Editorial board

Editor-in-chief: Ian Soboroff, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Editorial board:

  • Nicholas Belkin, Rutgers University
  • Charles L. A. Clarke, University of Waterloo
  • Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Microsoft Research
  • Fernando Diaz, Yahoo!
  • Gene Golovchinsky, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
  • Donna Harman, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
  • Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science
  • Mounia Lalmas, University of Glasgow
  • Charles Nicholas, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow
  • Benjamin Piwowarski, University of Glasgow
  • Tetsuya Sakai, Microsoft Research Asia
  • Fabrizio Silvestri, ISTI-CNR, Pisa
  • Dell Zhang, Birkbeck, University of London

If you are interested in joining the editorial board of Not Relevant, please contact isoboroff at gmail dot com.

  1. s.a.
    March 26, 2010 at 11:34 am


  2. Nick Belkin
    April 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I find it striking, and somewhat disturbing, that with one possible exception, there is no-one on the editorial board whose research expertise is in interactive IR, user studies, HCIR, or user-centered evaluation. I hope very much that this is not an indication that this venue will become another Information Retrieval, concerned only with algorithms and learning to rank.


    • Ian
      April 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      Absolutely not. In particular, I hope that studies in the areas you mentioned, which can be difficult to get into SIGIR and/or CHI, would find a place here. The goal is to help IR break out of the current mold, not further lock it in.

      So far, all editorial board members have volunteered by contacting me; I haven’t done any recruiting. If you know of people who are interested in being involved from this area, have them send me an email. We are finalizing editorial policies and hope to throw the doors open this week or next.

      I would also hope that if presented with a submission that the ed-board didn’t feel qualified to judge, we would find good people to help us out.

  3. Mounia Lalmas
    April 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Nick, I would like to re-inforce Ian message. The idea/aim here is to open the door to new exciting different work. HCIR, user-centered, etc expertise is very very welcome.

  4. Nick Belkin
    April 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I guess that the process of getting editorial board members is not the best; I have no idea, for instance, how I could have volunteered, since I found out about this only by happenstance. In answer to both Ian and Mounia, I have to say that someone has to make a positive effort to recruit members of the editorial board who represent a wide range of research and viewpoints in IR, if it’s to be successful. This is especially important given the proposed method of reviewing, which requires expertise on the part of the editorial board.

  5. May 18, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Nick, you should follow the right people on Twitter! Not Relevant (But Useful!) was all over the Twittersphere a few weeks ago.

    I am happy to help with the HCIR side of things; maybe we can recruit a few more people over time. Also, I expect that IIiX might serve as a source of some submissions next month.

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