Appel: Journal TAL

Philippe Blache pb at
Mon Jul 5 07:07:59 UTC 1999

From: Christian Jacquemin <jacquemin at>

Journal T.A.L.: Call for Submissions

         Information Retrieval-oriented Natural Language Processing

                   Submission deadline: November 1st, 1999

           Issue coordinated by Christian Jacquemin (LIMSI, Orsay)



Because  of  the recent  growth  of  electronic data  available through  the
Internet  or  digital  libraries,  information  access has  become  a  major
scientific  issue.  Evaluation  conferences  in information  retrieval  have
promoted the development of search engines and indexing techniques over very
large text databases.

In such  a favorable context, several  factors have promoted the convergence
of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Retrieval (IR):

   * New NLP techniques have been designed. They allow for efficient
     processing of large-scale textual data from various sources.
   * Fine NLP techniques for automatic indexing and document handling have
     lead to precision and recall rates higher than traditional text
     simplification techniques.
   * Evaluation conferences such as TREC (IR) or MUC (Information
     Extraction) have promoted interdisciplinary projects with researchers
     from NLP and IR, leading to fruitful interdisciplinary cooperations.
   * The emergence of new paradigms in NLP has raised new scientific issues
     and offered new experimental fields in Computational Linguistics.

Topics of interest (this list is not restrictive)

The topics of interest include:

   * morphological analysis, rule- or dictionary-based stemming,
   * robust and partial parsing for IR,
   * large-scale semantic disambiguation for IR,
   * automatic acquisition of semantic knowledge, automatic thesaurus
     construction for IR,
   * computer-aided construction of large-scale linguistic resources for IR,
   * recycling of IR data, such as thesauri, for IR-oriented NLP,
   * automatic indexing or abstracting,
   * automatic classification and routing, document categorization,
   * integration of linguistic components in IR-oriented NLP applications,
   * specification and evaluation of IR-oriented NLP systems,
   * computational terminology as a means for building resources for
     IR-oriented NLP.

Papers may focus on other topics in NLP provided that they address issues on
their  application to  IR (wrt  to automatic indexing,  text simplification,
query/document   pairing,    query   expansion,    text   segmentation   and
classification, etc).


Papers  (30 pages  max,  Helvetica 12)  are accepted  in RTF  or Latex  + ps
formats. Latex style is can be downloaded from

Submissions formats  are available in  the issues of the  T.A.L. journal and
will be sent to the contributors upon request to Christian Jacquemin.


Submissions can be written in French or in English.

Submission of articles

Papers are preferably submitted electronically:

     jacquemin at

or through hard copies at:

     Christian Jacquemin,
     BP 133,
     91403 ORSAY,

Submission deadlines

The  submission  deadline is  November 1st, 1999 . If  you plan to  submit a
paper, please contact Christian Jacquemin before September 1st, 1999.

The  articles will be  reviewed by a  member of  the editorial board  and an
external reviewer specialized in IR-oriented NLP. Decisions of the editorial
board and  referees' reports will be  transmitted to the authors  before the
end of 1999.

The  final versions  of the accepted  papers will  be required for  February
15th, 2000 for a publication in summer 2000.

The Journal T.A.L.

T.A.L. is the journal of the French association for Computational Linguistic
ATALA :  ( ).  Two issues  are published
every  year on various  topics in  Natural Language Processing.  The Journal
T.A.L. is distributed by the French publisher Klincksieck.

Editorial Board

 Editors:                       A. Abeillé (Université Paris 7)
                                Ph. Blache (LPL, CNRS)
                                B. Habert (ENS Fontenay-Saint Cloud)
 Members of the Editorial       J. Anis (Université Paris 10)
 Board:                         Ph. Blache (LPL, CNRS)
                                D. Clément (Bergische Universität
                                A. Condamines (CNRS, Toulouse le Mirail)
                                Ch. Dalessandro (LIMSI, Paris)
                                M. El-Beze (Université d'Avignon)
                                C. Gardent (Universität des Saarlandes)
                                Ch. Jacquemin (IRIN, Nantes)
                                J-L. Lebrave (CNRS, ITEM)
                                B. Victorri (ELSAP, Caen)
                                E. Tzoukermann (Bell Labs)
                                P. Zweigenbaum (AP-HP, Paris 6)
 Scientific Committee:          M. Borillo (CNRS, P. Sabatier, Toulouse)
                                R. Carré (ENST, Paris)
                                J-P. Desclés (Université Paris IV)
                                C. Fuchs (CNRS, ENS Paris)
                                M. Gross (LADL, Paris 7)
                                F. Rastier (Paris 4)
                                W. von Hahn (Univ Hambourg)
                                Y. Wilks (Sheffield Univ)
                                A. Zaenen (Xerox Grenoble)
 Secretary:                     Jeanine Mary (UFRL Paris 7)

Christian Jacquemin, LIMSI-CNRS, BP 133, 91403 ORSAY, FRANCE
tel +33 (0)1 69 85 80 22 / fax -- 80 88    mailto:jacquemin at

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