Instructions for authors

****** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 15, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time ******


July 15, 2016: Paper submission deadline (11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time)
September 20, 2016: Author notification
October 10, 2016: Camera-ready PDF due
November 30, 2016: Official proceedings publication date
December 11-16, 2016: Main conference

For COLING 2016, there will be one category of research papers only. All of the papers will be included in conference proceedings, this time in electronic form only.

The maximum submission length is 8 pages (A4), plus two extra pages for references. Authors of accepted papers will be given additional space in the camera-ready version to reflect space needed for changes stemming from reviewers comments.

Authors can indicate their preference for presentation mode (i.e. oral or poster presentation) in the submission form, and the reviewers will recommend an appropriate mode of presentation to the program committee which will then decide. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between research papers presented orally vs. as posters.

Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymised with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual. Authors should also ensure that identifying meta-information is removed from files submitted for review.

Reviewing of papers will be blind, and each paper will be reviewed by three reviewers.

Papers must conform to official COLING 2016 style guidelines, which are available in has LaTeX files, Microsoft Word template file, and sample PDF file. Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system. The only accepted format for submitted papers is in Adobe's PDF. Submissions must be uploaded on the START system ( by the submission deadline (July 15th, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time); submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimise network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.

PAPER REQUIREMENTS: Papers should describe original and completed work. Any ongoing research substantially described should be in a well-advanced state of work, providing robust support to the reported results and conclusions. Where appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be provided. Submissions will be judged on several factors, including originality, technical strength, technical soundness, significance, relevance to the conference, and clarity.

DUAL SUBMISSION POLICY: Papers being submitted to other conferences or workshops can be submitted in parallel to COLING, on condition that submissions at other conferences will be withdrawn if the paper is accepted for COLING. Authors must clearly indicate, on the title page during submission, the names of the other conferences or workshops to which the paper is being submitted and declare that they will withdraw these other submissions if the paper is accepted for COLING 2016.

PRE-PRINT SERVERS: Versions of submitted papers with more than 25% overlap in content may appear on community preprint servers such as and are not considered archival for purposes of submission to COLING 2016. However, authors must clearly indicate, on the title page during submission, the name of the preprint server and the title of the non-archival version. In addition, authors must ensure that the submitted version does not contain any references to the non-archival version of the paper. Reviewers will be informed of the non-archival version as follows: "The author(s) have notified us of a non-archival previous version of this paper with significantly (more than 25%) overlapping text. We have allowed submission of such papers on the condition that the COLING submission does not contain any references to the non-archival version." Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.