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Submission formats

NEJLT welcomes two types of submission: full papers, and shorter letters.

Full papers may be of any length, though we recommend about the same amount of content as a TACL paper. If you need more space, it is available, but the longer a manuscript is, the more intense the reviewing will be. We encourage authors to be concise. Shorter papers are also welcome for highly impactful results.

Letters should be up to around 1000 words, and may include 2-3 floats (i.e. tables or figures). These are reviewed more quickly than full papers and designed to relay a sharp and timely result, or a comment on the field.

Paper types

When submitting a paper to NEJLT, authors should indicate what type it is, choosing from a pre-defined set. There are two goals of dividing papers into different types. The first is to encourage a broad range of submission types; there is a wide diversity in research in NLP. The second is to make sure that papers are reviewed appropriately, and so the paper type indicated prompts a review form designed for that type.

The types available at NEJLT from 2020 are:

Computationally-aided linguistic analysis

The focus of this paper type is new linguistic insight. It might take the form of an empirical study of some linguistic phenomenon, or of a theoretical result about a linguistically-relevant formal system.

NLP engineering experiment paper

This paper type matches the bulk of submissions at CL and NLP venues.

Reproduction paper

The contribution of a reproduction paper lies in analyses of and in insights into existing methods and problems—plus the added certainty that comes with validating previous results.

Resource paper

Papers in this track present a new language resource. This could be a corpus, but also could be an annotation standard, tool, and so on.

Position paper

A position paper presents a challenge to conventional thinking or a futuristic new vision. It could open up a new area or novel technology, propose changes in existing research, or give a new set of ground rules.

Survey Paper

A survey paper provides a structured overview of the literature to date on a specific topic that helps the reader understand the kinds of questions being asked about the topic, the various approaches that have been applied, how they relate to each other, and what further research areas they open up. A conference-length survey paper should be about a sufficiently focused topic that it can do this successfully with in the page limits.

These paper types are originally from COLING 2018.

Notes on submissions

NEJLT is a journal with high-quality reviewing and papers, where you can send reviews from some top conferences along with your revised papers, and that has no ACL embargo on rejected papers.

Papers must reach “minor edits” by the end of the 2nd review cycle.

Possible cycle outcomes are:

  • reject (implicit 12-month embargo at NEJLT) - when there are flaws in core/most contributions;
  • major edits - flaws in contributions / missing fundamental parts;
  • minor edits (<15% of the content needs to change);
  • accept / polish and accept (<1% needs to change)

Reviewing takes seven or more weeks, and there are progress updates along the way. We offer full-blind reviewing; nobody associated with acceptance decisions will see an author name.

Journal extensions of prior work are not welcomed. NEJLT submissions should be completely original work. We try to respect our reviewers’ time by asking them to examine and give feedback on work that has not been published before; in return, we hope to provide positive and useful reviews.

Submissions must not be under review anywhere else for the first three months of review, at the submission’s managing editor’s discretion.

The paper type indicated at submission will not be included in the final publication. The paper types are there to encourage good reviewing and a broad range of submissions, rather than to pigeonhole research.

The turnaround from first submission to first decision is at least seven weeks.

You can include your prior reviews. The journal will allow submission of recent (<1yr) reviews from ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, EACL, AACL, or NeurIPS, in the case of journal articles developed on material rejected from those venues. If authors submit a manuscript with reviews, the original MS and cover letter addressing the reviews must also be supplied, as well as consent for us to verify the reviews with the appropriate conference and for the conference to release the reviews to NEJLT.

Template for submissions

Submissions should be in English.

Articles in NEJLT should adhere to the NEJLT publication style. Authors are advised to consult and use the journal’s template (LaTeXOpen OfficeMS Word) in order to adhere to the NEJLT style.

Second-language abstracts

Authors are permitted and encouraged to include a translation of their abstract into a second language of their choice, as the second half of the abstract, separated from the first (English) abstract by a paragraph break.

Examples: in COLING format; in ACL format.