Call for Proceedings - ISMB/ECCB 2021
- Proceedings Key Dates
- ISMB/ECCB Proceedings Publication Fees
- Review Process
- Submission Guidelines
Christophe Dessimoz, University of Lausanne; University College London; Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, Switzerland
Teresa M. Przytycka, NCBI, NLM, NIH, United States
ISMB/ECCB 2021 invites submissions of full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, non-published work, reporting theoretical, computational, and statistical advances in computational biology and its intersections with other fields.
Submissions are encouraged to report on advances in algorithm development and optimization, data structures, data visualization, artificial intelligence/machine learning, text mining, statistical inference, database and ontology development, image analysis, citizen and open science, etc. to analyze all types of biological data.
While we encourage submissions in new and emerging areas, we expect that the majority of submissions addressing topical biological domains will fall into one of the areas below. Please note during the EasyChair submission process you will: 1) first select your "Area" (list below) and 2) select the COSI(s) most suited for presentation of your research from within the area. (learn more about COSIs here).
Authors will be responsible for the publication fee of $700 USD for accepted ISMB/ECCB 2021 proceedings papers. Learn more here:
It has been a long-standing tradition that the ISCB has covered the publishing fees for ISMB/ECCB Proceedings, but not for other meetings. It seems appropriate that we standardize the publishing offers across all ISCB conferences. By doing so we also align our strategy with that of many other conference organizers. We therefore are asking all authors of accepted Proceedings papers to cover the publication fee for their paper themselves if they are able to do so. For this purpose, we have negotiated a publication fee of $700 for ISMB-ECCB 2021. This is a very substantial reduction from the publication fees customary for OUP journals.
In order to support all of our members regardless of location or funding level, ISCB will still offer waivers for this publication fee. If your manuscript is accepted and you are unable to pay for the fees in part or in full, you may submit a fee waiver request. Additional details are available at: https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2021-general/ismb2021-proceedings-fees
Proceedings publications are part of an online-only special issue of Bioinformatics and are open access (CC-BY), fully citable, and indexed by Medline and ISI. See the conference proceedings for ISMB 2020 for an example of online-only publication by Oxford University Press.
Proceedings Key Dates
|Proceedings Submission Key Dates (updated 9/30/20)|
|Monday, December 7, 2020||Call for Proceedings Opens|
|Thursday, January 28, 2021
(11:59 PM Any Timezone)
|Proceedings Submission Deadline
*No extensions are granted*
|Friday, March 12, 2021||Conditional Acceptance Notification|
|Friday, March 26, 2021||Revised Papers Deadline|
|Monday, April 12, 2021||Final Acceptance Notification|
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. All reviews of submitted papers are considered confidential and details are not disclosed outside of the review process. These will be published in the Bioinformatics journal and presented at the conference.
Authors of submissions will select one of ten areas most suitable for their paper. During submission authors will be able to identify topics (COSI areas) relevant to their submission. During the review process three reviews will be 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 2020 (here) for an example of online-only publication by Oxford University Press.
ISMB/ECCB 2021 provides authors of accepted papers an oral presentation to provide an oral summary of their work. All presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes including 3-4 minutes for discussion.
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. You are encouraged to submit in the OUP format. 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 not conforming to guidelines will not be reviewed.
Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time the paper is submitted to ISMB/ECCB 2021, 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 Thursday, January 28, 2021 midnight in the time zone of your choice. *No extensions are granted*