Final Call for Papers

The 7th Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop (WANLP2022) will be a full-day event taking place on December 8, 2022 (in a hybrid mode). This year’s WANLP is co-located with EMNLP 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

We invite submissions on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Enabling core technologies: morphological analysis, disambiguation, tokenization, POS tagging, named entity detection, chunking, parsing, semantic role labeling, sentiment analysis, Arabic dialect modeling, etc.

  • Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive technologies, social media, etc.

  • Resources: dictionaries, annotated data, corpus, etc.

Submissions may include work in progress as well as finished work. Submissions must have a clear focus on specific issues pertaining to the Arabic language whether it is standard Arabic, dialectal, or mixed.

Papers on other languages sharing problems faced by Arabic NLP researchers such as Semitic languages or languages using Arabic script are welcome, if the submission proposes techniques or approaches that would be of interest to Arabic NLP, and explains why this is the case. Additionally, papers on efforts using Arabic resources but targeting other languages are also welcome. Descriptions of commercial systems are welcome, but authors should be willing to discuss the details of their work.

We have several submission tracks including long, short, and demo tracks.

Paper Submission Instructions

  • Types of Papers: We invite research papers (long and short), demo papers, and shared task description papers.

  • Paper Length: Long research papers may consist of up to 8 pages of content, plus unlimited references; 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 research papers, demo papers, and shared task description papers may consist of up to 4 pages of content, plus unlimited references; 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.

  • Submission Format: Please follow the EMNLP official LaTeX or Word templates available at:

  • Appendices: Each WANLP 2022 submission can be accompanied by an appendix, which will appear in the main paper’s PDF, after the bibliography. A submission may also be accompanied by one .tgz or .zip archive containing software, and one .tgz or .zip archive containing data.
    However, the paper submissions need to remain fully self-contained, as these supplementary materials are completely optional, and reviewers are not even asked to review or download them.

  • Submission Website:

  • Blind Reviewing Policy: The workshop follows a blind reviewing policy for the main workshop tracks (Long, Short, and Demo). The authors should omit their names and affiliations from the paper and avoid self-references that reveal their identities. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

  • Multiple Submission Policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors must inform organizers immediately once a paper is to be withdrawn from the workshop for any reason. Attempting to publish the same paper or with a significant overlap (50%) may lead to rejection of the paper even after an acceptance notification has gone out.

  • Anonymity and Supplementary Material: As the reviewing will be blind, pay attention to the following:

    • Papers must not include authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Omar, 1991) ..." must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Omar previously showed (Omar, 1991) ..." Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

    • Papers should not refer, for further detail, to documents that are not available to the reviewers. For example, do not omit or redact important citation information to preserve anonymity. Instead, use the third person or named reference to this work, as described above (“Omar showed” rather than “we showed”).

    • Papers may be accompanied by a resource (software and/or data) described in the paper. Papers that are submitted with accompanying software/data may receive additional credit toward the overall evaluation, and the potential impact of the software and data will be taken into account when making the acceptance/rejection decisions.

  • Anonymity Period: We follow the guidelines of EMNLP 2022 for the Anonymity Period with the period being 1 month before the submission deadline up to the date of acceptance, rejection, or withdrawal (August 5, 2022, to October 10, 2022).

Important Dates

  • September 5 September 12: Workshop Paper Due Date

  • October 10: Notification of Acceptance

  • October 21: Camera-ready papers due (strict!)

  • December 8: Workshop Day

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