Call for Papers – The International Conference on the Voynich Manuscript 2022

Call for papers
The Voynich Manuscript has been described as one of the most mysterious books in the world. The manuscript is written in an unidentified script from an unknown language and contains illustrations of plants, bathing women, mysterious creatures, and what appear to be Zodiac signs and astrological symbols. The manuscript was radio-carbon dated to the 15th century and is held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The manuscript has, so far, resisted all attempts at decipherment and interpretation.

Research on the Voynich Manuscript is truly a multidisciplinary effort.
We invite papers reporting on research on the Voynich manuscript from numerous areas such as (but not limited to):

– History of the Voynich Manuscript (historical approaches, ciphers).
– Natural Language Processing techniques applied to the Voynich Manuscript.
– Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques applied to the Voynich Manuscript.
– Image Processing of the Voynich Manuscript folios.
– Works around whether or not it is a hoax, a natural language, or enciphered.
– Works that draw on methods from Digital Humanities.
The initial submission should be a 2 page abstract/summary of the paper that is intended to be submitted.
Upon notification of acceptance the authors will have 1 month to submit the full paper [5-9 pages] for additional review.

Review Process
The goal of the conference is to publish exciting new work that has not been published elsewhere. Therefore, by submitting a manuscript for consideration to the conference the authors acknowledge that it is not a previously published work nor has it been accepted for publication in a similar form in a peer-reviewed forum including journals, conferences and workshops.

The review process itself (both abstract and submission of paper) will entail a double blind process with volunteer reviewers. Every effort will be made to match the most appropriate reviewers to the submission received.
The submission process entails two phases:

Provide an abstract/summary for the work that is to be submitted. This should be no longer than 750 words. Please use the abstract submission component of the EasyChair submission link below to input your abstract/summary directly. Be specific with contribution, findings and methodologies used. Successful submissions will be invited to submit a paper (5-9 pages) for the conference.

Paper Submission:
A paper (of length 5-9 pages) will be submitted. It is requested the a authors used the CEUR-ART templates as the conference proceedings will be published on the CEUR-WS open access website.
The authors will also agree that if the paper is accepted at least one of the authors will register for the conference and present the paper and participate in the relevant Q&A session. The conference presentation format will consist of a pre-recorded video presentation from the author(s) of the paper followed by a question and answer session with the author(s).
In the event a submission is received where there is nexus with any PC member(s) a member who is not involved will be responsible for selecting the reviewers for it. This will be transparent and the member(s) with a connection to said submission will not be involved in the review process in any fashion nor be aware of who the reviewers are.

Important Dates
Conference Dates: 30th November -1st December, 2022
Format: Online
Abstract/Summary Deadline: 30th June, 2022 (11:59 Central European Summer Time)
Acceptance of Abstract/Summary submission notification: 20th July, 2022
Full Paper Submission (5-9 pages): 31st August, 2022 (11:59 Central European Summer Time)
Acceptance Notification: 1st October, 2022
Provision of Paper Presentation video deadline: 7th November, 2022

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