[CfP] 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2017), Vancouver, Canada

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Vancouver, Canada – July 30-August 4, 2017

The Association for Computational Linguistics is pleased to announce that its 55th annual meeting will take place in Vancouver, Canada, July 30-August 4, 2017. The conference invites the submission of long and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing. As in recent years, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted for the Transactions of the ACL journal (http://www.transacl.org/).

ACL 2017 has the goal of a broad technical program. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas (in alphabetical order):

  • Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistics
  • Dialog and interactive systems
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Document analysis including text categorization, topic models, and retrieval
  • Generation
  • Information extraction, text mining, and question answering
  • Machine learning
  • Machine translation
  • Multilinguality
  • Phonology, morphology, and word segmentation
  • Resources and evaluation
  • Semantics
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  • Social media
  • Speech
  • Summarization
  • Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing
  • Vision, robots, and other grounding

Dates

Research Papers (both long and short) – Note that both long and short papers are due on the same date.

  • Deadline for short paper submission: Monday, February 6, 2017
  • Author Response Period Monday, March 13Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • Camera ready submission due: April 15, 2017

Tutorials

  • Deadline for tutorial proposals submission: November 30, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: December 30, 2016
  • Tutorial descriptions due: January 30, 2017
  • Tutorial course material due: June 30, 2017
  • Tutorials to be presented on: July 30, 2017

All deadlines are 11:59PM Pacific Time.

Submissions

Long Papers
Long ACL 2017 submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Review forms will be made available prior to the deadlines.
Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited references; final versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.
Long papers will be presented orally or as posters as determined by the program committee. The decisions as to which papers will be presented orally and which as poster presentations will be based on the nature rather than the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between long papers presented orally and as posters.

Short Papers

ACL 2017 also solicits short papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few pages. Some kinds of short papers are:
  • A small, focused contribution
  • Work in progress
  • A negative result
  • An opinion piece
  • An interesting application nugget
Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, plus unlimited references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) content pages in the proceedings. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers comments in their final versions.
Short papers will be presented in one or more oral or poster sessions. While short papers will be distinguished from long papers in the proceedings, there will be no distinction in the proceedings between short papers presented orally and as posters.

General Notes

Papers should not refer, for further detail, to documents that are not available to the reviewers. Papers may be accompanied by a resource (software and/or data) described in the paper. Papers that are submitted with accompanying software/data may receive additional credit toward the overall evaluation score, and the potential impact of the software and data will be taken into account when making the acceptance/rejection decisions.
ACL 2017 also encourages the submission of supplementary material to report preprocessing decisions, model parameters, and other details necessary for the replication of the experiments reported in the paper. Seemingly small preprocessing decisions can sometimes make a large difference in performance, so it is crucial to record such decisions to precisely characterize state-of-the-art methods.
Nonetheless, supplementary material should be supplementary (rather than central) to the paper. It may include explanations or details of proofs or derivations that do not fit into the paper, lists of features or feature templates, sample inputs and outputs for a system, pseudo-code or source code, and data. The paper should not rely on the supplementary material: while the paper may refer to and cite the supplementary material and the supplementary material will be available to reviewers, they will not be asked to review or even download the supplementary material. Authors should refer to the contents of the supplementary material in the paper submission, so that reviewers interested in these supplementary details will know where to look.
As the reviewing will be blind, papers must not include authors’ names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author’s identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 1991) …” must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) …” Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Electronic Submission

Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system at

Long paper submissions must follow the two-column format of ACL 2017 proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content. References do not count against this limit. Short paper submissions must also follow the two-column format of ACL 2017 proceedings, and must not exceed four (4) pages.  We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files tailored for this year’s conference. Submissions must conform to the official style guidelines, which are contained in the style files, and they must be in PDF.

Style files and other information about paper formatting requirements will be made available on the conference website, http://acl2017.org

Multiple Submission Policy

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time, and must be withdrawn from the other venues if accepted by ACL 2017. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at ACL 2017  must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline as to whether the paper will be presented. We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere.
Preprint servers such as arXiv.org and workshops that do not have published proceedings are not considered archival for purposes of submission. Authors must state in the online submission form the name of the workshop or preprint server and title of the non-archival version. The version submitted for review should be suitably anonymized and not contain references to the prior non-archival version. Reviewers will be told: “The author(s) have notified us that there exists a non-archival previous version of this paper with significantly overlapping text. We have approved submission under these circumstances, but to preserve the spirit of blind review, the current submission does not reference the non-archival version.” Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.
Authors submitting more than one paper to ACL 2017 must ensure that submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other in content or results.
Presentation Requirement
All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for ACL 2017 by the early registration deadline.

Contact Information

  • General chair: Chris Callison-Burch (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Program co-chairs: Regina Barzilay (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Min-Yen Kan (National University of Singapore)
  • Email: acl17pcchairs@gmail.com
  • For the most up-to-date version of this call for papers, please visit acl2017.org
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