MT Marathon 2018 Call for Papers

The Machine Translation Marathon 2018, MTM2018, will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic in September 3-8th, 2018.

The MT Marathon will again host an Open Source Convention to advance the state of the art in machine translation. We invite developers of open source tools to present their work and submit a paper of up to 10 pages that describes the underlying methodology and includes instructions on how to use the tools.

We are looking for stand-alone tools and extensions of existing tools, such as the Moses open source system. Accepted papers will be presented during the MT Marathon and published in the next issue of the Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics (

Possible Topics:

  • Training of Machine Translation models
  • Machine Translation decoders
  • Tuning of Machine Translation systems
  • Evaluation of Machine Translation
  • Visualisation, annotation or debugging tools
  • Tools for human translators
  • Interfaces for web-based services or APIs
  • Extensions of existing tools
  • Other tools for Machine Translation

The papers from previous Marathons are available online among other PBML articles.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: June 26, 2018 (1 paragraph, to allocate reviewers, flexible deadline)
Paper submission: July 10, 2018
Notification: July 27, 2018
Camera-ready: August 3, 2018
Presentations: September 3-8, 2018 (at the MT Marathon in Prague)

Author Instructions for MT Marathon 2018

  • Abstract submission: Please send plain text e-mail to Ondřej Bojar (bojar AT
  • Submission and technical pre-check: Please send full non-anonymous submissions to Martin Popel and Ondřej Bojar (popel and bojar AT
    • via Overleaf (easier): Create your submission by cloning this PBML template Overleaf project and send the (editable) URL.
    • on your own: Please send full non-anonymous submissions in PDF including the full Xe(La)TeX source for the technical pre-check by e-mail. Test if all parts are there (e.g., don't forget the bibfile).
  • Code: Please make the relevant code publicly available at the time of submission.
  • Length: 10 pages maximum, including references.
  • Format: Submissions will be accepted only in the PBML Xe(La)TeX format for short papers (i.e. MS Word and other formats or a PDF without source files will not be accepted).
  • Further instructions: The remaining standard PBML instructions apply, see the short paper track.
  • Camera-ready: If your paper has been accepted, please send your camera-ready version to Martin Popel and Ondřej Bojar. Again, we need both the PDF and full Xe(La)TeX source. Sharing the Overleaf URL is the easiest option, or send the full package by e-mail.
  • arXiv: PBML welcomes final as well as draft versions of your papers on arXiv. You can make use of the pbmlarxiv.cls (zipped) class (arXiv does not support XeLaTeX used by the standard pbml.cls). Just remember to fill the DOI and reference PBML when your paper is published.

Papers will be reviewed by two reviewers appointed by the program committee. Most of the accepted papers will be printed in PBML in time for the MT Marathon, some papers may require substantial revisions and may be postponed to subsequent PBML issues.