North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies 2012

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Le Centre Sheraton
Sunday, 3 June 2012 to Friday, 8 June 2012
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 6 January 2012

Call for Papers for NAACL HLT 2012

June 3 – June 8, 2012, Montreal, Canada

Tutorial Proposals: Thu, Dec 15, 2011
Paper Deadline (both short and long papers): Fri, Jan 6, 2012
Student Workshop Deadline: Feb 6, 2012
Demos Deadline: Feb 9, 2012
Author Response Period: Feb 22-25, 2012
Author Notification: Wed, Mar 21, 2012
Camera-ready Papers: Mon, Apr 9, 2012
Tutorials: Sun, Jun 3, 2012
Main Conference: Jun 4-6, 2012
Workshops :Jun 7-8, 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original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing.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

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 algorithms
* 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 presentations.

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 elsewhere.

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