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Once your article has been accepted for publication in Computational Linguistics, it goes through a copy editing process at MIT Press in order to prepare it for publication in a forthcoming issue of the journal. This page provides details on what you need to provide to enable this process. If you have had a paper published in CL before, please read these notes carefully, because aspects of our processing are undergoing change.

Preparing the Final Version of Your Paper

  1. If your acceptance email from the editor requests any further changes to the paper, please prepare a covering letter to the editor outlining the changes made.

  2. Make sure your text conforms to the CL Style Guide, and use the most current CL LaTeX style files. There are also a number of more LaTeX-related problems that we often see in submitted manuscripts: please peruse the list of common problems to make sure your final copy doesn't suffer from these problems. Note that the style guide and style files are periodically revised, so make sure you pick up the current copies from this web site.

  3. A significant cause of delay in preparation for publication is incomplete or incorrect bibliographic data. You can help by ensuring that the references in your bibliography are complete and correct. In particular, please ensure that you provide page number ranges for all articles and papers in journals and proceedings.

  4. For each published regular paper and survey paper, CL prints the action editor overseeing the review of the paper, the date on which the paper was originally received, the date the most recent revision was received, and the date on which the paper was accepted for publication. The email you received from the Editor-in-Chief indicating that your paper has been accepted for publication should contain the action editor and relevant dates. These should be incorporated using the \pageonefooter command; see the sample LaTeX document provided with the style files for an example. Please format the action editor and dates in exactly the manner used in the example. If your acceptance message does not indicate a date for 'revised submission received', omit this date. For a squib paper, there is no action editor and only the three dates need to be included.

What You Need to Provide

The following items should be sent as attachments by email to the CL Editorial Office, whose address is at the end of this document.

  1. A signed copy of our standard copyright form as a PDF. This may be signed electronically, or it may be printed out, signed, then scanned back to a PDF.

  2. A covering note indicating the following:

  3. A plain text file, named address.txt, containing the name and email address of the author who is to receive the proof copies of the article. Proof copies will be sent by email, and typically to one author only: please notify us if more than one author requires proof copies.

  4. A single-spaced PDF version of your paper.

  5. A double-spaced PDF version of your paper: this should be double-spaced throughout, including the abstract and figure captions, footnotes, bibliography, tables and figures. You can achieve this in the current CL LaTeX style files by using the manuscript argument to the \documentclass command; see the sample file for an example.

  6. Except in special circumstances, your paper should be in LaTeX format: please send us the LaTeX source files and any additional fonts or style files that are not commonly available. The various files needed to recreate the document should be collected together in a .zip file. If the editor has agreed that you do not need to provide LaTeX input, please send an on-line ASCII version of the text instead.

Please make sure you use the current CL style files, since these do undergo periodic changes.

CL Editorial Office Addresses for Submitted Materials

Please send hard copy materials to:Please send soft copy materials to:
Hwee Tou Ng
CL Editor
Department of Computer Science
School of Computing
National University of Singapore
13 Computing Drive
Singapore 117417 and

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Last Modified: 14th August 2018