Student Research Workshop (closed)


Note: this call is closed.

There are a limited number of studentships available to sponsor students to attend EACL and the EACL Student Research Workshop (SRW). Please contact the SRW Chairs ( for more information, and see the EACL web pages for the sponsorship policy of the EACL.


EACL 2014 continues the tradition of providing a forum for student researchers who are investigating various areas related to Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for student participants to present their work and receive valuable feedback from the international research community as well as from selected panelists – experienced researchers who will prepare in-depth comments and questions in advance of the presentation. The workshop's goal is to aid students at multiple stages of their education: from those in the final stages of undergraduate training to those active with graduate thesis research.

We invite papers in two separate categories:

  1. Thesis/Research Proposals: This category is appropriate for students who wish to get feedback on the progress of their thesis work and broader ideas from the field in order to identify the most promising directions for the remaining thesis work.
  2. Research Papers: Most appropriate for students who are new to academic conferences. Papers in this category can describe completed original work or work in progress with preliminary results.

Topics relevant to the workshop aim to cover all aspects of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, including, but not limited to (in alphabetical order):

  • Cognitive modeling of language processing and psycholinguistics
  • Dialogue and interactive systems
  • Discourse, coreference and pragmatics
  • Evaluation methods
  • Information retrieval
  • Language resources
  • Lexical semantics and ontologies
  • Machine translation: methods, applications and evaluation
  • Multilinguality in NLP
  • NLP applications
  • NLP and creativity
  • NLP for low-resource languages
  • NLP for the Web and social media
  • Question answering
  • Semantics
  • Sentiment analysis, opinion mining and text classification
  • Spoken language processing
  • Statistical and Machine Learning methods in NLP
  • Summarization and generation
  • Syntax and parsing
  • Tagging and chunking
  • Text mining and information extraction
  • Word segmentation

Subject to the availability of established researcher volunteers, each accepted paper will be assigned a mentor, an experienced researcher who will provide feedback on the work to the student at the conference. Details on this service will be provided in the acceptance notification.


Submission requirements

  1. Thesis/Research Proposals may contain previously published work and must include specific research directions. They may also be in the style of a position paper that surveys and critiques existing literature, but must suggest future research directions. Proposals may only have one author, who must be a student.
  2. Research Papers must describe original completed work or work in progress. Since the main purpose of presenting at the workshop is to exchange ideas with other researchers and to receive helpful feedback for further development of the work, papers should clearly indicate directions for future research wherever appropriate. The first author of multi-author papers must be a student, but additional co-authors need not be students. Research Papers are eligible for this workshop only if they have not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Students who have already presented at a past ACL/EACL/NAACL Student Research Workshop may not submit to this track as a first author (though they may still be a co-author, or the first author of a Thesis/Research Proposal). These students are instead encouraged to submit their work to the main conference or to the Thesis Proposal track. During submission, students must clearly indicate whether a paper has been submitted to another conference or workshop. Double submissions to the EACL main conference and the Student Research Workshop are not allowed. One student can only submit one paper to the Research Papers track as the first author.

Submission procedure

Both paper and proposal submissions to the EACL 2014 Student Research Workshop should follow the standard two-column format of the EACL 2014 proceedings and they must be submitted as a PDF file. Authors are strongly recommended to use the style files from the conference web site. The style files are available here:

All submissions may consist of up to nine (9) pages of content only. Any number of additional pages containing references is allowed.

The reviewing process will be double-blind; therefore, please ensure that the paper does not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Further guidelines are provided in the template style files. References to your own work in thesis proposals should also be anonymized. You may for example write it as "in X (2000) we showed", etc. and do not add your papers in the reference list. Authors should not use other anonymous citations in both research papers and thesis proposals, and should not include any acknowledgments. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

The deadline for submission has been extended to 11:59pm CET on Friday, 13 December 2013. Submission will be electronic using the paper submission web page:

Papers will be presented orally or as posters during the main EACL conference as determined by the program committee. Decisions on presentation format will be based on the nature rather than the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between long papers presented orally and as posters.

Multiple-submission policy

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors of papers accepted for presentation at EACL SRW 2014 must notify the program chairs whether the paper will be presented. All accepted papers must be presented at the workshop in order for them to appear in the proceedings. We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere. Double submissions to the EACL main conference and the Student Research Workshop are not allowed, and the authors must ensure that these submissions do not overlap significantly (> 50%) with each other in content or results.

Reviewing procedure

The reviewing of the papers will be double-blind. Reviewing will be managed by the Student Workshop Co-Chairs and a team of reviewers. Each submission will be matched with a mixed panel of student and senior researchers for review. The final acceptance decision will be based on the results of the review.


  • Submission deadline: 22 November, extended to 13 December 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 January, extended to 27 January 2014
  • Camera-ready submission deadline: 17 February 2014
  • Conference dates: 26–30 April 2014

(The workshop will be held during the main conference, in a mode similar to the conference's regular sessions. The exact format will be decided by the workshop co-chairs and conference chairs.)


Student chairs:

  • Desmond Elliott (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Konstantina Garoufi (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Douwe Kiela (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Ivan Vulić (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Faculty advisor:

  • Sebastian Padó (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

Program committee:

  • TBA

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