Call For Papers

The ACL 2017 conference invites the submission of long and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing.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 by the Transactions of the ACL journal.

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 and general NLP applications including but not limited to text mining, question answering, document analysis, text categorization, topic models, retrieval, and grammatical error correction
  • 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

Important Dates

Submission Deadline (Long & Short Papers)MondayFebruary 6, 2017
Author Response PeriodMonday – WednesdayMarch 13 – March 15, 2017
Notification of AcceptanceThursdayMarch 30, 2017
Camera Ready DueSaturdayApril 15 April 22, 2017
Note: All deadlines are 11:59PM GMT -12 (anywhere in the world).
Changed from Pacific Standard Time, an extra 4 hours!


For tutorial submissions, please see the call for tutorials.


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Long ACL 2017 submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work.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.

Paper Submission and Templates

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

Long paper submissions must follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content. Short paper submissions must also follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings, and must not exceed four (4) pages. References do not count against these limits. We strongly recommend the use of the official ACL 2017 style templates:

All submissions must in PDF format and must conform to the official style guidelines, which are contained in these template files.

Multiple Submission Policy

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time in an author-blinded cover page, 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 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:

Area Chairs

  • Biomedical: Aurélie Névéol, Karin Verspoor
  • Cognitive Modeling and Psycholinguistics: Roger Levy, Anders Søgaard
  • Dialogue and Interactive Systems: Ron Artstein, Raquel Fernandez, Oliver Lemon
  • Discourse and Pragmatics: Yangfeng Ji, Sujian Li, Bonnie Webber
  • Information Extraction and NLP Applications: Eugene Agichtein, Chia-Hui Chang, Jing Jiang, Sarvnaz Karimi, Zornitsa Kozareva, Kang Liu, Tie-Yan Liu, Mausam, Alessandro Moschitti, Smaranda Muresan
  • Machine Learning: Grzegorz Chrupała, Amir Globerson, Tommi Jaakkola, Sujith Ravi, William Yang Wang
  • Machine Translation: Yang Liu, Minh-Thang Luong, Haitao Mi, Graham Neubig, Deyi Xiong
  • Multidisciplinary: Michael Piotrowski, Karën Fort
  • Multilinguality: Omri Abend, Mona Diab
  • Phonology, Morphology and Word Segmentation: Jason Eisner, Hinrich Schütze
  • Resources and Evaluation: Sophie Rosset, Wajdi Zaghouani
  • Semantics: Manaal Faruqui, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Anna Korhonen, Preslav Nakov, Mehroosh Sadrzadeh, Aline Villavicencio
  • Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining: Alexandra Balahur, Lun-Wei Ku, Saif M Mohammad
  • Social Media: Zhiyuan Liu, Shimei Pan, Svitlana Volkova
  • Speech: Chiori Hori, Chia-ying Lee
  • Summarization and Generation: Wenjie Li, Alexander M Rush, Verena Rieser
  • Tagging, Chunking, Syntax and Parsing: Emily Pitler, Barbara Plank, Yue Zhang, Hai Zhao
  • Vision, Robotics and Grounding: Mohit Bansal, Nate Kushman