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Natural Language Processing Research

Aims & Scope

Natural Language Processing Research is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal covering all disciplines of computational linguistics, natural language processing and machine learning. The journal provides a platform for original high-quality papers that deepen our understanding of the fundamental questions in these fields. Articles in Natural Language Processing Research are typically (slightly) longer than conference papers and focus on the methodological and theoretical implications of research or on applications of these areas. As such, the journal particularly welcomes contributions that are strong in terms of their methodological set-up and/or grounding in theory. In line with this vision, solid evaluation and analyses of high quality are a minimal requirement for experimental papers, in addition to regular metrics of quality that apply to all papers (position, survey, theoretical, experimental, applied) such as substance, originality and significance.

Targeted Authors

Natural Language Processing Research is particularly interesting for authors who have published work in renowned conferences and who:

  • need more space to, for example, outline theoretical foundations of their work, explain the details of a novel set-up or task, or to provide extensive (systematic) error analysis;
  • want to publish a survey or literature overview with a vision of where the field is going (i.e. where more space is useful and a fast turnaround desirable);
  • work at institutions where (high-quality) journal publications are valued over conference publications;
  • cannot or prefer not to travel to (many) conferences;
  • need a quick turnaround process for reviewing of work completed outside "conference season";
  • have work that provides important insights, but that does not directly improve the state-of-the-art and therefore prefer reviewers which are specifically instructed to value insights over numbers;
  • have a paper that was recently rejected from a renowned conference (e.g. ACL, EMNLP or COLING) and want to submit an improved version to a journal (provided that the original paper is extended to "journal length" and previous reviewer comments have been properly addressed);
  • Want to share the latest technological achievements in the industry or technological progress by industry peers.

Topics Covered

Research areas covered in this journal include, but are not limited to, the following:

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

  • Grammar induction / Language models / Lemmatization / Morphological segmentation / POS tagging / Chunking / Parsing / Terminology extraction
  • Lexical semantics / Logical semantics / Distributional and distributed semantics / Natural language understanding and generation / Recognizing textual entailment / Paraphrasing / Relationship extraction / Sentiment analysis / Topic segmentation and recognition / Linguistic theories / Cognitive modelling and psycholinguistics
  • Automatic summarization / Co-reference resolution / Discourse analysis
  • Phonology / Speech recognition / Speech segmentation / Text-to-speech / Speech processing and technology

Machine Learning or Pattern Recognition Techniques for NLP

  • Deep learning
  • Statistical learning methods
  • Bayesian networks
  • Graphical neural networks
  • Symbolic logic methods


  • Question answering
  • Dialogue generation
  • Social networks
  • Agent communication
  • Machine translation
  • Industrial applications