Frequently Asked Questions
Other information about the ACL Anthology
How do I cite publications in the ACL Anthology?
If available, you can you use Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). The canonical URL for papers is given by appending the ACL ID to the Anthology URL, e.g., https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/E91-1001 Both the DOIs and the persistent URLs embed the 8-character ACL Anthology Identifier.
How does the ACL Anthology use Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)?
The ACL uses DOIs to refer to scholarly works persistently in accordance with cross-disciplinary standards. Prior to 2012, ACL materials were assigned DOIs by the Association of Computational Machinery (ACM). Since 2014, ACL has assigned its own DOIs to materials using a convention based off of the ACL Anthology Identifiers. In 2015, ACL had to change DOI prefix due to accounting practices for the ACM.
- 2014–2015: 10.3115
- 2015–current: 10.18653
We strongly encourage the publication of DOIs in citing bibliographies to help better cross-reference ACL materials.
Note while the ACL Anthology hosts third-party materials coming from sister societies, these materials are hosted courtesy the ACL but are not assigned DOIs by the ACL due to costs and copyright limitations; the DOI information above is only applicable to ACL sponsored events by ACL, its chapters or SIGs.
What is the copyright for materials in the ACL Anthology?
The ACL materials that are hosted in the Anthology are licensed to the general public under a liberal usage policy that allows unlimited reproduction, distribution and hosting of materials on any other website or medium, for non-commercial purposes. Prior to 2016, all ACL materials are licensed using the Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike) license. As of 2016, this policy has been relaxed further, and all subsequent materials are available to the general public on the terms of the Creative Commons 4.0 BY (Attribution) license; this means both commercial and non-commercial use is explicitly licensed to all.
Note that these policies only cover ACL materials. As with the DOIs, this policy does not cover third-party materials. For reproduction privileges for such materials, please approach the respective organizations.
How can I help improve the ACL Anthology?
The best way is to browse our Github issues page, and see what needs to be done that might overlap with your interests or skills. Please also feel free to email the director, firstname.lastname@example.org. You might also be interested ino our call for volunteers.
What other resources are there based on the ACL Anthology?
The ACL Anthology Reference Corpus provides plain text and other metadata for a controlled subset of the ACL Anthology.
The following people have written reflections on the ACL Anthology:
A 2018 paper gave a technical description of the Anthology at the time:
The ACL Anthology: Current State and Future Directions Daniel Gildea, Min-Yen Kan, Nitin Madnani, Christoph Teichmann, Martin Villalba Proceedings of Workshop for NLP Open Source Software (NLP-OSS)
It is not out of date, but helped direct changes to the Anthology that occurred in 2019.
Many other publications based on the ACL Anthology exist.
What software does the ACL Anthology use?
The ACL Anthology is built using completely open-source software, with further developments and customization done by the ACL Anthology staff. The current Anthology website is statically generated using the Hugo framework, with the layout being designed using the Bootstrap library. Font Awesome is used as the icon font.
How can I submit my proceedings or journal to the Anthology?
Please see our submission guide.