Student Research Workshop at ACL 2010

  1. General Invitation
  2. Submission Requirements
  3. Submission Format
  4. Reviewing Procedure
  5. Mentoring Service
  6. Important Dates
  7. Funding for Travel
  8. Contact Information

Call for Papers

General Invitation for Submissions

The Student Research Workshop is an established tradition at ACL conferences. The workshop provides a venue for student researchers investigating topics in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing to present their work and receive feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback from a general audience as well as from panelists; the panelists are experienced researchers who will prepare in-depth comments and questions in advance of the presentation.

We would like to invite student researchers to submit their work to the workshop. Since this workshop is an excellent opportunity to ask for suggestions, to receive useful feedback and to run your ideas by an international audience of researchers, the emphasis of the workshop will be on work in progress. The research being presented can come from any topic area within computational linguistics including, but not limited to, the following topic areas:

Submission Requirements

The emphasis of the workshop is on original and unpublished research. The papers should describe original work in progress. Students who have settled on their thesis direction but still have significant research left to do are particularly encouraged to submit their papers.

Since the main purpose of presenting at the workshop is to exchange ideas with other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further development of the work, papers should clearly indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. All authors of multi-author papers MUST be students. Papers submitted for this workshop are eligible only if they have not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Students who have already presented at an ACL/EACL/NAACL Student Research Workshop may not submit to this workshop. They should submit their papers to the main conference instead. It must be indicated if a paper has been submitted to another conference or workshop.

Submission Format

Paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2010 proceedings without exceeding six (6) pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files tailored for this year's conference. These files will be available soon from this page. Submissions must conform to the official ACL 2010 style guidelines and they must be electronic in PDF. Please use our submission system to submit your paper.

Reviewing Procedure

Reviewing of papers submitted to the Student Research Workshop will be managed by the Student Workshop Co-Chairs, with the assistance of a team of reviewers. Each submission will be matched with a mixed panel of student and senior researchers for review. The final acceptance decision will be based on the results of the review. 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.

Mentoring Service

ACL is providing a mentoring (coaching) service for authors from regions of the world where English is less emphasized as a language of scientific exchange. Many authors from these regions, although able to read the scientific literature in English, have little or no experience in writing papers in English for conferences such as the ACL meetings. The service will be arranged as follows. A set of potential mentors will be identified by Mentoring Service Chairs Björn Gambäck (SICS, Sweden and NTNU, Norway) and Diana McCarthy (Lexical Computing Ltd., UK), who will organize this service for ACL 2010. If you would like to take advantage of the service for a submission to the Student Research Workshop, please upload your paper in PDF format by 1st January, 2010 using the paper submission software for the mentoring service available at:

An appropriate mentor will be assigned to your paper and the mentor will get back to you by February 1st which is 2 weeks before the deadline for the submission to the ACL 2010 Student Research Workshop program committee.

Please note that this service is for the benefit of the authors as described above. It is not a general mentoring service for authors to improve the technical content of their papers.

Questions about the mentoring service should be referred to

Important Dates

Paper submission deadlineFebruary 15, 2010
Notification of acceptanceApril 12, 2010
Camera-ready submission deadlineMay 10, 2010
Conference datesJuly 11-16, 2010 (The workshop will be held during the main conference)

Funding for Travel

There will be funding to assist student participants with travel and conference expenses. This information will be available soon from this page.

Contact Information

If you need to contact the Co-Chairs of the Student Workshop, please use: An e- mail sent to this address will be forwarded to all Co-Chairs.

Tomek Strzalkowski (Faculty Advisor) University at Albany, SUNY, USA

Seniz Demir (Co-Chair) University of Delaware, USA

Jan Raab (Co-Chair) Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Nils Reiter (Co-Chair) Heidelberg University, Germany