20th Annual International Conference on
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

Call for Proceedings - ISMB 2012

Proceedings Chair: Bonnie Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge, United States

**Call for Proceedings Submission Site**  Closed January 13, 2012

ISMB 2012 will bring 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
Monday, October 17, 2011 Call for Proceedings Opens
Friday, January 13, 2012
Proceedings Submission Deadline
Monday, March 16,  2012 Proceedings Conditional Acceptance Notification
Monday, March 30, 2012 Revised Proceedings Submission Deadline
Monday, April 13, 2012 Proceedings (Final Version) Accepted Submission


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


Area Area Chair
Applied Bioinformatics Anna Tramontano, Marie France Sagot
Bioimaging & Data Visualization Robert Murphy, Sean O'Donohue
Databases & Ontologies Alex Bateman, Suzanna Lewis 
Disease Models & Epidemiology Simon Kasif, Isaac Kohane
Evolution & Comparative Genomics Teresa Przytycka, Dannie Durand
Gene Regulation & Transcriptomics David Gifford, Donna Slonim
Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics Knut Reinert, Nuno Bandiera
Population Genomics Russell Schwartz, Eran Halperin
Protein Interactions & Molecular Networks Mona Singh, Carl Kingsford
Protein Structure & Function Lenore Cowen, Nir Ben-Tal
Sequence Analysis Serafim Batzoglou, Cenk Sahinalp
Text Mining Hagit Shatkay, Alfonso Valencia


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. Papers may be moved between areas as appropriate - this is often necessary for load balance and fit between areas during the review process. 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/ECCB 2011 for an example of online-only publication by Oxford University Press.

ISMB 2012 will accept a maximum of 32 Proceedings Track papers and authors of accepted papers will be given a 20-minute time slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) in the conference schedule to provide an oral summary of their work.

Papers can be submitted in either a template-free format or in the format following the template for author submission to the OUP journal bioinformatics. If the OUP template is used the paper length must not exceed nine pages. If the template-free format is used the length of the paper must not exceed 12 pages (single space, 12 point font), including abstract, figures, tables, and bibliography. In either case, the paper must contain an abstract whose length does not exceed 250 words.

After acceptance papers will have to be formatted according to the layout style required by the OUP bioinformatics journal and will be limited to 9 pages. Formatting requirements can be found at: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/bioinformatics/for_authors/submission_online.html

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, OUP 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 since the evaluation procedure does not allow for additional rounds of refinement / modification in response to referee criticisms. Poor quality submissions or insufficiently prepared papers are very often rejected. Paper presenters must register and pay to attend and present at the conference.


Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time the paper is submitted to ISMB 2012, 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 Friday, January 13, 2012. (You have until 11.59 p.m. in the time zone of your choice. This means that the submission server will be closed at noon, 11:59 am GMT (UTC+0), January 14, 2012).

Notification of conditional acceptance will be provided by e-mail no later than Friday, March 16, 2012. Final, corrected versions of accepted papers, which must conform to the formatting guidelines available when the paper is accepted, are due no later than March 30, 2012. 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 16, 2011 or as a "late conference poster" until Friday, April 20, 2012. Poster information is available here.

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