Call for papers

We invite the submission of long and short papers, as well as system demonstrations, related to all aspects of Natural Language Generation (NLG), including data-to-text, concept-to-text, text-to-text and vision-to-text approaches. Accepted papers will be presented as oral talks or posters.


Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions: July 16, 2018 **extended**
  • Notification: September 7, 2018
  • Camera ready: October 1, 2018
  • INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018

All deadlines are at 11.59 PM, UTC-8.



INLG 2018 solicits papers on any topic related to NLG. The conference will include two special tracks:

(1) Generating Text with Affect, Style and Personality (sponsored by The Netherlands Organization for Scienfitic Research, NWO), and

(2) Conversational Interfaces, Chatbots and NLG (organised in collaboration with

General topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Affect/emotion generation
  • Applications for people with disabilities
  • Cognitive modelling of language production
  • Content and text planning
  • Corpora for NLG
  • Deep learning models for NLG
  • Evaluation of NLG systems
  • Grounded language generation
  • Lexicalisation
  • Multimedia and multimodality in generation
  • Storytelling and narrative generation
  • NLG and accessibility
  • NLG in dialogue
  • NLG for embodied agents and robots
  • NLG for health applications
  • NLG for real-world applications
  • Paraphrasing and Summarisation
  • Personalisation and variation in text
  • Referring expression generation
  • Resources for NLG
  • Surface realisation
  • Systems architecture

A separate call for workshops and generation challenges will be released soon.


Submissions & Format

Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system. The submission site is open at:

Submissions should follow the new ACL Author Guidelines and policies for submission, review and citation, and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. ACL 2018 offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates. Papers should be submitted electronically through the START conference management system (to be opened in due course).

Three kinds of papers can be submitted:

  1. Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed eight (8) pages of content, with up to two additional pages for references.
  2. Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed four (4) pages, with up to one extra page for references.
  3. Demo papers should be no more than two (2) pages in length, including references, and should describe implemented systems which are of relevance to the NLG community. Authors of demo papers should be willing to present a demo of their system during INLG 2018.

All accepted papers will be published in the INLG 2018 proceedings and included in the ACL anthology. A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2018 must not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Dual submission to other conferences is permitted, provided that authors clearly indicate this in the “Acknowledgements” section of the paper when submitted. If the paper is accepted at both venues, the authors will need to choose which venue to present at, since they cannot present the same paper twice.