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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Updates

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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New Ethics Chair

We’re delighted to share the news that Vinodkumar Prabhakaran is joining the ACL RR team as Ethics Chair. Vinod is a senior research scientist at Google’s Responsible AI org, working on issues at the intersection of AI and society.

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Updates On December Cycle

The major changes happening for the December cycle are the introduction of Senior Action Editors (SAEs), and a new reviewing assignment process to include at least one non-student reviewer per paper. These changes are also a response to community feedback. SAEs will help us during key phases of the review process. They will provide another layer of review quality control for reviewers and AEs. The team of SAEs is almost complete and will be added to the website pretty soon.

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