Information Retrieval

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 227–229 | Cite as

Introduction to the special issue on non-english web retrieval

  • Fotis Lazarinis
  • Jesus Vilares
  • John Tait
  • Efthimis N. Efthimiadis

For more than a decade the growth of the level of non-English activity on the web has been noted by many authors (Spink et al. 2002; Global Reach 2004; Yang 2005; Kwok 2006; Chung 2008; Miniwatts International 2009a, b) and there is no reason to expect the pace of this change to slacken. The pace is likely to increase especially in continents that currently have low Internet penetration. The Web has become a dominant global multicultural and multilingual pool of data. Although in recent years search engines have improved their handling of non-English queries, studies show that many problems still exist and are worthy of further research.

This special issue aims at addressing the challenges and directions in Non-English Web retrieval by providing insights into the existing problems and presenting specific solutions. The call for papers for this special issue was released on February 2008. Twenty-nine papers were received by June 2008 and each was reviewed by three independent reviewers....


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We would like to thank the editors of the Journal of Information Retrieval W. Hersh, J. Mothe, and J. Zobel, for all their help, as well as, the special issue reviewers (alphabetically):

Mustafa Abusalah

Ayse Goker

Gabriel Pereira

Miguel A. Alonso

Julio Gonzalo

Carol Peters

Einat Amitay

Kalervo Jarvelin

Vassilis Plachouras

Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Gareth F. Jones

Adam Przepiorkowski

Guillermo Barrutieta

Ghassan Kanaan

Owen Rambow

Richard (Rui) Cai

Noriko Kando

Satoshi Sekine

Fazli Can

Murat Karamuftuoglu

Nasredine Semmar

Raman (Chandra) Chandrasekar

Nikitas Karanikolas

Aya Soffer

Keh-Jiann Chen

A Kumaran

Sofia Stamou

Kuang-hua Chen

Mark Levene

Richard F. E. Sutcliffe

Zheng Chen

Jimmy J. Lin

Seyed M. M. Tahaghoghi

Theodore Dalamagas

Thomas Mandl

Vasudeva Varma

Arjen P. de Vries

Mandar Mitra

Manuel Vilares

Nicola Ferro

Alexandros Ntoulas

Ryen W. White

Atsushi Fujii

Michael Oakes

Fadi Yamout

Sumio Fujita

Iadh Ounis



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fotis Lazarinis
    • 1
  • Jesus Vilares
    • 2
  • John Tait
    • 3
  • Efthimis N. Efthimiadis
    • 4
  1. 1.Technological Educational InstituteMesolonghiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Computer Sciences, Facultad de InformaticaUniversity of A CorunaA CorunaSpain
  3. 3.Information Retrieval FacilityViennaAustria
  4. 4.The Information SchoolUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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