16th Annual Workshop of
The Australasian Language Technology Association

The University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

10th - 12th December 2018

Submission deadline extended to 23:59 GMT 22 October 2018


The 16th Annual Workshop of the Australian Language Technology Association will be held on the 11th and 12th of December at The University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, colocated with the Australian Document Computing Symposium 2018.

The ALTA 2018 workshop is the key local forum for socialising research results in natural language processing and computational linguistics, with presentations and posters from student, industry, and academic researchers. This year, we would also like to encourange submissions and participation from industry and government department researchers and developers.

For this year's workshop, we are planning to feature invited keynote speakers and a shared task that encourages promising students to get involved in language technology research.

Key Dates


We invite submissions of two different formats: (1) Original Research Papers and (2) Abstract-based Presentations.

Original Research Papers

We invite the submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of natural language processing.

Both formats may include up to 2 pages of references in addition to these page count requirements.

Final versions of long and short papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages for long papers and 5 pages for short papers). Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to take into account reviewers’ comments in their final versions.

Note that the review process is double-blind, and accordingly submitted papers should not include the identity of author(s) and the text should be suitably anonymised, e.g., using third person wording for self-citations, not providing URLs to your person website, etc.

Original research papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, which will be published online in the ACL anthology and the ALTA website. Long papers will be distinguished from short papers in the proceedings.

Abstract-based Presentations

To encourage broader participation and facilitate local socialisation of international results, we invite 1-2 page presentation abstracts. Submissions should include presentation title and abstract, name of the presenter, any publications relating to the work, and any information on collaboration with the local ALTA community. Abstracts will not be published in the proceedings, but simply reviewed by the ALTA executive committee to ensure that they are on topic, coherent and likely to be of interest to the ALTA community. Abstracts on work in progress and work published or submitted elsewhere are encouraged. ALTA invites submissions of all manner interesting research, not limited to, but including:

Presentation abstracts should not be anonymised, any publications relating to the work should be cited in the submission, and the person who will give the presentation should be clearly stated.


Submissions must follow the two-column ACL format. We therefore strongly recommend you use LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word template.


ALTA invites the submission of papers and presentations on all aspects of natural language processing, including, but not limited to:

We particularly encourage submissions that broaden the scope of our community through the consideration of practical applications of language technology and through multi-disciplinary research. We also specifically encourage submissions from industry.

Multiple Submission Policy

Original research papers that are under review for other publication venues or that you intend to submit elsewhere may be submitted in parallel to ALTA. We request that you declare at submission that your paper is submitted to another venue, and identify the venue. Should your paper be accepted to both ALTA and another venue, we allow you to decide whether the paper should be published in the ALTA proceedings, or if it should be treated as a Presentation (without archival publication). In this case you would still be able to present a research talk at the ALTA workshop. This is to encourage more internationally leading research to be presented at the workshop.

Submission Site

Please submit your papers on EasyChair.

Once login to Easychair as an author, select a track for submission; ALTA 2018 research papers or ALTA 2018 Presentation abstracts.

Submission closes at 23:59pm GMT time on 22nd October 2018 (extended).