New Policies for Submission, Review and Citation

The ACL Executive Committee has adopted new policies for submission to *ACL conferences and the TACL journal. The policies specify under what conditions papers available as preprints can be submitted for double-blind review, and also clarify the status of preprints with respect to citation and review. The new policies have been developed by a working group appointed by the Executive Committee, taking into account the results of our membership survey and discussions at the ACL business meeting in Vancouver.


What is computational linguistics?

Computational linguistics is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective. Computational linguists are interested in providing computational models of various kinds of linguistic phenomena. These models may be "knowledge-based" ("hand-crafted") or "data-driven" ("statistical" or "empirical"). Work in computational linguistics is in some cases motivated from a scientific perspective in that one is trying to provide a computational explanation for a particular linguistic or psycholinguistic phenomenon; and in other cases the motivation may be more purely technological in that one wants to provide a working component of a speech or natural language system. Indeed, the work of computational linguists is incorporated into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice response systems, web search engines, text editors, language instruction materials, to name just a few.

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