[Corpora-List] Shared Tasks SimpleText at CLEF: Automatic Simplification of Scientific Texts

Liana ERMAKOVA liana.ermakova at univ-brest.fr
Fri Apr 1 18:31:43 CEST 2022

Call for Participation - SimpleText Shared Tasks @ CLEF-2022:

Automatic Simplification of Scientific Texts

SimpleText website: https://simpletext-project.com/2022/clef/en/tasks Context

The web and social media have democratized information sharing and have become the main source of information for citizens, risking users to rely on shallow information in sources prioritizing commercial or political incentives rather than the correctness and informational value. Non-experts tend to avoid scientific literature due to its complex language, internal vernacular, or their lack of prior background knowledge. Text simplification approaches hold the promise to remove some of these barriers. The SimpleText track is a part of the CLEF initiative which promotes the systematic evaluation of information access systems, primarily through experimentation on shared tasks. SimpleText addresses the challenges of text simplification approaches in the context of promoting scientific information access, by providing appropriate data and benchmarks. The track uses a corpus of scientific literature abstracts and popular science requests. It features three tasks. Tasks

We invite you to submit both automatic and manual runs! Manual intervention should be reported.


Task 1: What is in (or out)? Select passages to include in a simplified

summary, given a query.


Task 2: What is unclear? Given a passage and a query, rank

terms/concepts that are required to be explained for understanding this

passage (definitions, context, applications,..).


Task 3: Rewrite this! Given a query, simplify passages from scientific


In addition, we welcome any other type of submission that uses our data as an open task. How to participate

In order to participate, you should sign up at the CLEF website ( https://clef2022-labs-registration.dei.unipd.it/). All team members should join the SimpleText mailing list (https://groups.google.com/g/simpletext). The data will be made available to all registered participants.


Run submission: 22 April 2022

Results available: 6 May 2022

Draft paper submission: 27 May 2022

Camera-ready: 1 July 2022

CLEF conference: 5-8 September 2022


SimpleText website: http://simpletext-project.com/

CLEF website: https://clef2022.clef-initiative.eu/index.php

Registration: https://clef2022-labs-registration.dei.unipd.it/

Email: contact at simpletext-project.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimpletextW

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