Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing (TALLIP)


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The following page contains important information about the submission process for TALLIP, the review process, various ACM author tools and services, and the ORCID global researcher registry. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to read this entire page.

Authors are also strongly advised to read the ACM Author Representations Policy. This outlines the representation each author implicitly makes when submitting a paper to an ACM journal.

TALLIP will be listed in the Science Citation Index Expanded starting with the first 2015 issue, 14(1). TALLIP will be included in the 2017 Journal Citation Report, and the first Impact Factor will be published mid-2018.

1. Scope

TALLIP primarily consists of original research papers reporting substantial research findings. Papers describing reproducible techniques and theory for systems and applications are considered. Descriptions of specific products with no proof of reproducibility are not appropriate for TALLIP.

TALLIP covers all areas of information processing for Asian languages as well as low-resource languages of Africa, Australasia, Oceania and the Americas, including theory, systems design, evaluation, and applications. Emphasis will be placed on the originality and relevance of theory, technology, and applications in the field.

2. Submission

Please submit papers in PDF format using the web-based submission system Manuscript Central.

TALLIP is electronically produced, so it is imperative that all manuscripts submitted for publication in TALLIP be prepared in electronic format. Articles published in TALLIP are prepared for both print and digital display in the ACM Digital Library. Instructions on preparing your manuscript for submission to TALLIP are available at:

Papers submitted to TALLIP are of three categories. The author should specify the category of the submission at the time the manuscript is submitted:

  • Long papers: These must be at least 13 journal pages in length and must describe substantial research results either in terms of experiments, new findings and/or substantial resources of use to the research community.
  • Short papers: These are typically between 6 and 12 journal pages in length. Short papers may report small experiments that are not substantial enough for a long paper, or may, for example, document problems with previously published research.
  • TALLIP notes:  This type of paper is typically the length of a Short Paper and is to be used to describe work on a low-resource language where there has been very little or no prior work. For this category of paper the computational techniques proposed are not expected to be novel, but the paper must demonstrate a significant contribution to the computational linguistics or speech processing for the language in question. Papers submitted to this category are expected to emphasize linguistically interesting properties of the language, and show how those properties are exploited in a computational system. That is, the problem addressed must be a non-trivial one, and the techniques applied must show a clear benefit. Where possible, comparison to a related language that is richer in resources and better studied is encouraged: thus a paper on Lao might compare the situation in that language with work on Thai.
  • Note that we do not define "low-resource" a priori: the authors of papers submitted as TALLIP Notes must make it clear that the language in question has been little studied, and has few or no resources available.

Note: A submitted paper that obviously does not conform to the requirements listed above and does not meet the subject-matter requirements described in the editorial charter will be rejected without review.

The Editor-in-Chief will assign each submission to an Associate Editor with expertise in the appropriate area. The Associate Editor will be responsible for obtaining at least three reviews of the paper and make a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. According to the recommendation, the Editor-in-Chief will decide whether to publish the paper. Note that both categories of papers will be rigorously reviewed with an eye to what the contribution of the paper is to the field of information processing for Asian or low-resource languages as described above.

However, in view of the difficulty of finding competent reviewers willing to review papers, papers that are obviously not up to the standards of the field in terms of technical content may subject to "desk rejection". In such a case, the Editor-in-Chief will usually consult with one of the Associate Editors. If in the opinion of both editors the paper is not worth sending out for review (because it would certainly be rejected by reviewers) the paper will be rejected, and an explanation of the rejection sent to the author.

To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval, and dissemination, authors must include the following in the manuscript:

  • Title
  • Author names and affiliations
  • Abstract
  • Content indicators
  • Citations to relevant literature

TALLIP requires a submitted paper to have at least 25% new content when compared to a previously published version of the paper in a conference or workshop. TALLIP strives to provide a quick turnaround time. In 2013, for example, the mean turnaround time from submission to first decision was under 60 days.

In addition, authors who are resubmitting papers that have previously been reviewed and returned to the authors should bear the following in mind:

  1. Starting with papers originally submitted after May 15, 2014, all resubmissions must be accompanied by a description of how the comments from the previous round of reviews have been addressed. This description should be appended to the end of the paper after the references. Resubmitted papers that are not accompanied by such a description are subject to rejection without review.
  2. Papers are assigned a category which is one of Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision, Reject & Resubmit and Reject. If a paper that has been assigned to the "Major Revision" or "Reject & Resubmit" category on the first review is resubmitted, that paper must be deemed to merit a category better than "Major Revision" upon the second review. If it does not, then the paper will be rejected. This policy is in place in the interests of conserving reviewer resources and not spending them on papers that are only incrementally improved at each review cycle.

3. Style Guidelines

Numbered section headings should be used to facilitate readability. The article should clearly describe previous research on related topics. Care should be taken to specify clearly all procedures essential to the research. When a paper concerns a new piece of software, comparisons to similar programs, benchmarks, and a discussion of limitations should be included.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote long passages (60 words or more) from any material that appeared in a non-ACM publication.


Use a specific and informative title. Typically, a title contains from 6 to 12 words. Avoid special symbols and formulas in titles unless essential to indicate content. Authors' names should be given without titles or degrees, along with the affiliated organizations. Current mailing addresses, including email addresses, should be given in a footnote.

The abstract should be 150 to 200 words long and should consist of short, direct, and complete sentences. The abstract should state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principal conclusions. It should also indicate whether the focus is on theoretical developments or on practical questions and whether subject matter or method is emphasized. Avoid starting with the words "This paper." Work planned but not done should not be described in the abstract. Because abstracts are often extracted from a paper and used separately, avoid the use of the first person, display mathematics, and citations.


Categories and Subject Descriptors should be selected from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS2012), which can be found at Use as many descriptors as applicable. General Terms are those common to more than one area of computing and are chosen from the fixed list that accompanies the classification system. Please read the HOW TO CLASSIFY WORKS USING ACM'S COMPUTING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM for instructions on how to classify your document using the 2012 ACM Computing Classification System, and insert the index terms into your LaTeX or Microsoft Word source file.

Additional Keywords and Phrases consist of English language words that may also be useful for indexing. These may be synonymous with terms in the classification system, may be more specific than the subject descriptors, or may not be covered by the existing system at all. In this last case, use specific terms whose meaning is generally accepted in the computing community. Do not use broad, catchall terms (such as computer, system, or automatic) and do not use private terms or acronyms.


Short mathematical equations and other expressions in the text should be run in (instead of each being displayed on a separate line). Avoid exponents having multiple levels of superscription: instead of e sup {x sup 2 + y sup 2}, use exp (x sup 2 + y sup 2). Likewise, avoid the use of built-up fractions in the text. For example, instead of {1} over {n}, use either 1 / n or the negative exponent form n sup -1. In display matter, however, built-up fractions are preferred for clarity. Likewise, avoid small-type mathematical expressions centered above or below arrows.

Equations that are referred to later in the text should be numbered sequentially and referred to, for instance, as Eq. 1. Do not number equations that are not referred to in the text.


For empirical studies, the procedure should be presented in sufficient detail to be replicated by other researchers. Statistical tests should be included to support empirical claims. When reporting statistics, the name of the statistic, the degrees of freedom, the value obtained, and the p-value should be reported, e.g., F(3,65) = 4.83, p < 0.01.

3.5 Figures

Figures include graphs of results, schematic drawings, samples of output, screen, and photographs of special equipment or displays. Each figure should be numbered and have a caption. Upon publication, figures will be reduced to approximately 12.7 cm (5 inches) in width. Care should be taken to ensure that the legends and labels within the figure are large enough to be readable after they are reduced. For final submissions, high quality (at least 600 dpi) figures should be included. Color prints can be reproduced, although this adds to production costs and must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief.


Relevant publications accessible to the public (i.e., articles in standard journals and open conference proceedings) should be cited. References cited in the text should include the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication, for example [Bush 1945] or [Salton and McGill 1983]. When the citation(s) includes three or more authors, only the first author should be mentioned by name (e.g., [Foley et al. 1990]). A trailing lower case letter should distinguish multiple papers by the same author(s) published during a single year, for example [Winograd and Flores 1987a]. Multiple citations in the same sentence should be enclosed within brackets and separated by semicolons, for example, [Halasz 1988; VanRijsbergen 1975].

The reference list should be arranged alphabetically by the author's last name, followed by the date. In the case of multiple listings by a single author, the earliest publication appears first. When an author is listed both as a single author and as a senior author with coauthor(s), all of the single-author listings precede the multiple-author listings, with the latter arranged alphabetically by last name of successive authors. Again, chronological order is used for multiple papers by the same set of authors. The lowercase letter used in the citation to distinguish multiple papers by the same author(s) in the same year should be displayed in the reference list.

References to items in periodicals: These should take the form: author, title, journal, volume number, date, and pages. Author(s) should be given last name first; likewise for editors, with the name followed by (Ed.). The author's name always ends with a period, either the period that follows the initial or a period specifically for that purpose. This is followed by the year. In the title, only the first word and proper names (or their derivatives) should be capitalized, and the title should end with a period. For example:

SCHWARTZ, J.T. 1980 Ultracomputers, ACM Trans. Program Lang. Syst. 2, 4 , 484-521.

References to reports or proceedings:

Author(s) and title - same as for periodicals. This is followed by the report number, source, date, and pages.

References to books: Author(s) - same as above. Title - all principal words start with a capital letter. The title is followed by the publisher, city, year, and any specific chapters or pages.

3.7 Optional Supplemental Online-only Material

Please provide a brief description of your supplementary online-only material (i.e., text and multimedia material) to be published in the Digital Library. A short “readme.txt” file will appear in the DL along with your supplementary material describing its content and whatever requirements there are for using it.

All author rights forms are now filled electronically through the ACM e-Rights Transfer Application. For further details, please contact Stacey Schick, Assistant Editor, at

Abstracting of material in ACM publications is permitted with credit to the source. Libraries are permitted to photocopy beyond the limits of U.S. Copyright Law, for private use of patrons, those articles that carry a code at the bottom of the first page, provided the per-copy fee indicated in the code is paid through the Copyright Clearance Center (P.O. Box 675, Schenectady, NY 12301, USA). Instructors are permitted to photocopy isolated articles for noncommercial classroom use without fee.


The first author will receive either galley or page proofs; these should be checked and returned promptly. Although the ACM staff copyedits manuscripts, the author is solely responsible for marking errors. Substantive changes should be approved by the Editor-in-Chief. There are no page charges for publishing in TALLIP.

5. ACM Author-Izer Service

This service enables authors to generate and post links in their own bibliographies that they maintain on either their personal home page or institutional repository.

These links will let any visitors to your personal bibliography pages download the definitive version of the articles for free from ACM Digital Library (DL). In addition, these downloads will be recorded as part of your DL usage statistics.

A summary description of this service and instructions for its use may be found here:

The service can be applied to all the articles you have ever published with ACM.


ORCID is a community-based effort to create a global registry of unique researcher identifiers for the purpose of ensuring proper attribution of works to their creators. When new users create an account in Manuscript Central, they are now asked to add their ORCID unique researcher identifier to their record. They can obtain their number from the ORCID registration site. The ORCID ID then becomes part of the manuscript's metadata and will be passed back into ACM's Digital Library if the manuscript is accepted for publication. ACM has not yet made ORCID registration a requirement of submission, but intends to do so in the near feature.

7. Language Services

ACM has partnered with International Science Editing (ISE) to provide language editing services to ACM authors. ISE offers a comprehensive range of services for authors including standard and premium English language editing, as well as illustration and translation services, and also has significant international outreach, especially in China. Editing is available for both Word and LaTeX files. As an ACM author, you will receive a generous discount on ISE editing services.

To take advantage of this partnership, visit  (Editing services are at author expense and do not guarantee publication of a manuscript.)

Please note that formatting assistance is provided at no charge to authors by Aptara, as specified on the author style guide page:

8. Templates

ACM is transitioning to the new authoring templates found at:  The new TeX template consolidates all eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates.  The templates are updated to the latest software versions, were developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. Please note: Separate Word for Windows and Word for Mac consolidated templates are also available.

We will continue to accept manuscripts using the previous template format through Spring 2017. 

The new TeX template requires that a call be made within the source document  for “\documentclass” so that an article is formatted according to the specifications to the publication. Detailed instructions can be found in section 2.2 of the User and Implementation Guide (

For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Questions regarding the post-acceptance production process should be addressed to the ACM Journals Manager, Laura A. Lander.
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