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Call for Papers

Student Workshop at ACL 2003

41st Annual Meeting of
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL03)
July 7-12, 2003

Sapporo Convention Center, SAPPORO, JAPAN

Paper submission deadline extended to:
March 15, 2003

Email contact of the Student Workshop Co-chairs:

Note: The exact dates of the Workshop have not been firmly established yet. Tentatively, the Workshop may take place anytime between the 7th and 12th of July, 2003. The exact dates will be posted once confirmed by the Main ACL 2003 Conference Program Committee.

1. General Invitation for Submissions

The Student Session is an established tradition at ACL conferences. This year it will take the form of a Student Workshop. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for student researchers who are investigating various areas related to Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. We would like to invite student researchers to submit their work to the workshop. Seeing that the main mission of the student workshop is to provide the participants with a wide audience and useful feedback, the emphasis of the workshop will be on work in progress. For the Student Workshop, original, and unpublished research is invited on all aspects of computational linguistics, including, but not limited to these topic areas:

  • pragmatics
  • discourse
  • semantics
  • syntax and the lexicon
  • phonetics and phonology
  • morphology
  • linguistic, mathematical and psychological models of language
  • language-oriented information retrieval and information extraction
  • corpus-based language modeling
  • machine translation and translation aids
  • natural language interfaces
  • dialogue systems
  • approaches to coordinating the linguistic with other modalities in multi-media systems
  • message and narrative understanding systems
  • summarization
  • speech recognition and synthesis
  • generation

The conference will also feature tutorials, workshops, and demos. See the Main ACL 2003 page for information.

2. Submission Requirements

Papers should describe original work in progress. The main purpose of presenting at the workshop is to exchange ideas with other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further development of the work. Papers should clearly indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. The papers can have more than one author; however, all authors MUST be students. A paper accepted for presentation at the Student Workshop cannot be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences must indicate this immediately after the title material on the first page. In addition, a student who has already presented at an ACL/EACL/NAACL student session will not be allowed to present again at the student session at any of these conferences, but instead, are encouraged to submit to the main conference.

3. Submission Procedure

Paper Submission

Submissions for this year's session will take place online. A submission form will soon be available from the student session web pages. If you are unable to use the on-line form for paper submission or experience problems using it, please, send email to

Paper Length

Authors should submit their papers for review in the two-column format of the ACL proceedings and should not exceed 6 pages. We strongly recommend the use of ACL latex style or Microsoft Word Style files available from the main session's web pages. These are also available from the student workshop web pages.

Separate items to be submitted (3):

1. Identification page

  • Title:
  • Author(s) name(s), affiliation and e-mail addresses
  • Topic Area: (one or two general topic areas)
  • Keywords: Up to 5 keywords specifying the subject area
  • Under Consideration for Other Conferences: (if yes, specify)
  • Abstract: short summary (up to 5 lines)

2. Paper (includes no self-identifying references)

  • Title:
  • Abstract: short summary
  • Paper contents


A CV or letter from your advisor indicating that you meet the submission requirements specified in Section 2.

Electronic Submissions

Electronic submissions as well as hard copy submissions are acceptable. If you are submitting your paper electronically, only the following formats will be acceptable:

  • PostScript (.ps)
  • Rich Text Format ACL style (.rtf)
  • Microsoft Word ACL style (.doc)
  • PDF (.pdf)

Specific instructions for electronic submissions are now available.

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, and will be required for inclusion in the final proceedings. Contact the co-chairs if you absolutely need to submit a hardcopy at this stage.

4. Reviewing Procedure

Reviewing of papers submitted to the Student Workshop will be managed by Student Workshop Co-Chairs, each of whom will have the assistance of a team of reviewers. Each submission will be matched with a mixed panel of student and senior researchers for review. The final acceptance decision will be made based on the results of the review.

Note that reviewing of papers will be blind; therefore, please, make sure you do not put the author(s) name(s) on the title page. (See Submission Rrequirements for details). You should not have any self-identifying references anywhere in the paper submitted for review. For example, you can't have a reference like this "We showed previously (Smith, 1991), ..." Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991)..."

5. Schedule

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2003. Late submissions will be automatically disqualified. The student workshop committee is not responsible for postal delays or other mailing problems. For electronic submissions, all time zones will be taken into account. Acknowledgement will be emailed soon after receipt. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors (by email) on April 26, 2003. Detailed formatting guidelines for the preparation of the final camera-ready copy will be provided to authors with their acceptance notice.

6. Timetable

Important Dates for the Student Session:

Paper submission deadline:

March 15, 2003 (extended)

Notification of Acceptance:

April 26, 2003

Camera-Ready Copy Due:

May 5, 2003

Contact Information

If you need to contact the co-chairs of the Student Workshop, please use this address: An e-mail sent to this address will be forwarded to all three co-chairs.

Kotaro Funakoshi
Co-Chair, Asia
Dept. of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Sandra Kübler
Co-Chair, Europe
Dept. of Linguistics, Universitaet Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Jahna Otterbacher
Co-Chair, N. America
School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.

Last modified 2003-02-25 by J. Otterbacher