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WiNLP 2023 : Seventh Widening Natural Language Processing Workshop


When Dec 6, 2023 - Dec 6, 2023
Where Singapore
Submission Deadline Sep 10, 2023
Notification Due Oct 8, 2023
Categories    NLP   computational linguistics   artificial intelligene

Call For Papers

Call for Abstracts

Widening NLP Workshop 2023

The Seventh Widening Natural Language Processing Workshop (WiNLP) will be held in conjunction with EMNLP 2023 in Singapore. Since EMNLP is anticipating a hybrid format for their conference, we also anticipate our workshop will be hybrid, with both online and in-person attendees. The one-day workshop will occur during EMNLP’s workshop period on December 6th, 2023.

We invite authors from underrepresented groups in Natural Language Processing (NLP) to submit a two-page abstract to be considered for a poster presentation at our workshop.
Important Dates

Last date to join author workshopping: August 27, 2023

Submission deadline: September 10, 2023

Acceptance notification: October 8, 2023

Travel grant applications due: October 22, 2023

Travel grant notification: October 25, 2023
Workshop Date December 6th, 2023 (date TBD)

EMNLP 2023

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 group [based on gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability status, or otherwise] is invited to submit a two-page abstract for a poster presentation. In our 2023 iteration, we hope to be more intentional about centering discussions of access and disability, as well as contributing to 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.

Submission guidelines

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. Since many submissions are works in progress, we act as a non-archival repository for these works: while authors may elect to have their papers linked from our website, they will not be archived in the ACL Anthology. Authors may elect to not have their submission listed on the website if they wish to avoid de-anonymizing themselves for later submissions to other venues.

For review, submissions must be anonymized and follow the standard one-column format used in past WiNLP workshops. Each submission should be a two-page extended abstract PDF, with any number of additional pages allowed for references. No appendices will be accepted.

Submissions should be two pages long (not including references). Authors must use the ACL Rolling Review style files to format their submission, and must submit it electronically in PDF format via the WiNLP 2023 online submission system:

We invite submissions on topics in computational linguistics and NLP, 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


style files:

Submission Policy

As we aim for improved and increased representation of underrepresented minorities, we will consider anonymized two page abstracts of papers that have been submitted to other venues or have already been published elsewhere since August 13, 2022. However, authors
must clearly indicate this at submission time in the submission form. While our reviewers are instructed not to seek to de-anonymize submissions, authors from previously published works acknowledge that anonymity may not be guaranteed in those cases should a reviewer recognize their work.

Authors may NOT submit the same work to both the regular and visa-friendly deadlines. While an author may appear on works in both submission deadlines, they must have substantially distinct content. Submissions to the main deadline deemed to duplicate early submissions will be rejected without review.

ACL Rolling Review (ARR)

Authors who have work submitted to ARR on or after August 13, 2022 may also submit an extended abstract to the WiNLP workshop. Because our conference accepts two-page abstracts as our primary form of submission, we ask that authors still submit an extended abstract through our SoftConf page to ensure every poster has a corresponding two-page abstract. By default, abstracts are listed with their authors on the website, but our accepted abstracts are not archived in the ACL Anthology. Authors may elect to have their abstract linked from the conference website as a camera-ready. If your work is accepted while it should be under anonymity for reviewing purposes, please let us know when we solicit your camera-ready paper if you need your submission to be either unlisted or listed with anonymous authors.

Peer Workshopping and Reviewing Procedure

Ten days 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. To participate in this process,authors must sign
up using this form no less than two weeks before the deadline to which they choose to submit: either June 22 for early review or August 27 for regular review. 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. 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 (anywhere on earth). 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.

Travel Support

There will be a limited amount of travel grants and/or additional funding to cover expenses, similar to the previous editions. Financial support will be made available for travel, lodging, registration, and visa costs forone author for each submission, subject to our available funding. The funded author may elect to attend virtually if they prefer. The selected author should be identified as part of the travel grant submission form. If we find ourselves with extra funds, we will attempt to support further funding for virtual attendance for additional authors, but we do not guarantee we can support any further in-person attendance. We recommend additional student authors keep an eye out for the EMNLP call for student volunteers or call for D&I subsidies as opportunities for further funding.

Different institutions have different funding availability, so we ask authors to please explore their funding options locally in addition to through WiNLP so we can extend our funds to as many participants as possible. More information will be made available closer to the submission deadline and linked from our workshop website at
Travel expenses are handled via reimbursement (primarily through $USD check or PayPal). If you will be unable to front the cost of travel expenses and your school or employer is unable to assist, please reach out to the organizers as soon as possible.

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