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COLING 2020 : The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics


When Sep 13, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Apr 8, 2020
Notification Due Jun 10, 2020
Final Version Due Jun 30, 2020

Call For Papers


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 We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics.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


8 April 2020 (Wednesday): Final submissions due
10 June 2020 (Wednesday): Notifications
30 June 2020 (Tuesday): Camera-ready (PDF) due
13-14 September 2020 (Sunday - Monday): Tutorials & Workshops Pre-Conference
15-18 September 2020 (Tuesday - Friday): Main Conference
Note: All deadlines are: 11:59 PM UTC-12:00.


COLING’2020 invites the submission of long and short papers on original and unpublished research covering all aspects of natural language and computation.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.


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:


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 submission 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.


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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