ACL Rolling Review (ARR) is a centralized reviewing service targeting top-tier conferences under the Association for Computational Linguistics.

  • Built atop the OpenReview platform, ARR implements the initial stages of conference reviewing in 2 month cycles, culminating in the release to authors of reviews and a metareview.
  • Authors may submit a revision to a subsequent ARR cycle and request the same or new reviewers.
  • Reviews are decoupled from acceptance decisions: as long as a paper has reviews and has not yet been accepted by a venue, the authors can choose among participating venues, whose program committees will consider the already-reviewed papers for acceptance.

For further information about submitting, see the page for Authors.

ARR began with a 2020 proposal. As of mid-2023, it has evolved with experience and feedback from the community. In 2024, the ACL, EACL, and NAACL main conferences will use ARR as the sole submission system. Other venues may adopt ARR as well. The ARR team continues to welcome input on the design of the review process.

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Update to Anonymity Policy

The ACL has adopted a new anonymity policy effective for all future submissions, including to ARR. This new policy replaces the old policy that prohibited authors from posting or advertising non-anonymous preprints during a period starting one month before the submission or commitment deadline, and continuing while the submission is under review.

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ARR October Cycle Update

We have been busy with housekeeping tasks after the submission period ended. In brief, at this time we have:

  • Added authors of October submissions to the reviewing pool
  • Assigned papers to Action Editors (AEs), Senior Action Editors (SAEs) and reviewers
  • Sent instructions to AEs and SAEs re their ToDo tasks
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Submission dates and process for 2024 Conferences

The use of an ARR-only submission process has been agreed by Program Chairs (PCs), and General Chairs of the upcoming conferences in 2024 (EACL, NAACL and ACL, referred to in this document as *CL conferences), with feedback from the ACL Rolling Review (ARR) Initiative, the ARR board, and the ACL Exec. There will be no direct submission option. This decision was announced during the ACL 2023 business meeting. The purpose of this communication is to update those that were not present, and to provide more details about the coordinated plan. In this document, submission deadline refers to the paper submission to the ARR reviewing portal in Open Review. Commitment deadline refers to the deadline for authors to submit their fully ARR-reviewed submission to the conference portal for consideration at that conference. Decisions available refer to the deadline by which conference PCs will send notifications to paper authors.

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Response to ACL 2023 Questions

At ACL 2023, there was a plenary session dedicated to updates from ARR and questions from the community (slides). We did not have time to answer all of the questions in the session and not everyone in the community was able to attend the session. To be as open as possible, below we have written answers to all of the questions submitted online and asked in person. In some cases, we have grouped together related questions. We have also created a video explaining the details of ARR and rewritten our author information page (thanks to Nathan Schneider for leading the rewrite!) to provide clarity on the process.

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Malihe Alikhani joins ARR as Ethics co-chair

We’re pleased to announce that Malihe Alikhani has accepted to take on the role of Ethics co-chair for ARR. Malihe works towards designing inclusive and equitable language technologies. She develops systems that can communicate and collaborate with diverse populations, especially those from underserved communities. She studies how learning models might become biased and how we can mitigate them. She is currently an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Pittsburgh. Beginning in the Fall of 2023, she will move to Northeastern University.

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