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 More...

Login 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


Due to a large number of spam registrations, self-service creation of TACL accounts is no longer available.

Requests to register as an new author should be sent to, and should be answered in 1-2 business days. Include the following information in your request:

First name

Last name

Desired username (The username must contain only lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens/underscores.)

An alternate username, in case the first choice is unavailable

Email address for emails from TACL to be sent to 

Posted: 2018-09-24 More...

New formatting requirements effective immediately


The new submission formatting requirements are described in  the Formatting Instructions for TACL Submissions document dated August 3, 2018; template files are available on the submissions-instructions page .

Camera-readies will use the same files, but have customized instructions: see the Formatting Instructions for TACL Camera-readies document, dated August 3, 2018. 

The new files mostly adapt the ACL 2018 files, which means they impose A4 paper size, provide line numbers for submissions for ease of reviewer reference to specific document locations, and are compatible with natbib. We have discontinued supplying Word templates, and authors will need to supply LaTeX source to MIT Press for publications.

Highlights of the newly revised instructions:

  • The first section lists the most common mistakes that lead to desk rejection (submission) and publication delays as non-compliant papers are returned to the authors for correction (camera-readies).
  • Explanations and examples for correctly parenthesizing citations are supplied.
  • The new reference formatting requirements make the scholarly record more easily trackable, e.g., by requiring version numbers for arXiv preprints.
Posted: 2018-08-06 More...

TACL transitions publication to MIT Press

TACL is pleased to announce that we are transitioning the publication process of accepted papers to be handled by MIT Press; website here:  
Posted: 2018-08-06 More...

2018Q3 report

The TACL report to the ACL for 2018Q3 is available here.  It includes some time-to-decision and accept/reject statsistics, and an update on the transition to MIT Press.  
Posted: 2018-07-02 More...

TACL Acceptance Deadline for EMNLP 2018 Presentation

Papers accepted (decision type (a)) by July 31, 2018 are eligible for presentation (oral or poster) at EMNLP 2018. See the section on Presentation of Accepted TACL Papers at Conferences in the author guidelines for more details.  
Posted: 2018-06-21 More...

TACL Acceptance Deadline for ACL 2018 Presentation

Papers accepted (decision type (a)) by April 10, 2018 are eligible for presentation (oral or poster) at ACL 2018. See the section on Presentation of Accepted TACL Papers at Conferences in the author guidelines for more details.  
Posted: 2018-04-02 More...

TACL Acceptance Deadline for NAACL-HLT 2018 Presentation

Papers accepted (decision type (a)) by February 18, 2018 are eligible for presentation (oral or poster) at NAACL-HLT 2018. See the section on Presentation of Accepted TACL Papers at Conferences in the author guidelines for more details.  
Posted: 2018-02-07 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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