[Corpora-List] CfP, special issue of the TAL journal: "New applications of NLP"

Cecile Fabre cecile.fabre at univ-tlse2.fr
Sat Dec 26 08:56:09 CET 2020

First call for papers for the special issue of the TAL journal on "New applications of NLP"

Guest editors: - Géraldine Damnati, Orange Labs, Lannion, France - Diana Inkpen, University of Ottawa, Canada

Submission deadline: April 15 2021


Recent advances in Natural Language Processing, along with easier access to very powerful Language Models and libraries to manipulate them have led to a notable expansion of the NLP application field. From this evolution arise new research issues. If it is not straightforward to find new tasks, per se, traditional tasks such as classification, extraction, summarization or translation are pushed towards handling more complex phenomena, from heterogeneous textual data, possibly in combination with new modalities.

New applicative domains have emerged these past few years, paving the way for NLP use on very diverse data. A community has for example structured itself around NLP for Finance and Economy. E-commerce, security, the legal sector, public administrations (workshops FNP-FNS 2020, ECNLP 3, LT4GOV, etc.) and more recently music (NLP4Musa) are also subject to dedicated work.

Other domains that have already been covered for several years, such as journalism, social media, digital humanities or the bio-medical domain, are facing an expansion of their field of research. They are now addressed from new perspectives, revealing a sign of an outstanding dynamism of activities in these domains. For instance, beyond the generalist workshop “NLP meets journalism” created in 2015, there are now workshops dedicated to exploiting Knowledge Graphs for journalism or to socio-politic events extraction. Social media analysis or more generally “noisy user-generated texts” analysis is addressed from various angles such as censorship, propaganda and disinformation, threats in online conversations, opinion modeling, fact checking or harassment (workshops WNUT, NLP4IF, PEOPLE 2020, FEVER, etc.). As for the bio-medical domain, the number of dedicated workshops has risen around ten for the year 2020.

The above-mentioned list of applicative domains is not exhaustive. These new domains, beyond the scientific issues related to the specificity of data, also raise numerous ethical questions regarding the use of underlying technologies, the exploitation of automatic processing results, and the new practices that can emerge in the corresponding professional areas. At last, the fact that NLP applications are now largely in contact with the general public raises issues linked to production constraints such as efficiency, cost, robustness, and resilience to adversarial attacks. We are interested in this special issue of TAL in all these scientific, technological and ethical questions, yielded by the expansion of NLP within a variety of application domains.

For this thematic issue, the TAL journal largely calls for contributions related to these “new” application domains, as described above, or to “new” paradigms in already covered domains, in particular, but not limited to:

- scientific issues related to the specificities of data,

- implemented solutions to address new application domains,

- new paradigms in less recent domains,

- methodological issues,

- ethical and social implications of research in these new domains.


- Submission deadline: April 15 2021 - Notification to the authors after the first review: June 28 2021 - Notification to the authors after the second review: October 29 2021 - Publication: December 2021


Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French. French-speaking authors are requested to submit their contributions in French.


Traitement Automatique des Langues is an international journal published since 1960 by ATALA (Association pour le traitement automatique des langues) the French Association for NLP with the support of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It is published online, with an immediate open access to published papers, and annual print on demand.


Papers must be between 20 and 25 pages, references and appendices included. Authors who intend to submit a paper are encouraged to click the menu item "Paper submission" (PDF format). To do so, they will need to have an account, or create it, on the sciencesconf platform (go to http://www.sciencesconf.org and click on "create account" next to the "Connect" button at the top of the page). To submit, come back to the page https://tal-62-2.sciencesconf.org/, connect to the account and upload the submission.

TAL is a double-blind review journal: the authors are asked to anonymise their manuscript and the name of their pdf file and to avoid sef-references. Style sheets are available for download on the Web site of the journal (https://www.atala.org/content/instruction-authors-style-files-0).

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