The 21st ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2021) seeks original research papers that focus on the design, implementation, development, management, use and evaluation of advanced systems where document and document collections play a key role. DocEng emphasizes innovative approaches to document engineering technology, use of documents and document collections in real world applications, novel principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage, maintain, share, and productively use these. In particular, DocEng 2021 seeks contributions in the area of collaborative work with documents. You are invited to submit original papers to DocEng 2021, to be held in Limerick, Ireland. Attendees at this international forum have interests that span all aspects of document engineering and applications.

The 21st ACM Symposium on Document Engineering
24th August, 2021 to 27th August, 2021
Limerick, Ireland
Call for Papers

Important Dates

Full Papers

abstracts due 30th March, 2021
manuscripts due 13th April, 2021
acceptance notice 18th May, 2021


Short Papers / Application Notes

abstracts due 22th May, 2021
manuscripts due 25th May, 2021
acceptance notice 3rd July, 2021


23rd July, 2021: Camera-ready papers due

24th August, 2021: Workshops & tutorials

25th August, 2021: Conference starts

27th August, 2021: Conference ends

Proceedings and post-proceedings

Accepted articles will be published in the DocEng 2021 proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. The program committee will evaluate the technical contribution of each submission as well as its general accessibility to the DocEng audience. Papers will be judged on significance, originality, and clarity. The paper must be organized so that it is easily understood by an audience with varied expertise. The paper should clearly identify what has been accomplished, why it is significant, and how it relates to previous work.

  • Full papers: describing complete works of research (up to 10 pages).
  • Short papers: describing smaller complete works of research, novel challenges or visions (up to 4 pages). 
  • Application notes: describing systems or tools (up to 4 pages).

Submissions should be prepared using the ACM format. Guidelines are availables at

Papers can be submitted online at:

Symposium Format

DocEng is a single-track conference attended by a community of academic and industrial researchers. It will be preceded by one day of workshops and tutorials. Relevant Topics We seek original contributions that are mainly focused on, but not necessarily limited to, the following topics:

  • Collections, Systems, and Management 
  • AI in document processing and management
  • Storage, indexing, retrieval, deduplication, cleansing
  • Enterprise content management: models and standards, scale and performance
  • Digital libraries: and archives preservation systems - Massive collections of documents
  • Systems and algorithms for safe and efficient document processing
  • Scalable distributed document processing
  • Modelling and Representation
  • Document models and structures: multimedia objects, graphs, trees, streams, adaptive and responsive documents, probabilistic documents
  • Document representation and standards: interchange standards, markup languages, style sheets
  • Document type representation, metadata
  • Linked data and semantics enrichment, linking techniques and standards
  • Collaborative documents and sharing economy
  • Document internationalization, multilingual representations
  • Versioning 
  • Generation, Manipulation, and Presentation
  • Document authoring tools and systems
  • Document presentation: algorithms and systems for typography, formatting and layout generation
  • Automatically generated documents, content customization, variable printing
  • Mobile platforms and documents 
  • Document transformation
  • User Experience
  • Navigation, search
  • Usability, accessibility, readability, and aesthetics
  • Collaborative authoring and editing, curation and annotation
  • Workflows, integration, and interaction between human and automated processes
  • Culture-dependent layouts
  • Document Content Analysis*
  • AI in document content analysis
  • Structure and visual representation analysis
  • Linguistic and semantic (content) analysis, categorization, classification, clustering 
  • Automated tagging, named entity disambiguation, semantic linking, automatic image captioning
  • OCR Error correction
  • Systems for Visual Document Analysis*
  • Historical document processing
  • Handwritten character recognition
  • Recognition of images, equations, drawings, music scores and other content in document images and layout description languages 
  • Recovery and assessing document quality from distortions and defects such as tears or blemishes
  • Security
  • Documents and privacy
  • Secure document workflows, policy, and access, security for mobile and printing devices
  • Security printing, including document identification, tagging and meta-data
  • Cyber-physical document workflows, especially electronic/print options, including 3D printing workflows* 
  • Applications
  • Digital humanities
  • Digital preservation/archiving
  • Open Science
  • Education 
  • eBooks and digital publishing 
  • Web applications and systems 
  • Mobile applications

* Pure document image or document content analysis papers are not out of scope but authors should clarify how the contribution relates to document engineering technology, use of documents or document collections