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GLBIO 2021 | May 10-13, 2021 | Virtual Event |CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS


Links in this page: General Submission Information | Full Papers for Oral Presentation | Abstracts for Oral Presentation | Poster Information | Questions

General Submission Information

All Submissions for GLBIO:  https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=glbio2021

Submissions are invited for full papers, oral presentation abstracts, and posters at the 14th Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology. This is an invitation to scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit high quality original research papers for presentation at GLBIO 2021. Authors of papers and oral abstracts that are accepted to the conference will present their work at the conference (longer talks for full papers, shorter talks for the abstracts). Accepted full papers will be considered for inclusion in a PLOS special collection devoted to GLBIO 2021. Individual papers in the PLOS collection will appear in PLOS Computational Biology or PLOS One, according to the authors’ preference.

A wide definition and inclusion of bioinformatics/computational biology will be considered, and topics of interest include the following:

  • Algorithms & Machine Learning
  • Bioinformatics Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Cheminformatics
  • Clinical & Health Informatics
  • Databases, Ontologies & Biocuration
  • Disease Models & Molecular Medicine
  • Epidemiology & Biodiversity
  • Evolutionary, Comparative Genomics & Phylogenetics
  • Gene Regulation & Transcriptomics
  • Genome Informatics
  • Image Analysis
  • Macromolecular Structure & Function
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbiome Informatics
  • Network Biology
  • Proteomics & Metabolomics
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Modeling
  • Text Mining & Natural Language Processing
  • Visualization

Key dates: Click here  Conference website: www.iscb.org/glbio2021 

Submission website: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=glbio2021

Special Sessions:  Authors can request consideration by special sessions in Easychair.  Please carefully review the information below before submitting in Easychair.

Sessions that will consider Full papers and Abstracts 

Sessions that will consider Abstracts only

Full Papers for Oral Presentation submissions to GLBIO 2021 should be prepared using PLOS ONE or PLOS Computational Biology format (see below on how to choose the journal). Submissions to GLBIO should be made via Easychair and the deadline is February 5th, 2021. Authors of all full papers that are accepted for oral talks at the conference will have the option of being considered for publication in a PLOS ONE/PLOS Computational Biology Collection devoted to the GLBIO 2021 conference (choice of journal for individual papers is the authors’ – see below). Prior to the submission to the PLOS manuscript submission system, authors who decide to proceed with this option will be expected to address the reviewers’ comments received during the GLBIO review process (and if the authors desire, potential feedback from the audience received during their GLBIO oral talk presentation). Please note that such revised papers will be subject to additional peer review by the chosen journal (see below), where members of the PLOS Editorial Board who will handle the papers will, whenever possible, invite the same reviewers that have participated in the GLBIO review process.

We will follow up after the conference with the authors of all full papers that are accepted for oral talks at GLBIO regarding instructions on how to submit to the GLBIO 2021-related PLOS ONE/PLOS Computational Biology Collection. Authors will be required to submit their revised manuscript to the relevant PLOS journal between May 14th, 2021 and July 31st, 2021 (note that the authors will hear back from GLBIO about their papers decision by March 12th, 2021). Note that in the past, the average time to publication for the GLBIO papers submitted to PLOS was about half the overall PLOS ONE average.

Authors are responsible for any fees or expenses with regards to the PLOS ONE/PLOS Computational Biology Collection publication of their paper. Currently, the PLOS ONE article processing charge is $1,695 and the PLOS Computational Biology article processing charge is $2,500. PLOS will also apply a Collection surcharge, the amount of which has yet to be confirmed. For the GLBIO 2019 PLOS Collection, the surcharge amounted to $500 for PLOS ONE and $750 for PLOS Computational Biology.

The choice of the journal (PLOS ONE versus PLOS Computational Biology) should be made by the authors based on how well the scope of their paper matches the scope of the given journal. PLOS ONE scope is described here. PLOS Computational Biology scope is described here. PLOS Computational Biology scope can be thought of as being more restrictive than that of PLOS ONE, e.g., PLOS Computational Biology papers & should provide profound new biological insights. All papers that are accepted for oral talks at the GLBIO conference should by default match with the scope of PLOS ONE, and a subset match with the scope of PLOS Computational Biology. If an accepted GLBIO paper is submitted to PLOS Computational Biology but it is judged that the paper's scope does not match the scope of the journal, the paper will be transferred to PLOS ONE instead. If both journals fit the scope of the given paper, a factor that the authors might wish to consider when choosing the journal could be the associated publication fees (see above).

For full paper submissions, GLBIO does not accept work previously published through a peer-review mechanism, or work that is/will be under review elsewhere. This is because full paper submissions to GLBIO are considered as submissions to both GLBIO and PLOS ONE/Computational Biology. If authors wish to submit to GLBIO work that was published or is/will be under review elsewhere, they should do so as a short abstract rather than a full paper. Please note that conference presentations, posting on recognized preprint servers (such as Arxiv, bioRxiv and PeerJ preprints), or posting on a personal or employer's website do not constitute prior publication.


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Full Papers for Oral Presentation

Full Papers for Oral Presentation submissions to GLBIO 2021 should be prepared using PLOS ONE or PLOS Computational Biology format (see below on how to choose the journal). Submissions to GLBIO should be made via Easychair and the deadline is February 5, 2021.

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Abstracts for Oral Presentation

Abstracts for Oral Presentation submissions to GLBIO 2021 should be a page in length (approximately 600 words) and have no figures. Adding references to already published papers is recommended where appropriate. Submission deadline in Easychair is March 1, 2021.

All accepted abstracts for oral presentations will have the chance to publish their work in the ISCB Community Journal and will be contacted after acceptance about this opportunity.


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Poster Information

Abstracts for Poster submissions to GLBIO 2021 should be half a page in length (approximately 300 words) and have no figures.  Submission deadline in Easychair is March 1, 2021 for Posters and April 16, 2021* for Late Breaking Posters.

* If accepted, Poster Presenters will gain access to the conference platform on Tuesday May 4, 2021. The deadline to submit your PDFs and recording is Friday, May 7, 2021.

We also encourage all participants to submit their posters and slides (for free) to The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) conference channel in the ISCB Community Journal.

Accepted posters will be viewable in a Virtual Poster Hall.  When preparing accepted posters please note that your poster will need to be sent to us in two formats - a PDF or PNG of the poster and a 3-5 minute flash talk video not to exceed 100MB.


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For any GLBIO questions, please contact: Bel Hanson, ISCB Operations and Programs Senior Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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