Call for Abstracts & Papers

WeCNLP will accept two types of submissions for posters:

  • Abstracts describing original, completed or ongoing, unpublished research. We welcome abstract submissions, in theory, methodology, as well as applications in all areas related to NLP. We also welcome abstract submissions on negative results as well as submissions highlighting challenges faced in industrial or academic settings.

  • Full papers ‘as is’ that are accepted to other peer-reviewed conferences or workshops (e.g. ACL, LREC, COLING, etc.). In the submission, please state where your paper was accepted, and if already presented, was it a poster, short paper or a long paper. The paper submission must be anonymized for blind review.

Authors of accepted abstracts and papers will be asked to present their work in a virtual poster session. Selected abstracts and papers will be presented both as a lightning talk and at the poster session. All abstract and paper submissions should be anonymous, and will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind manner. Since previously accepted papers have been peer-reviewed elsewhere, they will receive less detailed review notes from the WeCNLP committee. Papers submitted to other venues that are not yet accepted should be reworked into Abstract submissions.

Please use the online submission page at: . Submission page closes on September 1 at 11:59PM PST.

Important Dates

  • September 4, 2020 – Abstract & paper submission deadline (11:59PM PST).

  • October 8, 2020 – Notification of submission acceptance

  • October 30, 2020 – WeCNLP Summit

WeCNLP is committed to providing an inclusive summit to participants with diverse needs, academic interests, and socio-demographic backgrounds. There are numerous barriers that limit various participants’ groups ability to attend our conferences. Our whole community benefits when we strive to remove those barriers and everyone feels welcome at the event and can fully participate! Accordingly, WeCNLP will strive toward striking a balance across these different dimensions to ensure more inclusion and diversity in event participation. Hence, we encourage submissions to indicate (voluntarily) any distinguishing diversity factors such as race, gender, etc.

Submission Information


Style guidelines:

  • Abstracts must not include identifying information.

  • Abstracts must be no more than 1 page, excluding references. The main body text must be 11 points in size.

  • Do not include any supplementary files with your submission.

Content guidelines:

  • Your abstract should stand alone, without linking to a longer paper or supplement.

  • You should convey motivation and give some technical details of the approach used.

  • While we appreciate that space is limited, some experimental results are likely to improve reviewers' opinions of your abstract.

Full papers

Authors may submit 'as is' any full conference paper that has been accepted by some other conference or workshop (e.g. ACL, EMNLP, LREC, COLING, etc.), with only changes to ensure the double blind review process. In your submission, please state where and when your paper was accepted/presented. If it was already presented, state whether it was a poster, a short paper or a long paper.

Review Process

Abstracts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, who will use the following criteria in a double-blind review process:

  • Is this abstract/paper appropriate for WeCNLP? I.e. Does it describe research in NLP?

  • Does the abstract/paper describe work that is novel and/or an interesting application?

  • Does the abstract/paper adequately convey the material that will be presented?

Full papers have been peer-reviewed elsewhere, and will receive less detailed review notes from the WeCNLP committee.