Information for Submitters

General information on submitting proceedings to the ACL Anthology (for event chairs)

October 30, 2020

This page contains general information about submitting the proceedings of a conference to the ACL Anthology. (For information about the complete conference management process, particularly for ACL conference publications chairs, please refer to the official documentation.) It is intended for publication chairs of main conferences and standalone events, who have the responsibility of delivering the proceedings for all main conference and workshop volumes to the Anthology director. Chairs of workshops attached to a larger conference should also read this page, but should work through their main conference publication chair instead of directly with the Anthology.

Overview of the Submission Process

Please note the following important dates.

Before paper submission deadlineRegister your meeting
Before paper submission deadlineRequest ISBNs
2 weeks before publicationSubmit your data
2 weeks before publicationSubmit copyright transfer forms
After publicationMaking corrections

Register your meeting

If you are a conference publications chair, you must register your intention to submit your proceedings. This step requires you to send (a) the complete list of volumes that will be published in the Anthology (main conference volumes and workshops) and (b) the desired publication date. This information should be assembled in a spreadsheet and then commmunicated to the Anthology Director in a single email. Please do this as early as possible, ideally well before the submission deadline. An template for this spreadsheet can be found here. As noted above, if you are the chair of a workshop that is colocated with a larger event, please work with your main conference publication chair instead of directly with the Anthology.

The following information in the spreadsheet is especially important:

By default, the publication of papers associated with an event in the Anthology will be on the first day of the event (inclusive of workshops or tutorials). If you prefer to have it published on a different date, please inform us when you register.

Submit your data

After your conference management software has collected all the camera-ready papers and associated attachments, you will arrange all the volumes of your proceedings into ACLPUB format, as described in the ACLPUB → Anthology documentation. The end result is a data directory containing ACLPUB proceedings, one for each conference. A link to this directory (preferably via a file sharing service, such as Dropbox or Google Drive) should be sent to the Anthology Director two weeks prior to your desired publication date (which was negotiated when you first contacted us).

The remaining steps are handled by Anthology staff and use Anthology tools:

If you are using the START system, this process is handled as part of the camera-ready submission process.

Otherwise, for copyright transfers, please use the form at:

Forms should be signed by authors and saved using the ACL Anthology identifiers as names. Please place these into a folder (e.g., copyright-transfers/P11-1001.pdf) and then deliver them in bulk to the Anthology Editor when submitting the proceedings.

For both current and legacy events, it is good practice for the organizers to attempt to obtain copyright transfers for their materials, but we will ingest materials even if no copyright transfers are on file.

ISBN Numbers

If you need to assign ISBN numbers, please provide the exact titles of each volume to be assigned an ISBN and forward this information to Priscilla Rasmussen, ACL Business Manager.

Errata and Corrections

If you get requests from authors needing to post errata or revised versions of the papers, or supplemental attachments after the publication of the proceedings, please refer them to our documentation on the matter. Note that after the publication date, corrections can only be applied to individual papers; the full proceedings volumes will not be replaced or revised.