The title should be short, specific and informative, avoiding if possible version number and the words: tool, package, application, software (and similar). 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. Up to five key words should be supplied.
Abstracts of short papers should be no more than 100 words long. If internet hyperlinks are available, either for software or for supplementary information available on the author‚s own website, please provide URLs.
Full electronic mail address to be given beneath the abstract.
This should conform to standard scientific reporting style and should be broken into sections. Appropriate section headings may include: Introduction, Systems and Methods, Algorithm, Implementation, Discussion and Conclusion, but these headings are not mandatory. Previous work in the field should be mentioned. Sufficient information should be given so that an application can be re-implemented. A test data set and results must be provided (where appropriate).
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Published articles and those in press (state the journal which has accepted them) may be included. In the text, a reference should be cited by author and date; not more than 2 authors may be cited per reference; if there are more than 2 authors use et al. References must NOT be numbered. At the end of the manuscript, the citations should be given in alphabetical order, with the authors surname followed by the initial. References should include in the following order: author name(s), year, paper title, journal title, volume number, inclusive page numbers. The name of the journal should be abbreviated according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals. Book references should also include the editors and the name and address of the publisher. References should therefore be listed as follows:
Bryce,C.F.A. (1982) Rapid nucleic acid sequencing methods - alternative approaches to facilitating learning. J. Biol. Educ., 16, 275-280.
Soll,D. and Roberts,R.J. (1984) The Applications of Computers to Research on Nucleic Acids II Part 2. IRL Press, Oxford.
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.
Personal communications (J.Smith, personal communication) should be authorized by those involved in writing, and unpublished data should be cited as (unpublished data). Both should be used as sparingly as possible and only when the unpublished data referred to is peripheral rather than central to the discussion. References to manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should be included in the list of references.
These should be included at the end of the text and not in footnotes.
Tables should be placed in the text where you want them to appear and should be numbered consecutively. Tables should be self-explanatory and include a brief descriptive title. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by lower-case letters but should not include extensive experimental detail.
All figures should be referred to in the text as Figure 1 etc. They should be placed in the main text in their approximate final positions. Where available, the figures should be submitted in electronic form e.g. as an encapsulated postscript file. Hard copies of figures should be sent only as a last resort. If you must do this, please label figures lightly on the back with number, first author and manuscript title. An arrow should be used to indicate the top of the figure, and send them to:
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All figures should be formatted to fit into, or be reduced to, a single (86 mm) or double (178 mm) column width. Figure legends should appear on a separate page.
Tables or figures are preferable to web screen dumps. All screen dumps should have a white background to increase the contrast between the illustration and the background, so that the figure is easy to read.
These must be of sufficient quality for publication as submitted, i.e. clear, sharp, clean and of even density. A minimum screen resolution of 300 dpi at the printed size is recommended for bitmap files; vector files (e.g. .eps) are preferable. Figures will NOT be redrawn or relabeled. Any lettering or text should be in proportion with the rest of the figure.
These must be of sufficient quality with respect to detail, contrast, and fineness of grain to withstand the unavoidable loss of contrast inherent in the printing process. A minimum screen resolution of 1200 dpi at the printed size is recommended.
Short papers will be made available online and in colour
In general, submitted papers should follow the conventions of the CBE Style Manual (Council of Biology Editors, Bethesda, MD, 1983, 5th edition). Follow Chemical Abstracts and its indices for chemical names. For guidance in the use of biochemical terminology follow the recommendations issued by the IUPAC-IUB Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature, as given in Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents, published by the Biochemical Society, UK. For enzymes, use the recommended name assigned by the IUPAC-IUB Committee on Biochemical Nomenclature, 1978, as given in Enzyme Nomenclature, published by Academic Press, New York, 1980. Where possible, use the recommended SI units. Genotypes should be italicized. Phenotypes should not be italicized. For bacterial agents nomenclature follow Demerc et al. (1966) Genetics, 54, 61-76.
Page charges are NOT levied.
There is NO proofing stage for short papers and the organizers of ISMB/ECB 2004 regret that they CANNOT ACCEPT REVISIONS TO SHORT PAPERS AFTER MARCH 15, 2004.