[Corpora-List] Journal of Natural Language Engineering: Call for special issue proposals

Mitkov, Ruslan R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk
Wed Sep 30 00:39:27 CEST 2015

Kindly post. Apologies for any duplicates. Thank you. R. Mitkov


Journal of Natural Language Engineering

*** Call for special issue proposals ***

The area of Natural Language Engineering, and Natural Language Processing in general, is following the trend of many other areas in becoming highly specialised, with a number of application-orientated and narrow-domain topics emerging or growing in importance. These developments, often coinciding with a lack of related literature, necessitate and warrant the publication of specialised volumes focusing on a specific topic of interest to the Natural Language Processing (NLP) research community.

The Journal of Natural Language Engineering (JNLE) published by Cambridge University Press, which now features six 160-page issues per year, invites proposals for special issues on a competitive basis regarding any topics surrounding applied NLP which have emerged as important recent developments and that have attracted the attention of a number of researchers or research groups. In recent years, Calls for Proposals for special issues have resulted in high-quality outputs and this year we look forward to another successful competition.

Topics could cover a variety of NLP methods, tasks and resources as well as NLP-related applications but should preferably focus on the practical implications of operation on a large scale. Topics covering NLP methods, tasks and resources could include, but are not limited to: POS tagging; parsing; semantic role labelling; word sense disambiguation; anaphora and coreference resolution; named entity recognition; natural language generation; speech recognition; speech synthesis; multimodal processing; statistical methods in Natural Language Engineering; machine learning; evaluation methodologies; corpora and ontologies. Topics covering NLP applications could include, but are not limited to: machine translation; translation memory and translation tools; summarisation; simplification; information retrieval; information extraction; question answering; text and web mining; opinion mining; and NLP for biomedical texts.

Calls for special issue proposals may be based on a successful workshop or a body of work associated with a particular group or section of the community. In all cases, however, the reviewing process of the accepted proposals will be rigorous and all submissions must be reviewed by at least three members of the Guest Editorial Board or other suitable reviewers agreed by the JNLE Editors. In the case of papers previously submitted to workshops, the Guest Editors will not be able to re-use previous workshop reviews. In addition, the call for papers of the accepted proposals must be open to all interested parties and all authors will be given equal treatment; in the case of proposals based on previous workshops, submissions cannot be limited to workshop participants only.

Interested editors have the option of preliminary feedback by emailing expressions of interest accompanied by a brief description of the intended special issue to the Executive Editor (R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk<mailto:R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk>). He will give a brief indication of whether the topic is appropriate to Natural Language Engineering. In the case of initial positive feedback, the prospective Guest Editors will be asked to submit a proposal for a special issue that will be reviewed by the Editors of the Journal and by other members of the Journal Editorial Board. At least two proposals will be selected on a competitive basis for each call with the envisaged publication date for the successful proposal(s) from this call on or after October 2017.

The proposal for a special issue should include a brief outline of the field and rationale as to why it is important to launch a special issue on the particular topic of interest. It should include a relevant literature survey (related previous special issues, volumes, workshop and conference proceedings) and should explain the added value of the proposed special issue against the background of other relevant or competing publications and volumes (if applicable). It is desirable that a rough estimate of expected submissions to the special issue be provided. The proposals should also include a tentative Guest Editorial Board. It is desirable that one of the members of the Guest Editorial Board is a JNLE Editor and at least another member of the Guest Editorial Board should be on the JNLE Editorial Board. The proposal should also include a tentative time-scale for the production of the special issue and information about the prospective Guest Editors (relevant experience, publications etc.). All special issues are required to offer a survey of the field as its first article which can be written either by the Guest Editors or by an invited author / authors. The special issues should consist of 160 pages as with the regular issues; exceptionally, 144 pages can be accepted as well.


- Deadline for submission of special issue proposals:

10 December 2015

(proposals to be emailed to R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk<mailto:R.Mitkov at wlv.ac.uk> with a copy to jnleea at wlv.ac.uk )

- Notification of acceptance/rejection:

15 January 2016

- Calls for papers related to the successful proposals:

15 February 2016 for the first proposal

March-September 2016 for the second proposal;

September 2016-March 2017 for the rest of the accepted proposals (if applicable)

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