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Call for Proceedings - ISMB 2016

Call for Proceedings Submission Site: Closed

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.

Proceedings Submission Deadline
Monday, December 7, 2015Call for Proceedings Opens
Friday, January 15, 2016Proceedings Submission Deadline
Friday, February 19, 2016Acceptance Notification
Monday, April 4, 2016Revised Submission Deadline
Wednesday, April 20, 2016Final Acceptance Notification

Review Process:

Submissions will be subject to two rounds of reviews, allowing the authors to reply to the reviewer comments. In the first round the submissions will be classified into three categories: (a) accept/minor changes, (b) major changes, and (c) not accepted. Papers in the first category will be accepted without a second round of review. Authors of submissions in the second 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. We expect the majority of papers to fall in categories (a) and (c), with category (b) reserved for papers that the reviewers identified as strong but with substantial issues that need to be addressed. Among the resubmitted papers, the second round of review will select the most suitable papers for presentation. 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 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 to their paper during the submission process.

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

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 Track Areas 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 2015 for an example of online-only publication by Oxford University Press.

ISMB 2016 provides authors of accepted papers an oral presentation to provide an oral summary of their work. All presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by a maximum of 3-minute discussions.

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.

For submissions to the Proceedings track, ISMB does not accept previously published works through peer-reviewed publications. 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. In case of doubt, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time the paper is submitted to ISMB 2016, 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 15, 2016 (midnight any time zone).

For questions concerning the scientific content of submissions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..