Call for Papers

Long and Short paper submission deadline: Jan 6, 2016
Author response period: Feb 10–15, 2016
Notification to authors: Mar 2, 2016

NAACL HLT 2016 Second Call for Papers

The 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics:
Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2016)

June 12 to June 17, 2016

San Diego, California, United States

NAACL HLT 2016 will feature long papers, short papers, demonstrations, and a student research workshop, as well as associated tutorials and workshops. In addition, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted for the new Transactions of the ACL journal (

The conference invites the submission of long and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing and creation of language resources. 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 nugget.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the study of the following language areas, tasks, genres and approaches to language analysis:

  • Linguistic areas of study
    • Discourse: anaphora resolution, discourse relation tagging, theories and systems for text organization evaluation, methods for analysis of dialog structure (spoken or written) and discourse semantics
    • Morphology
    • Phonology and phonetics
    • Pragmatics
    • Prosody
    • Semantics: event, lexical, distributional, formal, extra-propositional, grounding and ontologies
    • Tagging, chunking, syntax and parsing
  • Application tasks
    • Dialogue and interactive systems, automatic speech recognition other spoken language processing
    • Image/video description generation
    • Language understanding, language generation, summarization, information extraction, question answering, information retrieval, machine translation, recognizing textual entailment and semantic equivalence, relation extraction, text simplification
    • Mathematical models of language
    • Predicting speaker/writer characteristics
    • Sentiment analysis, text categorization (of words, sentences and longer texts), text quality prediction, style analysis and lexicon induction
    • Spelling and grammar correction and computer-aided learning
    • Tokenization/word segmentation for Chinese and similar languages and word segmentation in spoken utterances
  • Research Goals
    • Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistic research
    • Corpus creation and evaluation
    • End-user application building
    • Integrate language and other modalities
    • Linguistic theories for NLP
    • Machine learning for NLP
    • Sociolinguistic research
  • Approaches to language processing tasks
    • Machine learning: topic modeling, structured prediction, deep learning, bayesian models, kernel methods, generative models, discriminative models, semi-supervised learning, representation learning
    • Optimization
    • Exploiting multilingual resources
    • Modeling linguistic knowledge (e.g., grammars)
    • Algorithm development for NLP
    • Corpus/data analysis
  • Genres
    • Biological and medical text (BioNLP)
    • Chat and Email (private unedited written dialog)
    • Literature
    • News
    • Social media: twitter, blogs, discussion forums and other social media
    • Spoken dialog and other spoken genres
    • Search log analysis
  • Languages
    • Low-Resource Languages
    • Morphologically rich languages
    • Other specific living language(s)

Important Dates

  • Deadline for BOTH Long and Short paper submission: Jan 6, 2016
  • Author response period: Feb 10–15, 2016
  • Notification to authors: Mar 2, 2016

All deadlines are 11:59PM Pacific Time. Please DO NOT submit the same paper in long and short paper form.


Long Papers

NAACL HLT 2016 long paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and previously unpublished work. The long paper deadline is January 6, 2016 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8). 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 unlimited pages for references. Upon acceptance, final versions of long papers will be given one additional page (up to 9 pages with unlimited pages for references) so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.

Papers will be presented orally or as a poster presentation as determined by the program committee. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between long papers presented orally and those presented as poster presentations.

Short Papers

NAACL HLT 2016 also solicits short papers. Short paper submissions must describe original, completed and previously unpublished work. The short paper deadline this year is also January 6, 2016 by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8). Types of short papers include:

  • A small, focused contribution
  • A negative result
  • An opinion piece
  • An interesting application nugget

Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, plus unlimited pages for references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) pages in the proceedings and unlimited pages for references. 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 those presented as poster presentations. Each short paper submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

Electronic Submission

Papers should be submitted electronically using the Softconf START conference management system at the following URL:

The site will be open for accepting submissions one month before the conference deadline.


Long paper and short paper submissions should follow the two-column format of NAACL HLT 2015 proceedings, where long papers should not exceed eight (8) pages of and short papers should not exceed four (4) pages of content. Page limits must be strictly observed.

Submissions should use the ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year’s conference; these style files are available for download from:

Even if you’ve submitted to NAACL before, please read the guidelines regarding grayscale readability. NAACL is enforcing grayscale readability of all figure and graphics as an aid to the color-blind and to those reading papers printed on B&W printers. Please check to make sure that all figures and graphics in this paper interpretable.

Double-blind Review Process

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 (in special cases this is permitted: see the multiple submission policy below).

We will reject without review any papers that do not follow the official style guidelines, anonymity conditions and page limits.

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 2016 must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline 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 (>25%) with each other in content or results. Authors should not submit short and long versions of papers with substantial overlap in their original contributions.

What is Considered “Unpublished Work”?

All prior peer-reviewed publications, either at a conference or workshop, are considered published prior work. Preprints such as those on and technical reports that are not peer reviewed are not considered prior published work for purposes of submission. Authors must state in the online submission form the name of the workshop or preprint server and title of the non-archival version. The version submitted to NAACL HLT should be suitably anonymized and not contain references to the prior non-archival version. Reviewers will be told: “The author(s) have notified us that there exists a non-archival previous version of this paper with significantly overlapping text. We have approved submission under these circumstances, but to preserve the spirit of blind review, the current submission does not reference the non-archival version.” Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.


Program Co-Chairs

  • Ani Nenkova, University of Pennsylvania
  • Owen Rambow, Columbia University

General Chair

  • Kevin Knight, USC Information Sciences Institute

Area Chairs

  • Mohit Bansal, TTI-Chicago
  • Regina Barzilay, MIT
  • Eduardo Blanco, University of North Texas
  • Asli Celikyilmaz, Microsoft
  • Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cornell University
  • Markus Dreyer, Amazon
  • Chris Dyer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jacob Eisenstein, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Micha Elsner, The Ohio State University
  • Eric Fosler-Lussier, The Ohio State University
  • Alexander Fraser, University of Munich
  • Michel Galley, Microsoft Research
  • Kevin Gimpel, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
  • Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Microsoft Research
  • Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University
  • Yulan He, Aston University
  • Dirk Hovy, University of Copenhagen
  • Heng Ji, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Jing Jiang, Singapore Management University
  • Annie Louis, University of Essex
  • Chin-Yew Lin, Microsoft Research
  • Daniel Marcu, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
  • Margaret Mitchell, Microsoft Research
  • Alessandro Moschitti, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU
  • Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore
  • Viet-An Nguyen, Facebook
  • Mari Ostendorf, University of Washington
  • Marius Pasca, Google
  • Slav Petrov, Google
  • Dan Roth, University of Illinois
  • Alexander Rush, Harvard University
  • Kenji Sagae, KITT.AI
  • Giorgio Satta, University of Padua
  • Hinrich Schuetze, LMU Munich
  • William Schuler, the Ohio State University
  • Mihai Surdeanu, University of Arizona
  • Kristina Toutanova, Microsoft Research
  • Byron Wallace, University of Texas at Austin
  • Xiaojun Wan, Peking University
  • Furu Wei, Microsoft Research
  • Dekai Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Fei Xia, University of Washington