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Call for Highlights - ISMB 2016

Call for Highlights Submission Site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ismb2016 Opens December 14, 2015

ISMB 2016 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.

Highlights Track: About
Highlights Track: Deadlines
Highlights Track: Review Criteria
Highlights Track: Submission Guidelines

Highlights Track: About

We invite the submission of full papers that have been published, or accepted for publication, between January 1, 2015 and the submission deadline, March 11, 2016. Publications that are "in press" and already linked on the journal web site by March 11, 2016 are also welcome. Accepted presenters for the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves, and must register and pay to attend the conference and the presenter should identify themselves as the corresponding author during the submission process.

The presentation of talks at ISMB is by thematic area. Oral presentations from accepted submissions from Highlights, Proceedings and Late Breaking Research will be presented by theme area. A listing of Theme Chairs is available here.

  • Data:
    Applied Bioinformatics
    Databases, Ontologies, & Text Mining

  • Disease:
    Disease Models & Epidemiology

  • Genes:
    Evolution and Comparative Genomics (genes/genomes)
    Gene Regulation
    RNA Bioinformatics
    Sequence Analysis (genes)

  • Proteins:
    Evolution and Comparative Genomics (proteins)
    Protein Interactions & Molecular Networks (protein interactions)
    Protein Structure & Function
    Sequence Analysis (proteins)

  • Systems:
    Population Genomics
    Protein Interactions & Molecular Networks (molecular networks)

Submitters will choose the track area best suited for their paper during submission.

Area Area Chair
Applied Bioinformatics Florian Markowetz, Stefano Lonardi
Bioimaging Robert Murphy, Charless Fowlkes
Databases, Ontologies & Text Mining Hagit Shatkay, Zhiyong Lu
Disease Models & Epidemiology Trey Ideker, Maricel Kann
Evolution & Comparative Genomics/Proteomics Bernard Moret, Matthieu Blanchette
Gene Regulation Uwe Ohler, Cenk Sahinalp
Gene / Protein Sequence Analysis Siu Ming Yiu, Knut Reinert
Population Genomics Jennifer Listgarten, Oliver Stegle
Protein Interactions & Molecular Networks Natasa Przulj, Hidde de Jong
Protein Structure & Function Lenore Cowen, Jianlin Cheng
RNA Bioinformatics Rolf Backofen, Jerome Waldispuhl

Highlights Track: Deadlines and Presentation Length

All papers published in peer-reviewed journals (no book chapters) between January 1, 2015 and March 11, 2016 are eligible to be presented as talks. Papers in press are acceptable only if already available through the journal web site. Note that presenters are be encouraged to also present more recent work, however, that work will not be considered in the decision. Up to 2 papers can be submitted as one single PDF if the authors intend to present the results of multiple qualifying papers.

Acceptance notifications will be sent no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.

The selected Highlights will be presented in thematic tracks that run in parallel at the conference. All presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by a maximum of 3-minute discussions. Presenters should focus on the chosen paper(s), and are encouraged to include more recent results.

Highlights Track Deadlines
Monday, December 14, 2015Call for Highlights Track Opens
Friday, March 11, 2016Highlights Submission Deadline
Monday, April 25, 2016 Highlights Acceptance Notification **Revised**


Highlights Track: Review Criteria

All submissions will be evaluated by a group of Area Chairs and Program Committee according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to conference attendees,
  2. Impact of the paper(s) on biology/medicine (while the impact of papers on science is not fully reflected by ISI/Google-like impact factors or high number of downloads, high values in such factors will clearly stand as a strong argument for acceptance),
  3. "Presentability" of the work to a large, diverse audience,
  4. Quality of oral presentations by the submitter (if known),
  5. Submissions that permit the presentation of related interesting unpublished new results will be viewed favorably.

These "soft" criteria attempt to capture the underlying goal of the Highlights Track, namely the presentation of exciting and thought-provoking seminars that will both contribute to the success of the conference and to the impact the meeting has on advancing computational biology and bioinformatics.


Highlights Track: Submission Guidelines

PDF files of the papers including the 250-word Scientific Justification and a 150-word presentation description (This should be shown as the Abstract when submitting through EasyChair) must be submitted through the submission system by March 11, 2016 (midnight by any time zone). No exceptions will be allowed.

Submissions should include the following:

  • For each presenter only one submission to the Highlights Track will be reviewed (the LAST will be taken by default). The same limitation applies for the last author (group). Publications can be grouped if it becomes clear how different publications will be combined in a talk. The maximal number of submissions per author/co-author is 5.
  • Name/affiliation/email of submitter (assumed to be the presenter; note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  • Names/affiliations/email of ALL coauthors (note: any name appearing on a published paper has to be added here). Note that all co-authors have to agree to the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to guarantee that all co-author email addresses are correct (email notifications of the submission will be sent to all co-authors).
  • 150 word description of the presentation for promotion on conference website. (This should be shown as the Abstract when submitting through EasyChair)
  • Additional contact information (for presenter).
  • 250-word limited justification-like argument that explains the impact and importance of this work.
  • Sources of original publication(s) (Year, Journal, Vol., pages).
  • PDF with paper(s) (note: in case of the submission of 2 papers, both should be merged into one single PDF; all reviews will be based on the content of this PDF).
  • Optional: link to Google Video demonstrating presentation skills of presenter.
  • Only PDF submissions are acceptable. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems (LINUX, MacOS, Windows).

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