Final Call for Papers

COLING 2018: Final Call for Papers

The International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) is pleased to announce its next event, COLING 2018, to be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, NM, USA, from 20-26th August 2018. We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics.


The first COLING was held in New York in 1965, with the last iteration in Osaka in 2016. Throughout its history COLING has brought together researchers from across the field of Computational Linguistics.

With COLING 2018 we continue this tradition and welcome papers on all topics related to both natural language and contribution, with the expectation that all papers will include linguistic insight.

Towards the goal of attracting and selecting a high quality, diverse program, COLING 2018 invites papers of a broad variety of distinct types, detailed below.

Important Dates

Submission for mentoring: February 16, 2018
Final submissions due: March 16, 2018
Author feedback: April 20-25, 2018
Notifications: May 17, 2018
Main conference: August 21-24, 2018

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to present the following all-star line up of keynote speakers for COLING 2018:

Submission Instructions

We invite submissions of up to nine (9) pages maximum, plus bibliography. The COLING 2018 templates must be used; these will be provided in LaTeX and also Microsoft Word format. Submissions will only be accepted in PDF format. Deviations from the provided templates should result in rejections without review. Submit papers by the end of the deadline day via our softconf submission site; the timezone is UTC-12. Download the Word and LaTeX templates here:

Types of Paper

We invite papers in the following categories, each of which is associated with a distinct review form. On submission, you will be asked to indicate which type of paper you are submitting. Please review the following descriptions as well as the review forms prior to completing your submission.


The focus of this paper type is new linguistic insight. Originality could be in the linguistic question being addressed, in the methodology applied to the linguistic question, or in the combination of the two. It should be shown how results generalize, either by deepening our understanding of some linguistic system in general or by demonstrating methodology that can be applied to other problems.


This type of paper tests a hypothesis about the effectiveness of a technique for a task. The hypothesis should be clearly stated, the testing methodology rigorous, and the experiment reproducible. Furthermore, a successful COLING paper of this type will include thoughtful error analysis and a clear explanation of how the results in the experiment relate to the hypothesis.


The contribution of a reproduction paper lies in analyses of and in insights into existing methods and problems—plus the added certainty that comes with validating previous results or the information that certain results are not reproducible. A strong reproduction paper offers analysis and deepens our understanding of the methodology used or problem approached, helping practitioners choose techniques / resources.


Papers in this track present a new language resource. This could be a corpus, but also could be an annotation standard, tool, and so on. Part of the contribution of a resource paper lies in the quality, accessibility and description of resources.


A position paper presents a challenge to conventional thinking or a futuristic new vision. It could open up a new area or spur the development of novel technology, propose changes in existing research practices, or give a new set of ground rules. Creative and sound positions will do best, with well-defined visions opening up new areas of research.


A survey paper provides a structured overview of the literature to date on a specific topic that helps the reader understand the kinds of questions being asked about the topic, the various approaches that have been applied, how they relate to each other, and what further research areas they open up. A conference-length survey paper should be about a sufficiently focused topic that it can do this successfully with in the page limits.

Author Responsibilities

Papers must be of original, previously-unpublished work. The formatting template must be strictly adhered to and deadlines met. Papers must be anonymized to support double-blind reviewing. If the paper is available as a preprint, this must be indicated in the submission form but not in the paper itself.  In addition, COLING 2018 will follow the same policy as ACL 2018 establishing an anonymity period (February 16-author notification) during which non-anonymous posting of preprints is not allowed. Also included in that policy are instructions to reviewers to not rate papers down for not citing recent preprints.

Papers that have been or will be under consideration for other venues at the same time must indicate this at submission time. If a paper is accepted for publication at COLING, it must be immediately withdrawn from other venues. If a paper under review at COLING is accepted elsewhere and authors intend to proceed there, the COLING committee must be notified immediately.

Multilingual Abstracts/Synopses

For the camera-ready papers, we will invite authors to provide a translation of the title and abstract and a 1-2 page synopsis of the paper in a second language of the authors’ choice.  Appropriate languages include but are not limited to authors’ native languages, languages spoken in the authors’ place of affiliation, and languages that are the focus of the research presented.

Writing Mentoring Program

COLING 2018 is offering a writing mentoring program; over 100 reviewers have signed up to be mentors. To participate in the writing mentoring program as an author, please follow these steps:

  1. Create a submission in the softconf system in the “writing mentoring” track by February 16, 2018.  At this point, all that is required is an abstract as well as author information (including affiliation). We will use the abstracts to match authors to mentors.
  2. Add your complete draft to the same submission in the “writing mentoring” track by February 23, 2018.
  3. Mentors will be instructed to provide feedback within one week, through a structured form, leaving authors one week to incorporate their feedback.
  4. Authors should then create a new submission in the appropriate paper type by the main conference deadline of March 16, 2018.

Further information is available at:

Program Committee

Emily M. Bender, University of Washington – PC co-chair (homepage)
Leon Derczynski, IT University of Copenhagen – PC co-chair (homepage)
Contact us at

Further information

We are keeping a blog this year, detailing many parts of the process; this includes technical information that may be helpful.

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