Call for Proceedings - ISMB/ECCB 2013

Proceedings Chair: Nir Ben-Tal, Tel Aviv University, Israel

**Call for Proceedings Submission Site**  Closed: January 7, 2013

ISMB/ECCB 2013 brings together Bioinformaticians and Computational Biologists working in a wide range of disciplines, including molecular biology, biology, medicine, computer science, mathematics and statistics. Papers that demonstrate both the development of new computational techniques AND their application to Molecular and Systems Biology, with significant outcomes to biomedical, agricultural, and environmental questions are especially encouraged.


Proceedings Submission Deadline - Will included two rounds of reviews. **New Earlier Dates**
Monday, September 17, 2012 Call for Proceedings Submissions Opens
Monday, January 7, 2013
Proceedings Submission Deadline
Monday, February 4, 2013 Announcement of Submissions Selected for Second Round
Monday, March 11, 2013 Revised Submission Deadline
Friday, April 5, 2013* Conditional Acceptance Nofification
Friday, April 12, 2013 Revised Submission Deadline
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Final Acceptance Notification

* The authors of submissions that will qualify for the second round but will not make it into the ISMB Proceedings will be granted the opportunity to be redirected to Bioinformatics, subjected to Editorial considerations there.

We are soliciting high-quality research papers in any aspect of computational biology, including the following areas:


Area Area Chairs
Applied Bioinformatics Ora Furman, Thomas Lengauer
Bioimaging & Data Visualization Sean O'Donohue; Carolina Wählby
Databases, Ontologies & Text Mining Alex Bateman, Hagit Shatkay
Disease Models & Epidemiology Simon Kasif, Lewi Stone
Evolution & Comparative Genomics Tandy Warnow, Tal Pupko
Gene Regulation & Transcriptomics Zohar Yakhini, Alex Hartemink
Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics Rob Russell, Olga Vitek
Metabolic Networks Bonnie Berger, Jason Papin
Population Genomics Russell Schwartz, Eleazar Eskin
Protein Interactions & Molecular Networks Mona Singh, Roded Sharan
Protein Structure & Function Lenore Cowen, Jie Liang
RNA Bioinformatics Hanah Margalit, Ivo Hofacker
Sequence Analysis Serafim Batzoglou, Cenk Sahinalp

A complete listing of committee members will be available here.


Relevant computational techniques include, but are not limited to: machine learning; data mining; text analysis; pattern recognition; knowledge representation; databases; data modeling; combinatorics; stochastic modeling; string and graph algorithms; linguistic methods; robotics; constraint satisfaction; data visualization; parallel computation; data integration; modelling and simulation.

Submission Guidelines

Papers will be assigned to an Area and three reviews sought. Accepted papers will be published as conference proceedings in an open access, online-only, section of a regular issue of the Bioinformatics journal with an electronic version distributed to conference delegates. The proceedings will be available online approximately one month prior to the conference opening.

Publication of the proceedings as an online part of the Bioinformatics journal will result in fully citable articles, indexed by Medline and ISI. See the conference proceedings for ISMB 2012 for an example of online-only publication by Oxford University Press.

Presenters of accepted papers will be given a 20-minute time slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) in the conference schedule to provide a summary and update to their work. Paper presenters must register and pay to attend and present at the conference.

Papers can be submitted using the template (word or latex) of the Bioinformatics journal or in template-free format. If the Bioinformatics template is used the paper length should not exceed nine pages. For template-free the length of the paper should not exceed 12 pages (single space, 12 point font), including abstract, figures, tables, and bibliography. In either case, the paper must contain an abstract of up to 250 words.

After acceptance papers will have to be formatted according to the layout style of the Bioinformatics journal and will be limited to 9 pages. Formatting requirements can be found at:

If absolutely necessary, submissions can be accompanied by supplementary material, similar to submissions to scientific journals. The supplementary material should be collected in a separate file that is appropriately marked and uploaded as an attachment on the paper submission page in EasyChair. However, we advise against adding supplementary material, in general. Supplementary material will be published on the proceedings site alongside the online version of the conference paper. We do not support supplementary material presented at any other than the publisher's site. Additionally, the Bioinformatics journal does not edit or typeset supplementary data - it is uploaded online exactly as it is received, so authors must ensure its accuracy before submitting.

Papers should be submitted in their final form; poor quality submissions or insufficiently prepared papers are very often rejected.


Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time the paper is submitted to ISMB/ECCB 2013, and for the entire review period, the paper should not be under review by any other conference or scientific journal.

Papers will be accepted electronically, in PDF format only, at the submission site until Monday, January 7, 2013. (You have until 11:59 pm in a time zone of your choice. This means that the submission server will be closed at noon, 11:59 am GMT (UTC+0), January 8, 2013).

This year we will adopt a review procedure that is closer to that of a regular submission to the Bioinformatics journal. We will have two rounds of reviews, allowing the authors to reply to the reviewer comments. In the first round the submissions will be classified into two categories: (a) minor/major changes, and (b) not accepted. Authors of submissions in the first category will be given the opportunity to submit revised drafts based on the reviewer comments, with letters of reply to the reviewers outlining the main changes and/or giving counter arguments to the reviewer points. The second round of review will involve selection of the most suitable papers for ISMB/ECCB. These will be published in the Bioinformatics journal and presented at the conference. The authors of submissions that will not be accepted in the second round will be given the opportunity to be redirected to an on-line issue of the Bioinformatics journal (fully citable; equal to regular publication in this journal), subjected to the Editorial considerations of Bioinformatics.


The results of the first round of review will be provided by e-mail no later than Monday, February 4, 2013. Revised, corrected versions of the submissions (including letters of reply to the reviewers), are due no later than March 11, 2013, and conditional acceptance notification for these papers will be April 5, 2013. Final submission, which must conform to the formatting guidelines available when the paper is accepted, is April 12, 2013, and final acceptance notification is April 17, 2013. Details of the submission process and format of accepted papers will be provided at the time of paper acceptance.

Papers not accepted may be resubmitted as a "regular conference poster" until Friday, March 22, 2013 or as a "late conference poster" until Friday, April 19, 2013. Poster information is available here.

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