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Call for Papers for NAACL HLT 2012

June 3 – June 8, 2012, Montreal, Canada

Important Dates

Deadline for BOTH Long and Short paper submission: Friday, January 6,  

Author response period: February 22-25, 2012

Notification to Authors: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Final, camera-ready papers due: Monday, April 9, 2012

NEW: ACL 2012 and NAACL 2012 will not allow double submission of papers.

(See Multiple Submission policy section.)

Also: Please DO NOT submit the same paper in long and short paper form.


NAACL is pleased to announce the North American Chapter of the  
Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language  
Technologies (NAACL HLT) 2012 conference. The conference covers a  
broad spectrum of disciplines working towards enabling intelligent  
systems to interact with humans using natural language, and towards  
enhancing human-human communication through services such as speech  
recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text  
summarization, and information extraction. NAACL HLT 2012 will feature  
long papers, short papers, demonstrations, and a doctoral consortium,  
as well as associated tutorials and workshops.

The conference invites the submission of long and short papers on  
substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of  
automated language processing. The short paper format may also be  
appropriate for a small, focused contribution, a work in progress, a  
negative result, an opinion piece or an interesting application nugget.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

·       Phonology and Morphology, Word Segmentation

·       Syntactic Tagging and Chunking

·       Syntax and Parsing

·       Semantics

·       Discourse, Dialogue, and Pragmatics

·       Summarization and Generation

·       Machine Learning for Language Processing: theory, methods and  

·       Machine Translation

·       Information Retrieval and Question Answering

·       Information Extraction

·       Spoken Language Processing (e.g., Spoken Term Detection,  
Analysis, Recognition, Synthesis, Understanding, Dialogue Systems)

·       End-to-end Language Processing Systems

·       Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining

·       Document Categorization / Topic Clustering

·       Social Media Analysis and Processing

·       Language Resources, Novel Evaluation Methods


Long papers: NAACL HLT 2012 submissions must describe substantial,  
original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate,  
concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. The long paper  
deadline is January 6, 2012 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8).  
Submissions will be judged on appropriateness, clarity, originality/ 
innovativeness, correctness/soundness, meaningful comparison,  
thoroughness, significance, contributions to research resources, and  
replicability. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three  
program committee members.

Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus two  
extra pages for references; final versions should take into account  
reviewers’ comments.  Papers will be presented orally or as a poster  
presentation as determined by the program committee. The decisions as  
to which papers will be presented orally and which as poster  
presentations will be based on the nature rather than on the quality  
of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between  
long papers presented orally and those presented as poster  

Short papers: NAACL HLT 2012 also solicits short papers. Short paper  
submissions must describe original and unpublished work. The short  
paper deadline this year is also January 6, 2012 by 11:59PM Pacific  
Standard Time (GMT-8). Characteristics of past short papers include:

•                A small, focused contribution

•                Work in progress

•                A negative result

•                An opinion piece

•                An interesting application nugget

Short papers will be presented in one or more oral or poster sessions,  
and will be given four (4) pages including references in the  
proceedings. While short papers will be distinguished from long papers  
in the proceedings, there will be no distinction in the proceedings  
between short papers presented orally and those presented as poster  
presentations. Each short paper submission will be reviewed by at  
least two program committee members.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for both long and short papers is  
January 6, 2012 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8).

Electronic Submission: Submission is electronic using the Softconf  
submission software; instructions will be posted at 

Format: Long paper submissions should follow the two-column format of  
NAACL HLT 2012 proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of  
content plus two extra pages for references. Short paper submissions  
should also follow the two-column format of NAACL HLT 2012  
proceedings, and should not exceed four (4) pages including  
references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or  
Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference, which  
are available on the conference website under 
. Submissions must conform to the official style guidelines, which are  
contained in the style files, and they must be electronic in PDF.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the  
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that  
reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith,  
1991) ...” must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith  
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...” Papers that do not conform to  
these requirements will be rejected without review. In addition,  
please do not post your submissions on the web until after the review  
process is complete.

Multiple-submission policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted  
to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission  
time. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at NAACL HLT 2012  
must notify the program chairs by March 28, 2012 as to whether the  
paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the  
conference to appear in the proceedings. We will not accept for  
publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in  
content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published  

Authors submitting more than one paper to NAACL HLT must ensure that  
submissions do not overlap significantly (> 50%) with each other in  
content or results. Authors should not submit short and long versions  
of papers with substantial overlap in their original contributions.

NEW INFORMATION: Because of concerns of reviewer overload, the program  
committees for ACL 2012 and NAACL 2012, along with the ACL Executive  
Board and NAACL Executive Board have decided to not allow double  
submission to each other’s conferences.  Submissions will be compared  
across these two conferences; papers with substantial overlap in their  
technical contributions that are submitted to both ACL 2012 and NAACL  
2012 will be rejected without review at the discretion of the program  

General Conference Chair

Jennifer Chu-Carroll, IBM

Program Co-Chairs

Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T

Eric Fosler-Lussier, The Ohio State University

Ellen Riloff, University of Utah

Smaranda Muresan
Library and Information Science Department
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers University
4 Hungtington St
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
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