Call For Paper: RÉCITAL 2017



The Linguistic and Computer Science departments of the Universities of Orléans and Tours (Laboratoire Ligérien de Linguistique/LLL, Laboratoire d’Informatique de Tours/LI, Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale d’Orléans/LIFO), located in the Loire Valley will organize the 19th Student Research Meeting in Natural Language Processing (RÉCITAL) which will take place : from June 26 to June 30, 2017 at the University of Orléans, in the heart of the Loire Valley, famous for its Castle, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List and located 125 km in the South of Paris.

RÉCITAL 2017, the yearly meeting for young researchers in NLP, offers a chance for these to present their work and compare their approaches. Dedicated to students (MSc/MA or PhD) and young researchers, who obtained their PhD less than a year ago.

Following previous successful editions of RÉCITAL, we call for submissions of on-going (even preliminary) work, PhD project proposals, and more generally any type of result which may lead to constructive scientific discussion (internship or Master Student’s project outcomes, state of the art, position papers, etc.). The main goals of RÉCITAL are to support young researchers in NLP, to help them to gain experience in scientific writing, to encourage them to communicate about their work, to make them visible and to ease their integration in the research community (including by meeting its members). To this end, we aim at pedagogical reviewing which would help authors to understand their potential errors and improve the quality of their work.

This call gives a chance for young researchers to promote their ideas and work while getting feedback from the scientific community. This feedback can come from the reviewing process or, for accepted papers, from the presentation given at the conference.

The best RÉCITAL paper award will be announced during the closing ceremony.


Topics of interest include usual NLP topics, such as the following (non-exhaustive list):

  • Phonetics, phonology, morphology, part-of-speech tagging,
  • Syntax, grammars, parsing, chunking,
  • Semantics, pragmatics, discourse,
  • Lexical and distributional semantics,
  • Linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of NLP,
  • NLP resources,
  • Evaluation methods for NLP,
  • NLP applications (Information Retrieval and Extraction, QA-systems,
  • Generation, Summarization, Opinion mining, etc.),
  • NLP and multi-modal interfaces (speech, vision, etc.),
  • NLP and multi-lingualism,
  • NLP for the WWW and social networks,
  • NLP and under-resourced languages,
  • NLP and sign language,
  • NLP and ethics,
  • NLP and humanities,
  • NLP and corpus linguistics.

Submission Types

Submissions to RÉCITAL should not exceed 12 pages plus 2 pages of references. RÉCITAL accepts two types of submission:

  • Papers presenting original research work,
  • Position papers presenting specific points of view on NLP research.

The official language of the conference is French. Submissions written in English are welcome provided at least one of the authors is not a French speaker.

Papers must provide original contributions, which have not been published elsewhere.

Selection criteria

Authors must be students or young researchers, who obtained their PhD less than a year ago. Publications with experienced co-authors (e.g. supervisors) should be submitted to TALN and not RÉCITAL. Double submission to both TALN and RÉCITAL is not allowed.

Authors are invited to submit original research work, which has not been previously published. Submissions will be reviewed by at least two experts. Selection criteria include:

  •  Technical and scientific correctness,
  • Comparison with related approaches,
  • Paper organization and clarity,
  • Compliance with the conference topics.

Depending on the Program Committee’s decision, the presentation will either be an oral presentation or a poster. All selected papers, whatever their presentation type is, will be published in the conference proceedings.

Submission instructions

Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files and be prepared using the offical conference style files (LaTeX or Word), which are available on-line(Download Style File)
Papers must be submitted via the easychair conference management system using the following link:

Reviewing will be done in a double-blind fashion, which means that submissions must not include authors’ names or affiliations. Furthermore, self-references and project names which would directly lead to authors, such as « we previously proved (Martin, 1991) » should be avoided. Authors are encouraged to use references such as « Martin previously proved (Martin, 1991) ». Acknowledgements will be omitted in the submmitted paper, and will be added to the final version in case the submission is accepted.

Important Dates

  • Submissions to RÉCITAL (12 pages plus 2 pages for references)
  • Deadline for submission : 27 March 2017, 03 April 2017 (23:59 Paris Time)
  • Notification to authors : 22 May 2017
  • Deadline for final versions : 5 June 2017

Organizing Committee

  • Co-chair TALN: Iris ESHKOL-TARRAVELLA, Université d’Orléans, LLL,
  • Co-chair TALN: Jean-Yves ANTOINE, Université François Rabelais de Tours, LI,
  • Co-chair RÉCITAL: Hélène FLAMEIN, Université d’Orléans, LLL,
  • Co-chair RÉCITAL: Yannick PARMENTIER, Université d’Orléans, LIFO,
  • Co-chair SITAL: Gabrielle BOSSHARD, AKTAN,
  • Co-chair SITAL: Sandra CESTIC, Acatus Informatique, LLL

Reviewing Committee

Available on-line on the conference website: