+ Call for papers – special issue on Automated Text and Layout Recognition!

The Journal of Language Technology and Computational Linguistics (JLCL) is calling for contributions for a forthcoming special issue on automatic text and layout recognition.

Together with its predecessor, the LDV-Forum, JLCL looks back on more than 30 years of publishing outstanding contributions in the field of computational linguistics and language technology. Today, JLCL is an open access medium and serves as the primary publication platform of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology.

For the current issue, researchers, archivists, and librarians are invited to submit papers about original research work as well as surveys in the fields automatic text and layout recognition including the following topics:

  • Optical character recognition (OCR), e.g., Definition and theoretical considerations of recognition models, training OCR models
  • Deep learning for text recognition
  • Handwritten text recognition (HTR)
  • Optical layout recognition (OLR), i.e., Page segmentation Region/Segment classification
  • Document analysis
  • Line segmentation
  • Text correction, e.g., Lexicon-based approaches
  • Statistical language modelling
  • Image preprocessing, e.g., Binarization Deskewing/dewarping
  • Cropping Tool descriptions, e.g., Full-fledged OCR/OLR workflows
  • Tools for manual transcription,
  • GT creation (Unified) interfaces to OCR/OLR tools


Although there is no strict page limit, the length of the manuscript should be between 10-25 pages. Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format to info@jlcl.org. The usage of JLCL’s LaTeX templates is highly encouraged. For camera-ready versions it is obligatory. Potential submitters are kindly requested to consult the ‘Guidelines for authors‘.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions is the 28th February 2018. We intend to ensure a fast and transparent reviewing process. The issue is expected to be published in summer 2018.

Guest Editors

Alexander Geyken (Berlin-Brandenburg Academies of Sciences and Humanities) Günter Mühlberger (University of Innsbruck, READ) Uwe Springmann (Würzburg University Library) Kay-Michael Würzner (Berlin-Brandenburg Academies of Sciences and Humanities, OCR-D, corresponding editor)

Confirmed Members of the Review Board

Gregory Crane (University of Leipzig), Roger Labahn (University of Rostock), Marcus Liwicki (University of Fribourg), Thomas Meiers (Heinrich-Hertz-Institute Berlin), Clemens Neudecker (Berlin State Library), Frank Puppe (University of Würzburg), Klaus Schulz (LMU München), Thomas Stäcker (University and State Library Darmstadt), Rainer Stotzka (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).

If you have any questions about the issue, please contact Kay-Michael Würzner or  Günter Mühlberger.


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