Dealing with Conflicts of Interest (COIs)

Dear readers, In this post, we will share with you a letter  by Aurélien Max about conflict of interests (COIs).  While Min and I haven’t submitted to ACL to avoid COIs,  many area chairs did submit to the conference. In fact, for many Area Chairs (ACs) the ability to submit was their precondition for accepting the […]

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Avoidable Trouble: undeclared double submissions

Dear readers, This post is dedicated to undeclared double submissions. It is a common practice for PC chairs in related areas (e.g., NLP, ML and AI)  to exchange submission abstracts to identify overlapping papers. I thought that this fact is generally known to everyone who submits to ACL, but apparently it is not. A week […]

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Matching Paper with Reviewers: Report from Area Chairs

Dear readers, My personal nightmare is rejecting interesting innovative papers in favor of safe incremental pieces on the topic de jour. Given the size of our submission pool (1400+), Min and I will be unable to read the vast majority of the submissions. This means that we have to rely on (very many) others to […]

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ArXiv and The Future of Double-Blind Conference Reviewing

Dear readers! As comments published in response to our last blog illustrate, the issue of arXiv and blind reviewing is controversial. The only part on which everybody seems to agree is the  inadequacy of the current policy. We are rejecting papers for non-anonymised submissions where the authors genuinely forgot to remove their names, but let […]

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Statistics on Submissions and Status Update

Dear readers, We have received 1,419 papers (829 long and 590 short), from which we sent for review 1,318 papers (751 long and 567 short).  We describe how these submissions were processed, and give basic statistics about the submissions. While some of these details are mechanistic and inherently boring,  they may be helpful to you when preparing […]

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Last Minute Writing Advice

Dear readers, The ACL deadline is a few days away. My group is not submitting to ACL this year, but judging from experience with other deadlines, this is a week when miraculous transformations happen — barely intelligible drafts fraught with mistakes and confusions become polished submissions, with very little resemblance to the initial version. I […]

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Status of the Reviewer Pool

Dear all: We would like to update everyone with the current status of the ongoing reviewer recruitment. We have issued 1,532 invites. We have 1,228 invitees that accepted the charge and 169 that had to decline.  We thank all of you who responded and for being responsible and letting us know your availability – we […]

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