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

Newly Formed Arr Board

As promised in our blog entry for August, ACL has established an ARR board that will oversee the activities of ARR. We suggest readers go back to that blog entry for more information on the responsibilities of the board. In this update to the community we would like to formally welcome the founding members of the ARR Board:

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Max Cycle Load Openreview

Starting from the July 2022 ARR cycle, the Reviewers and Action Editors can specify their unavailability and maximum load directly in OpenReview. Load specification is designed as a reviewer/AE task in OpenReview, to be completed before the submission deadline for the respective cycle (for the July 22 cycle, the deadline for specifying the max. load is July 15). A detailed guide on how to declare your max. load / unavailability can be found here.

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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
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