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.



Resubmission policy for papers reviewed at ACL 2021

TACL policy states that "Papers or revised versions of papers that have been rejected from or reviewed by ACL ... conferences will not be eligible for submission to TACL for a 9-month period beginning at the submission deadline for the conference in question."  ACL 2021 extended its deadline by one day, from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2021, due to issues with the submission website.  For purposes of determining TACL eligibility, we will use the original submission date of Feb. 1 rather than the extension date, so papers that were reviewed by ACL 2021 will be eligible to be included in TACL's November round of reviews, rather than having to wait for the December round of reviews.  
Posted: 2021-07-23

TACL acceptance/final-version deadline for EMNLP 2021


To be eligible for presentation (oral or poster) at EMNLP 2021, TACL papers must satisfy both of the following conditions: first, be accepted with a decision type (a) by August 10, 2021; and second, have their final version both submitted to TACL and approved by the Action Editor by August 31, 2021. (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, August 21, 2021.)

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

Posted: 2021-07-10

2021Q1 report

The latest TACL report to the ACL is available here. It includes an update on indexing, personnel updates, and some time-to-decision and accept/reject statistics broken down by year.  
Posted: 2021-02-26

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

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

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