ICDT 2018 Call for Papers

ICDT is a scientific conference on research of data management theory, providing an international forum for the communication of research advances in the field. ICDT began as a biennial conference in 1986, and since 2009 it has been held annually and jointly with EDBT (Extending Database Technology).


Every topic related to the principles of data management is relevant to ICDT. Particularly welcome are contributions that connect data management to theoretical computer science, and those that connect database theory and database practice. In particular, ICDT welcomes contributions in the following areas:

  • Data models, data structures, algorithms for data management
  • Database design and semantics, query languages
  • Computational complexity in data management
  • Data mining, information extraction, information retrieval
  • Concurrency and recovery in databases
  • Distributed and parallel databases, cloud computing
  • Incompleteness, inconsistency, probability, and general uncertainty in databases
  • Connections between databases and knowledge representation
  • Graph databases and (semantic) Web data
  • Data streams, sketching
  • Data-centric (business) process management, workflows, Web services
  • Data/knowledge integration and exchange, data warehouses
  • Data provenance, views and, metadata management
  • Domain-specific databases (multimedia, scientific, spatial, temporal, text)
  • Deductive databases
  • Data privacy and security
  • Database aspects of machine learning
  • Model theory, logic, algebras

Reach-Out Track

Starting in 2018, ICDT will have a Reach-Out track (RO track for short), dedicated to papers that suggest novel directions for database theory. This track focuses on a special topic that may change every year. For ICDT 2018 the topic is Foundations for Emerging Data Applications, targeting papers that lay the formal foundations of novel data models and/or novel operations/analyses that are driven by the plethora of data-centric applications in the era of Big Data. As specified below, papers in the RO track are subject to a different page limit.

The goal of the RO track is to expand the scope and impact of research in the theoretical database community, especially towards the challenges relevant to neighboring communities such as Database Systems, Operating Systems, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Programming Languages, Distributed Computing, and so on. In particular, we encourage submissions from communities that have traditionally not viewed ICDT as a natural welcoming venue, but nevertheless have the interest and background to push the agenda of ICDT towards new important directions. We expect papers in this track to be shorter than typical ordinary ICDT papers. We seek theoretical bases that have the potential to lead to valuable and impactful theoretical developments in follow-up research. This is clearly a speculative metric that is difficult to judge, and we therefore encourage authors to illustrate the potential impact via convincing examples, preliminary results, and clearly defined open problems.

Submission Instructions

All submissions will be electronic via EasyChair (see link). Papers must be written in English and provide sufficient detail to allow the program committee to assess their merits. The results must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere, including the proceedings of other symposia or workshops. Papers must be submitted as PDF documents, using the LIPIcs style. Page limitations, excluding references, are as follows.

  • Regular submissions: at most 15 pages.
  • RO-track submissions: at most 8 pages.

Additional details may be included in a clearly marked appendix, which, however, will be read at the discretion of the program committee.

The proceedings will appear in the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) series, based at Schloss Dagstuhl. This guarantees that the proceedings will be available online and free of charge, while the authors retain the rights over their work. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register at the conference and to present the paper.

Important Dates

The conference will take place on March 26–29, 2018.

ICDT, as well as PODS (ACM Symposium on Principles of Database Systems), have two submission deadlines. All four (ICDT and PODS) cycles are interleaved in a sequence, with the notification deadline of each cycle preceding the abstract deadline of the next cycle. The deadlines for the submission cycles of ICDT 2018 are the following:

Submission Cycle Abstract Full Paper Notification
First March 18 21, 2017 March 25 28, 2017 May 29, 2017
Second Sept 11, 2017 Sept 18, 2017 Nov 27, 2017

Deadlines expire at 5pm, PT.

For papers in the first submission cycle that are judged to be of high quality but with substantial defects (i.e., correctable defects beyond the changes that could be addressed by the standard transformation of a submission to a camera-ready) ICDT will offer the possibility of revision. It is expected that revised papers that properly address the concerns of the reviewers will be accepted.


An award will be given to the Best Paper. Also, an award will be given to the Best Newcomer Paper written by newcomers to the field of database theory. The latter award will preferentially be given to a paper written only by students; in that case the award will be called Best Student-Paper Award. The program committee reserves the following rights: not to give any award; to split an award among several papers; and to define the notion of a newcomer. Papers authored or co-authored by program committee members are not eligible for any award.