Student Research

Student Research Workshop Collocated with ACL 2019 Florence, Italy

Main Conference: July 29 - 31st, 2019
Paper Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019

General Rule for Submission

The ACL 2019 Student Research Workshop (SRW) provides a forum for student researchers who are investigating various areas related to Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for student participants to present their work and receive valuable feedback from the international research community as well as from selected panelists - experienced researchers, specifically assigned according to the topic of their work, who will prepare in-depth comments and questions in advance of the presentation. The workshop's goal is to aid students at multiple stages of their education: from those in the final stages of undergraduate training to those active with graduate thesis research.

Benefits of participation

All accepted research papers and research proposals will be presented in the main conference poster session, giving students an opportunity to interact with and present their work to a large and diverse audience, including top researchers in the field.

Submissions (in both categories) may either be archival or non-archival, based on the wishes of the authors. All archival papers will be published in the ACL 2019 SRW Proceedings. All non-archival papers may be submitted to other venue in the future except another SRW.

Each participant is also assigned a mentor - an experienced researcher - who can provide valuable advice on the submission during the pre-submission period and mentoring during the conference.

The SRW invites two types of submissions:

  • Research Papers: completed work or work-in-progress along with preliminary results. We encourage submissions from Ph.D. students, as well as Masters or advanced undergraduate students.
  • Research Proposals: for advanced Masters and Ph.D. students who have decided on a thesis topic and are interested in feedback about their proposal and ideas about future directions for their work.

We provide two mentoring programs:

  • Pre-submission Mentoring: the goal is to improve presentation of the student's work, not to critique the work itself. Mentors will provide feedback in the format of guidelines and suggestions to improve the overall writing.
  • Mentoring for Accepted Papers: mentors will be responsible for providing feedback to students and preparing in-depth comments and questions prior to the workshop presentation.

Important Dates

All deadlines are at 23:59 PST the specified dates.

  • Pre-submission mentoring deadline: March 5, 2019
  • Pre-submission mentoring feedback: April 2, 2019
  • Paper submission deadline: April 26, 2019
  • Review deadline: May 7, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: May 24, 2019
  • Camera-ready deadline: June 3 , 2019
  • Travel grant application deadline: June 12, 2019
  • Travel grant notification: June 15, 2019
  • ACL conference dates: July 28 - Aug 2, 2019

Submission Requirement

We accept both archival submissions (i.e., the work can be included in the conference proceedings) and non-archival submissions (the work will be presented in the workshop, but won’t be part of the proceedings). The archival submissions should not previously been published in any peer-reviewed venues and can’t submitted to one in the future. If your work was previously published or is under submission elsewhere, please choose non-archival so you can still present a poster but we won't publish your paper in the ACL anthology.

All papers consist of up to five (5) pages of content, plus unlimited references. Upon acceptance, will be given six (6) content page. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers’ comments in their final versions.

Paper submissions must use the official ACL 2018 style templates. All submissions must be in PDF format and must conform to the official style guidelines, which are contained in these template files.

To submit your paper or proposal, please use the Softconf START conference management system at

The deadline for submission is April 26, 2019.

The deadline pre-submission mentoring is March 5, 2019.

The SRW invites papers on topics related to computational linguistics, including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistics
  • Corpus development and evaluation
  • Dialog and interactive systems
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Document analysis including text categorization, topic models, and retrieval
  • Natural language generation
  • Information extraction, text mining, and question answering
  • Language-inclusive multimodal integration
  • Linguistic theories for NLP
  • Low-resource or endangered languages
  • Machine learning
  • Machine translation
  • Mathematical models of language
  • Multilinguality
  • Phonology, morphology, and word segmentation
  • Resources and evaluation
  • Semantics
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
  • Social media: Twitter, blogs, discussion forums and other social media
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech, prosody and spoken dialog
  • Summarization
  • Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing
  • Vision, robots, and other grounding applications

Details of the submission guidelines are available here

Student Chairs

Fernando Alva Manchego - University of Sheffield
Eunsol Choi - University of Washington
Daniel Khashabi - University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Advisors

Aurelie Herbelot - University of Trento
Scott Yih - Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Youe Zhang - Westlake University


The organizers of the workshop can be contacted by email at:

More details can be found at the SRW website


We expect to have grants to offset some portion of the students travel; conference registration and accommodation expenses. Further details will be posted on the SRW website.