The 19th China National Conference on Computational Linguistics (CCL 2020)

Call for Papers

       The 19th China National Conference on Computational Linguistics (CCL 2020) will take place in Haikou (, China, 31 October-1 November 2020, hosted by Hainan University ( CCL is an annual conference starting from 1991 (bi-annual before 2013). It is the flagship conference of the Chinese Information Processing Society (CIPS), the largest NLP scholar and expert community in China. After more than 20 years’ development, CCL has been widely recognized as the most authoritative, influential and largest NLP conference in China. Over 1000 registered researchers and practitioners attended CCL 2019. With a major emphasis on computer processing of the languages in China, CCL is a premier nation-wide forum for disseminating new scholarly and technological work in computational linguistics


You are invited to submit original research and application papers on all the topics of computational linguistics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Cognitive modelling of language processing and psycholinguistics

  • Machine learning for NLP

  • methods

  • Language resources and annotation

  • Lexical semantics and ontologies

  • Word segmentation, part-of-speech tagging and word sense disambiguation

  • Chunking, parsing, and semantic analysis

  • Discourse, coreference and pragmatics

  • Machine translation and multilinguality in NLP

  • Underresourced languages processing

  • NLP for social media

  • NLP for social media

  • Web information retrieval

  • Sentiment analysis, opinion mining and text classification

  • Summarization and generation

  • Textual entailment

  • Open-domain information extraction and question answering

  • Social computing

  • Large-scale knowledge acquisition and reasoning

  • Speech recognition and synthesis

  • Multimodal processing

  • Medical NLP

  • NLP Applications

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 1 June 2020

  • Notification of acceptance:15 July 2020

  • Camera ready submission:1 August 2020


Papers submitted to CCL 2020 can be in Chinese or English. An accepted paper will be presented either as an oral talk or as a poster, as determined by the Program Committee. Papers accepted in Chinese will be published by the Journal of Chinese Information Processing, Journal of Tsinghua University (Science and Technology), Science China, and other key Computer Science journals of China technology. A directory of key journals of China technology is officially released by Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China annually. The authors of accepted papers must revise the papers according to the review before being published. The Journal of Chinese Information Processing reserves the right not to publish an accepted CCL paper that has not been revised according to the review. Science China and other journals to which papers are recommended might require an additional review before being accepted for publication. Accepted papers in English will be published in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.

In addition, all accepted papers will be published in CCL Anthology and ACL Anthology.

Format:We ask all submissions to follow the LaTeX templates provided. Papers may consist of up to ten (10) pages of content, plus unlimited references. Papers will be double-blindly reviewed without the authors' names and affiliations included. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Please download the templates at 2020

Submission Website:Submission will be electronic in PDF format through the START system at

Multiple-Submission Policy: CCL 2020 allows authors to submit manuscripts to leading NLP international conferences at the same time only if the conferences have established similar multiple-submission policies. Papers that have been or will be submitted to other conferences must indicate this at the submission time. Authors of papers accepted for presentation in CCL 2020 must notify the program chairs by the camera-ready deadline (i.e., 1 August 2020) as to whether the paper will be presented at CCL 2020. Once confirmed, the paper must be withdrawn from other venues. We will not accept papers that are identical or overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have been) published elsewhere.

Pre-submission Mentoring:This year, CCL has introduced the pre-submission mentoring system for the first time. The Program Committee will invite experienced NLP researchers to serve as mentors to help students who submit papers to CCL 2020 improve writing skills. The pre-submission mentoring procedure consists of four steps:
(1)The Program Committee announce the list of mentors, which will cover all areas of CCL 2020.
(2)Students submit papers to the START system and apply for mentoring. They need to choose preferred mentors from the list.
(3)Via the coordination of the Mentoring Chair, the mentors select the papers they want to supervise according to titles, abstracts, and author preferences.
(4)The Mentoring Chair connects authors and mentors to start mentoring, which will end before the submission deadline.


  • Announcement of the mentor list: April 20, 2020

  • Deadline for application: May 1, 2020

  • Notification of selection results: May 7, 2020

  • Deadline for paper tutoring: May 27, 2020

More details can be found at

Awards and Funds

CCL has granted best paper awards to high-quality and influential submissions in Chinese and English respectively since 2014. This year, the Program Committee will keep granting best paper awards as before. The recipients of each award will receive RMB 4,000 (~USD 600) and a certificate.

Funded by Tencent Weixin, CCL has established travel grants to students with papers accepted by the conference since 2018. This year, travel grants will be available for 10 students. Each student will receive RMB 2,000 (~USD 300).