On the Process of Area Chair Selection

The goal of this post is to share with you the outcome of our experiment on area chair crowdsourcing experiment we conducted this year. There were several reasons for trying the new model. First, the recent report from the ACL exec about serious diversity issues in our community was an eye opener. I believe that […]

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REJECT BEFORE REVIEW — WE’RE SORRY FOR IT!

Dear all: We are delighted to have Xavier and Kevin, co-chairs of the recent EMNLP 2016, to write a post detailing key difficulties that they faced in this past year’s conference organization.  If you have a burning issue with how we (or ACL in general) puts together its scientific program, please contact us so we […]

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Updates for Area Chairs

Dear Area Chairs: We are writing this email to further clarify the process of inviting reviewers in routing them to particular areas. Please note there are some action items that you need to do, these are marked with [ACTION NEEDED]. = COMMUNICATION 1) [ACTION NEEDED] Many of you may be wondering who your fellow area […]

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List of Area Chairs

Dear members of the NLP & CL community: We are pleased to announce the preliminary list of area chairs (this post will be edited to keep up to date, as when possible).  They will be doing the key task of coordinating the scientific review process for submissions in their respective area. In the upcoming days, […]

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Changes to Publication Pipeline

Dear all: [TL;DR: DOI, Anthology Links, add Word format, no XML format]  We are also planning to make changes to the publication pipeline for camera ready copies. In final accepted papers, authors will need to insert that uniform resource identifier (URI) for where to find the electronic version of the paper referenced. In many cases, […]

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Changes to the reviewing process

Dear area chairs: [TL;DR: We describe how the first part of reviewer workflow will work (esp. wrt the Toronto system) and other fine points.] Thank you so much for accepting that charge for being an area chair!  Both of us feel that the area chairs are the key personnel in ensuring scientific quality, rigour and […]

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A public letter to our prospective Area Chairs – 6 key changes

Dear invited Area Chairs: [TL;DR: actually you need to read the whole post.  So no summary! ] To increase transparency of the process, we are making this an open letter, which we hope you (and perhaps the general public) will comment on to improve the reviewing process. First, thank you for considering the charge of […]

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