Biology by other means


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Posters, representing condensed descriptions of ongoing work, will be displayed during the meeting. At least one of the authors of the poster will have to attend the meeting. Posters should describe original, interesting, and solid scientific content that is relevant to bioinformatics and computational biology and will be reviewed to ensure that the content is appropriate. They are intended to convey scientific results and are not advertisements for commercial products We will attempt to accept as many posters as possible, subject to space restrictions..

Each poster will have a space of 1 meter wide by 1.5 meters tall (39 x 59 inches). The conference will provide pins for hanging posters.

Poster submission is closed.


Leading researchers and practitioners in computational biology and bioinformatics will gather at the 6th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB ’08). Presentations will describe both new computational techniques and their applications in all areas of molecular biology.
We are soliciting research papers in any aspect of computational biology, including (but not limited to) the following areas:
  • Genomes and protein analysis
  • Algorithms and phylogeny
  • Transcriptomics
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Proteomics
  • Text mining
  • Pathways and interactions
  • Databases
  • Systems biology
  • Bioinformatics for diseases
Accepted papers will be published in a special, open-access, online-only issue of Bioinformatics. They will be citable as regular articles and indexed in Medline and ISI.

Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time the paper is submitted to ECCB ‘08, and for the entire review period, the paper should not be under review by any other conference or scientific journal.

We will accept long papers, corresponding to “Original papers” in the categories of the journal Bioinformatics (5-7 pages long). Authors should use of the LaTeX or Word templates available for download farther down this page in order to facilitate processing of accepted papers. Using the templates will also enable you to accurately estimate the number of pages of your paper. The  submission format is PDF.

Paper submission deadline February 11th, 2008 by 11:59 p.m. (23:59) in the timezone of your choice
Notification of paper acceptance April  7th, 2008
Final versions of accepted papers due April 20th, 2008

Submissions will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee. The final, corrected versions of accepted papers must conform to the formatting guidelines available when the paper is accepted. Details of the submission process and the format of accepted papers will be provided at the time of paper acceptance.
Papers not accepted may be resubmitted as posters by May 19th, 2008.

Papers will only be accepted electronically at the submission website.

For your initial submission, please prepare your manuscript as a single file and then prepare a PDF version of the manuscript file, including all figures and tables, for online submission.

Questions about paper submission should be addressed to Anna Tramontano.

Word and LaTex templates can be found below. Use of these templates is compulsory.

Please refer to the instructions to authors of Bioinformatics original papers regarding the format of your  references. In particular:

  • Subdivide manuscripts into Title page, Structured Abstract, Introduction, System and methods, Algorithm, Implementation, Discussion, References.
  • The title should be short, specific and informative.
  • The surname and initials of each author should be followed by his/her department, Institution, city with postal code and country. Any changes of address may be added to the footnotes. The author to whom offprint requests are to be sent should be indicated by an asterisk and the footnote 'To whom correspondence should be addressed'. Please provide a running head of not more than 50 characters.
  • Abstracts are structured with a standard layout such that the text is divided into sub-sections under the following five headings: Motivation, Results, Availability, Contact and Supplementary Information. In cases where authors feel the headings inappropriate, some flexibility is allowed. The abstracts should be succinct and contain only material relevant to the headings. A maximum of 150 words is recommended. If internet hyperlinks are available for any part of the abstract, then this should be given in the form of 'clickable text', i.e.{{http://www...}}
  • Motivation: This section should specifically state the scientific question within the context of the field of study.
  • Results: This section should summarize the scientific advance or novel results of the study, and its impact on computational biology.
  • Availability: This section should state software availability if the paper focuses mainly on software development or on the implementation of an algorithm.
  • Contact:Full email address to be given, preferably an institution email address.
  • Supplementary information: Links to additional figures/data available on a web site.
  • References should  be listed as follows:
Myasnikova,E. et al. (2000) Registration of the expression patterns of Drosophila segmentation genes by two independent methods. Bioinformatics, 17, 3-12.
Schäfer,J. and Strimmer,K. (2005) An empirical Bayes approach to inferring large-scale gene association networks. Bioinformatics, 21, 754-764.
Lonsdale,D.M., Hodge,T.P. and Stoehr,P.J. (1984) A computer program for the management of small cosmid banks. In Soll,D. and Roberts,R.J. (eds).
The Applications of Computers to Research on Nucleic Acids II Part 2. IRL Press, Oxford, pp. 429-436.

LaTeX style sheets
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MS Word template
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