Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Welcome to the TACL submission site!

Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL) is an ACL-sponsored journal published by MIT Press that publishes papers in all areas of computational linguistics and natural language processing. TACL has the following features:

  • TACL publishes conference-length papers, but has a journal-style reviewing process (for example, the option for an action editor to recommend the “revise and resubmit” category for a paper).
  • Papers appearing at TACL are eligible for a presentation at certain ACL-sponsored conferences. Thus the model combines the benefits of a journal, with the benefits of being able to present the work at a major conference. (Presentation is optional; authors do not have to present their papers at the conference).
  • TACL accepts submissions all year (the 1st day of each month is a submission deadline).
  • TACL is committed to fast-turnaround reviewing.
Links: Information for authors, including submission instructionsreview processannual reports (includes journal statistics presented to the ACL); publication ethics statement.



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
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