Call for Papers

The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2022) will be held as a hybrid conference at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and online between September 7-9, 2022.

The SIGDIAL venue provides a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research in dialogue and discourse to both academic and industry researchers. Continuing a series of 22 successful previous meetings, this conference spans the research interest areas of discourse and dialogue. The conference is sponsored by the SIGdial organization, which serves as the Special Interest Group in discourse and dialogue for both ACL and ISCA.

Topics of Interest

We welcome formal, corpus-based, implementation, experimental, or analytical work on discourse and dialogue including, but not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Discourse Processing
    Rhetorical and coherence relations, discourse parsing and discourse connectives. Reference resolution. Event representation and causality in narrative. Argument mining. Quality and style in text. Cross-lingual discourse analysis. Discourse issues in applications such as machine translation, text summarization, essay grading, question answering and information retrieval.
  • Dialogue Systems
    Open domain, task oriented dialogue, and chat systems. Knowledge graphs and dialogue. Dialogue state tracking and policy learning. Social and emotional intelligence. Dialogue issues in virtual reality and human-robot interaction. Entrainment, alignment and priming. Generation for dialogue. Style, voice, and personality. Spoken, multi-modal, embedded, situated, and text/web based dialogue systems, their components, evaluation and applications.
  • Corpora, Tools and Methodology
    Corpus-based and experimental work on discourse and dialogue, including supporting topics such as annotation tools and schemes, crowdsourcing, evaluation methodology and corpora.
  • Pragmatic and/or Semantic Modeling
    Pragmatics or semantics of discourse and dialogue (i.e., beyond a single sentence), e.g., rational speech act, conversation acts, intentions, conversational implicature, presuppositions.
  • Applications of Dialogue and Discourse Processing Technology


The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers, short papers, and demo descriptions. Papers submitted as long papers may be accepted as long papers for oral presentation or long papers for poster presentation. Accepted short papers will be presented as posters.

  • Long paper submissions
    must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages is allowed for references. Additional pages are allowed for appendices containing supplementary material, such as sample discourses/dialogues and algorithms. An extra page is allowed in the final version to address reviewers’ comments.
  • Short paper submissions
    must describe original and unpublished work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few pages, such as a small, focused contribution; a negative result; or an interesting application nugget. Short papers should be no longer than 4 pages including title, text, figures and tables. An unlimited number of pages is allowed for references. Additional pages are allowed for appendices containing supplementary material, such as sample discourses/dialogues and algorithms. An extra page is allowed in the final version to address reviewers’ comments.
  • Demo descriptions
    should be no longer than four pages including title, text, examples, figures, tables and references. A separate one-page document should be provided to the program co-chairs for demo descriptions, specifying furniture and equipment needed for the demo.

Authors are encouraged to also submit additional accompanying materials, such as corpora (or corpus examples), demo code, videos and sound files.

Multiple Submissions

SIGDIAL 2022 cannot accept work for publication or presentation that will be (or has been) published elsewhere and that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications whose review periods overlap with that of SIGDIAL.

Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to: sigdial2022pcs _at_ 

Blind Review

Building on previous years’ move to anonymous long and short paper submissions, SIGDIAL 2022 will follow the ACL policies for preserving the integrity of double blind review (see author guidelines). Unlike long and short papers, demo descriptions will not be anonymous. Demo descriptions should include the authors’ names and affiliations, and self-references are allowed.

Submission Format

All long, short, and demonstration submissions must follow the two-column ACL format, which are available as an Overleaf template and also downloadable directly (Latex and Word)

Submissions must conform to the official ACL style guidelines, which are contained in these templates. Submissions must be electronic, in PDF format.

SIGDIAL will accept regular submissions through the softconf system, as well as commitment of already reviewed papers through the ACL Rolling Review (ARR) system.

Regular submission:

Authors have to fill in the submission form in the START system and upload an initial pdf of their papers before May 11, 2022 (23:59 GMT-11). 

For special session long and short papers please select the session for “Submission Type”.

Commitment via ACL Rolling Review (ARR):

Please refer to the ARR Call for Papers for detailed information about submission guidelines to ARR. The commitment deadline for SIGDIAL 2022 (deadline for authors to submit their reviewed papers, reviews, and meta-review to SIGDIAL 2022) is June 18, 2022. Note that the paper needs to be fully reviewed by ARR in order to make a commitment, thus the latest date for ARR submission will be April 15, 2022.

UPDATE: SIGDIAL will now accept ARR paper commitments on 18th June with partial or full reviews, for papers that were submitted to ARR on April 15th or before.


Acceptable submissions that require language (English) or organizational assistance will be flagged for mentoring, and accepted with a recommendation to revise with the help of a mentor. An experienced mentor who has previously published in the SIGDIAL venue will then help the authors of these flagged papers prepare their submissions for publication.

Best Paper Awards

In order to recognize significant advancements in dialogue/discourse science and technology, SIGDIAL 2022 will include best paper awards. All papers at the conference are eligible for the best paper awards. A selection committee consisting of prominent researchers in the fields of interest will select the recipients of the awards.

Important Dates

Apr 15, 2022: ACL Rolling Review (ARR) Deadline

May 11, 2022 (anywhere on Earth): Regular Paper Deadline (initial submissions (title, abstract. authors, draft pdf)) [the title, authors, and abstract cannot be changed]

May 19, 2022 (anywhere on Earth): Regular Paper Deadline (final submissions (final pdf))

July 2, 2022: Paper notification

July 24, 2022: Camera ready papers deadline