Call for Papers - CoNLL 2017


We invite the submission of papers on all aspects of computational approaches to natural language learning, including, but not limited to:

  • Development and empirical evaluation of machine learning methods applied to any natural language or speech processing task in supervised, semi-supervised or unsupervised settings (e.g. structured prediction, graphical models, deep learning, relational learning, reinforcement learning, etc.).
  • Theoretical analyses of learning-based approaches to natural language processing.
  • Computational models of human language acquisition and processing, models of language evolution and change, and simulation and analysis of psycholinguistic findings.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: April 23, 2017, 23:59 PST
  • Notification: May 29, 2017
  • Camera-ready: June 12, 2017
  • Conference: August 3-4, 2017 (after ACL 2017)


Submission Notes

Submissions to CoNLL-2017 must describe original, unpublished work in 8 pages of content plus maximum 2 additional pages of references. Final versions will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account. Papers will be presented orally, or as posters with a five minute oral presentation (poster booster). All papers will be published in the conference proceedings. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between long papers presented orally and as posters. 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 CoNLL 2017 by the early registration deadline.

Papers should be submitted using the ACL 2017 styles. Authors who are unable to use these style files or submit a PDF file electronically should contact the program co-chairs. Authors may also optionally submit a second document (pdf) containing supporting information such as proofs or algorithmic details, and any relevant datasets and/or code (compresse files) that will be released with the paper. Reviewers will have access to the supporting information/data/code and may refer to it at their discretion. Any information that is critical to understanding the paper should be included within the paper itself.

Since reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations, and there should be no self-references that reveal the authors' identity. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time, and must be withdrawn from the other venues if accepted by CoNLL 2017. In particular, submissions to both CONLL and EMNLP are possible, but if the paper is accepted by CONLL, authors will have to decide -- before the CONLL camera-ready deadline -- between keeping it at CONLL (and withdrawing it from EMNLP before getting the final EMNLP notification) or withdrawing it from CONLL and taking the risk with EMNLP. This decision has been taken jointly between the program chairs of EMNLP and CONLL. Finally, we will not accept for publication papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that have been or will be published elsewhere. It is acceptable to submit work that has been made available as a technical report (or similar, e.g. in arXiv) without citing it.

Help in Improving Scientific Reviews

A subset of the paper submissions and reviews in CoNLL 2017 will be included in a dataset of peer reviews for research purposes as part of the semantic scholar project at AI2. By default, submissions and reviews will not be included in the dataset, but one can opt-in to include them via the submission and reviewing forms. The dataset will be released to the public domain twelve months after the final accept/reject decisions are made. This is part of a long-term effort to improve the peer-reviewing process.

Submission Link

Best Paper Award

As in recent CoNLL conferences, a Best Paper Award will be given to the authors of the highest quality paper. The most important aspects in judging the quality of a paper will be: originality, innovativeness, relevance, and impact of the presented research.

Shared Tasks

CoNLL will have two Shared Tasks this year: