Second Call for Papers

CLiC-it 2020


Seventh Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics


*** NEW DATES ***

 1-3 March 2021

Second Call for Papers


The Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics, CLiC-it, aims at establishing a reference forum for the Italian community of researchers working in the fields of Computational Linguistics (CL) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). CLiC-it promotes and disseminates high-level, original research on all aspects of automatic language processing, both written and spoken, and targets state-of-the-art theoretical results, experimental methodologies, technologies, as well as application perspectives, which may contribute to the advancement of the CL and NLP fields.

The spirit of the conference is inclusive. In the conviction that the complexity of language phenomena needs cross-disciplinary competences, CLiC-it intends to bring together researchers of related disciplines such as Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Knowledge Representation, Information Retrieval, and Digital Humanities. CLiC-it is open to contributions on all languages, with a particular emphasis on Italian.

CLiC-it is an initiative of the Italian Association of Computational Linguistics (AILC — http://www.ai-lc.it). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seventh edition of CLiC-it, which is planned to be held in Bologna, has been postponed to 1-3 March 2021. The situation is still uncertain but we have to think positively:  it is important to reinforce the community and therefore we believe that we will be able to meet in March in Bologna to enjoy this event.  

In case the conference cannot be held in Bologna because of social distancing restrictions, we will organize an online event and publish the proceedings. This important moment for exchanging thoughts, works, solutions and affection will be preserved in some way.


The conference invites the submission of papers on all aspects of automated language processing. Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Dialogue, Discourse and Natural Language Generation
  • Information Extraction, Information Retrieval and Question Answering
  • Language Resources and Evaluation
  • Language and Cognition
  • Linguistic Issues in CL and NLP
  • Machine Learning for NLP
  • Machine Translation and Multilinguality
  • Morphology and Syntax Processing
  • NLP for Digital Humanities
  • NLP for Web and Social Media
  • Pragmatics and Creativity
  • Research and Industrial NLP Applications
  • Semantics and Knowledge Representation
  • Spoken Language Processing and Automatic Speech Understanding
  •  Vision, Robotics, Multimodal and Grounding

CLiC-it 2020 has the goal of a broad technical program. We invite papers in theoretical computational linguistics, empirical/data-driven approaches, resources and their evaluation, as well as NLP applications and tools. We also invite papers describing a challenge in the field, position papers, survey papers, and papers that describe a negative result.

Submission Format

Papers may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, and two (2) additional pages of references. Papers can be either in English or Italian, with the abstract both in English and Italian. Accepted papers will be published on-line and will be presented at the conference either orally or as a poster. For research communications (see above) a two (2) page abstract is required. The new deadline for all types of submissions is September 10, 2020.

Submissions should follow the ACL two-column format. We strongly recommend the use of LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word style files according to the ACL format, which will be available on the conference website under “Information for Authors”. Submission must be electronic in PDF, using the Easychair submission software.

Reviewing will NOT be blind, so there is no need to remove author information from manuscripts.

Research Communications

We are also favouring a parallel submission policy for outstanding papers that have been submitted and accepted elsewhere in 2020. If you are the author of a paper accepted at a major international CL conference or journal in 2020, you can present your work at CLiC-it 2020 in the form of a short research communication, within a dedicated session at the conference. Research communications will not be published in the proceedings, but are mostly intended to enforce dissemination of excellence in research within the Italian CL community.


In order to award the work of young researchers, the title of “best paper” will be attributed to the best papers in different research areas with a Master/PhD student among the authors and presenting the work at the conference. The awarded authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers to the Italian Journal of Computational Linguistics (IJCoL).

To recognise excellence in student research as well as promote awareness of our field and with the endorsement of AILC, we are conferring a prize for the best Master Thesis (Laurea Magistrale) in Computational Linguistics submitted at an Italian University. The prize consists of 500 euro plus free membership to AILC for one year and free registration to the upcoming CLiC-it, where the author will have the chance to present her/his thesis. The complete call is available on the conference website under the path: “Calls > AILC Master Thesis Award”.

Important Dates

10/9/2020: New Paper submission deadline (it will not be postponed anymore!)
15/9/2020: Deadline for best master thesis proposals by supervisors.
10/10/2020: Notification to authors of reviewing outcome
25/10/2020: Camera ready version of accepted papers
1-3/3/2021: CLiC-it Conference in Bologna


Program co-chairs:
Felice Dell’Orletta (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A.Zampolli” – CNR)
Johanna Monti (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”)
Fabio Tamburini (Università di Bologna)

Further information

Conference website: