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WiNLP 2021 : Widening NLP Workshop 2021


When Nov 7, 2021 - Nov 11, 2021
Where Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Submission Deadline May 28, 2021
Notification Due Jul 9, 2021
Categories    NLP   diversity   LGBTQ+

Call For Papers

The fifth WiNLP (“Widening NLP”) Workshop will be held in conjunction with EMNLP 2021 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

For the regular call for papers, we invite every interested author from an underrepresented group to submit to WiNLP while minimizing conflicts between other ACL-related submission deadlines.

Summary of Dates:

Early submission deadline (for those requiring time for visa processing): May 28, 2021
Early notification date: July 9, 2021
Author-workshopping start: August 6, 2021
Regular submission deadline: August 13, 2021
Regular notification date: September 24, 2021
Workshop date: November 7, 2021
Submission link:
Workshop description
The WiNLP workshop is open to all to foster an inclusive and welcoming ACL environment. It aims to promote diversity and highlight the work of underrepresented groups in NLP: anyone who self-identifies within an underrepresented demographic [gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc]. The 2021 iteration of the workshop will, in particular, seek to highlight women and LGBTQ+ researchers, as well as diversity in scientific background, discipline, training, obtained degrees, seniority, and communities from underrepresented languages. The full-day event includes invited talks, oral presentations, and poster sessions. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for junior members in the community to showcase their work and connect with senior mentors for feedback and career advice. It also offers recruitment opportunities with leading industrial labs. Most importantly, the workshop will provide an inclusive and accepting space, and work to lower structural barriers to joining and collaborating with the NLP community at large.

While everyone is encouraged to attend, the opportunity to present a talk or poster is intended for members of underrepresented groups at all career levels: students, post-docs, professors, and other researchers. We invite submissions in the form of an extended 2-page abstract on topics in computational linguistics and natural language processing, including but not limited to:

Cognitive modeling and psycholinguistics
Computational social science
Corpus development and evaluation
Dialog and interactive systems
Discourse and pragmatics
Document analysis including text categorization, topic models, and retrieval
Ethics in NLP
Natural language generation
Information extraction, text mining, and question answering
Language-inclusive multimodal integration
Linguistic theories for NLP
Low-resource or endangered languages
Machine learning
Machine translation
Mathematical models of language
Phonology, morphology, and word segmentation
Resources and evaluation
Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
Social media: Twitter, blogs, discussion forums, and other social media
Speech, prosody, and spoken dialog
Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing
Vision, robots, and other grounding applications
Submission guidelines
Submissions must be anonymized and follow the standard one-column format. Each submission should be a two-page extended abstract PDF, with any number of additional pages allowed for references (WiNLP/COLING proceedings format). No appendices will be accepted.

Submissions should follow the same style and format guidelines as past years (LaTeX style files, Word template) and be submitted electronically in PDF format via the WiNLP 2021 online submission system:

Submission link:
LaTeX template link:
Word template link:
Peer Workshopping and Reviewing Procedure
One week prior to the submission deadline, authors will have the option to peer-review each others’ abstracts in a non-anonymous format, in groups of two or three authors. Authors taking this option commit to help their peers edit and format their submissions, or revise for clarity, or provide general feedback before the submission is reviewed. Authors may use the feedback provided during this peer-editing period to update their submissions in time for the submission deadline. As in WiNLP 2020, the program committee may still provide reviews, feedback, and direct writing mentorship for applicants, but the intent of peer-editing is to share this responsibility with the participants so that it can scale with the size of the workshop. Whether or not authors take advantage of this peer-review option in advance of submission, all submissions are due on the deadline.
After the submission deadline, abstracts will be reviewed in the traditional double-blind format. Abstracts will be evaluated on relevance to the community; the presentation format (talk or poster) will be decided based on scientific merit and potential interest to a broad audience.
To sign up and take advantage of peer workshopping, please visit the following sign-up link: [TBD]
Multiple-Submission Policy
As we aim for improved and increased representation of underrepresented minorities, we will consider anonymized two pages abstracts of papers that have been submitted to other venues or have already been published elsewhere since January 1, 2021. However, authors must clearly indicate this at submission time.

Authors may not submit the same work to both the regular and visa-friendly deadlines.

Travel Support
There will be a limited amount of travel grants and/or additional funding to cover expenses, similar to the previous editions. More information will be made available closer to the submission deadline and linked from

Important Dates
Early (Visa-Friendly) deadlines
Submission: May 28, 2021

Acceptance notification date: July 9, 2021

Regular deadlines
Submission: August 13, 2021

Acceptance notification date: September 24, 2021

All deadlines are 11:59 PM GMT -12

Workshop Date: November 7, 2021

Contact information

Twitter: @winlpworkshop

Facebook: Widening NLP

LinkedIn: Widening NLP


WiNLP 2021 Organizers:
Khyathi Raghavi Chandu, Carnegie Mellon University.

Tirthankar Ghosal, Indian Institute of Technology Patna.

Haley M. Lepp, Educational Testing Service.

Sabrina J. Mielke, Johns Hopkins University.

Surangika Ranathunga, University of Moratuwa.

Xanda Schofield, Hurvey Mudd College.

Alicia Tsai, UC Berkeley.

Erika Varis, Walt Disney Studios.

Ryan Georgi, University of Washington.

Antonios Anastasopoulos, Carnegie Mellon University.

Advisory Board
Isabelle Augenstein, University of Copenhagen

Amittai Axelrod, University of Maryland

Libby Barak, Rutgers University

Daniel Beck, University of Melbourne

Chloe Braud, CNRS – LORIA

Rossana Cunha, Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Hal Daumé, University of Maryland

Mourad Gridach, University of Colorado

Valia Kordoni, Humboldt University Berlin

Cisca Odalipo, Kampala International University

Martha Palmer, University of Colorado

Samira Shaikh, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Natalie Schluter, University of Copenhagen

Tiago Torrent, Federal University of Juiz de Fora,

Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, University of Essex

Hanna Wallach, Microsoft Research

Zeerak Waseem, University of Sheffield

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