Call for Papers 2018

Call for Papers!

Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic, Talk to Walk

NAACL 2018
June 5th
New Orleans, Louisiana

The continuing goal of the CLPsych workshop is to bring together computational linguistics researchers with clinicians to talk about the ways that language technology can be used to improve mental and neurological health.

Instead of the traditional presentation-plus-questions format, each paper presented at the workshop will also have a clinically-oriented discussant, who will read the paper thoroughly in advance, present commentary, and help guide the discussion.  This means that papers submitted to this workshop must be written with that cross-disciplinary conversation in mind, not solely for a technical audience.

We invite contributions that will help to:

  • increase language technologists’ understanding of what people working in the field of mental and neurological health — clinicians, psychologists, and social workers — do, and what their real needs are;
  • increase clinicians’ understanding of what’s possible in language technology and what it might have to offer;
  • formulate targets and priorities for near-term improvement of the practical state of the art;
  • facilitate the creation and development of high-value NLP tools that can be deployed in the clinical community.

This year we are particularly interested in papers that will contribute to a conversation about whether NLP solutions are ready to deploy in the clinical world, and what that deployment could look like.

Paper submission instructions

A key goal of this workshop is to foster the conversation with clinicians, both at the workshop and when these papers are read in the future. We therefore include practicing clinicians and clinical researchers on our program committee, and the ability to communicate ideas, approaches, and results clearly to people who are not computational linguists will be as important as the quality of the work itself.  This year we will be taking two categories of submission:

Standard papers should follow the guidelines for Long Papers in the NAACL 2018 call for papers at  These permit 8 pages of content plus references. In addition to papers describing algorithms, models, and experimentation, we are happy to receive carefully argued and supported position papers, insightful reviews or synthesis of relevant literature, or informative descriptions of real-world experiences deploying language technology (including prototypes) in relevant clinical settings.

Dataset papers can contain up to 4 pages of content, plus references of any length. These papers should describe new, or newly available, datasets that may be of value to the Workshop’s community. Please include, at a minimum, a description of the dataset’s goals, how it was collected, information about any existing data annotation (including the status of inter-annotator reliability), and requirements for access by researchers who are not affiliated with the data collection. Preference will be given for papers describing less restricted datasets and datasets with convincing value for clinically focused research.  

Submissions may be accepted for oral or poster presentation.  All papers must conform to the Author Guidelines at  Please make sure to review NAACL’s recently updated policies regarding anonymity and double-blind review.

Important Dates

2 March 2018 Friday, March 23: Papers due: submit at
2 April 2018 Monday, April 9: Notification of acceptance
16 April 2018: Camera-ready papers due
5 June 2018: Workshop!

Shared task. The workshop will include a shared task which will be announced separately in late January 2018 with its own important dates. You can also watch this space for information:

Organizers (

Kate Loveys, Qntfy
Kate Niederhoffer, Circadia Labs
Emily Prud’hommeaux, Rochester Institute of Technology
Philip Resnik, University of Maryland
Rebecca Resnik, Rebecca Resnik and Associates, LLC

Workshop site:
NAACL conference site: