SCiL 2021 Call for papers

Update: SCiL 2021 schedule, and registration.

The Society for Computation in Linguistics invites submissions to its fourth meeting, SCiL 2021, which will be held virtually on February 15–19. The invited speakers are:

Steven Bird

Naomi Feldman

Martha Palmer

We seek high-quality research on computational and mathematical approaches in any area of linguistics. Submissions to SCiL should involve a substantial computational and/or mathematical modeling component, make direct contact with linguistics, and be written for an interdisciplinary audience. There will be two submission tracks: papers and abstracts, and two types of presentation: “talks” and “posters”.  The current plan is for all presentations to be prerecorded, with scheduled conference time devoted to synchronous discussion sessions. “Talks” will receive designated Q&A slots with a single-track session, and “posters” will have Q&A slots scheduled in parallel to one another. These plans are tentative and subject to revision.

Both papers and abstracts will be published online prior to the conference in the open-access SCiL proceedings. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to submit extended abstracts for publication. Papers will also be published in the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Anthology.

There will be no limit on the number of submissions per author.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline (papers and abstracts): October 1, 2020  October 8, 2020 (11:59 pm anywhere in the world).
  • Notification of Acceptance: December 4, 2020
  • Camera Ready Papers and Abstracts Due: January 15, 2021
  • Conference: February 15-19, 2021


Papers (8pp) and abstracts (2pp) are due October 1, 2020 by 11:59pm US pacific time.  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Paper submissions must describe original, completed, and unpublished work.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. Here are the ACL 2020 style templates :

All submissions must be in PDF format.


Abstract submissions must describe original and completed work. To facilitate exchange of research ideas across disciplines, we will consider not only abstracts presenting new research, but also 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 by sending an e-mail to; these submissions do not need to be anonymous.

Abstract length is limited to a maximum of two single-spaced pages (US Letter), including figures and references. The abstract should follow the two-column ACL format OR the following guidelines. Abstract submissions should not have abstracts. 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 be bold.

Accepted abstracts will be presented virtually at SCiL 2021 as “talk” or “poster” presentations. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to extend abstracts up to 4 pages (extended abstracts). Extended abstracts should follow the two-column ACL format. Abstracts and extended abstracts will be published before the conference in the forthcoming open-access SCiL Proceedings.


The EasyChair submission link is below. You will need to create an account if you don’t already have one.



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