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FAQ for Paper Submission and for Reviewers/Action Editors for ARR w.r.t. ACL 2022

Updated: Nov 9

FAQ About Paper Submission

1) If I submit my paper to the ACL Rolling Review by November 15, 2021, is there a guarantee that my paper will be considered for ACL 2022 (i.e., will I get reviews and meta-reviews in time, so that I would be able to commit my paper to ACL 2022 by the January 7, 2022 deadline)?

Yes. The ACL 2022 Program Co-chairs are working very hard to guarantee that all submissions sent by the November 15, 2021 deadline in ARR would be guaranteed to have reviews and meta-reviews, and thus could be considered for ACL 2022 if the authors decide to commit to ACL 2022. See our ACL 2022 Program Co-Chairs Blog Post 2, which gives more detail on what we are doing to help ARR scale up for the expected huge number of submissions in November, 2021.

2) Do ALL authors of a paper need to have a complete OpenReview profile?

Yes. The setup of OpeReview for ARR is such that you cannot submit your paper unless ALL co-authors of your paper have an OpenReview profile. Similarly to how all authors had to have an up-to-date Global Profile in START for EMNLP 2021, all authors of a paper submitted to ARR (and thus potentially eligible for ACL 2022) need to have an OpenReview account and a complete profile. This will be mandatory for the November 15 submissions, so plan ahead!

3) How do I create an OpenReviewProfile?

To create an Open Review account (OpenReview ID) please go to and click on New User. For reviewers/ActionEditors: Make sure you use or add the email address that you used to accept the Reviewer or the Action Editor invitation. For authors: make sure that your OpenReview account (ID) is the one associated with the email address you used for your paper. Once created, an OpenReview account ID/handle would look like this: ~John_Smith1.

Once you have created an OpenReview account, you will receive an email to activate it. Clicking on that link will enable you to complete your profile. It is very important that you fill in all the required information since this profile will be used for many things, including reviewer assignment and for computing COIs.

Note: If you already have a OpenReview profile, go to your OpenReview account, and then to Profile/Edit Profile and make sure ALL the fields below are filled. Make sure your email address with which you accepted the reviewer/Action Editor invite or, if an author, that the email address on your paper is associated with your OpenReview profile.

What to fill in in the OpenReview profile (for matching and COI handling)

a) Personal Links: please include

i) Semantic Scholar URL and

ii) DBLP URL, also click on ADD DBLP papers to profile (when adding papers from DBLP you can import all your papers or you can control what you would like to be used as representative of your expertise: these papers are used for calculating affinity scores for reviewer assignments).

Note: your Google Scholar is not used for matching. What really matters is your Semantic Scholar and the papers you explicitly import from DBLP. Also, your declared conflicts of interest.

b) Education and Career

c) Advisor and Relationship

d) Expertise (please include meaningful keywords about your area such as dialog, information extraction, deep learning, etc rather than generic NLP).

4) Do all authors need to agree to review?

Yes, we ask all authors to be available to review for November if asked by ARR. This is not a commitment for year-long reviewing, just for November and only if asked. Moreover, if an author was already a reviewer or an action editor for ARR in previous months, that load will be taken into account. If for personal or other reasons, an author who is not an ARR reviewer or an action editor is unable to review for November, they would need to provide a convincing rationale for this when invited.

5) How do I indicate that my submission has to be considered for the ACL 2022 Special Theme track?

Please write “ACL 2022 Theme Track” in the field Preferred Venue.

6) If I am re-submitting a paper, do I need to keep the same length (4 pages for short and 8 pages for long)?

Yes. For the resubmission to ARR, you will have to keep the same number of pages as for the original submission. Once you commit the paper at ACL 2022 and the paper is accepted, you will be able to add an extra page for the camera-ready version of your paper. NB: You can submit a response to reviewers with your resubmission, and that is a separate file.

FAQ for Reviewers/Action Editors w.r.t. ACL 2022

7) If I am an Action Editor or Reviewer for ARR, can I say I am also a Reviewer and Area Chair for ACL 2022?

Yes, if you have been an Action Editor and Reviewer for ARR for June through November submissions, you are effectively also an Area Chair or Reviewer for ACL 2022. However, you need to make sure you have a complete OpenReview profile to do that (see item FAQ 8 below).

8) Do I need to have an OpenReview profile to be a Reviewer or an Action Editor for ARR (and thus for ACL 2022)?

Yes. ARR uses the OpenReview platform and relies on your OpenReview Profile for initial reviewer assignments and for computing COIs (similarly to how the Global Profile was used in the START system). It is essential that you have an OpenReview account and that you complete your profile in order to be able to serve as a reviewer or as an action editor for ARR, and thus ACL 2022. See also the answer to FAQ 3) “How to create a complete OpenReview profile” above.

9) I am not available to review year-round for ARR, but I would be happy to review for the November submissions or at other specific times. Can I do that?

Yes. If you were invited to be a reviewer for ARR and you would like to review for the November 15, 2021 cycle please accept by November 11, 2021, and then fill in your OpenReview profile (see FAQ 3 above); then, you can fill in the ARR Unavailability form (e.g., if you are unavailable for some periods of time during the year, you can fill that in and you will not be asked to serve for the submission cycles where your duties overlap with those dates). Similarly, if you would like to volunteer, you should fill in the ARR Reviewer Interest Survey by November 11, 2021 and if invited, you should accept right away and fill in your OpenReview profile as discussed above.


10) How is ACL 2022 planning to handle the large scale in November 2021?

See our ACL 2022 Program Co-Chairs Blog Post 2.

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