PAN 2020: Deadline Extensions for Software and Papers

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Martin Potthast

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Apr 18, 2020, 12:51:57 PM4/18/20
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Dear everyone,

please read carefully.


Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the organizers of the CLEF conference (which hosts the PAN lab) have decided the following:
(1) The evaluation cycle will be extended to June 5, 2020
(2) The paper submission deadlines will be extended to July 17, 2020.
(3) The CLEF conference will be turned into an online conference from September 22-25, 2020.

The important dates section for PAN 2020 has been updated accordingly:
Please also closely monitor the CLEF 2020 conference page for any updates:


These extensions remove failure margin from the timeline. Therefore, I would like to share these words of caution from Nicola Ferro, the CLEF president:

One very strong assumption behind this schedule is that it requires a very strong commitment and serious cooperation by all the parties involved because there is NO HIDDEN BUFFER in this schedule and there is NO ROOM FOR DELAYS.

I’m saying this explicitly because I will be unusually RUTHLESS: papers delivered late, i.e. 1 sec after deadline, will be dropped; papers missing parts (source, copyright, …) will be dropped; papers requiring time or iterations to be fixed (missing authors, wrong format, wrong headers, wrong caption positioning for figure/tables, copyright filled in wrongly, …) will be dropped, … So, I would suggest you start as soon as possible to make your participants aware of these strict constraints and warn (scare?) them.

I hope you feel sufficiently "scared" and will make sure to be extra careful both, to meet the deadlines, and to supply all information and documents as requested and in proper order.

In particular: 
@Supervisors/Teachers: Please support your students!
@Students: Please ask your supervisors/teachers for review before submission!


In case of any question, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best,
Martin

PS: I would like to thank you for your patience regarding the assignment of virtual machines, which has been slower than in previous years, due to the extra workload resulting from the crisis. Sorry for any inconveniences caused by this.

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Jun-Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast
Leipzig University
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