(These instructions are adapted from a previous conference. Thanks to Daniele Pighin and Yuval Marton.)

When and where do I send my final camera-ready paper?

The deadline is May 11, 2018 (at 11:59pm, UTC-12 hours). You may submit the final version of your paper by navigating to the ACL 2018 START login and following the internal links.

How should the final copy differ from the original submission?

The camera-ready version of your paper should incorporate the comments of the reviewers as well as other changes you see fit to make. In addition, be sure to do all of the following:

  • Ensure that your paper conforms to the provided styles, font and page size.

  • Include the authors' names and affiliations under the title.

  • De-anonymize references to your own work in the body of the paper.

  • Where appropriate, add acknowledgments for colleagues, reviewers, and grants. Please note that the acknowledgement section should fit within the allowed page boundaries (9 pages of content for long papers, 5 pages of content for short papers) and be in the same font as the rest of the paper.

  • Ensure that all tables, graphs, and figures are readable when viewed in black and white.

How long can it be?

For both long and short papers, we allow one extra page of content and unlimited reference pages to help address reviewer comments.

Long papers are permitted at most 9 pages of text and unlimited pages containing only references. Short papers get 5 pages of text plus unlimited pages for references.

You may also provide a supplementary material file, which is separate from the rest of the paper. For more details, see the call for papers.

What is the format for the camera-ready copy?

The file must be in Portable Document Format (PDF) on A4 paper. We require the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's ACL conference. You can view the style files and detailed formatting instructions on the web.

If you are using LaTeX, please create the PDF file with pdflatex or xelatex. This ensures use of the proper Type 1 fonts and also takes advantage of other PDF features. You will have the best results using a modern LaTeX distribution, in particular, TeX live. Using the geometry package to set the A4 format is recommended.

What if my paper includes graphics?

Remember that you are providing a camera-ready copy. Thus, artwork and photos should be included directly in the paper in their final positions. Ideally, you should use vector graphic formats (PDF, EPS), which allow the graphics to scale arbitrarily. Avoid GIF or JPEG images that are low resolution or highly compressed.

Your paper must look good both when printed (A4 size, black-and-white) and when viewed on screen as PDF (zoomable to any size, color okay). Thus, you may want to use color high-resolution graphics, allowing readers to zoom in on a graph and study it. However, please check that the same graph or photograph is legible when printed on a black-and-white printer. For example, different lines in a graph should not be distinguished only by color, although they can also be distinguished by color.

A good test is to print the paper on your own black-and-white laser printer, and to view it in a PDF viewer at different resolutions.

Don't go overboard on resolution; keep file sizes manageable. Note that vector graphics (e.g., encapsulated PostScript) look good at any scale and take up little space (unless you are plotting many thousands of data points).

When you submit the paper, you will be asked to sign the ACL Copyright Transfer Agreement on behalf of all authors, either electronically (via the START Conference Manager) or physically. Authors retain many rights under this agreement and it is appropriate in the vast majority of cases. Please contact the publication chairs Wei Lu, Kevin Gimpel and Shay Cohen with any concerns regarding copyright.

Before signing this form, please confirm with your co-authors (and, if applicable, your and their employers) that they authorize you to sign on their behalf.

What if my paper's title or author list has changed?

We do not allow adding/deleting authors after the submission deadline. Please note that your name will appear in conference metadata as you have configured it in START, so make sure that it is correct there (e.g., capitalization, full name, etc). You can change this on the user settings page of the START conference manager, under "User" > "Account Information" > "Update Profile". You can change the title of the paper on the camera-ready submission site.

My question isn't answered here…

Please email the publication chairs, Wei Lu, Kevin Gimpel and Shay Cohen.