Call for Papers

Suggested topics for the workshop include but are not limited to:
  • Automatic identification of argument elements (e.g., premises and conclusion; data, claim and warrant), argumentation schemes, relationships between arguments in and between documents, and relationships to discourse goals (e.g. stages of a “critical discussion”) and/or rhetorical strategies;
  • Creation and evaluation of argument annotation schemes, relationship of argument annotation to linguistic and discourse structure annotation schemes, (semi-)automatic argument annotation methods and tools, and creation and annotation of high-quality shared argumentation corpora;
  • Management of dialogue (spoken and transcribed) and the extraction of argument structures from such data, including additional challenges posed by real-time processing; argument mining in dialogue for mixed initiative argumentation;
  • Processing strategies integrating NLP methods and AI models developed for argumentation such as abstract and structured argumentation frameworks;
  • Applications of argument mining to, e.g., acquiring requirements for technical documents, analysis of arguments in meetings, opinion analysis and mining consumer reviews, evaluation of students’ written arguments and argument diagrams, and information access (retrieval, extraction, summarization, and visualization) in domains such as scientific and legal discourse.
  • Finally, to highlight the importance of, and close connection with, the emerging area of Debating Technologies, the workshop will introduce a Special Track on Debating Technologies. Specifically, Debating Technologies are defined as computational technologies developed directly to enhance, support, and engage with human debating. The proposed special track will be managed in particular by Noam Slonim of IBM Research and Iryna Gurevych from the Technische Universitat Darmstadt.

In addition, the workshop features an unshared task on argumentation analysis, for which submissions are also solicited.



Please use the ACL 2016 style for submissions. Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages of content plus unlimited references, or short paper of up to 4 pages plus unlimited references. In both categories, authors of accepted papers will be given 1 further page for content in which to respond to reviewer comments.

Submission must be via the online system at


Important Dates


Deadline for all categories of submission: 8 May, 2016 Thursday, 12 May at midnight Samoa Standard Time (UTC-11).

Notification of acceptance: 5 June, 2016

Camera-ready papers due: 21 June, 2016

Workshop 12 August 2016