How to submit corrections to the Anthology
November 16, 2019
Types of corrections
The staff of the ACL Anthology can process requests for both many types of corrections to data in the ACL Anthology. These include correcting metadata and posting errata and revisions for scholarly works that are already published. While this service can help correct post-publication problems, due to certain difficulties and liabilities, the corrections have certain limitations, which we describe here.
- Corrections to metadata do not require the submission of a new PDF. These kinds of corrections are typically made to bring the metadata in line with what is on the PDF, which is taken to be authoritative. If the metadata changes impact the work’s physical form (e.g., adding an additional author), a revision must also be supplied.
- An erratum clarifies errors made in the original scholarly work. Usually these are just short notes, correcting statements, or changes to equations or other problems in the original, which need to be read alongside the original work.
- A revision is a replacement to the original scholarly work. This format allows a corrected paper to be read independently of the original scholarly work, and typically does not highlight the original’s errors.
Please take note of the following regarding errata and revisions:
- The original published PDF is not invalidated. The original will still stand as published and cannot be withdrawn, and both will remain available and linked on the website.
- The landing page for the work will indicate the availability of the erratum or revision.
- We cannot retrofit any accompanying full volumes with either revisions or errata.
- If possible, when generating your revision, it would be good to add the proper proceedings header and footer stamps, as well as the correct page numbering. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any assistance with this task.
- Downstream consumers of the Anthology (e.g., search engines) should notice the changes in your work, but there are no guarantees of this.
For requests to change paper metadata (that do not require any PDF changes), please file a Github issue. Be sure to indicate the Anthology ID of the paper (e.g., P19-1017). If you are savvy, you could correct the data yourself in our authoritative XML files and issue a pull request. This will expedite the processing of your request.
To request a revision or erratum, please use this form.
For revisions, you will need to provide a paragraph-form summary of all the changes in the revision.
This description will be published together with your revision and should be written in a neutral scientific tone.
Please ensure that the link you provide is directly to a downloadable PDF that works with
If the metadata also needs to change, follow the instructions in the above paragraph for that as well.
Anthology staff will respond to your request as time permits.