Sad News: R.I.P. Aravind Joshi

The ACL sadly received the message about the passing away of Professor Aravind Joshi on New Year’s Eve 2017. Aravind was one of the pioneers of computational linguistics and made enormous contributions to our field, in particular related to syntax and discourse. In recognition of his contributions he received the first ACL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He also served as ACL President in 1975. His death is a great loss for the many of us who have known and worked with him over his long career, and for the ACL community.

Sincerely,
Marti Hearst
President of ACL

Call for Bids - ACL 2020

58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) hereby invites proposals to host the conference in the America region in July or August 2020. At this time, we seek preliminary draft proposals from prospective bidders in the relevant regions. Promising bidders will be asked to provide additional information for the final selection.

Seeking Nominations for Editors of CL and TACL Journals

The ACL is seeking nominations for editorships of two ACL journals, Computational Linguistics (CL) and Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL). Currently, CL is the community’s forum for comprehensive longer papers, and TACL is the venue for shorter papers that also get a conference presentation. You may nominate the same candidate for both positions. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Instructions for nominations are as follows:
1. Nominations for a five-year term as Editor of Computational Linguistics

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.

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