EACL 2024

Call for System Demonstrations

Submission link: https://softconf.com/eacl2024/demo-track

The system demonstration track at EACL 2024 is a venue for papers describing system demonstrations, ranging from early prototypes to mature production-ready systems. Publicly available open-source or open-access systems are of special interest.

All accepted demos are published in a companion volume of the conference proceedings. We expect at least one of the authors to present a live demo during a demo session at EACL 2024, with an accompanying poster, either virtually or in-person.

Submissions will undergo a single-blind reviewing process. Therefore, papers may include author and affiliation information, and freely make references to previously published material, and URLs.

Just as last year we are incorporating ethical considerations in the review process. Authors will be allowed extra unlimited space after the main content for a broader impact statement or other discussions of ethics. Please review the ethics policy before submitting.

Important Dates

Direct paper submission deadline Monday 20 November 2023
Notification of acceptance Monday 22 January 2024
Camera-ready papers due Monday 5 February 2024
Main Conference Monday – Wednesday 18–20 March 2024
All deadlines are 11.59 pm UTC -12h (“anywhere on Earth”).

Paper Submission Information

Topics of Interest

Of interest are all topics related to theoretical and applied computational linguistics, such as (but not limited to) the topics listed on the main conference website. Submitted systems papers may be of the following types:

  • Natural Language Processing systems or system components
  • Application systems using language technology components
  • Software tools for Computational Linguistics research
  • Software for analysis, demonstration, or evaluations
  • Software supporting learning or education
  • Tools for data visualization and annotation
  • Development tools

Please note: Commercial sales and marketing activities are not appropriate in the system demonstration track at EACL 2024.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be made electronically via START. Please note that the submission platform is different from the one used by the main conference.

Use this link to make your submission: https://softconf.com/eacl2024/demo-track/

Submissions must include the following:

  1. A paper describing the motivation and the technical details of the system, including visual aids (e.g., screenshots, snapshots, or diagrams). See examples of recently accepted demo papers in ACL 2023, EACL 2023, EMNLP 2022, ACL 2022 and NAACL 2022. The papers must be no more than six (6) pages long, plus unlimited extra space for an optional ethics/broader impact statement and also unlimited space for references. Please use the official ACL style files. Accepted papers will be given one additional page of content, so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account. Any papers that do not follow the official style guidelines and page limits will be automatically rejected.

  2. A short video (max. 2 minutes) demonstrating the system. This video will be used to evaluate the paper, but it will not be published unless requested. A screencast with audio narration is a natural choice for demos that can be presented on a screen. To ensure accessibility for deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers, we encourage authors to caption videos prior to submission. A video of a user interacting with the system can also be used, but should be self-explanatory. The production quality of the video is not of interest. Hence, we encourage the videos to be simply a screencast of the software that is getting demoed, with zero to minimal editing efforts. We recommend that you publish your video on YouTube, Vimeo, or another website and include the link in your paper. If authors wish to prevent their videos from appearing on search engines, we recommend to mark them as unlisted (e.g., instructions on how to do this on YouTube).

In addition, we strongly recommend that all demos be made available via one of the following formats: (a) a live demo website, or (b) a website with a downloadable installation package of the demo. We understand though that this might be impossible, e.g., when special hardware is required or when access is otherwise limited.

Submission Policy

The demo paper has to be original, written specifically for this conference, and cannot be submitted elsewhere. The paper must also report on a substantial improvement (>30%) if the system that is being described has been reported elsewhere before.

Authors submitting more than one demo paper to EACL 2024 must ensure that the submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other. Submissions of identical or closely related work to multiple tracks at EACL 2024 will be rejected by all tracks.

Reviewing Policy

Reviewing will be single-blind, and thus authors do not need to conceal their identity. Thus, the demo papers should include the authors’ names and affiliations. Self-references are also allowed. Relevant papers that meet formatting requirements will be assessed on the basis of their relevance to the demo track, contribution, clarity, completeness, and novelty.

Ethics Policy

Authors are required to honour the ethical code set out in the ACL Code of Ethics. The consideration of the ethical impact of our research, use of data, and potential applications of our work has always been an important consideration, and as artificial intelligence is becoming more mainstream, these issues are increasingly pertinent. We ask that all authors read the code, and ensure that their work is conformant to this code. We reserve the right to reject papers on ethical grounds, where the authors are judged to have operated counter to the code of ethics, or have inadequately addressed legitimate ethical concerns about their work.

Authors will be allowed extra space after the 6th page for a broader impact statement or other discussions of ethics. The ACL demonstration review form will include a section addressing these issues and papers flagged for ethical concerns by reviewers will be further reviewed by an ethics committee. Note that an ethical considerations section is not required, but papers working with sensitive data or on sensitive tasks that do not discuss these issues will not be accepted. Conversely, the mere inclusion of an ethical considerations section does not guarantee acceptance. In addition to acceptance or rejection, papers may receive a conditional acceptance recommendation. Camera-ready versions of papers designated as conditional acceptance will be re-reviewed by the ethics committee to determine whether the concerns have been adequately addressed.

Best Demo Award

We will present a Best Demo Paper Award. The winner will be chosen based on the contribution and the completeness of the system, as assessed by the reviewers and also based on the live demo at the conference.

Contact Information

If you have questions that are not answered after reading this information, please email the program co-chairs at eacl2024demos@googlegroups.com .

Demo Track Co-chairs