COLING 2018: Final Call for Papers

The International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) is pleased
to announce its next event, COLING 2018, to be held at the Santa Fe
Community Convention Center, NM, USA, from 20-25th August 2018. We invite
the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all
aspects of computational linguistics.

The first COLING was held in New York in 1965, with the last iteration in
Osaka in 2016. Throughout its history COLING has brought together
researchers from across the field of Computational Linguistics.

With COLING 2018 we continue this tradition and welcome papers on all
topics related to both natural language and contribution, with the
expectation that all papers will include linguistic insight.

Towards the goal of attracting and selecting a high quality, diverse
program, COLING 2018 invites papers of a broad variety of distinct types,
detailed below.
Important Dates

Submission for mentoring <>:
February 16, 2018
Final submissions due <>: March 16, 2018
Author feedback: April 20-24, 2018
Notifications: May 17, 2018
Main conference: August 21-24, 2018
Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to present the following all-star line up of keynote
speakers for COLING 2018:

   - Fabiola Henri <>,
   University of Kentucky
   - Min-Yen Kan <>,
   National University of Singapore
   - James Pustejovsky
   <>, Brandeis
   - Hannah Rohde <>,
   University of Edinburgh

Submission Instructions

We invite submissions of up to nine (9) pages maximum, plus bibliography.
The COLING 2018 templates must be used; these will be provided in LaTeX and
also Microsoft Word format. Submissions will only be accepted in PDF
format. Deviations from the provided templates should result in rejections
without review. Submit papers by the end of the deadline day via our softconf
submission site <>; the timezone is
UTC-12. Download the Word and LaTeX templates here:
Types of Paper

We invite papers in the following categories, each of which is associated
with a distinct review form <>. On
submission, you will be asked to indicate which type of paper you are
submitting. Please review the following descriptions as well as the review
forms <> prior to completing your

The focus of this paper type is new linguistic insight. Originality could
be in the linguistic question being addressed, in the methodology applied
to the linguistic question, or in the combination of the two. It should be
shown how results generalize, either by deepening our understanding of some
linguistic system in general or by demonstrating methodology that can be
applied to other problems.

This type of paper tests a hypothesis about the effectiveness of a
technique for a task. The hypothesis should be clearly stated, the testing
methodology rigorous, and the experiment reproducible. Furthermore, a
successful COLING paper of this type will include thoughtful error analysis
and a clear explanation of how the results in the experiment relate to the

The contribution of a reproduction paper lies in analyses of and in
insights into existing methods and problems—plus the added certainty that
comes with validating previous results or the information that certain
results are not reproducible. A strong reproduction paper offers analysis
and deepens our understanding of the methodology used or problem
approached, helping practitioners choose techniques / resources.

Papers in this track present a new language resource. This could be a
corpus, but also could be an annotation standard, tool, and so on. Part of
the contribution of a resource paper lies in the quality, accessibility and
description of resources.

A position paper presents a challenge to conventional thinking or a
futuristic new vision. It could open up a new area or spur the development
of novel technology, propose changes in existing research practices, or
give a new set of ground rules. Creative and sound positions will do best,
with well-defined visions opening up new areas of research.

A survey paper provides a structured overview of the literature to date on
a specific topic that helps the reader understand the kinds of questions
being asked about the topic, the various approaches that have been applied,
how they relate to each other, and what further research areas they open
up. A conference-length survey paper should be about a sufficiently focused
topic that it can do this successfully with in the page limits.
Author Responsibilities

Papers must be of original, previously-unpublished work. The formatting
template must be strictly adhered to and deadlines met. Papers must be
anonymized to support double-blind reviewing. If the paper is available as
a preprint, this must be indicated in the submission form but not in the
paper itself.  In addition, COLING 2018 will follow the same policy as ACL
 establishing an anonymity period (February 16-author notification) during
which non-anonymous posting of preprints is not allowed. Also included in
that policy are instructions to reviewers to not rate papers down for not
citing recent preprints.

Papers that have been or will be under consideration for other venues at
the same time must indicate this at submission time. If a paper is accepted
for publication at COLING, it must be immediately withdrawn from other
venues. If a paper under review at COLING is accepted elsewhere and authors
intend to proceed there, the COLING committee must be notified immediately.
Multilingual Abstracts/Synopses

For the camera-ready papers, we will invite authors to provide a
translation of the title and abstract and a 1-2 page synopsis of the paper
in a second language of the authors’ choice.  Appropriate languages include
but are not limited to authors’ native languages, languages spoken in the
authors’ place of affiliation, and languages that are the focus of the
research presented.
Writing Mentoring Program

COLING 2018 is offering a writing mentoring program; over 100 reviewers
have signed up to be mentors. To participate in the writing mentoring
program as an author, please follow these steps:

   1. Create a submission in the softconf system
   <> in the “writing
   mentoring” track by *February 16, 2018*.  At this point, all that is
   required is an abstract as well as author information (including
   affiliation). We will use the abstracts to match authors to mentors.
   2. Add your complete draft to the same submission in the “writing
   mentoring” track by *February 23, 2018*.
   3. Mentors will be instructed to provide feedback within one week,
   through a structured form, leaving authors one week to incorporate their
   4. Authors should then create a new submission in the appropriate paper
   type by the main conference deadline of *March 16, 2018*.

Further information is available at:
Program Committee

Emily M. Bender, University of Washington – PC co-chair (homepage
Leon Derczynski, IT University of Copenhagen – PC co-chair (homepage
Contact us at
Further information

We are keeping a blog this year, detailing many parts of the process; this
includes technical information that may be helpful.

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