Psychology of Diagrams

This special track will be devoted to psychological issues pertaining to diagrams.

Topics of Interest (Psychology Track)

Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

  • cognitive aspects of diagrams and diagrammatic thinking, including:
    • reasoning with diagrams
    • comprehension of diagrams
    • mental imagery and mental animation
  • diagrams and wayfinding
  • diagrams as pedagogical tools
  • human perception and the design of diagrams
  • reasoning with diagrams from a psychological perspective
  • sociocultural interpretations of diagrams
  • spatial structure of diagrams
  • students’ use or misuse of diagrams

If the main research contribution of your submission is considered to be on the psychology of diagrams you are strongly encouraged to submit to this track with its dedicated Program Committee.

[The details below are the same as for the main track, except for the dedicated Program Committee.]

Submission Categories

The Psychology Track 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.

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 (Psychology Track)

Mireille Betrancourt, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Jean-Michel Boucheix, Université de Bourgogne, France
James E. Corter, Columbia University, USA
Jim Davies, Carleton University, Canada
Mary Hegarty, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
John Kulvicki, Dartmouth College, USA
Andrew T. Stull, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Takeshi Sugio, Doshisha University, Japan