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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In Cycle Author Response
Starting with the April 15 deadline, there will be a brief period for author response within the ARR review cycle.
- for 5 days after the deadline for regular reviews, authors can make comments on the reviews, using the discussion forum within OpenReview (as is done, for example, with ICLR)
- the comments should be limited to clear factual errors or serious misunderstandings
- reviewers may respond to authors’ comments or update their reviews, but are not obligated to do so
- action editors will take these comments into account when writing their metareview
Six Week Cycles
Effective the 15 April 2022 deadline, with permission of the ACL executive and the ACL committee on reviewing, ARR will be moving to a six-week cycle with deadlines every six weeks.
Action editors and reviewers may now request letters of recognition for their ARR service! Instructions can be found in the:
We have data. Thanks to great work from Sebastin Santy on our tech team, we now have a regularly updated statistics dashboard for ACL Rolling Review. When you refer to it, please note the last updated date as data for the current cycles may be somewhat delayed. As always, feedback welcome.
Review Data Collection
One of the initiatives that ARR supports is the ongoing collection of data about peer-review in NLP. Nils Dycke, Ilia Kuznetsov and Iryna Gurevych have been leading an ACL-approved initiative to collect review data on an opt-in basis. They provide a status update and invite discussion here.
Declaring A Conflict Of Interest
As an author, reviewer or action editor for OpenReview, when and how should you declare a conflict of interest?