In Barcelona, Spain with COLING 2020

Endorsed by SIGLEX.


September 13-14, 2020, Barcelona, Spain

Co-located with COLING 2020

Submission deadline: May 20



We are pleased to announce that SIGLEX, the ACL Special Interest Group on the Lexicon, is organizing the 9th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics: STARSEM 2020. This time STARSEM will be co-located with COLING in Barcelona (Spain), and it will take place on the 13-14 of September 2020.

STARSEM brings together researchers interested in the semantics of natural languages and its computational modeling. The conference embraces symbolic and probabilistic approaches, and everything in between; theoretical contributions as well as practical applications are welcome. The long-term goal of STARSEM is to provide a stable forum for the growing number of NLP researchers working on all aspects of semantics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

We encourage authors to think about the ethical aspects of their work, and to address and discuss all ethical questions and implications relevant to their research.

*SEM values reproducibility and particularly welcomes submissions that adhere to the reproducibility guidelines as specified in: html


Paper submission deadline: May 20, 2020 Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2020 STARSEM conference: September 13-14, 2020


General Chair: Iryna Gurevych, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Program Chairs: Marianna Apidianaki, University of Helsinki Manaal Faruqui, Google Assistant


Submissions to STARSEM 2020 must describe unpublished work and be written in English. We solicit both long and short papers.

Long papers describe original research and may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited pages for references. Final versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) so that the comments of reviewers can be taken into account.

Short papers describe original focused research and may consist of up to four (4) pages, plus unlimited pages for references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) content pages in the proceedings. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers comments in their final versions.

As the reviewing will be double-blind, the paper must not include the authors names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the authors identity such as: We previously showed (Smith, 1991) …, must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as: Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) …. As for online paper sharing, at STARSEM, we adopt the ACL policy for submission, which can be found here:,_Review_and_Citation Papers that do not conform to requirements will be rejected without review. For a paper to be included in the conference proceedings, at least one of the authors must be registered as a participant at the STARSEM conference.

Submissions to STARSEM should follow the ACL 2020 style, as detailed here:

Please note that double submission of papers will need to be notified at submission.

Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system. The submission site is now available at: