Editorial Process

1. TSLP will accept submissions which have not been published or submitted in any form elsewhere. The Associate Editors solicit reviews and make a publication recommendation to the Editors-in-Chief, who will make the final decision.
2. TSLP will publish outstanding papers which are "major value-added extensions" of papers previously published in conferences; that is, TSLP will not automatically reject papers that are major extensions to previously published conference papers. These papers will go through the normal review process.
3. TSLP will discourage excessively long papers (longer than 50 double-spaced pages including figures, references, etc.), and unnecessary digressions even in shorter papers. This is to motivate the authors to bring out the essence of their papers more clearly, to make it easier for the reviewers and readers, and to allow TSLP to publish more papers in any given issue.
4. In a similar vein, TSLP encourages shorter submissions, including even very short (say, five page) submissions. The primary criterion for acceptance is improving on the state-of-the-art in some significant way.
5. TSLP will publish occasional special issues to provide a timely boost to promising areas of research and development, or a timely consolidation of the results in other areas. Guest editors will be invited to organize such issues.
6. TSLP will attempt to significantly reduce the time from first-submission to publication. TSLP editors will try to return reviews for a submission in each review cycle within three months of receipt of the submission. TSLP editors will also regard a submission to have been withdrawn if its required revision is not submitted within six months of the revision notification.
7. Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation. (Please see the TSLP Referee Guidelines for more details.) The author will be notified of the name of an Associate Editor who will be responsible for the processing of the manuscript, and should address correspondence to that Associate Editor.
8. The editor processing a paper normally assigns 2-4 reviewers to a paper. Reviewers provide advice to the editor to help him/her to reach an editorial decision on the paper; the editor's decision may differ from the consensus of the reviewers. In a small number of cases, the editors may also recommend immediate rejection or acceptance of a submission. The editor may decide that the submission is worthy of publication as is and may recommend immediate acceptance of the paper without reviews. The editor may recommend immediate rejection of the submission if he/she deems that the paper is of poor quality or does not match the scope of the journal.

Types of Papers

The ACM TSLP publishes original archival papers in the area of speech and human language processing. (See the Editorial Charter for further details.) Submitted papers are judged primarily on originality and relevance, but effective presentation is also critical. Contributions should conform to generally accepted practices for scientific papers with respect to organization and style.
TSLP also publishes focused surveys. These should be deep and will sometimes be quite narrow, but would make a contribution to our understanding of an important area or subarea of language and speech processing, broadly defined. TSLP surveys should be educational to the speech and language audiences by presenting a relatively well-established body of research. Surveys can summarize prior literature on a theoretical or systems research topic, or can explain approaches implemented in commercial systems. A survey of the former type summarizes a literature on a particular subject, presenting a new way of understanding how the papers in this literature fit together. A survey of the latter type summarizes the best industrial art, and can be acceptable even if it represents no new contribution over what has been used in industry for years, if the paper's content is not to be found in the published literature.
Finally, TSP welcomes submissions that review, critique, correct, or expand on a paper previously published in TSLP. Such submissions will go through the standard formal review. Where appropriate, the author(s) of the original paper will be given an opportunity to respond, with their own submission.

Manuscript Preparation

1. TSLP places emphasis on wider accessibility of papers. It encourages authors to include examples where appropriate and to make greater efforts to target their presentation to a broader audience than specialists doing current research in the topical areas of the papers.
2. The papers shall situate the current work with respect to published work by providing a reasonable summary of the latter.
3. In papers describing experimental results, authors should strive to report experiments with replicability as a goal. Such papers shall report results on standard test sets using standard metrics. Authors shall cite the best known results on these test sets. Authors shall provide statistical significance tests on their results. There is little value in a paper that describes an experiment using authors' private data, private test sets, and authors' own metric. In case there are no standard tests or metrics in the paper's area, the authors shall have a mechanism to provide the test material and the evaluation tool to the community.
4. Papers advocating a new algorithm shall report the best baseline that can be obtained using known alternate methods.
5. Papers advocating automatic methods shall make clear all the manual steps (if any) involved.
6. Papers shall be prepared in LaTeX or Word, and be submitted online in PDF or Postscript format. For more information, see Submission Guidelines.

Prior Publication Policy

The technical contributions appearing in ACM journals are normally original papers which have not been published elsewhere. Widely disseminated conference proceedings and newsletters are a form of publication.
A submission based on a paper appearing elsewhere must have major value-added extensions to the version that appears elsewhere. For conference papers, there is little scientific merit in simply sending the submitted version to a journal once the paper has been accepted for the conference. The authors learn little from this, and the scientific community gains little.
The submitted manuscript should have at least 30% new material. The new material should be content material, not just the addition of obvious proofs or a few more straightforward performance figures. The submitted manuscript affords an opportunity to describe the novel approach in more depth, to consider the alternatives more comprehensively, and to delve into some of the issues listed in the other paper as future work. At the same time, it is not required that the submitted manuscript contain all of the material from the published paper. To the contrary: only enough material need be included from the published paper to set the context and render the new material comprehensible.
The corresponding author of a TSLP submission must inform the editor handling that submission about any paper by any author of the TSLP submission that (a) is in submission, (b) has been accepted for publication, or (c) has been published, that overlaps significantly (more than a page or so) with the TSLP submission. Such papers in categories (b) and (c) should be referenced by the TSLP submission and discussed in the related work section, as appropriate. The corresponding author should also inform the editor about any overlaps that occur while the paper is under consideration by TSLP. In all cases, the Editor will make the determination as to whether the overlap is acceptable.

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