ACL Policy on Conflict of Interest
The following is the ACL policy on conflicts of interest in reviewing
and accepting conference submissions.
1. A person is deemed to have a conflict of interest in a paper
submitted to an ACL conference if
A. he or she is a
(co-)author of the paper; or
B. one or more of the
authors of the paper:
i. is, or has
been in the previous five years, a student of that
ii. has co-authored a paper or collaborated with that person
in the previous five years, or
is employed at the same institution as that person.
C. any other circumstances
create an appearance that the person
might have a bias in the evaluation of the paper.
2. No person shall review or participate in the acceptance
of any paper in which he or she has a conflict of interest.
3. The identity of the reviewers of a paper shall be withheld
all people who have a conflict of interest in that paper.
The following are the procedures that must be followed for avoidance of
conflicts of interest in reviewing and accepting conference
1. If a program committee (co-)chair has a conflict of interest
in a paper, a different co-chair must assign that paper to an area
chair. If there is only a single program chair, the general
chair of the conference shall assign it.
2. A paper shall not be assigned to an area chair or to a
reviewer who has a conflict of interest in it.
3. If an area chair or reviewer is inadvertently assigned a paper
in which he or she has a conflict of interest, he or she must
immediately declare the fact and return the paper.
4. Reviewing procedures and software shall be organized in such a
manner as to prevent any person from seeing non-anonymized reviews of
any paper in which he or she has a conflict of interest.
5. Reviewing procedures and software and program committee
discussions and meetings shall be organized in such a manner as to
prevent any person from participating in or observing any discussion
relating to the acceptance decision of any paper in which he or she has
a conflict of interest.
6. In the interpretation of this policy and these procedures, if
there is any doubt as to whether or not a conflict of interest exists,
chairs and reviewers are advised to be cautious. The ACL
Executive may be asked for its opinion on specific cases.