“Not Relevant” is an online journal of information retrieval research.  NR features preprints, technical correspondence, reviews, and surveys.  The site is structured as a blog, so everything is fair game for discussion and comment.

Our initial target was to gather SIGIR submissions that were rejected but were in fact papers they should have accepted.  But as discussions evolved, it became plain that the IR community was ready for a modern venue for discussing research, something to fill the space between conferences and journals, and to make that space active and vibrant.

Why would you want to publish here?  Quick turnaround, solid feedback, and open discussion on your paper.  Dead trees are so 1900.  See our editorial policy page for details on how to contribute to Not Relevant.

You can also download the handy-dandy Not Relevant Flyer, suitable for framing.

  1. Isabelle
    March 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    What a great idea!

  2. Rahul Katragadda
    March 31, 2010 at 2:47 am


    Great initiative. Looking forward to the papers published here.

  3. April 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for setting this up.

    I see the main value not so much in catching papers
    that failed some reviewing threshold, but as a venue
    for fast turnaround of semi-formal communication of
    things that do not conform to the usual format, length or level of detail, or contributions of the
    non-experimental kind (which also mostly don’t make
    it through the reviewing process).

    In the old days, this was done through journals, which also published letters corrigienda etc. but they are not timely enough anymore.

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