Coling 2008

Manchester, 18-22 August, 2008

The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics
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Guidelines for Submitting Papers for Review

Due date for submissions of papers for review is 23.59 GMT, 30 March 2008. No extension will be granted.

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Note: minor revision to style files 6 March 2008 - please download the latest versions if possible.

Submission guidelines

Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work or – in the case of posters – ongoing research rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.

Submissions presented at the conference should mostly contain new material that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that are being submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work.

Papers can be submitted to one of two categories: as a regular paper or as a poster. Authors must designate one of these categories at submission time. Regular papers will be presented a single time to a potentially large audience during one of the parallel paper sessions at the conference, and poster presentations will be repeated several times before small groups of people (using paper posters) at one of the conference poster sessions. Regular papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results, while posters are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort. The maximum submission length will be the same for both regular papers and posters (8 pages, including references). However the final published versions will be 8 pages for regular papers and 4 pages for posters. Regular and poster papers will appear in separate volumes of the proceedings.

Papers must conform to the official Coling 2008 style guidelines, and we reserve the right to reject submissions that do not conform to these styles, including font size restrictions. We strongly recommend the use of the Coling 2008 LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's conference (available here). A description of the format is also available, in case you are unable to use these style files directly.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other references (e.g. to projects, corpora, or software) that could reveal the author's identity should be avoided. For example, instead of "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", write "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Submission will be electronic, using the START paper submission webpage ( The only accepted format for submitted papers is Adobe PDF. The papers must be submitted no later than 23.59 GMT, 30 March 2008. Papers received after that time will not be reviewed. Questions regarding the submission procedure should be directed to the Programme Co-Chairs, Donia Scott and Hans Uszkoreit .