Appel: Journal of Natural Language Engineering, Call for special issue

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Oct 2 07:26:50 UTC 2013

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:29:09 +0000
From: "Mitkov, Ruslan" <R.Mitkov at>
Message-ID: <9B5794214CA57F4C9EEA165836E2000A7909A117 at>

Journal of Natural Language Engineering

*** Call for special issue proposals ***

The area of Natural Language Engineering is following the trend of many
other areas, becoming highly specialised with a number of
application-orientated and narrow-domain topics emerging or growing in
importance. These developments, often coincident with a lack of related
literature, necessitate and warrant the publication of specialised
volumes focusing on a specific topic of interest to the Natural Language
Processing (NLP) research community.

The Journal of Natural Language Engineering (JNLE) invites proposals for
special issues on a competitive basis on any topics about applied NLP
which have emerged as important developments in Natural Language
Engineering and which have attracted the attention of a number of
researchers or research groups. In recent years, Calls for Proposals for
special issues have resulted in high quality outputs (examples include
Special Issues on Finite-State Methods and Models in NLP, on
Distributional Lexical Semantics, on Interactive Question Answering);
this year we look forward to another successful competition.

Topics could cover a variety of NLP methods, tasks and resources as well
as NLP-related applications but should focus on the practical
implications of operation on a large scale. Topics covering NLP methods,
tasks and resources could include but are not limited to POS tagging,
parsing, semantic role labelling, word sense disambiguation, anaphora
and coreference resolution, named entity recognition, natural language
generation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, multimodal processing,
statistical methods in Natural Language Engineering, machine learning,
evaluation methodologies, corpora and ontologies. Topics covering NLP
applications could include but are not limited to machine translation,
translation memory and translation tools, summarisation, information
retrieval, information extraction, question answering, text and web
mining, opinion mining and NLP for biomedical texts.

Calls for special issue proposals may be based on a successful workshop
or a body of work associated with a particular group or section of the
community. In all cases, however, the reviewing process of the accepted
proposals will be rigorous and all submissions must be reviewed by at
least 3 members of the Guest Editorial Board or other suitable reviewers
agreed by the JNLE Editors. In the case of papers previously submitted
to workshops, the Guest Editors will not be able to re-use previous
workshop reviews. In addition, the call for papers of the accepted
proposals must be open to all interested parties and all authors will be
given equal treatment; in the case of proposals based on previous
workshops, submissions cannot be limited to workshop participants only.

Interested editors have the option of preliminary feedback by emailing
expressions of interest accompanied by a brief description of the
intended special issue to the Executive Editor
(R.Mitkov at<mailto:R.Mitkov at>). He will give a brief
indication of whether the topic is appropriate to Natural Language
Engineering.  In the case of initial positive feedback, the prospective
Guest Editors will be asked to submit a proposal for a special issue
that will be reviewed by the Editors of the journal and by other members
of the Journal Editorial Board. At least one proposal will be selected
on a competitive basis for each call with the envisaged publication date
for the successful proposal(s) from this call on or after May 2015.

The proposal for a special issue should include a brief outline of the
field and rationale as to why it is important to launch a special issue
on the particular topic of interest. It should include a relevant
literature survey (related previous special issues, volumes, workshop
and conference proceedings) and should explain the added value of the
proposed special issue against the background of other relevant or
competing publications and volumes (if applicable).  It is desirable
that a rough estimate on expected submissions to the special issue is
provided. The proposals should also include a tentative Guest Editorial
Board (it is desirable that at least one of the members of the Guest
Editorial Board is a member of the journal Editorial Board), tentative
time-scale for the production of the special issue and information about
the prospective Guest Editors (relevant experience, publications etc.).


- Deadline for submission of special issue proposals:

  10 December 2013

  (proposals to be emailed to
  R.Mitkov at<mailto:R.Mitkov at> with a copy to
  jnle at

- Notification of acceptance/rejection:

 15 January 2014

- Final version of the successful proposal(s) and call for papers:

  15 February 2014

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