Final Call for Papers

RANLP 2021


Main Conference: September 1-3, 2021 (Wednesday - Friday)
Workshops: September 6-7, 2021 (Monday-Tuesday)

All events will be held ONLINE

We are pleased to announce that the 13th biennial RANLP conference will take place in September 2021 as online event via Zoom. In addition to the conference presentations of competitively peer-reviewed regular, short, poster and demo papers reporting on the recent advances of a wide range of NLP topics, the RANLP conference features keynote speeches given by leading experts in the field.

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; word and sentence representation; 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 and healthcare; 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. Members of the RANLP 2021 Programme Committee will be listed on the conference website.


The list of RANLP 2021 keynote speakers includes:
• Tim Baldwin (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
• Josef van Genabith and Nico Herbig (DFKI and Saarland University, Germany)
• Eduard Hovy (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
• Jing Jiang (Singapore Management University, Singapore)
• Hwee Tou Ng (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
• Constantin Orasan (University of Surrey, UK)
• Sebastian Riedel (University College London and Facebook AI Research, UK).
Further keynote speakers will be announced at the conference website.


BUCC 14th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora: Reinhard Rapp (Athena R.C., Greece, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and University of Mainz, Germany), Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, UK) and Pierre Zweigenbaum (Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, LISN, Orsay, France),
Q-ModCon Quantifying model confidence in mission-critical NLP: Hande Çelikkanat, Mark Granroth-Wilding, and Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Finland),
MMTLRL-2021 First Workshop on Multimodal Machine Translation for Low Resource Languages: Thoudam Doren Singh (NIT Silchar, India), Sivaji Bandyopadhyay (NIT Silchar, India), Cristina Espaсa i Bonet (DFKI and Saarland University, Germany), and Josef Van Genabith (DFKI and Saarland University, Germany).


The submissions will be maintained by the conference management software START. For further instructions please follow the submission information at the conference website at 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 will be between 45 and 50 euro, will be made available after the conference if ordered in advance.


The default presentation mode of RANLP’2021 is a LIVE presentation; in exceptional circumstances we shall consider recorded presentations subject to specific conditions (in these cases authors need to get in touch with the organisers in advance). Presentations will be broadcasted via the conference Zoom platform first with all attendees and speakers having joined, followed by a live question and answering session.

IMPORTANT DATES (23:59 UTC-12 - “anywhere on Earth”)

Conference abstracts submission: 10 June 2021
Conference papers submission (extended): 15 June 2021
Conference papers acceptance notification (extended): 26 July 2021
Camera-ready versions of the conference papers (extended): 20 August 2021
Conference video presentations due (extended): 26 August 2021 (for those who opt for pre-recorded presentations)

Workshops papers submission deadline (suggested): 30 June 2021
Workshops papers acceptance notification (suggested): 31 July 2021
Workshops papers camera-ready versions (suggested): 31 August 2021
Workshop video presentations due (suggested): 31 August 2021 (for those who opt for pre-recorded presentations)
Workshops camera-ready proceedings ready (suggested): 5 September 2021

RANLP 2021 conference: 1-3 September 2021 (Wednesday-Friday)
RANLP 2021 workshops: 6-7 September 2021 (Monday-Tuesday)


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)

MEMBERS of the Organising Committee (students from various countries) are listed here.

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