24 hour deadline extension due to TACL system downtime


We have been informed that the servers hosting the TACL submission site will be experiencing some downtime over a few hours this coming weekend. (See below for the scheduled hours.) Because the system will be down at the deadline of our monthly submission cycle, we are extending the deadline this month by 24 hours, to February 2, 2020, instead of February 1 as specified in the author guidelines.

The specific details of the expected downtime are as follows:

Day/Time: Friday, January 31, 2020, between 8 PM and 4 AM PST (GMT-8); Expected downtime: 2-4 hours.
Day/Time: Saturday, February 1, 2020, between 8 PM and 4 AM PST (GMT-8); Expected downtime: 4-8 hours.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Posted: 2020-01-30

AACL added to list of *ACL/EMNLP conferences interacting with TACL


TACL submission guideslines have been updated to indicate that AACL has been added to the list of conferences  (previously consisting of ACL/EACL/NAACL/EMNLP) for which:

  • presentation (oral or poster) of TACL papers can be an option
  • rejected/reviewed submissions may not be resubmitted to TACL for a given time period.
Posted: 2019-12-04

TACL host switch and upgrade; change in email conventions


TACL has completed its switch to a new, professionally-supported host for its submission system and upgraded to OJS version 2.4.8.  Submission, review, and decision processing should all be back to normal.

One visible change, which should improve delivery and receipt of system emails: emails sent from the system will no longer be "spoofed" to appear to come from the user, but will have the "from" address set to ""; however, the "reply-to" field will be set to the email address of the user generating the email, so mailers that respect the reply-to field will send replies to the correct person. For example, system emails that used to appear to be from "" or "" will now appear to be from "", but replies to said system emails should still go to the valid email addresses "" or "" as appropriate. 


Posted: 2019-11-20

TACL system downtime Nov. 18-21, 2019

TACL will be switching hosts for our journal system in the second half of November, and we are planning for a few days of system downtime to manage this transition.  The system will be unavailable for submitting new papers, entering reviews or issuing decisions on submissions beginning Monday, November 18.  We expect to be fully operational on the new host by Thursday, November 21, at which point the system will be accessible again in the usual way.  
Posted: 2019-10-27

TACL acceptance/final-version deadline for ACL 2020


To be eligible for presentation (oral or poster) at ACL 2020, TACL papers must satisfy both of the following conditions: first, be accepted with a decision type (a) by March 9, 2020; and second, have their final version both submitted to TACL and approved by the Action Editor by April 17, 2020. (To allow ample time for the technical approval by the Action Editor, we suggest submitting the final version by 10 business days prior, that is, April 3, 2020.)

See the section on Presentation of Accepted TACL Papers at Conferences in the author guidelines for more details.

Posted: 2019-10-10

2019Q3 report

The latest TACL report to the ACL is available here.  It includes an update on indexing: TACL applications have now been filed with Web of Science, Scopus, and the Directory of Open Access Journals.  
Posted: 2019-07-22

New TACL co-Editor-in-Chief


Ani Nenkova has been selected to be a co-Editor-in-Chief (co-EiC) of TACL, alongside continuing co-EiCs Mark Johnson and Brian Roark. Congratulations to Ani!

Lillian Lee has been at the helm of TACL since nearly its inception and will continue as co-EiC until the end of the calendar year, but we can still express an early "thanks very much" to her for all she has done for TACL!

Posted: 2019-07-02

Search for a new TACL co-Editor-in-Chief

Deadline for nominations (self-nominations encouraged): May 27, 2019.  Call for nominations:  
Posted: 2019-05-12

2019Q1 report

The latest TACL report to the ACL is available here.  It includes some time-to-decision and accept/reject statsistics, and an update on the transition to MIT Press.  
Posted: 2019-05-12

Clarification of EMNLP 2019 eligibility deadlines (earlier final-version recommendation)

The previous announcement regarding EMNLP 2019 eligibility deadlines has been edited to clarify that technical approval of the final version by the Action Editor is required by the stated deadline. This means that we recommend that final versions of accepted papers be submitted by August 22 2019 in order to make technical approval by the Action Editor feasible by September 5.

This requirement of accepted final-version submission is in addition to the previously announced condition that  the submission must be accepted (decision type (a)) by July 25, 2019.

Posted: 2019-05-08

TACL acceptance/final-version deadline for EMNLP 2019


To be eligible for presentation (oral or poster) at EMNLP 2019, TACL authors must satisfy both of the following conditions: first, the submission must be accepted (decision type (a)) by July 25, 2019; second, the final version must be submitted and have passed technical approval by the Action Editor by September 5, 2019. To allow ample time for the approval, we suggest submitting the final version by 10 business days prior, that is, August 22, 2019.

See the section on Presentation of Accepted TACL Papers at Conferences in the author guidelines for more details on conference presentation policy.

[Italics denote important additions made May 8, 2019]

Posted: 2019-03-23 More...

Self-declared archival workshops/tracks now considered archival

The TACL policy has been revised so that ACL-related (tracks of) workshops self-declared to be archival are now considered to be archival by TACL.  Thus, papers at such venues (or archival tracks thereof) may not be re-submitted to TACL.  
Posted: 2018-09-24

Login silently returns to login page or "500 Internal server error" problems? Try clearing cookies

If you are having problems logging in that are not resolved by password reset, please try clearing your browser's cookies.  (For some browsers, such as Chrome, it seems to suffice to clear only the TACL-site-specific cookies.) 
Posted: 2018-09-24 More...

New author accounts must be requested, turnaround 1-2 business days

See annoucement body for instructions (last updated August 13, 2019).  
Posted: 2018-09-24 More...

TACL implements new ACL policies for Jan 1, 2018 (Dec 1 = 1st anonymity period)


The ACL has adoped new policies for *ACL conferences and TACL regarding submission and review; these are listed here.

These policies go into effect for the Jan 1st, 2018 TACL submission round.  This implies that submissions for the Jan 1st round must obey its corresponding anonymity window, which begins December 1st, 2017.

Posted: 2017-10-27

Change/clarification to policy on conference resubmissions

Revisions of papers reviewed or rejected by ACL/EACL/NAACL/EMNLP aren't eligible for submission to TACL for the 9 months starting at the conference's submission deadline.  
Posted: 2017-08-24 More...

Policy regarding papers withdrawn from conferences


The "Resubmission Policy for ACL, EACL, NAACL, EMNLP Conference Submissions" has been revised to clarify the status of papers withdrawn from conferences.

The short version is: "TACL considers papers that were reviewed by a conference and not accepted, such as papers that were withdrawn during an author response period before an official decision was received, to have been rejected from the conference."

See the Author Guidelines for the full version.



Posted: 2016-08-01 More...

Instructions changed for resubmission of (b)s


There has been a slight change to how revisions of (b) papers should be resubmitted: by email instead of system upload.  The protocol for revisions of (c) papers remains the same - via the system.

Updated instructions are at the "Revision and Resubmission Policy for TACL Submissions" section of the instructions.

Posted: 2016-07-03 More...

TACL submission style files updated

We have updated the latex and doc style files to clarify the requirements and make it easier for authors to conform to them. Please use the updated versions at tacl-submission-templates as detailed in the Author Guidelines , to avoid delays in the reviewing of your submissions.  
Posted: 2016-01-11

New editors-in-chief


With the expiration of Michael Collins' term as co-editor-in-chief of TACL, Mark Johnson and Kristina Toutanova have been selected to be co-editors-in-chief together with continuing co-editor-in-chief Lillian Lee.

Thanks very much to Michael Collins for all he did for TACL! 

Posted: 2015-09-20

TACL switches to a CC-BY license


TACL has switched to using CC-BY 4.0, the Creative Commons "Atttribution" license. See Stuart Shieber's Journal of Language Modelling 2012 article, The case for the Journal's use of a CC-BY license, for  discussion.

This change applies retroactively to previously published TACL papers.

Posted: 2015-07-20

Changes to resubmission preparation

The instructions for how to prepare resubmissions have changed significantly.  Please see the "Revision and Resubmission Policy for TACL Submissions" section of the Author Guidelines.  
Posted: 2015-01-09
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