Society for Computation in Linguistics Call for Papers

The Society for Computation in Linguistics  (SCiL) invites submissions to its inaugural meeting, SCiL 2018, which will be co-located with LSA 2018 as a sister society in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 4-7, 2018. SCiL 2018 will be held jointly with a one-time workshop on “Perceptrons and Syntactic Structures at Sixty” (PSS@60) and the 2018 meeting of Cognitive Modeling in Computational Linguistics (CMCL).

We seek high-quality research on computational and mathematical approaches in any area of linguistics. There will be two submission tracks: papers and abstracts. Accepted papers and abstracts will be presented (either orally or as posters) at the SCiL 2018 meeting. Papers will be published prior to the conference in the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Anthology. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to submit extended abstracts prior to the conference. Both papers and extended abstracts will be published online in the forthcoming open-access SCiL proceedings.

Invited Speakers

  • Jacob Andreas
  • Emily M. Bender
  • Sam Bowman
  • Chris Dyer
  • Jason Eisner
  • Robert Frank
  • Matt Goldrick
  • Sharon Goldwater
  • Paul Smolensky

Important Dates

Submission Deadline (papers and abstracts): August 1, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: mid-September, 2017
Camera Ready Papers and Abstracts Due: November 1, 2017
Conference: January 4-7, 2018


Papers (8pp) and abstracts (2pp) are due August 1, 2017. Links to the submission site will be posted by July 1, 2017. Papers and abstracts must be anonymous and prepared in PDF format according to the following guidelines.


Paper submissions must describe original, completed, and unpublished work. They are limited to 8 content pages (plus unlimited pages for references) and should follow the two-column ACL format. Style templates are available from the NAACL website:

Accepted papers will be published in the ACL Anthology prior to the conference, and will be presented either as oral or poster presentations at SCiL 2018. Papers will also be published online in the forthcoming open-access SCiL proceedings.


Abstract submissions must describe original and completed work. To facilitate exchange of research ideas across disciplines, this track will consider work that has been previously presented (and potentially published) at venues with distinct scope and target audiences from SCiL. Submissions describing previously presented/published work must indicate so at submission time.

Abstracts length is limited to a maximum of two single-spaced pages (US Letter), figures and references included. Font should be 12-point Times or Times New Roman throughout, and the document should be single-spaced, left justified, with margins of exactly one inch on all sides. Title and section headings (if used) should bold.

Accepted abstracts will be presented at SCiL 2018 as posters or oral presentations. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to extend abstracts up to 4 pages (extended abstracts). Abstracts and extended abstracts will be published before the conference in the forthcoming open-access SCiL Proceedings.



Advisory Committee

  • Emily Bender, University of Washington
  • Leon Bergen, UCSD
  • Jennifer Culbertson, University of Edinburgh
  • Naomi Feldman, University of Maryland
  • Tim Hunter, UCLA
  • Roger Levy, MIT
  • Giorgio Magri, CNRS and University of Paris 8
  • Brendan O’Connor, UMass Amherst
  • Christopher Potts, Stanford University