NLP+CSS workshop at EMNLP 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016, Austin, Texas, USA.

The official proceedings are available here.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: Aug 22, 2016

Acceptance notification: Sep 19, 2016

Camera-ready submission deadline: Sep 26, 2016

Workshops and tutorials: Nov 5, 2016

Language is a profoundly social phenomenon, both shaped by the social context in which it is embedded (such as demographic influences on lexical choice) and in turn helping construct that context itself (such as media framing).  Although this interdependence is at the core of models in both natural language processing (NLP) and (computational) social sciences (CSS), these two fields still exist largely in parallel, holding back research insight and potential applications in both fields.

This workshop aims to advance the joint computational analysis of social sciences and language by explicitly connecting social scientists, network scientists, NLP researchers, and industry partners.  Our focus is squarely on integrating CSS with current trends and techniques in NLP and to continue the progress of CSS through socially-informed NLP for the social sciences. This workshop offers a first step towards identifying ways to improve CSS practice with insight from NLP, and to improve NLP with insight from the social sciences.

We invite research on any of the following general topics:

  • Application of NLP tools to computational social science problems

  • Predictive modeling of extra-linguistic attributes (age, gender, location, etc.)

  • NLP models that incorporate extra-linguistic social information

  • Validity and evaluation of social science methods in NLP, and vice versa

  • Privacy and ethical implications of NLP (including demographic inference)

  • Social theory in the age of big data

  • Interaction between social science theory and industry (e.g. feature engineering)

Areas of interest include all levels of linguistic analysis, network science, and the social sciences, including (but not limited to): political science, geography, public health, economics, psychology, sociology, sociolinguistics, phonology, syntax, pragmatics, and stylistics.

The workshop will consist of:

  • a doctoral consortium (and travel grants) aimed at social science graduate students,

  • invited speakers, including social scientists and industry practitioners, and

  • submitted papers, including a poster session

Submission details:

We welcome two tracks of submissions, both peer-reviewed.  Accepted papers from both tracks are invited for presentation in a shared poster session.


Archival submissions should present completed work and should adhere to the EMNLP formatting guidelines.  Long papers may contain up to eight pages of content and two pages for references; short papers may contain up to four pages of content and two pages for references. Papers submitted to this track will be published in the workshop proceedings.

For final camera-ready versions of the paper, an extra page of content may be added. (Nine pages total for long; five pages for short.) When preparing the final version, follow the "Submission Templates" from the the EMNLP formatting guidelines webpage, which have versions for for both LaTeX and MS Word. They use the required two-column layout, font sizes, and spacing. Please ask any of the organizers if you have any further questions.


Since many journals, especially in the social sciences, do not accept articles previously published in archived proceedings, we also solicit contributions that are non-archival as well; work submitted through this track should take the form of a one-page abstract.  (These submissions will not be published in the workshop proceedings.)

Please submit your papers to