barker-Plummer, Stanford University, USA
Lisa Best, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge, UK
Jean-Michel Boucheix, Université de Bourgogne, France
Richard Burns, West Chester University, USA
B. Chandrasekaran, The Ohio State University, USA
Peter Cheng, University of Sussex, UK
Lopamudra Choudhury, Jadavpur University, India
Peter Coppin, OCAD University, Canada
Frithjof Dau, SAP, Germany
Aidan Delaney, University of Brighton, UK
Tim Dwyer, Monash University, Australia
Jacques Fleuriot , University of Edinburgh, UK
Maria Giulia Dondero, University of Liege, Belgium
Mary Hegarty, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
John Howse, University of Brighton, UK
Mateja Jamnik, University of Cambridge, UK
Yasuhiro Katagiri, Hakodate Mirai University, Japan
John Lee, University of Edinburgh, UK
Emmanuel Manalo, Kyoto University, Japan
Kim Marriott, Monash University, Australia
Luana Micallef, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Finland
Hari Narayanan, Auburn University, USA
Beryl Plimmer, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Helen Purchase, University of Glasgow, UK
Peter Rodgers, University of Kent, UK
Stephanie Schwartz, Millersville University, USA
Atsushi Shimojima, Doshisha University, Japan
Sun-Joo Shin, Yale University, USA
Hans Smessaert, University of Leuven, Belgium
Ben Steichen, Santa Clara University, USA
Ryo Takemura, Nihon University, Japan
Yuri Uesaka,  University of Tokyo, Japan
Agnes Veszelszki, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hunary
Petrucio Viana,  Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil