BioNLP 2015 - call for papers


Over the course of the past thirteen years, the ACL BioNLP workshop associated with the SIGBIOMED special interest group has established itself as the primary venue for presenting foundational research in language processing for the biological and medical domains. The workshop serves as both a venue for bringing together researchers in bio- and clinical NLP and exposing these researchers to the mainstream ACL research, and a venue for informing the mainstream ACL researchers about this fast-growing and important domain. The workshop will continue presenting work on a broad and interesting range of topics in NLP. Submissions are particularly solicited in the areas of:

  • Wide-scale entity identification and normalization
  • Lexical and terminological resources for BioNLP
  • Annotation (corpora), standards
  • Extraction of complex relations
  • Extraction of complex events
  • Discourse analysis
  • Coreference resolution
  • Text mining
  • Adaptive text mining
  • Literature based discovery
  • Summarization
  • Question-answering
  • Resources and novel strategies for system testing and evaluation
  • Processing and annotation platforms
  • Interoperable platforms for biomedical text mining
  • Translating NLP research to practice
  • Domain adaptation
  • Hybrid approaches to biomedical language processing

Date of workshop: July 30, 2015

Venue: BioNLP 2015 will be held in conjunction with ACL 2015 in Beijing, People's Republic of China.

Important dates

14 May 2015: Submission due date
4 June 2015: Notification of acceptance
21 June 2015: Camera-ready papers due
30 July 2015: Workshop, Beijing, PRC

Submission instructions

Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus two pages for references; final versions of long papers will be given one additional page (up to 9 pages with 2 pages for references) so that reviewer comments can be taken into account.

Poster submissions may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, plus 2 pages for references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) pages in the proceedings and 2 pages for references. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers comments in their final versions.

Authors who cannot submit a PDF file electronically should contact the workshop organizers well in advance of the submission deadline.

Dual submission policy: note that papers may NOT be submitted to the BioNLP 2014 workshop if they are or will be concurrently submitted to another meeting or publication.

Submissions should be anonymous.


Sophia Ananiadou, National Centre for Text Mining and University of Manchester, UK
Kevin Bretonnel Cohen, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dina Demner-Fushman, US National Library of Medicine
John Pestian, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center
Jun'ichi Tsujii, Microsoft Research Asia

Program committee

Emilia Apostolova, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
Eiji Aramaki, University of Tokyo
Alan Aronson, National Library of Medicine
Sabine Bergler, Concordia University, Canada
Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine
Nigel Collier, EBI, the National Institute of Informatics
Aaron Cohen, Oregon Health and Science University
Noemie Elhadad, Columbia University
Marcelo Fiszman, National Library of Medicine
Filip Ginter, University of Turku
Cyril Grouin, LIMSI - CNRS, France
Halil Kilicoglu, National Library of Medicine
Jin-Dong Kim, Database Center for Life Science, Japan
Alexander Koller, University of Potsdam
Robert Leaman, National Library of Medicine
Zhiyong Lu, National Library of Medicine
Timothy Miller, Children's Hospital Boston
Makoto Miwa, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan
Yusuke Miyao, University of Tokyo
Aurelie Neveol, LIMSI - CNRS, France
Naoaki Okazaki, Tohoku University
Jong Park, KAIST
Sampo Pyysalo, University of Turku
Bastien Rance, Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou
Thomas Rindflesch, National Library of Medicine
Kirk Roberts, National Library of Medicine
Andrey Rzhetsky, University of Chicago
Yoshimasa Tsuruoka, , University of Tokyo, Japan
Karin Verspoor, The University of Melbourne, Australia
John Wilbur, National Library of Medicine
Antonio Jimeno Yepes, IBM, Melbourne Area, Australia
Pierre Zweigenbaum, LIMSI - CNRS, France

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