THE 2024 JOINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGE
RESOURCES AND EVALUATION

20-25 MAY, 2024 / TORINO, ITALIA

Author’s Kit

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Author’s Kit

Author's Kit

LREC-COLING 2024 has both long and short papers featuring substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of natural language and computation, language resources (LRs) and evaluation, including spoken and sign language and multimodal interaction. Submissions are invited in five broad categories: (i) theories, algorithms, and models, (ii) NLP applications, (iii) language resources, (iv) NLP evaluation and (v) topics of general interest. Submissions that span multiple categories are particularly welcome.

All papers should be submitted online.

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PAPER TYPES

Submissions may be of three types:

  • Regular long papers – up to eight (8) pages maximum,(*) presenting substantial, original, completed, and unpublished work.
  • Short papers – up to four (4) pages,(*) describing a small focused contribution, negative results, system demonstrations, etc.
  • Position papers – up to eight (8) pages,(*) discussing key hot topics, challenges and open issues, as well as cross-fertilization between computational linguistics and other disciplines.

(*) Excluding any number of additional pages for references, ethical consideration, conflict-of-interest, as well as data and code availability statements.

Upon acceptance, final versions of long papers will be given one additional page – up to nine (9) pages of content plus unlimited pages for acknowledgments and references – so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account. Final versions of short papers may have up to five (5) pages, plus unlimited pages for acknowledgments and references. For both long and short papers, all figures and tables that are part of the main text must fit within these page limits.

Papers must be of original, previously-unpublished work. Papers must be anonymized to support double-blind reviewing. Submissions thus must not include authors’ names and affiliations. The submissions should also avoid links to non-anonymized repositories: the code should be either submitted as supplementary material in the final version of the paper, or as a link to an anonymized repository (e.g., Anonymous GitHub or Anonym Share). Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

If the paper is available as a preprint, this must be indicated on the submission form but not in the paper itself. In addition, LREC-COLING 2024 will follow the same policy as ACL conferences establishing an anonymity period during which non-anonymous posting of preprints is not allowed. More specifically, direct submissions to LREC-COLING 2024 may not be made available online (e.g. via a preprint server) in a non-anonymized form after September 22, 11:59PM UTC-12:00 (for arXiv, note that this refers to submission time).

Note that paper types are decisions made orthogonal to the eventual, final form of presentation (i.e., oral versus poster).

STYLESHEET

The LREC-COLING template MUST be used for your submission(s). If not, your submission(s) will be rejected.

Authors are requested to format their submitted and final paper according to the guidelines specified in this style sheet. Final papers which do not adhere to this format will NOT be accepted for publication in the Conference Proceedings.

basic

Paper size should A4. The font for the main body of the text should be Arial 10 pt with interlinear spacing of 11 pt. Papers must be respect the limits of pages according to the paper type, including figures (plus more pages for references if needed), regardless of the mode of presentation (oral or poster).

The fully justified text should be formatted in two parallel columns. The new LREC paper dimensions are now aligned with ACL layout to ensure quick integration within the ACL Anthology. These dimensions are as follows:

  • The paper is in A4-size format, that is 21 x 29.7 cm.
  • The text height is 24.7 cm and the text width 16.0 cm in two columns separated by a 0.6 cm space.
  • The font for the main body of the text must be Arial 10 pt with interlinear spacing of 11 pt.
  • The use of the lrec-coling2024.sty or the word or open office templates will ensure good formatting.

Abstract

Each article must include an abstract of 150 to 200 words in Arial 9 pt with interlinear spacing of 10 pt. The heading Abstract should be centred, font Arial 10 bold. This short abstract will also be used for producing the Booklet of Abstracts (PDF) containing the abstracts of all papers presented at the Conference.

Keywords

Each article must contain the Keywords which have been entered in START at the final submission stage on a separate line beginning with “Keywords:” AFTER the abstract.

Keywords: keyword1, keyword2, keyword3

Page Numbering

Please do not include page numbers in your article.

TITLE

The title of the article is in Arial 14 pt boldface, and should appear in the centre of the page, 3 cm from the top. All the initials of each content word of the title MUST BE capitalised.

For example: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

AUTHOR'S DATA

The authors’ data are centred under the title, in the following format (only for the camera ready submission):

Name(s): Arial 12 pt boldface
Affiliation: Arial 10 pt regular
Address: Arial 10 pt regular
E-mail address: Arial 10 pt regular.

There should be no spaces left between paragraphs.

HEADINGS 1

Level 1 Headings should be capitalised in the same way as the main title and centered within the column. The font used is Arial 12 pt bold. There should also be a space of 12 pt between the title and the preceding section, and a space of 3 pt between the title and the text that follows.

HEADINGS 2

The format of Level 2 Headings is the same as Level 1 Headings’, with the font Arial 11 pt, except that the heading is aligned to the left of the column. There should also be a space of 6 pt between the title and the preceding section, and a space of 3 pt between the title and the text that follows.

HEADINGS 3

The format of Level 3 Headings is the same as Level 2’s, except that the font is Arial 10 pt, and there should be no space left between the heading. There should also be a space of 6 pt between the title and the preceding section, and a space of 3 pt between the title and the text that follows.

REFERENCES WITHIN THE TEXT

All references within the text should be placed in parentheses containing the author’s surname followed by a comma before the date of publication (Martin, 1996). If the sentence already includes the author’s name, then it is only necessary to put the date in parentheses: Martin (1996). When several authors are cited, those references should be separated with a semicolon: (Martin, 1996; Chibout & Masson, 1995). When the reference has more than three authors, only cite the name of the first author followed by et al. If the reference pertains to a Language Resource, it should be placed in parentheses containing the full author name followed by a comma before the date of publication (Speecon Consortium, 2014)

FOOTNOTES

Footnotes are indicated within the text by a number in superscript. They should be in Arial 9 pt, and appear at the bottom of the same page as their corresponding number. Footnotes should also be separated from the rest of the text by a horizontal line 5 cm long.

figures

All figures should be centred and clearly distinguishable. They should never be drawn by hand, and the lines must be very dark in order to ensure a high-quality printed version. Figures should be numbered in the text, and have a caption in Arial 10 pt underneath. A space must be left between each figure and its respective caption.

Figure and caption should always appear together on the same page. Particularly large figures can be centred, using a full page.

TABLES

The instructions for tables are the same as for figures (see previous section).

Example: Level Tools Morphology Pitrat Analyser Syntax LFG Analyser (C-Structure) Semantics LFG F-Structures + Sowa’s Conceptual Graphs Table 1: Caption.

Accessibility

Please prioritise the accessibility of your paper. The Diversity & Inclusion committee for ACL2020 has provided some tips on how to do this. To accommodate people who are color-blind (as well as those printing with black-and-white printers), grayscale readability is strongly encouraged. Color is not forbidden, but authors should ensure that tables and figures do not rely solely on color to convey critical distinctions.

LANGUAGE OF STUDY

Always name the language(s) you’re working on. Acknowledging that we are working on a particular language foregrounds the possibility that the techniques may in fact be language specific. Conversely, neglecting to state that the particular data used were in, say, English, gives [a] false veneer of language-independence to the work. See Bender, E. M., & Friedman, B. (2018) Data statements for natural language processing: Toward mitigating system bias and enabling better science. for more discussion .

NON-ENGLISH TEXT

Text in languages other than English should be accompanied by translations into English, and text in scripts other than Latin should also be accompanied by transliterations into Latin script, since not all readers can recognize non-Latin characters easily.

For example, παράδειγμα paradeigma ‘example’ is a Greek word, and this is a Greek sentence:

(1) Αυτό είναι ένα παράδειγμα.  (Greek)
    auto einai ena paradeigma.
    ‘This is an example.’

See the Leipzig glossing rules for more discussion.

Acknowledgements

Place all acknowledgements (including those concerning research grants and funding) in a separate section at the end of the article.

Optional Supplementary Materials: Appendices, Ethical Statement, Software and Data

We encourage all authors submitting to LREC-COLING 2024 to include an explicit ethics statement on the broader impact of their work, or other ethical considerations after the conclusion but before the references. The ethics statement will not count toward the page limit (8 pages for long, 4 pages for short papers).

Bibliographical references

Bibliographical references should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article. The title of the section, “References”, should be a Level 1 Heading. The first line of each bibliographical reference should be justified to the left of the column, and the rest of the entry should be indented by 0.35 cm.

The following examples (of fictitious references) illustrate the basic format required for conference Proceedings, books, journals, articles, PhD theses, and chapters of books respectively:

Martin, L.E. (1990). Knowledge Extraction. In Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 252-262.

Chercheur, J.L. (1994). Case-Based Reasoning. San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers.

Castor, A. & Pollux, L.E. (1992). The use of user modelling to guide inference and learning. Applied Intelligence, 2(1), pp. 37-53. Zavatta, A. (1992). Un Générateur d’Insultes s’intégrant dans un Système de Dialogue Humain-Machine. Thèse de Doctorat en Informatique. Université Paris-sud, Centre d’Orsay.

Grandchercheur, L.B. (1983). Vers une modélisation cognitive de l’être et du néant. In S.G Paris, G.M. Olson, H.W. Stevenson (Eds.), Fondement des Sciences Cognitives. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 6-38.

Language Resource REFERENCES

Language Resource references should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article, in the “Language Resource References” section, placed after the “Bibliographical References” section. The title of the “Language Resource References” section, should be a Level 1 Heading. The first line of each language resource reference should be justified to the left of the column, and the rest of the entry should be indented by 0.35 cm. The example in Section 13 illustrates the basic format required for language resources.

Speecon Consortium. (2014). Dutch Speecon Database. Speecon Project, distributed via ELRA, Speecon resources, 1.0, ISLRN 613-489-674-355-0.

All online language resources should have a persistent identifier (PID), following the Tromsø recommendations for citation of research data in linguistics. See the LaTeX example for details.

copyrights

The Language Resource and Evaluation Conference (LREC) proceedings are published by the European Language Resources Association (ELRA). They are made available online from the conference website. ELRA’s policy is to license all LREC proceedings (including workshops) under Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY-NC-4.0). The Proceedings will be licensed under CC-BY-NC-4.0, the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Your submission of a finalized contribution for inclusion in the LREC Proceedings automatically transfers the above-mentioned copyright to ELRA. Under the Creative Commons licenses, you are not forfeiting your right to use your contribution elsewhere. This you may do without seeking permission and is subject only to normal acknowledgement to the LREC proceedings.

presentation slides

Due to the size of the conference rooms it is recommended to use 36 pt fonts for the presentation slides.

posters

The size of posters holders is 90cm x 150 cm and the format is vertical (Portrait). The Poster Boards cannot accommodate Landscape posters. You can print your poster in Portrait A0 (84,1 x 118,9cm).

changes

The major changes are:

  • new font (the Helvetica clone TeX Gyre Heros) which works with all versions of LaTeX. We are using a sans-serif font in an attempt to improve screen readability
  • moved more settings into the style file
  • using the microtype package to approach typographical perfection
  • filenames all corrected (sorry about the misnamed the bib file in the original collection)
  • better documentation. In particular, made it clearer that supplementary material is only allowed in the camera ready paper
  • support for Persistent Identifiers in the language resource bibliography
          pid = "http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11752/ILC-62"
        
  • an option for the submission that adds page numbers and hides authors
    \usepackage[review]{lrec-coling2024}
  • switched to the acl style of paragraph indentation

Please use the new style file. If you used the old template, then you should erase everything in the latex file between the style file and the title:

\usepackage{lrec-coling2024} % this is the new style

%[cut here]

\title{Title of the LREC COLING 2024 Paper ...}

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