Call for Papers announced!


The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING) will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from 13 to 18 September 2020 from 8 to 13 December 2020. We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics.

The first COLING was held in New York in 1965, with the last iteration in Santa Fe, USA, in 2018. Throughout its history, COLING has brought together researchers from across the field of Computational Linguistics. COLING’2020 continues this tradition and thus welcomes papers on all topics related to both natural language and computation, with the expectation that all papers will include linguistic insight.

Important Dates:

  • 1 June 2020: Anonymity period starts
  • 1 July 2020: Final submissions due
  • 1 September 2020: Reviews due
  • 1 October 2020: Notifications
  • 1 November 2020: Camera-ready (PDF) due
  • 8-11 December 2020: Main Conference
  • 12-13 December 2020: Tutorials & Workshops Post-Conference
Note: All deadlines are: 11:59 PM UTC-12:00.

Invited speakers:

  • Harald Baayen, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen.
  • Monica Lam, Stanford University
  • Tal Linzen, John Hopkins University
  • Margaret Mitchell, Google
  • Amanda Stent, Bloomberg


COLING’2020 invites the submission of long and short papers on original and unpublished research covering all aspects of natural language and computation. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following (in alphabetical order):

  • Applications (including BioNLP and eHealth, NLP for legal purposes, NLP for Social Media and Journalism, among others)
  • Dialogue and Interactive Systems
  • Discourse and Pragmatics
  • Document classification, topic modelling, information retrieval and crosslingual retrieval
  • Language Generation
  • Language Modelling
  • Information Extraction and Text Mining, and Knowledge Graph
  • Language Resources and Evaluation
  • CL/NLP and Linguistic Theories, Cognitive Modeling and Psycholinguistics
  • Machine Learning for CL/NLP
  • Multilingual processing, Machine Translation and translation aids
  • Morphology and Word Segmentation
  • Semantics (of words, sentences, ontologies and lexical semantics)
  • Sentiment Analysis, Opinion and Argument Mining
  • Speech recognition, text-to-speech and spoken language understanding
  • Summarization and Simplification
  • Tagging, Chunking, Syntax and Parsing
  • Textual Inference and Question Answering
  • Vision, Robotics, Multimodal and Grounded Language Acquisition

Papers in all these areas describing NLP engineering experiments or computationally-aided linguistic analysis as well as survey papers are welcome. In all relevant areas, we encourage authors to include a detailed description of the methodology, the analysis of the contribution of the proposal and in technologically-oriented papers, we encourage in-depth error analysis linked to linguistic information.

Submission Instructions:

We invite submissions of up to nine (9) pages maximum, plus bibliography for long papers and four (4) pages, plus bibliography, for short papers. The COLING’2020 templates must be used; these are provided in LaTeX and also Microsoft Word format. Submissions will only be accepted in PDF format. Deviations from the provided templates will result in rejections without review. Submit papers by the end of the deadline day (timezone is UTC-12) via our Softconf Submission Site:

Download the MS Word and LaTeX templates here:

Author Responsibilities:

Papers must be of original, previously-unpublished work. Papers must be anonymized to support double-blind reviewing. If the paper is available as a preprint, this must be indicated on the submission form but not in the paper itself. In addition, COLING’2020 will follow the same policy as ACL'2018 establishing an anonymity period (from March 8th June 1st to author notification) during which non-anonymous posting of preprints is not allowed. Also included in that policy are instructions to reviewers to not rate papers down for not citing recent preprints. Authors are asked to cite published versions of papers instead of preprint version when possible.

Papers that have been or will be under consideration for other venues at the same time must be declared at submission time. If a paper is accepted for publication at COLING, it must be immediately withdrawn from other venues. If a paper under review at COLING is accepted elsewhere and authors intend to proceed there, the COLING committee must be notified immediately.

Program Committee Chairs:

  • Núria Bel, IULA Institute of Applied Linguistics, Department of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
  • Chengqing Zong, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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