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 We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics.

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, we have postponed the date of the conference from September to December and adjusted the submission deadlines accordingly. We are still forging ahead with our plans for an in-person conference in Barcelona in December complemented with remote participation. However, the situation in the coming months is very uncertain. For this reason, we are also making parallel contingency plans for a fully virtual conference if necessary.

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COLING’2020 invites the submission of long and short papers on original and unpublished research covering all aspects of natural language and computation.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 reproduction papers and 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, excluding references, for long papers and four (4) pages, excluding references, for short papers. The abstract should be no more than 200 words.
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 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 versions 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, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
  • Chengqing Zong, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Contact us at coling2020pc at gmail dot com
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