We, the PC co-chairs, decided to start a blog to document our progress in organizing ACL 2017, while soliciting your help and advice along the way.
As you may have noted by our affiliations, Min and I are exactly on opposite time zones with 12 hours time difference. However, our history goes way back – we were both PhD students in the Columbia NLP group, sitting in adjacent offices. Back then, papers were still submitted in hard copy via FedEx, conference talks were presented using transparencies, and NAACL had yet to hold a separate conference. Fast forward to now, there have been many changes to how conferences are organized and run. But the internal workings of the scientific program committee still continue to be a hidden process with only the final selection of papers being observed.
With this blog, we hope to increase transparency and communication. We will share with you the important policy steps related to review quality assurance. But perhaps more importantly, we hope to solicit your feedback about improving the workflow, and as an important side-effect, the scientific program. We promise to carefully consider your suggestions but we appreciate your understanding that our ultimate decisions will not make all parties happy.