Editorial Policies

Section Policies

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Theoretical Research

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Peer Review Process

Editorial Structure

TACL has a standing committee of action editors. Roughly speaking, an action editor corresponds to an area chair at a regular conference. Terms for action editors are two years in length, and are renewable. Each paper submission is assigned to an action editor, who then handles the entire reviewing process for the paper. The action editor makes the final acceptance decision on papers. Our expectation is that each action editor will handle at most 12 papers in a single calendar year.

In addition, TACL has a standing committee of reviewers. Having a standing committee of reviewers should significantly decrease time spent in recruiting reviewers for a particular paper; this can often be a significant bottleneck.  Reviewers will have at most 1 paper to review at any one time. Reviews will be due 3 weeks after a reviewing request has been made.

Reviewing Procedure

There is a deadline on the 1st of each month for paper submission. More precise information about deadline timings are given in the Author Guidelines.

At the beginning of each month's round, 

  • The editors-in-chief assign each paper to an action editor, taking expertise and load-balancing issues into account [timeline: 7 days]
  • The action editor picks three reviewers for the paper. [timeline: 7 days]
  • There is a 3 week deadline for reviewing of the paper. This is expected to be a strict deadline, similar to conference reviewing deadlines.
  • On receiving the three reviews, the action editor makes 1 of 4 decisions for the paper: (a) Acceptance for publication as is, with encouragement to make minor revisions. (b) Acceptance for publication subject to specified revisions within two months. (c) Rejection with encouragement to revise and resubmit within 3-6 months. (d) Rejection with no possibility of resubmission within a moratorium period of one year. [timeline: 7 days]
  • Where necessary, the resubmission of a paper under option (b) above goes back to the same 3 reviewers for second round review. In this case second round reviews again have a 3-week deadline. Under option (c), the paper may or may not be reviewed by the same reviewers or action editor.

We unfortunately cannot guarantee that the timeline guidance given in the items above will be met for every submission.

Post-acceptance procedures and timelines can be found at the post-acceptance instructions page.

Anonymity Policies

Paper submissions must be anonymized (see the submission information). Reviewing will be double blind (reviewers will not know the identity of authors, and authors will not know the identity of the reviewers).

Action editors are non-anonymous: both the reviewers of a paper, and the authors of the paper, will know the identity of the action editor handling the paper.

Conflicts of Interest 

The ACL has established a conflict-of-interest policy for its conferences, which, suitably adapted (i.e., change the title "program chair" to "editor-in-chief"), holds for TACL as well.

Regarding submissions by co-editors-in-chief (henceforth "editors"), the ACL resolved the following on October 16, 2012:

The editors of any ACL journal may submit to that journal, but in such cases the submitted paper will be handled by a third party. The same procedure will be followed for any papers submitted by those who work in the editor's laboratory, or who are otherwise closely associated with the editor in such a way that a conflict of interest might arise or be perceived. For the purposes of this proposal, the third party handling the submitted paper will generally be one of the other editors ... in the case of TACL, the panel of editors consists of the ... editors-in-chief. In any circumstances agreed [upon] as exceptional by the relevant panel of editors, some other party may be asked to handle the submitted paper; the guiding principle is that there should be no perceived conflict of interest.

We supplement this ACL policy by additionally outlining the following procedures explicitly. In order to maintain the confidentiality required for double blind reviewing, all papers with editor co-authors will be handled outside of the standard reviewing system, in addition to being handled by one of the other editors. If an editor is not a co-author but has a conflict-of-interest with one or more of a paper's co-authors, then the paper will be handled by another editor, but using the standard reviewing system, since double-blind reviewing is maintained in such a case. All editorial decision making in any of these cases will be made independently of the editor with the conflict-of-interest. Finally, in order to maintain the flexibility of having other editors with no conflicts-of-interest, editors are strongly discouraged from co-authoring papers with each other during their time as co-editors.


Publication Frequency

TACL has one volume per year.  Individual papers are published as soon as they are ready.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.