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  2012-02-13: the one-on-one mentoring signup deadline extended to Feb 14
Posted by: Fei - 02-13-2021, 07:34 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

Dear First-time *ACL reviewers:
There has been a minor issue with the signup sheet (which allowed only 200 max signups). We have fixed the problem, and are extending the signup deadline to 11:59pm GMT-12 on Feb 14.

If you want to sign up, please do so before the new deadline.

Best wishes.

PC chairs

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  2021-02-12: PCs contacted authors of withdrawn and abstract-only papers
Posted by: Fei - 02-13-2021, 12:03 AM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

Dear authors,
We have emailed via softconf all the authors of papers that have been marked as "withdrawn by author" and papers that have abstracts only. Both types of papers will be rejected without reviews. If those authors disagree with our decision, they need to contact us by 11:59pm GMT-12 on Feb 14.

When we contact authors/reviewers via softconf, sometimes the emails are bounced back (often due to the recipients' mail servers). Thus, you should check softconf and see whether your submissions have been marked as "withdrawn" or with an abstract only. If so, and if that's not what you expected, you need to contact us by the Feb 14 deadline and provide evidence to prove your case.


PC chairs

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  Invitation to Sponsor
Posted by: Wenjie - 02-11-2021, 04:53 AM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

Dear colleagues,

As you have probably known, we're now working on sponsorship recruitment for ACL-IJCNLP 2021. The success of the conference will largely rely on our generous sponsors. Grateful if you can help distribute the following message to your friends or colleagues.


The annual meetings of ACL are the premier conferences in natural language processing (NLP). This year’s conference is jointly organized by the ACL and Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) and will be held in Berkeley Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand or online from August 1-6, 2021.

The conference (ACL-IJCNLP 2021) is drawing the global attentions of both academia and industry as the top NLP researchers will gather togther to present the advanced work, discuss promising ideas, and form potential collaborations.

We're now starting the recruitment of the sponsorship in ACL-IJCNLP 2021. The sponsorship levels are shown in the list below (all in US dollars):

> Diamond: $30,000
> Platinum: $20,000
> Gold: $10,000
> Silver: $6,000
> Bronze: $3,000
> Supporter: $2,000

The success of the conference will largely rely on our generous sponsors, who are making concrete contributions to the advance of NLP technology. Grateful if you will be interested to be part of them.

Please don't hesitate to let us know your thoughts via emailing to any of the sponsorship co-chairs below:

Jing Li: jing-amelia.li@polyu.edu.hk
Zhongyu Wei: zywei@fudan.edu.cn
Rachada Kongkrachantra: krachada@staff.tu.ac.th
Kobkrit Viriyayudhakorn: kobkrit@iapp.co.th

For more details, feel free to read our booklet: https://2021.aclweb.org/downloads/ACL-2021-Sponsorship-booklet.pdf

Best regards,
Jing, Zhongyu, Rachada, and Kobkrit
ACL-IJCNLP 2021 sponsorship team

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  2021-02-09: First-time ACL reviewer: One-on-one signup url and deadline
Posted by: Fei - 02-10-2021, 06:07 AM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

Dear reviewers:

As mentioned in our first email to reviewers, ACL-IJCNLP 2021 has a reviewer mentoring program

  If this is the first time you review for ACL and you prefer to participate in the one-on-one mentoring program,
please sign up at the following url by 11:59pm GMT-12 on Feb 12, 2021:

(Please copy the url to a browser, instead of clicking the link directly).

After you sign up for the program, you will be contacted directly by the mentoring chairs.


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  Call for System Demonstrations
Posted by: Rachele - 02-07-2021, 03:36 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies


The system demonstration track at ACL-IJCNLP 2021 is a venue for papers describing system demonstrations, ranging from early prototypes to mature production-ready systems. Publicly available open-source or open-access systems are of special interest.
All accepted demos are published in a companion volume of the conference proceedings. We expect at least one of the authors to present a live demo or play a recorded demo video during a demo session at ACL-IJCNLP  2021, with an accompanying poster.
Submissions will undergo a single-blind reviewing process. So papers may include author and affiliation information, and freely make references to previously published material, and URLs.
This year we are incorporating ethical considerations in the review process. Authors will be allowed extra unlimited space after the main content for a broader impact statement or other discussion of ethics. Please review the ethics policy before submitting.

Areas of interest include all topics related to theoretical and applied computational linguistics, such as (but not limited to) the topics listed on the main conference website. Submitted systems may be of the following types:

  • Natural Language Processing systems or system components
  • Application systems using language technology components
  • Software tools for computational linguistics research
  • Software for analysis, demonstration or evaluation
  • Software supporting learning or education
  • Tools for data visualization and annotation
  • Development tools
Please note: Commercial sales and marketing activities are not appropriate in the Demonstrations Program.

  • Paper submission deadline Thursday March 25, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance Tuesday May 25, 2021
  • Camera ready submission Sunday   June 20, 2021
  • Final notification for papers requiring ethics re-review Friday July 6, 2021
  • Publication date Friday July 23, 2021

All deadlines are 11.59 pm UTC -12h (“anywhere on Earth”).

We will present a Best Demo Paper Award. The winner will be chosen based on the contribution and completeness of the system, as assessed by the reviewers and also based on the live demo at the conference.

All submissions should be made electronically via START. Submissions must include:
A paper describing the motivation and technical details of the system, including visual aids (e.g., screenshots, snapshots, or diagrams). See examples of recently accepted demo papers in EMNLP 2020, ACL 2020, NAACL 2019, NAACL 2018, ACL 2018, ACL 2017, EMNLP 2017, NAACL 2016, ACL 2015, NAACL 2015.
The papers must be no more than six (6) pages, plus extra unlimited space for an optional ethics/broader impact statement and unlimited references. Please use the main ACL-IJCNLP 2021 paper style files. Accepted papers will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.
Any papers that do not follow the official style guidelines and page limits will be automatically rejected.
A short (max. 2 minutes) video demonstrating the system. This video will be used to evaluate the paper, but won’t be published unless requested.
A screencast with audio narration is a natural choice for demos which can be presented on a screen. Otherwise, a video of a user interacting with the system can be used (see this video demonstrating the sounding board system as an example).
The production quality of the video is not of interest. Hence, we encourage the videos to be simply a screencast of the software that is getting demoed, with zero to minimal editing efforts.
We recommend that you publish your video to YouTube or another website and include the link in your paper. If you prefer not to publicly upload a screencast, please submit the video (in MPEG4 format). The video must be included as supplementary material when you submit your paper through SoftConf.
In addition, we strongly recommend all demos are provided via one of the following formats: (1) A live demo website; or (2) A website with a downloadable installation package of the demo; unless it is impossible because special hardware is required or access is otherwise limited.

The paper has to be original, written specifically for this conference and cannot be submitted elsewhere. The paper must also report on a substantial improvement (>30%), if the system that is being reported has been reported elsewhere already.
Authors submitting more than one paper to ACL-IJCNLP 2021 must ensure that the submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other. Submissions of identical or closely related work to multiple tracks at ACL-IJCNLP 2021 (Research, SRW, Industry, or Demo) will be rejected by all tracks.

Reviewing will be single-blind, so authors do not need to conceal their identity. The paper should include the authors’ names and affiliations. Self-references are also allowed. Relevant papers that meet formatting requirements will be assessed on the basis of their relevance to the demo track, contribution, clarity, completeness and novelty.

Authors are required to honor the ethical code set out in the ACM Code of Ethics. The consideration of the ethical impact of our research, use of data, and potential applications of our work has always been an important consideration, and as artificial intelligence is becoming more mainstream, these issues are increasingly pertinent. We ask that all authors read the code, and ensure that their work is conformant to this code. We reserve the right to reject papers on ethical grounds, where the authors are judged to have operated counter to the code of ethics, or have inadequately addressed legitimate ethical concerns with their work.
Authors will be allowed extra space after the 6th page for a broader impact statement or other discussion of ethics. The ACL-IJCNLP2021 demonstration review form will include a section addressing these issues and papers flagged for ethical concerns by reviewers will be further reviewed by an ethics committee. Note that an ethical considerations section is not required, but papers working with sensitive data or on sensitive tasks that do not discuss these issues will not be accepted. Conversely, the mere inclusion of an ethical considerations section does not guarantee acceptance. In addition to acceptance or rejection, papers may receive a conditional acceptance recommendation. Camera-ready versions of papers designated as conditional accept will be re-reviewed by the ethics committee to determine whether the concerns have been adequately addressed. Please read the ethics FAQ (shared with the main conference) for more guidance on some problems to look out for and key concerns to consider relative to the code of ethics.

● Heng Ji (University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign, Amazon Scholar)
● Jong C. Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

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  2021-02-05: PCs' msg #1 to reviewers and ACs
Posted by: Fei - 02-06-2021, 06:09 AM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

The following message was sent to all the reviewers and area chairs (ACs) via softconf around 10pm GMT-8 on Feb 5.

If you have not received that email, please check your softconf account and see whether you can see "Tracks" in your user profile.
* If you can, that means you are a reviewer, and it is likely that the email to your email address from softconf has been bounced back. Please check your softconf account and your email server.

* If you don't see "Tracks" in your user profile, that means that you are not a reviewer/AC. If you have filled out the reviewer form last Dec, please do not take it personally if you are not selected as a reviewer, as the reviewer selection process is very complex and some people were not chosen for various reasons.

%%%% Below was the email sent to all reviewers/ACs via softconf:

This email is sent to all the reviewers and area chairs (AC) of ACL-IJCNLP 2021. Thank you for agreeing to serve for the conference.

Here are a few announcements:

(1) The review period starts on Feb 25 and the reviews are due on March 20. Please mark your calendar. We have a very tight review cycle, so it is really important to complete your assignments on time.

(2) Please log onto https://www.softconf.com/acl2021/papers/:

* Please update your user profile. If you are a reviewer, please specify the max number of papers that you are willing to review. The default value is 6. If you want a lighter load, you need to specify that. Given the large number of submissions we have received, it is great if you can review at least 4 papers.

* You should see some track name under "Tracks" at your User console. Most reviewers are in one track, but a few dozen reviewers are in multiple tracks. The max number of papers you specified in the user profile will be an upper bound of the assignments you get from all those tracks combined. For instance, if you are track A and B, with a quota of 6, you might get 2 papers from track A and 4 from track B.

* From the user console, you will not be able to tell whether you are an AC or a reviewer. You can check https://2021.aclweb.org/organization/program/
for the names of SACs and ACs.

(3) If you do not want to be in the currrent track(s) or you can no longer review for the conference, you must contact your SACs by Feb 10.

(4) Our conference has.a reviewer mentoring program:

* If this is the first time you review for *ACL, you are automatically enrooled in the program.
- As the first step, we ask you to watch the reviewing tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQBybU1sEEs&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=IevgenRedko (mandatory)

- After watching the video, you can also choose to sign up, by Feb 12, for a one-on-one tutoring.

* Our mentoring program chairs are making more videos for ACL-2021 specific review questions and will have its own page with a lot of useful information.

(5) If you are a reviewer:
* Some tracks are short of reviewers, so we might move a small number of reviewers to another track. All the moving should be done before Feb 20.

(6) If you are an AC:
* your SACs will contact you very soon for your AC assignment.
* your SACs might also ask for your help to check submissions for desk-reject, which occurs on Feb 6-12.
* We are updating an AC guide, and we will contact you soon about this.

(7) The conference has a forum for sending out announcement (as softconf has trouble sending out emails to thousands of recipents). Please bookmark this url in case we cannot reach you via softconf.

Best Regards,
Program Chairs, ACL-IJCNLP 2021

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  2021-02-05: PCs' message #2 to authors: conference announcement forum, etc
Posted by: Fei - 02-05-2021, 06:08 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

The following email has been sent to all contact authors and cc-ed to co-authors for "active" papers via softconf.

"Active" papers mean the papers that have not been withdrawn by authors and that contain the full papers (not just abstracts).

Update at 11:51am GMT-8 on Feb 5: The email was sent to 2692 contact authors and cc-ed co-authors, and then the process stopped again. We are contacting softconf to find out why.

This email is being sent to all contact authors, and cc-ed all the co-authors on the same paper. This is the 2nd message the PCs are sending to all authors. Here are a few quick announcements:

(1) PCs were trying to email all the authors on Feb 2, before the extended submission deadline. That was our so-called "message #1 to Authors".
The message was also posted to

Unfortunately, softconf could not handle such a mass email distribution. After three tries, it is possible that some authors still did not get the message. To handle this issue, from now on, we will send emails only to contact authors, but add all the authors in the cc field.

Furthermore, we have created an announcement forum, and we will copy all our emails to authors to this forum. The url is:

You might want to bookmark the page, and check it from time to time.

(2) We received dozens of emails from authors, asking us to fix the errors that authors made during the submission (e.g., extra words over the page limit, appendix included in the main paper etc). As a rule, to be fair to all authors, we are NOT going to make any changes to the submissions when requested by authors.

Please do not email us with such requests and do not ask us whether such submissions will be desk rejected due to the errors. We will not be able to answer those emails one by one, and we won't be able to say anything more than the paragraph here.

We are in the process of checking papers, and all the desk rejected papers will be nodified in a few weeks.

(3) A lot of emails sent to authors via softconf are bounced back. Please make sure that the email address associated with your softconf account is up to date, and your email server does not block emails from softconf. Please also check with your co-authors to make sure everyone can receive emails from softconf.

Best regards,

Program Chairs, ACL-IJCNLP 2021

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  2021-02-03 announcement: A tutorial video on reviewing for first-time reviewers
Posted by: Zhumin - 02-05-2021, 04:29 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

First-time reviewers for *ACL are automatically enrolled in the reviewers mentoring program.

The first step is to watch the reviewing tutorial prepared recorded by @IevgenRedko : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQBybU1sEEs&feature=youtu.be (mandatory).

More info on the program: https://2021.aclweb.org/blog/reviewer-mentoring-program/

Reviewers mentoring program co-chairs:
Jing Huang, JD AI Research, China
Antoine Bosselut, Stanford University, USA
Christophe Gravier, Universite de Saint-Etienne/Lyon, France

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  2021-02-02 announcement: PCs' msg #1 to all authors
Posted by: Rachele - 02-03-2021, 05:54 PM - Forum: Announcement - No Replies

The following was an email that PCs tried to send to all the authors around 7:30am GMT-12 Feb 2, 2021 via softconf.

Softconf does not allow such a mess email distribution, and thus some authors might have not received the message.

(Apologies for multiple emails, if you already received one.)

Dear authors,

 This email is being sent to all the authors and co-authors. Below are a few important announcements:

(1) Submission deadline extension:

Softconf was very slow on Feb 1. We have contacted Softconf about this. There were a few factors that contributed to this problem, one of them being that it was hard for softconf to handle a large amount of uploading and revision at the same time. Thus, please do not wait until the last few hours to upload your papers.

In any case, due to this issue, we have extended the submission deadline by 24 hours, so the new due date is 11:59pm GMT-12 on Feb 2.

Softconf site is up and running now. Please do not wait until the last minute to make any new revision. We will NOT be able to extend the deadline again due to the tight review timeline.

(2) Withdrawn papers:

Please go to softconf to check whether your withdrawn papers have been handled by softconf correctly. They should not allow any revision.

(3) Submissions with only abstracts:

If you have submitted abstracts, but won't be able to submit full papers, please withdraw your submission by the new deadline. We still see several hundreds of submissions without the main papers.  Otherwise your submission will be automatically withdrawn

(4) Bounced emails:

Hundreds of emails sent to authors via sonftconf have been bounced back, even though some of those emails are valid. Thus, from now on, when we contact authors, we will include all the co-authors, hoping that at least some authors of the same submisison will get the message.

If you get any email from softconf (like this one), please check with your co-authors to make sure that they get the message too. If they do not, it is likely that the emails to them have been bounced back. Please make sure that the email address for your softconf account is correct. If emails from softconf to you are still bounced, you need to check your email server to ensure that it does not block emails from softconf.

(5) Urgent announcements from PCs and contacting PCs:

We have received more than 400 conference related emails in the past 12 hours and many more in the past week. We are trying our best to answer most of them, among other conference related tasks, but it becomes quite impossible given the large number of emails. Please keep an eye on social media (e.g., Facebook, wechat). We have been asking our social media chairs to distribute urgent announcements on social media as updating the conference website takes more time.

Also, when you want to contact program chairs, please email us at ACL2021programchairs@googlegroups.com. That way, your email is more likely, but not guaranteed,  to be answered by one of us. Please do NOT use our individual emails.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

Program Chairs, ACL-IJCNLP 2021


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