Important datesSubmission of extendedabstracts (300-500words):October 1st 2013Notification of proposalacceptance:November 1st 2013Submission of full papers:January 30th 2014Notification of paperacceptance:March 30th 2014Final version submission:May 31st 2014Publication date:November 2014Submission Systemhttp://ees.elsevier.com/jksu-cis/Special Issue EditorHend Al-Khalifa –Associate professor,Information TechnologyDepartment,College of Computer andInformation Sciences,King Saud Universityhendk@ksu.edu.saArabic NLP: Current State andFuture ChallengesAbout the JournalThe Journal of King Saud University - Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) is producedand hosted by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of King Saud University (KSU). The CIS Journalpublishes peer-reviewed research articles in computer and information sciences; it wasfounded in 1994 and is published in http://ees.elsevier.com/jksu-cis/.AbstractArabic is a member of the Semitic languages family that uses a distinct alphabet set andspoken by more than 340 million individuals as their first language. It is the official language,either solely or jointly, in twenty countries located in the Middle East and Africa. Arabic isthe language of the Holly Qur’aan and one of the six official languages of the United Nations.Arabic Natural language processing (NLP) is still in its initial stage compared to the workin English and other languages. NLP is made possible by the collaboration of manydisciplines including computer science, linguistics, mathematics, psychology and artificialintelligence. The results of which are highly beneficial for many applications such as machinetranslation, Information Retrieval, Information Extraction, text summarization andQuestion Answering.This special issue of CCIS Journal is intended to present the current state of research onArabic NLP, Arabic computational linguistics, and related areas. We welcome unpublishedhigh quality papers (in English) on current state of Arabic NLP including, but not limited to: Part of Speech Tagging Morphological analysis and generation Word sense and Syntactic disambiguation Transliteration, transcription and diacritization Named Entity Recognition Corpus Linguistics (corpora, electronic dictionaries, treebanks, etc.) Machine Translation Information Extraction Information Retrieval Question Answering Semantic and Sentiment analysis Text Clustering, Classification and Summarization Text and Web content mininghttp://ees.elsevier.com/jksu-cis/Journal of King Saud UniversityComputer and Information SciencesOfficial Journal of KSU – College of Computer and Information SciencesGuest Editors: Eric Atwell – Associate Professor, Language research group, I-AIBS institute for artificial intelligence and biological systems,School of computing, Faculty of engineering, University of Leeds. Khaled Shaalan – Associate Professor at Faculty of Computers & Information, Cairo Univ. (on Secondment to The BritishUniversity in Dubai). Imed Zitouni – PhD, Principal Researcher at Microsoft, Member of the Relevance and Measurement team of Microsoft.