September 14-17, 2021

Tübingen, Germany

Call for papers

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We invite authors to submit papers describing original research of theoretical or practical significance to graph drawing and network visualization. Regular papers must be submitted explicitly to one of two distinct tracks. Papers submitted to one track will not compete with papers submitted to the other track.

Track 1: Combinatorial and algorithmic aspects

This track is mainly devoted to fundamental graph drawing advances, such as combinatorial aspects and algorithm design.  The range of topics for this track includes (but is not limited to):

  • Design and analysis of graph drawing algorithms
  • Geometric and topological graph theory
  • Computational topology of graphs on surfaces
  • Geometric network design and optimization
  • Geometric computing

Track 2: Experimental, applied, and network visualization aspects

This track is mainly devoted to the practical aspects of graph drawing, such as the development of network visualization systems and interfaces in different application areas.  The range of topics for this track includes (but is not limited to):

  • Visualization of graphs and networks in real world applications, including big data
  • Engineering of network visualization algorithms and systems
  • Experimental results in graph theory and algorithms
  • Benchmarks and experimental studies of network visualization systems and user interfaces
  • Cognitive studies on graph drawing readability and user interaction
  • Interfaces and methods for interacting with graphs

Authors of applied papers will have the opportunity to show a demo of their software/system during the poster session.

Short papers

In addition to the above two tracks, there will be a separate category for short papers, describing theoretical or applied contributions of shorter length. Papers in this category will be assigned a shorter time for presentation during the conference. 

Submission format

All submissions must be formatted using the appropriate LaTeX style file, either gd-llncs.cls for long papers or gd-llncs-short.cls for short papers; these are derived from the style file used for the conference series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) provided by Springer.  The default margins and fonts must not be modified; in particular, the use of packages such as times.sty is not allowed. Submissions that do not comply with this format risk rejection without consideration of their merits. 

To promote inclusion of figures in the submitted papers, submissions will have a strict number of lines limit. Regular papers must have at most 400 lines, (excluding references and figures) and at most 14 pages (excluding references). Short papers must have at most 225 lines (excluding references and figures) and at most 7 pages (excluding references). The claims of the paper should be fully substantiated. If this information does not fit within the page limits, the authors should include it in a clearly marked appendix, whose length is not constrained and which the reviewers may read at their own discretion.  All submissions will be handled through EasyChair at the web site

Posters & Contest

Submissions of posters on graph drawing, network visualization, and related areas are solicited.  The poster session will provide a forum for the communication of late-breaking research results (which may also appear elsewhere) to the GD community. Authors of posters should prepare an abstract (up to 2 pages, excluding references, in the LNCS style) that must be submitted together with the poster itself. 

Details about the traditional Graph Drawing Contest held at the conference can be found here.


All accepted papers (including the two-page poster abstracts) will appear in the conference proceedings, published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. The LNCS proceedings will be made freely accessible to the GD community upon publication and openly accessible to anyone after four years. 

Authors will be required to submit their accepted papers to the arXiv repository, in order to provide immediate and unrestricted open access to them. The self-archived arXiv papers shall consist of the LNCS proceedings version (identical, except for possibly changed references to the appendix resp. the arXiv version) plus an optional clearly marked appendix. This appendix could contain a long version of the entire paper or proofs that have been omitted from the main text. Subsequent submissions of revised versions of the paper to the arXiv (known as arXiv ``replacements’’) are allowed. Upon submission of the camera-ready version of an accepted paper, the authors will be required to specify the arXiv identifier associated with the paper for inclusion in a conference index, which will be also published in the arXiv repository. Failure to comply with these guidelines will impede the publication of the paper. 

Each paper or poster must be presented at the conference by an author (barring unforeseen circumstances), otherwise the paper will not be included in the proceedings. Should any visa/travel restriction prevent an author from attending the conference and presenting a paper, he/she will be given ways to participate and give the talk via electronic means. 

Selected papers from both tracks will be invited for submission to a special issue of the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications (JGAA). The authors of two selected papers in Track 2 will be invited to submit a substantially extended and enhanced version of their work to IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). A TVCG papers session at the Graph Drawing conference will also feature regular TVCG papers.


For each of the two tracks, the Program Committee of GD2021 will give a Best Paper Award. In addition, to recognize the effort of participants to present their work and to prepare their posters in a clear and elegant way, there will be a Best Presentation Award and a Best Poster Award voted on by the GD2021 attendees.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 2 (23:59 PDT) 
  • Paper submission deadline: June 9 (23:59 PDT)
  • Notification of paper acceptance: July 19 
  • Poster submission deadline: August 11 (23:59 PDT)
  • Notification of poster acceptance: August 20
  • Final versions due: August 31 (23:59 PDT)
  • Contest submission deadline: September 7 (23:59 PDT)
  • Symposium: September 14-17

Program Committee

  • Md. Jawaherul Alam, Amazon Inc., USA
  • Michael Bekos, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Carla Binucci, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Romain Bourqui, Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Vida Dujmovic, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Cody Dunne, Northeastern University, USA
  • Seok-Hee Hong, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Takayuki Itoh, Ochanomizu University, Japan
  • Radu Jianu, City University of London, UK
  • Michael Kaufmann, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Andreas Kerren, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Linda Kleist, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Giuseppe Liotta, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Anna Lubiw, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Guy Melançon, Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Yoshio Okamoto, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
  • Maurizio Patrignani, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • Helen Purchase (co-chair), University of Glasgow, UK
  • Chrysanthi Raftopoulou, NTU Athens, Greece
  • Ignaz Rutter (co-chair), Universität Passau, Germany
  • Marcus Schaefer, DePaul University, USA
  • Géza Tóth, Rényi Institute, Hungary
  • Arthur van Goethem, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Tatiana von Landesberger, Universität Rostock, Germany
  • Hsiang-Yun Wu, TU Wien, Austria
  • Kai Xu, Middlesex University, UK

Invited Speakers

  • Meirav Zehavi, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • Kim Marriott, Monash University

Contest Committee

Organizing Committee



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