Psychology 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 psychological issues pertaining to diagrams. Special theme topics include any research on the psychology of diagrams, such as:

  • 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.

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

Lindsey Richland, University of California, Irvine, USA

Jean-Michel Boucheix, University of Burgundy, France

Amy Fox, University of California, San Diego, USA

Peter Cheng, University of Sussex, UK

Takeshi Sugio, Doshisha University, Japan

Jennifer Cromley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Barbara Tversky, Columbia University and Stanford University, USA