The 16th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2018)

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Friday, 1 June 2018 to Wednesday, 6 June 2018
United States
New Orleans
Marilyn Walker (General Chair)
Heng Ji, Amanda Stent (Program Chairs)
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 15 December 2017

The 16th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2018)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA June 1-6, 2018


The 16th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2018) will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1 to June 6, 2018.

Conference Topics

NAACL-HLT 2018 invites the submission of long and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of computational linguistics. NAACL-HLT 2018 has a goal of a broad technical program. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas (in alphabetical order):

- Cognitive modeling / Psycholinguistics
- Dialog and interactive systems
- Discourse and pragmatics
- Generation
- Information Extraction
- Machine Learning for NLP
- Machine Translation
- NLP Applications
- Phonology, Morphology and word segmentation
- Question Answering
- Resources and evaluation
- Semantics
- Sentiment Analysis
- Social Media
- Speech
- Summarization
- Tagging, chunking, syntax and parsing
- Text Mining
- Vision, robots, and other grounding

As in recent years, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted by the Transactions of the ACL. Also, separate CFPs will be forthcoming for demo papers and for submissions to the industry track.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline (Long Papers) - December 15, 2017
Submission Deadline (Short Papers) - January 10, 2018
Long Paper Author Response Period - January 25~28, 2018
Notification of Acceptance (Long Papers) - February 14, 2018
Notification of Acceptance (Short Papers) - February 28, 2018
Camera Ready Due - March 20, 2018

(All deadlines are 11:59PM GMT -12, anywhere in the world.)

Long and Short Papers

Long Papers

Long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included.

Long paper submissions may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited references; final versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.

Long papers will be presented orally or as posters 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 the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between long papers presented orally and as posters.

Short Papers

Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few pages. Some kinds of short papers are:
- A small, focused contribution
- Work in progress
- A negative result
- An opinion piece
- An interesting application nugget

Short paper submissions may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, plus unlimited references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) content pages in the proceedings. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers’ comments in their final versions.

Short papers will be presented in one or more oral or poster sessions. 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 as posters.

Submission Guideline

Note: the ACL is creating expanded publication guidelines which will be made available via the NAACL-HLT 2018 website and submission system when they are available. The ACL publication guidelines will supersede the guidelines below in case of conflict.

Submissions should be original

The content of submissions to NAACL-HLT 2018 (the ideas, the findings, the results and the words) should be original; that is, should not have been published (or be accepted for publication) in another refereed, archival form (such as a book, a journal, or a conference proceedings).

Authors may present preliminary versions of their work in other venues that are not refereed and/or not archival (e.g. course reports, theses, non-archival workshops, or on preprint servers such as Authors should list all such previous presentations in the submission form. This will help the area chairs if questions of originality arise.

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other venues must indicate this at submission time, and must be withdrawn from the other venues if accepted to NAACL-HLT 2018.

Authors submitting more than one paper to NAACL-HLT 2018 must ensure that the submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other.

Facilitate double blind review

Double blind review is a form of peer review in which the identities of authors are not provided to reviewers, and the identities of reviewers are not provided to authors. To facilitate double blind review, submissions should not identify authors or their affiliations. For example, 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) …”. Any preliminary non-archival versions of submitted papers should be listed in the submission form but not in the review version of the paper. NAACL-HLT 2018 reviewers are generally aware that authors may present preliminary versions of their work in other venues, but will not be provided the list of previous presentations from the submission form.

Follow style and format guidelines

Submissions should follow the NAACL-HLT 2018 style guidelines. Long paper submissions must follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content. Short paper submissions must also follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings, and must not exceed four (4) pages. References do not count against these limits. We strongly recommend the use of the official NAACL-HLT 2018 style templates. All submissions must in PDF format. Submissions that do not adhere to the above author guidelines may be rejected without review.

Presentation Requirement

All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at NAACL-HLT 2018 must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline as to whether the paper will be presented.

Previous presentations of the work (e.g. preprints on should be indicated in a footnote that should be excluded from the review submission, but included in the final version of papers appearing in the NAACL-HLT 2018 proceedings.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for NAACL-HLT 2018 by the early registration deadline.

Paper Online Submission

Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system at: – for long papers – for short papers

Contact Information

General chair: Marilyn Walker (University of California Santa Cruz)
Program co-chairs: Heng Ji (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Amanda Stent (Bloomberg)

Area Chairs

- Cognitive Modeling / Psycholinguistics: Morteza Dehghani, Kristy Hollingshead Seitz
- Dialogue and Interactive Systems: Yun-Nung (Vivian) Chen, Gabriel Skantze
- Discourse and Pragmatics: Jacob Eisenstein, Junyi (Jessy) Li, Annie Louis, Yi Yang
- Generation: Michael White
- Information Extraction: Mausam, Dan Bikel, Chia-Hui Chang, Bonan Min, Aurélie Névéol, Marius Pasca, Hinrich Schütze, Avirup Sil, Michael Strube
- Machine Learning for NLP: Chris Dyer, Ozan Irsoy, Tie-Yan Liu, Raymond Mooney
- Machine Translation: Marine Carpuat, Kyunghyun Cho, Daniel Marcu, Taro Watanabe, Deyi Xiong
- NLP Applications: Joel Tetreault
- Phonology, Morphology and Word Segmentation: Jennifer Foster, Barbara Plank
- Question Answering: Eugene Agichtein, Idan Szpektor
- Semantics: Yoav Artzi, Mona Diab, Kevin Duh, Anna Korhonen, Jonathan May, Preslav Nakov, Dan Roth, Scott Wen-tau Yih
- Sentiment Analysis: Smaranda Muresan, Swapna Somasundaran
- Social Media Analysis and Computational Social Science: Mark Dredze, Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Miles Osborne, Alan Ritter, Sara Rosenthal, William Yang Wang
- Speech: Eric Fosler-Lussier, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Mari Ostendorf
- Summarization: George Giannokopoulos, Xiaojun Wan, Lu Wang
- Tagging, Chunking, Syntax and Parsing: Michael Collins, Yoav Goldberg, Daisuke Kawahara, Emily Pitler, Anders Søgaard, Aline Villavicencio
- Text Mining: Kai-wei Chang, Jing Jiang, Zornitsa Kozareva, Chin-Yew Lin
- Vision, Robotics and Other Grounding: Joyce Chai