Call for Papers:The Journal of Natural Language Processing

Special issue on Natural Language Processing for Information Access and its Evaluation


Roles that natural language processing technologies plays are getting important, as sophistication and diversification of information access increase. Cross language information retrieval and spoken document retrieval use machine translation and document analysis respectively, and have established new styles of information access. Question answering needs several natural language processing technologies such as textual entailment recognition. At the same time, such use of those in the information access field affords to natural language processing technologies opportunities to be evaluated in their contribution to that field. There have been a lot of evaluation experiments and evaluation workshops. Viewing natural language processing from such perspectives may create new paradigms. Driven by these interests, we invite papers on natural language processing for information access and its evaluation.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural language processing tasks for information access, such as machine translation, question answering, and information extraction
  • Information access methods using natural language processing technologies
  • Evaluation frameworks for natural language processing technologies on information access
  • Resource design and construction for natural language processing on information access

Paper Submission

All submissions will undergo the review process as regular papers of the The Association of Natural Language Processing. The style of manuscripts should follow the manuscript guide to journal publication found in the home page. Manuscripts should be sent to by e-mail of the subject, "Special issue on Natural Language Processing for Information Access and its Evaluation."

Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: March 20, 2012 April 27, 2012 extended
Author Notification: September 14, 2012 (subject to change)
Publication date: December 2012 (subject to change)

Guest Editors:
Tomoyoshi Akiba (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
Atsushi Fujii (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Hideo Joho (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Noriko Kando (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Tsuneaki Kato (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Teruko Mitamura (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Yohei Seki (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Takehito Utsuro (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Masaharu Yoshioka (Hokkaido University, Japan)

Contact for inquiries:
Tsuneaki Kato (The University of Tokyo, Japan)