Call for Papers


In 2017 the bi-annual meeting of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 13-15 September. Pre-conference tutorials and workshops are scheduled to take place on 11/12 September (same venue).

The main conference theme is

Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age.

With the ever increasing digitisation of all areas of life – communication, commerce, manufacturing, health, mobility, entertainment, society, living etc. – the field of Computational Linguistics and Language Technologies has reached an unprecedented level of importance and relevance. The digital age is creating multiple key challenges, many of which can be fully or partially addressed by Language Technologies. Among these crucial digital challenges are:

  • the increasing economic, social and political relevance of online news and online media (see, for example, the fake news and filter bubble debates),
  • multilingual technologies for multilingual societies (for example, to bridge language barriers, to improve communication with refugees, to foster economic growth),
  • broad coverage and high-quality text analytics for big data oder digital humanities applications,
  • robust spoken language interfaces for connected devices, both at home and also in manufacturing contexts (Internet of Things, Industrial IoT).

An orthogonal challenge has recently been emerging in the form of several breakthroughs in applied Artificial Intelligence research, especially Deep Learning. In that regard, key questions revolve, among others, around the integration of Deep Learning approaches and architectures into traditional symbolic Natural Language Processing pipelines (and vice versa).

For GSCL 2017 we invite contributions to any topic related to Computational Linguistics and Language Technology. We especially encourage submissions that are related to the main theme, i.e., models, methods, approaches or technologies that address one or more of the key challenges of the digital age, only some of which are briefly mentioned above. Submissions do not necessarily need to have an applied or technology component, theoretical papers presenting the results of basic research related to the main conference theme (or other topics) are also welcome. Submissions that concentrate on the German language are encouraged in particular.

GSCL Award

Since 2001, the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) has been awarding a prize for the best student thesis (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, Magister) in the field of Language Technology and Computational Linguistics. Theses from the last two years are eligible. Nominations must be made by a supervisor from an academic institution within the German-speaking area. The deadline for nominations is 15 May 2017. More information is available on

Keynote Speakers

to be announced

Important Dates

Submission deadline
26 May 2017
Notification of acceptance
23 June 2017
Camera-ready papers due
28 July 2017
GSCL 2017 main conference
13/15 September 2017


Submissions to GSCL 2017 must describe unpublished work and may be written in English or German.

We invite long and short papers:

  • Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus at most two extra pages for references and appendices. Long papers typically describe original research and will be presented in the main track.
  • Short papers may consist of an extended abstract of up to four (4) pages, plus at most two extra pages for references and appendices. Short papers (typically: ongoing research, project or system description, opinion piece) will be presented in a special track with short lightning talks and/or posters.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three programme committee members. Final versions should take into account the comments from the reviewers.

As the reviewing will be blind, papers must not include the authors’ names or affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the authors’ identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 2011) …” must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith previously showed (Smith, 2011) …”. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. In addition, please do not post your submissions on the web until after the review process is complete. For a paper to be included in the conference proceedings, at least one of the authors must be registered as a participant at the GSCL 2017 conference.

Papers are to be submitted using EasyChair:

Double submission of papers will need to be notified at submission.

Formatting instructions will be made available on the conference website.

Conference Proceedings

We plan to publish the GSCL 2017 proceedings as an open access book publication.