April 1st, 2021 - Lucca, Italy - Online Event

Text2Story 2021

Fourth International Workshop on Narrative Extraction from Texts
held in conjunction with the 43rd European Conference on Information Retrieval

Call for papers

Call for papers

Although the understanding of natural language has improved over the last couple of years - with research works emerging on the grounds of information extraction and text mining - the problem of constructing consistent narrative structures is yet to be solved. In the fourth edition of the Text2Story workshop, we aim to foster the discussion of recent advances in the link between Information Retrieval (IR) and formal narrative representations from texts. Specifically, we aim to provide a common forum to consolidate the multi-disciplinary efforts and foster discussions to identify the wide-ranging issues related to the narrative extraction task. To this regard, we encourage the submission of high-quality and original submissions covering the following topics:

  • Narrative Representation Language
  • Story Evolution and Shift Detection
  • Event Identification
  • Temporal Information Extraction
  • Temporal Relation Identification
  • Temporal Reasoning
  • Causal Relation Extraction and Arrangement
  • Event Detection, Profiling, Ordering and Linking
  • Narrative Summarization
  • Multi-modal Summarization
  • Automatic Timeline Generation
  • Storyline Visualization
  • Temporal Aspects of Storylines
  • Comprehension of Generated Narratives and Timelines
  • Evaluation Methodologies for Narrative Extraction
  • Resources and Dataset showcase
  • Big data applied to Narrative Extraction
  • Personalization and Recommendation
  • User Profiling and User Behavior Modeling
  • Sentiment and Opinion Detection in Texts
  • Argumentation Mining
  • Credibility
  • Models for detection and removal of bias in generated stories
  • Ethical and fair narrative generation
  • Fact-Checking
  • Bias in Text Documents
  • Bots Influence
  • Information Retrieval Models based on Story Evolution
  • Temporal Information Retrieval and Narrative Extraction
  • Narrative-focused Search in Text Collections
  • Event and Entity importance Estimation in Narratives

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: January 11th, 2021 January 18th, 2021 January 25th, 2021 February 8th, 2021
  • Acceptance Notification Date: February 5th, 2021 February 12th, 2021 February 26th, 2021
  • Camera-ready copies: February 28th, 2021 March 12th, 2021
  • Workshop: April 1st, 2021


We invite two kinds of submissions:

  • Research papers (max 7 pages + references)
  • Demos and position papers (max 5 pages + references)
  • Work in progress and project description papers (max 4 pages + references)
  • Nectar papers with a summary of own work published in other conferences or journals that is worthwhile sharing with the Text2Story community, by emphasizing how it can be applied for narrative extraction, processing or storytelling, adding some more insights or discussions; novel aspects, results or case studies (max 3 pages + references)

All papers must be formatted according to the LNCS format style. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through our Easy Chair link.


Organizing Committee

Program Committee

  • Álvaro Figueira (INESC TEC & University of Porto)
  • Andreas Spitz (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
  • António Horta Branco (University of Lisbon)
  • Arian Pasquali (CitizenLab)
  • Brenda Santana (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Bruno Martins (IST and INESC-ID - Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon)
  • Daniel Gomes (FCT/Arquivo.pt)
  • Daniel Loureiro (University of Porto)
  • Demian Gholipour (University College Dublin)
  • Denilson Barbosa (University of Alberta)
  • Deya Banisakher (Florida International University)
  • Dhruv Gupta (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)
  • Dwaipayan Roy (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
  • Evelin Amorim (INESC TEC)
  • Florian Boudin (Université de Nantes)
  • Gaël Dias (Université de Caen Normandie)
  • Grigorios Tsoumakas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Henrique Lopes Cardoso (University of Porto)
  • Ismail Sengor Altingovde (Middle East Technical University)
  • Jeffery Ansah (Corvid AI)
  • Jeremy Pickens (OpenText)
  • João Paulo Cordeiro (INESC TEC; Universidade da Beira do Interior)
  • Kiran Bandeli (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • Ludovic Moncla (INSA Lyon)
  • Marc Spaniol (Université de Caen Normandie)
  • Nina Tahmasebi (University of Gothenburg)
  • Nuno Moniz (INESC TEC & University of Porto)
  • Pablo Gamallo (University of Santiago de Compostela)
  • Paulo Quaresma (Universidade de Évora)
  • Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI))
  • Ross Purves (University of Zurich)
  • Satya Almasian (Heidelberg University)
  • Sérgio Nunes (INESC TEC & University of Porto)
  • Udo Kruschwitz (University of Regensburg)
  • Yihong Zhang (Osaka University)
  • Yating Zhang (Alibaba)
  • Sebastião Miranda (Priberam)

Proceedings Chair

  • João Paulo Cordeiro (INESC TEC; Universidade da Beira do Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)
  • Conceição Rocha (INESC TEC)

Web and Dissemination Chair

  • Arian Pasquali (CitizenLab)
  • Behrooz Mansouri (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Alexandre Ribeiro (INESC TEC)
  • Jeffery Ansah (Corvid AI)

Invited Speakers





Due to concerns about COVID-19, ECIR 2021 and Text2Story 2021 will be held entirely online.

For more information (including workshop registration) please check ECIR 2021 webpage: https://www.ecir2021.eu/


This project is financed by the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund through the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 and by National Funds through the Portuguese funding agency, FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia within project PTDC/CCI-COM/31857/2017 (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-03185)