Appel: ACL-2001

Philippe Blache pb at
Tue Nov 14 13:20:58 UTC 2000

From: Priscilla Rasmussen <rasmusse at>

                 ACL 2001 Preliminary Call For Papers

             39th Annual Meeting of the Association for
                    Computational Linguistics
                        6 - 11 July, 2001
                        Toulouse, France

General Conference Chair: Bonnie Webber (Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland)
Program Co-Chairs:        Norbert Reithinger (DFKI, Saarbruecken, Germany)
                          Giorgio Satta (Univ. of Padua, Italy)
Local Organization Chair: Patrick Saint-Dizier (IRIT, Toulouse, France)

The Association for Computational Linguistics invites the submission
of papers for its 39th Annual Meeting. Papers are invited on
substantial, original, and unpublished research on all aspects of
computational linguistics, including, but not limited to: pragmatics,
discourse, semantics, syntax and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology and
morphology; interpreting and generating spoken and written language;
linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language;
language-oriented information retrieval and information extraction;
corpus-based language modeling; multi-lingual processing, machine
translation and translation aids; natural language interfaces and
dialogue systems; approaches to coordinating the linguistic with other
modalities in multi-media systems; message and narrative understanding
systems; tools and resources; and evaluation of systems.


Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed
work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state
of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete
evaluation results should be included. A paper accepted for
presentation at the ACL Meeting cannot be presented or have been
presented at any other meeting with publicly available published
proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences must
indicate this on the title page. (See Submission Format below.)


The reviewing of the papers will be blind. Reviewing will be managed by
an international Conference Program Committee consisting of Area Chairs,
each of whom will have the assistance of a team of reviewers.  The
composition of the Conference Program Committee will be published in a
later version of this call for paper. Final decisions on the technical
program will be made by the Conference Program Committee. Each
submission will be reviewed by at least three reviewers.

Submission Format

Submissions will be hard copy.  Submissions should follow the two-column
format of ACL proceedings and should not exceed eight (8) pages,
including references.  We strongly recommend the use of ACL latex style
files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's
conference. These will soon be available from the ACL-2001 Conference
Web-site.  These style files allow for a graceful transition to the
style required for publication.  A description of the format will also
be available in case you are unable to use these style files directly.

As reviewing will be blind, a separate identification page will be
required.  The identification page should include the paper title, the
paper ID code generated upon paper registration (see below), authors'
names, affiliations, and email addresses, one or two general topic
areas, up to 5 keywords specifying the subject area, and a short summary
(up to 5 lines).  The identification page should also specify whether
the paper is under consideration for other conferences.

The paper should not include the authors' names and
affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's
identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be
avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith,
1991) ...".

Papers that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be
rejected without review.

Submission Procedure

1) Submission notification: You must first register your submission by
January 26, 2001. This can be done by filling out an electronic form
that will be accessible at The form requires a
specification of the title and authors of the paper, as well as a
preliminary abstract and list of keywords. Submitting the form will
return to you via email a paper ID code which must appear on your
submission. Also, please use the paper ID code in all correspondences
with the program committee co-chairs. If you have any difficulty using
the electronic registration form, please send email to the PC co-chairs
at acl2001 at with all of the title page information plus the
authors' names and affiliations.

2) Paper submission: Submissions must be received by February 2, 2001.
Late submissions (those arriving after February 2) will be rejected
without review. The Program Committee is not responsible for postal
delays or other mailing problems. Six (6) paper copies (printed on
both sides of the page if possible) including the title page should be
submitted to the following address:

       ACL-2001 Submission
       Norbert Reithinger
       DFKI GmbH
       Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
       D-66123 Saarbruecken

Two of the six copies must have the identification page attached. In
addition, strictly for the purposes of partially-automated routing of
papers to area chairs and reviewers, authors should send an electronic
version of the paper (without the identification page) to
acl2001-submissions at Please include the paper ID code in the
subject line of your email. Latex, postscript, pdf, Microsoft word and
plain text are all acceptable formats for the electronic version.  The
electronic version should also be received by February 2nd, 2001. Please
note that as the electronic version will only be used to assist the PC
in distributing the papers to appropriate reviewers, this supplementary
electronic version in no way replaces the required hardcopy
submissions. If you have any difficulty in submitting the electronic
version, please send mail to the PC co-chairs at acl2001 at

Acknowledgment of receipt of the hardcopy submission will be emailed
soon after receipt. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors
(by email) on or after April, 12th. Detailed formatting guidelines for
the preparation of the final camera-ready copy will be provided to
authors with their acceptance notice. Authors of accepted papers will
have to submit a signed copyright release statement along with the
final camera-ready papers.


     Paper registration deadline:                 January, 26th, 2001
     Paper submissions deadline:                  February, 2nd, 2001
     Notification of acceptance:                  April, 12th, 2001
     Camera ready papers due:                     May, 12th, 2001
     ACL 2001 Conference:                         July, 6th-11th, 2001

Submission Questions

Authors unable to comply with the above submission procedure should
contact the program committee co-chairs at acl2001 at
sufficiently ahead of the submission deadline so that alternate
arrangements can be made.

Mentoring Service

ACL 2001 is organizing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from
regions of the world where English is not the language of scientific
exchange. Many authors from these regions, although able to read the
scientific literature in English, have little or no experience in
writing papers in English for conferences such as the ACL meetings.
They may also have some trouble with the style of the presentation of
the material that is expected for ACL.

The service will be arranged as follows. A set of potential mentors
will be identified by Aravind Joshi, who has agreed to organize this
service for ACL 2001. An author who would like to take advantage of
this service must send a draft of his/her paper to

       Aravind K. Joshi
       Room 555 Moore
       Department of Computer and Information Science
       200 South 33rd Street
       University of Pennsylvania
       Philadelphia PA 19104-6389

       fax: +1 215 898 0587

The author must send one (1) copy of the paper (hard copy by regular
mail, courier service, or fax) by no later than December 15, 2000. The
author should try to make the draft as complete as possible in order to
get the best advice. An appropriate mentor will be assigned to each
paper and the mentor will get back to the author at least two weeks
before the deadline for the submission to ACL 2001 program committee.

Please note that this service is for the benefit of the authors as
described above. It is not a general mentoring service for authors to
improve their papers.

If you have any questions about this service please feel free to send
a message to Aravind Joshi (joshi at

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