First Call for Papers

RANLP 2021


Hotel “Cherno More”, Varna, Bulgaria

Summer School on Deep Learning in NLP: September 1-3, 2021 (Wednesday -Friday)
Tutorials: September 4-5, 2021 (Saturday-Sunday)
Main Conference: September 6-8, 2021 (Monday-Wednesday)
Workshops: September 9-10, 2021 (Thursday-Friday)

We are pleased to announce that the 13th biennial RANLP conference will take place in September 2021 at the Black Sea city of Varna. In addition to the conference programme of competitively peer-reviewed papers reporting on the recent advances of a wide range of NLP topics, the RANLP conference features 5 keynote speeches. Poster and demo sessions will be held at the conference exhibition area. The conference will be preceded by three days of summer school on Deep Learning in NLP (1-3 September 2021) and two days of tutorials (4-5 September 2021). Post-conference workshops will be held on 9-10 September 2021. A Student Research Workshop will run in parallel to the main conference. The Student Research Workshop (now in its seventh edition) is a vibrant discussion forum for young researchers.

As from RANLP 2009, the papers accepted at RANLP and the associated workshops are included in the ACL Anthology. The RANLP proceedings are indexed by SCOPUS and DBLP.


We invite papers reporting recent advances in all aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP). We encourage contributions from a broad range of areas including, but not limited to, the following topics: phonetics, phonology, and morphology; syntax, semantics, discourse, pragmatics, dialogue, and lexicon; complexity; mathematical, statistical, machine learning and deep learning models; language resources and corpora; electronic dictionaries, terminologies and ontologies; linked data; POS tagging; parsing; semantic role labelling; word-sense disambiguation; multiword expressions; textual entailment; anaphora resolution; language generation; speech recognition; text-to-speech synthesis; multilingual NLP; machine translation, translation memory systems and computer-aided translation tools, text simplification and readability estimation; knowledge acquisition; information retrieval; text categorisation; information extraction; text summarisation; terminology extraction; question answering; opinion mining and sentiment analysis; fact checking; stance recognition; author profiling; dialogue systems; computer-aided language learning; NLP for biomedical texts; NLP for the Semantic web; theoretical and application-orientated papers related to NLP.


Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton)


Galia Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

The Programme Committee members are distinguished NLP experts from all over the world. The list of PC members will be announced in the Second Call for Papers.


The list of keynote speeches at RANLP 2021, tutorial lecturers and summer school tutors will be announced in the Second Call for Papers.


Several workshops will be organised on 9-10 September 2021. A Call for Workshop Proposals was published in December 2020.


The submissions will be maintained by the conference management software START. For further instructions please follow the submission information at the conference website. The reviewing process will be anonymous. Double submission is acceptable, but authors will be asked to declare it at the time of submission. Submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Programme Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce camera-ready versions of their papers for inclusion in the proceedings. The full conference proceedings will be uploaded on the ACL Anthology. Every accepted paper will have a DOI number. A printed version, whose estimated price would be between 45 and 50 euro, will be made available at the conference if ordered in advance.

RANLP-2021 aims to provide early notification of acceptance to authors and presenters who need visa to enter Bulgaria. We invite early submissions of authors’ names and paper abstracts, in order to plan quick reviewing. Access to the conference management software will be available on 1 April 2021.


Call for workshop proposals: 30 December 2020
Deadline for workshop proposals: 20 April 2021
Workshops selection: 25 April 2021

Conference abstracts submission: after 1 April 2021
Conference papers submission: 15 May 2021
Conference papers acceptance notification: 26 June 2021
Camera-ready versions of the conference papers: 31 July 2021

Workshops papers submission deadline (TBC): 30 June 2021
Workshops papers acceptance notification (TBC): 31 July 2021
Workshops papers camera-ready versions (TBC): 31 August 2021
Workshops camera-ready proceedings ready (TBC): 5 September 2021

RANLP Summer School on Deep Learning in NLP: 1-3 September 2021 (Wednesday-Friday)
RANLP tutorials: 4-5 September 2021 (Saturday-Sunday)
RANLP conference: 6-8 September 2021 (Monday-Wednesday)
RANLP workshops: 9-10 September 2021 (Thursday-Friday)


RANLP 2019 will be held in Varna, the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, in Hotel “Cherno More”. The event venue is centrally located at the entrance of the Sea Garden and offers excellent conference facilities. The city is a major tourist destination with flights to/from the Varna International Airport. It is also known for its Archaeological Museum, which features the oldest gold treasure in the world ( and is in walking distance from the conference venue.


Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (OC Chair)
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK (PC Chair)
Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU, Qatar
Nikolai Nikolov, INCOMA Ltd., Shoumen, Bulgaria
Ivelina Nikolova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Petya Osenova, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria (Workshop coordinator)

RANLP SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) can be checked at