Calls for Papers

INLG 2021 Second Call for Papers


14th International Conference on Natural Language Generation

Aberdeen, UK, 20-24 September 2021


Twitter: @inlgmeeting



Because of the Covid situation and likely restrictions on travel, the 14th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2021) will primarily take place online.  In particular all presentations of research work (oral and poster) will be online.  If the Covid situation allows it, we will organise additional events for people who are able to physically travel to Aberdeen; these will focus on interaction and discussion, not presentation of research work, and if possible will include an excursion to a local castle.  Details will be announced closer to the time, when the Covid and travel situation is clearer.


We invite the submission of long and short papers, as well as system demonstrations, related to all aspects of Natural Language Generation (NLG), including data-to-text, concept-to-text, text-to-text and vision-to-text approaches. Accepted papers will be presented as oral talks or posters.

The event is organised under the auspices of the Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (SIGGEN) ( of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) (


Important dates

- Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2021   23:59 AOE (UTC-12)

Notification: 26 July 2021

- Camera ready: 12 August 2021

- INLG 2021: 20-24 Sept 2021


All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)






INLG 2021 solicits papers on any topic related to NLG. General topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Affect/emotion generation

- Analysis and detection of automatically generated text

- Applications for people with disabilities

- Cognitive modelling of language production

- Computational Efficiency of NLG models

- Content and text planning

- Corpora and resources for NLG

- Deep learning models for NLG

- Ethical considerations of NLG

- Evaluation of NLG systems

- Explainability, Fairness and Trustworthy of NLG systems

- Generalizability of NLG systems

- Grounded language generation

- Lexicalisation

- Multimedia and multimodality in generation

- Natural language understanding techniques for NLG

- NLG and accessibility

- NLG and speech synthesis

- NLG in dialogue

- NLG for embodied agents and robots

- NLG for real-world applications

- Paraphrasing, summarization and translation

- Personalisation and variation in text

- Referring expression generation

- Storytelling and narrative generation

- Surface realisation

- Systems architecture


Submissions & Format

Submissions should follow ACL Author Guidelines ( and policies for submission, review and citation, and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. Please use ACL 2021 style files; LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates are available at, and an Overleaf template is available at

Papers can be submitted electronically either through the START conference management system ( or through ACL Rolling Review (

Three kinds of papers can be submitted:

- Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited pages of references. The final versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.

- Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed four (4) pages, plus unlimited pages of references. The final versions of short papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 5 pages) so that reviewers’ comments can be taken into account.

- Demo papers should be no more than two (2) pages in length, including references, and should describe implemented systems which are of relevance to the NLG community. Authors of demo papers should be willing to present a demo of their system during INLG 2021.

All papers can be accompanied by supplementary files, which can include appendices, software, and data.  Multiple supplementary files should be zipped together into a single zip file.

Authors are strongly encouraged to ensure that their work is reproducible, and advised to look at ACL2021's reproducibility checklist ( Authors will be asked to fill in a short reproducibility form, and reviewers will also be asked to assess the reproducibility of the work as part of their reviews.

Authors must honour the ethical code set out in the ACL Code of Ethics ( If your work raises any ethical issues, you should include an explicit discussion of those issues. This will also be taken into account in the review process.

Finally, papers involving any kind of experimental results (human judgments, system outputs, etc) should incorporate a data availability statement into their paper. Authors are asked to indicate whether the data is made publicly available. If the data is not made available, authors should provide a brief explanation why. (E.g. because the data contains proprietary information.)

All accepted papers will be published in the INLG 2021 proceedings and included in the ACL anthology. A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2021 must not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Dual submission to other conferences is permitted, provided that authors clearly indicate this in the "Acknowledgements" section of the paper when submitted. If the paper is accepted at both venues, the authors will need to choose which venue to present at, since they can not present the same paper twice.






A separate call for workshop proposals has been released. Refer to for further details.




Generation Challenges 

A separate call for Generation Challenges has been released. Refer to for further details.




Program Co-Chairs:

Anya Belz (University of Brighton)

Angela Fan (Facebook / LORIA)

Ehud Reiter (University of Aberdeen)

Yaji Sripada (University of Aberdeen)


Publications chair:

Dave Howcroft (Heriot-Watt University)


Workshop chair:

Emiel van Miltenburg (Tilburg University)


Generation Challenges chair:

Samira Shaikh (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)



Miruna Clinciu (Heriot-Watt University)

Area Chairs:

Joan Byamugisha (IBM South Africa)

OndÅ™ej Dušek (Charles University)

Thiago Castro Ferreira (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)

Albert Gatt (University of Malta)

Dimitra Gkatzia (Edinburgh Napier University)

Saad Mahamood (Trivago)

Lara Martin (University of Pennsylvania)

Shrimai Prabhumoye (Carnegie Mellon)

Natalie Schluter (University of Copenhagen)

Samira Shaikh (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Sina Zarrieß (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena)

Xingxing Zhang (Microsoft China)



Journal Special Issue 

We are organising a special issue of a leading NLP journal, which will consist of extended versions of high-quality papers from INLG 2021 as well as papers selected via an open Call for Paper process. Submission instructions coming soon.


Deadline for

15 June 2021
23:59 AOE (UTC-12)


26 July 2021

Camera Ready

12 August 2021

INLG 2021

20-24 Sept 2021