Special Issue on

Advances in Arabic Language Processing

for the International Journal on Information and Communication Technologies


This is a call for papers for a special issue on “Arabic Language Processing” to be published in June 2010 in the International Journal on Information and Communication Technologies (IJICT). The paper version of IJICT is published by Serial Publications (http://www.serialspublications.com/journals1.asp?jid=354&dtype=1&jtype=), whereas the electronic version is published in the IEEE Moroccan section website (http://www.ieee.ma/IJICT/).



This special issue is dedicated to substantial extensions of the high quality papers of the International Conference on Arabic Language Processing (CITALA 2009) conference papers. It focuses on recent trends on Arabic language processing in order to reflect the progress made in this field.



Indeed, the United Nations adopted the Arabic language as one of its 6 official languages and it is a language spoken by over 300 million people in the world. In addition, Arabic has become a major language for Human Language Technology. Therefore, we would like to focus on specific issues that would help citizens living in Arabic countries to have access to information and technologies (open source resources, dictionaries, search engines, grammar checkers, etc.) in their mother tongues and therefore discuss requirements to customize existing technologies. This special issue intends to identify problems of common interest, and possible mechanisms to move towards solutions, such as sharing of resources, tools, standards, sharing and dissemination of information and expertise, adoption of current best practices, etc.



We invite papers selected by CITALA 2009 program committee to submit an extended version of their papers (between 15 and 20 pages) describing these various aspects of Arabic Language Processing. These papers are subject to a more careful review by the special issue reviewers committees.




Important Dates

First announcement: 4 May 2009 (during CITALA 2009)

Journal announcement: September 1st 2009

Submission deadline: 30 October 2009

Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2010

Final manuscript due: 15 March 2010

Tentative publication date: June 2010




Submission Guidelines

Papers should be submitted in English and should be formatted following the style guidelines of IEEE and IJICT (Guidelines). Please submit papers in PDF format using the web-based submission system (https://www.easychair.org/login.cgi?conf=siaalpijict2010). Please notice that the typical paper length is 15-20 pages.




Guest Editors (Alphabetic order)

Karim Bouzoubaa (Mohammadia School of Engineers, Morocco), karim.bouzouba@emi.ac.ma

Ali Farghaly (Oracle Coporation & Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA), ali.farghaly@oracle.com 

Khaled Shaalan (The British University in Duabi, UAE), khaled.shaalan@buid.ac.ae