Philosophy of Diagrams

Diagrams is the only conference series that provides a united forum for all areas that are concerned with the study of diagrams and has a multidisciplinary emphasis.

For 2020, we will have a special track devoted to philosophical issues pertaining to diagrams. Special theme topics include any research on the philosophy of diagrams, such as:

– aesthetic properties of diagrams,
– diagrams for syllogisms,
– diagrams in mathematical practice,
– diagrams in the mind,
– historical aspects of diagrams,
– iconicity and naturalness of diagrams,
– imagination,
– philosophy of notation,
– reasoning and argumentation with diagrams,
– semantics of diagrams,
– semiotics of diagrams,
– square of opposition, trees and graphs,
– the nature of diagrams and diagramming,
– the work of C. S. Peirce,
– visualization and intuition.

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

Submission Categories

Diagrams 2020 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, but will be made available in hard-copy form at the conference. 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, and will contain the Long Papers, Short Papers, and Posters.

Formatting Guidelines

All submissions must follow Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines:

Springer guidelines

How to Submit

Submissions should be made by the respective deadline via EasyChair:


Program Committee (more members may be added)

Francesco Bellucci, University of Bologna
Jim Burton, University of Brighton
Jessica Carter, University of Southern Denmark
Daniele Chiffi, Tallinn University of Technology
Silvia De Toffoli, Stanford University
Lorenz Demey, KU Leuven
Maria Giulia Dondero, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique/Université de Liège
George Englebretsen, Bishop’s University
Emily Grosholz, The Pennsylvania State University
Mikkel Willum Johansen
John Kulvicki, Dartmouth College
Brendan Larvor, University of Hertfordshire
Catherine Legg, Deakin University
Javier Legris, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Jens Lemanski, FernUniversität in Hagen
Danielle Macbeth, Haverford College
Amirouche Moktefi, Tallinn University of Technology
Marco Panza
Dirk Schlimm, McGill University
Hans Smessaert, K.U.Leuven
Jean Van Bendegem