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Visualization for Communication (VisComm)

An IEEE VIS Workshop


Date and Location: The workshop will be held on Sunday, October 20, 9am to 12:20pm at IEEE VIS in Vancouver

While visualization research is still largely focused on data analysis, most people experience visualization as communication and presentation. The New York Times and other publications regularly release interactive visuals depicting complex datasets including political topics, budgets, and sports. An independent community of visualization practitioners and bloggers has also sprung up, producing and deconstructing visualizations of data of broad interest. Free visualization tools such as D3, Data Wrapper, Tableau Public, and others are available and widely used.

The VisComm workshop brings together practitioners and researchers from a broad range of disciplines to address questions raised by visualization’s new communicative role. We encourage participation from journalists, designers and others that do not typically attend IEEE Vis.


VisComm seeks contributions addressing questions including:

We particularly encourage contributors to address and illustrate issues like these with visual case studies that demonstrate the success or failure of communicative visualization projects in data journalism, public health and more. Our goal is to consider a broad range of examples and learn from their design decisions and process.

We invite contributions from any discipline, but particularly encourage journalists and designers to submit their work involving data-based communication or reporting. Scientific contributions concerning visualization for communication are of course welcome, as well.


VisComm has four submission tracks: short papers (research or position), posters, and visual case studies.

Short Research Papers

We invite submission of research papers between 2 and 6 pages long, with length matching content. Research papers will be reviewed based on how well claims are supported by evidence. Submissions are expected to include all materials and data needed to replicate and reproduce any figures, analyses, and methods. If anything cannot be publicly shared (e.g., for data privacy concerns), state the reason in the paper.

Short Position Papers

We invite submission of position papers between 2 and 6 pages long, with length matching content. Position papers are problem discussions or statements describing the author’s relevant experience and ideas with regards to methods and methodologies for visualization research, and in particular the focus topic of the workshop. Position papers will be selected according to their importance and relevance for the workshop topics and how well they will fit the planned discussions.


We invite both late-breaking work and contributions in this area in the form of extended abstracts one to two pages in length (plus an additional page for references), with an optional video.

Visual Case Studies

We invite practitioners to submit a one-page write-up together with a link to an online piece or a short video. The write-up should explain what you made, why you made it, outcome/responses (both expected and unexpected), etc.

The goal is to show the work of journalists, designers, people working for governments or non-profits, etc., who use data to inform and communicate.

Formatting and Submitting

Format submissions using the VGTC conference style template. However, please replace the statement about IEEE copyright and reprints with the following text: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

All submissions should contain full author names and affiliations. If applicable, a short video (up to 5 min. in length) may also be submitted. Submissions will be juried by the organizers. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the conference (even if only for the workshop). Registration information is available on the IEEE Vis website.

Submit papers online via Precision Conference.

Accepted Submissions

All accepted submissions will be hosted on the workshop website.

Authors of accepted papers will receive instructions to post papers on the Open Science Framework’s preprint archive. Authors are welcome to post an initial version of their submission beforehand. Papers are not considered archival by IEEE.

Presenting authors can make use of a reduced registration fee at IEEE Vis.

Important Dates

deadlines occur at 11:59 PM in the last timezone on Earth

Paper submission deadline: June 15, 2019 extended to July 15th, 2019

Paper notification: August 1, 2019

Paper camera-ready deadline: August 15, 2019

Poster & case study submission deadline: September 6, 2019

Poster & case study notification: September 13, 2019

Poster & case study camera-ready deadline: September 27, 2019

Speaker schedule available: October 1, 2019

Workshop: Sunday, October 20, 2019


Steve Haroz, Inria (

Noeska Smit, University of Bergen (

Ben Watson, North Carolina State University (

Robert Kosara, Tableau Research (


2018 schedule, papers and posters