FULL PAPER AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS for GIW/InCoB 2015, the first joint GIW and InCoB conference!

The 26th annual GIW and 14th annual InCoB conference will be held jointly in Tokyo, Japan September 9--11, 2015. With keynote speakers: * Arne Elofsson, Stockholm University * Edward Marcotte, University of Texas at Austin * Yana Bromberg, Rutgers University * Mark S. Baker, Macquarie University * Gil Ast, Tel Aviv University * Annie De Groot, EpiVax, Inc.

Full paper submissions

for Bioinformatics, BMC Genomics, BMC Systems Biology, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Medical Genomics, Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics can be made via EasyChair.

Poster/Demo/Highlights Abstract Submissions

Abstracts for oral software/database demonstrations and research highlights and for poster presentations, as well as proposals for breakout sessions can be submitted now via EasyChair.

Key Deadlines

(all in 2015) ------------------------------------------------------------ May 2 Full paper submission extended deadline June 29 Highlights, Demonstration and Poster Submission July 31 Earlybird Registration Closes ============================================================ More information on Keydates. Please visit the GIW/InCoB 2015 conference website for further information or contact the Conference Secretariat (giw-incob2015_AT_jsbi.org) Regards, Paul Horton, AIST, Japan, Conference Chair Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairs Christian Schönbach, Professor, Nazarbayev University; APBioNet Vice President (Conferences) Siu-Ming Yiu, Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong


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Proceedings Track

We invite submissions of original research suitable for publication in one of the
collaborating journals listed below. Note that the submitted manuscript must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else.

Cover Letter for Full Paper Submissions

All submitting authors are required to submit together with the manuscript a cover letter clearly stating the name of their preferred journal (e.g. BMC Genomics) to the EasyChair website. A second choice may also be listed. In the cover letter, the corresponding author should provide full contact details: complete mailing address, telephone and fax contact numbers and e-mail address(es). The corresponding author must certify that the work submitted is original and has not been submitted elsewhere for publication. Furthermore, if accepted, the corresponding author must agree to pay in full, the stipulated article processing charges as well as reformat the accepted version of the manuscript in accordance with the journal requirements and upload the final version of the manuscript to EasyChair by the stipulated deadline. At least one author of any accepted manuscript must register for GIW/InCoB 2015, duly settle registration fees and make an oral presentation. The corresponding author should certify that no part of the manuscript has been reproduced from another copyrighted source without permission or proper attribution, or has been inappropriately used, in order to avoid possible plagiarism or self-plagiarism issues. We recommend watching an ACS Publications (American Chemical Society) video. We further recommend that the authors kindly check the originality of their manuscript using any standard online anti-plagiarism software tool. Example Template Declaration to be included in the cover letter. "We, the Authors collectively and individually declare that to our best ability, we have ensured that the submission made herein, including the main paper, supplementary data, deposited data, database entries, software code, does not contain any plagiarized material, content or ideas, and that all necessary attributions have been appropriately made and all copyright permissions obtained, cited and acknowledged." In addition, the covering letter should address the following five questions: * What scientific /methodological problem has been addressed? * Which recently published work (preferably within 12 months) is related to the scientific/methodological problem addressed in the submitted paper. * Which reported findings are crucial to solve the problem? * Are these findings novel? * What impact does the reported finding have on the subject area as well as among the wider community of biological and biomedical researchers? We reserve the right to return manuscripts that do not correspond with the prescribed format of the selected journal without review. If not well suited for publication in the preferred journal, the authors may be offered the opportunity to transfer the manuscript to consideration for another journal. The cover letter should be uploaded as a PDF, Word or Text file to EasyChair using the File text box in the Upload paper section.


BMC Journals

BMC Genomics (IF 4.04) considers all aspects of genome-scale analysis, functional genomics, proteomics, "big data" and "giga" science. [Instructions for authors][Research article][Database][Methodology article][Software] BMC Medical Genomics (IF 3.91) considers articles on all aspects of functional genomics, genome structure, genome-scale population genetics, epigenomics, proteomics, systems analysis, and pharmacogenomics in relation to human health and disease. [Instructions for authors][Research article][Case report][Database article][Software article][Technical advance][Study protocol] BMC Systems Biology (IF 2.85) considers articles on experimental and theoretical aspects of the function of biological systems at the molecular, cellular or organismal level, in particular those addressing the engineering of biological systems, network modeling, quantitative analyses and the integration of different levels of information. [Instructions for authors][Research article][Database][Methodology article][Software] BMC Bioinformatics (IF 2.67) considers all aspects of the development, testing and novel application of computational and statistical methods for the modeling and analysis of all kinds of biological data, as well as other areas of computational biology. [Instructions for authors][Research article][Database][Methodology article][Software] Please read the descriptions of each of the article types, choose which is appropriate for your work and structure the manuscript accordingly. If in doubt, your manuscript should be formatted as a Research article. Please create a single PDF file for review using the BMC Microsoft manuscript template (Mac and Windows compatible; Microsoft Word 98/2000) or TeX/LaTeX template, containing the complete manuscript including references, tables and figure legends and all figures (one per page). A ZIP compressed file containing this PDF and additional files, if any, should be uploaded to EasyChair using the attachment upload utility in the upload paper section. Accepted papers will be collectively published in the respective BMC journal GIW/InCoB 2015 supplement issue. Article-processing charges (APC) might be discounted, depending on negotiations with BioMed Central. However, for conference supplements, institutional or developing country discounts are not available. The GIW/InCoB 2015 organizers will collect APC and transfer them in bulk to BioMed Central. For details and waivers see frequently asked questions about BioMed Central's article-processing charges. In the rare event of a manuscript being acceptable after review but authors’ choice of journal supplement has exceeded the number of articles we will seek the authors’ consent to transfer the accepted manuscript to another suitable journal supplements.

Other Collaborating Journals

Bioinformatics (IF 4.62) considers manuscripts on new developments in genome bioinformatics and computational biology. Shorter papers might be considered for Discovery Notes and Application Notes. Based on prior conference supplement statistics we expect only a few (2-6) articles to pass the review process for Bioinformatics. [Instructions for authors][Word template][LaTex template] IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (IF 1.54) considers research results related to algorithmic, mathematical, statistical, and computational methods that are central in bioinformatics and computational biology. [Instructions for authors][Transactions templates] Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (IF 0.931) considers submissions in all areas of bioinformatics and computational biology. [Instructions for authors][Word template][LaTex template]


We invite abstracts on high-impact, recent peer-reviewed journal papers that have been published after January 1, 2014. (or not yet published but already officially accepted by the journal) to submit an abstract indicating ‘highlights’ in the cover letter. Evidence of publication or acceptance must be included in the submission. Highlights submissions should be made via
EasyChair. (In the EasyChair system, click on "New Submission" to get started). Prior to submission, all abstract authors must confirm they have read, understand and agree to the abstract submission rules and guidelines. The presenting/corresponding author confirms that each co-author has been informed of the abstract submission and has agreed to all information as it was submitted. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for GIW/InCoB 2015, duly settle registration fees and present.

Poster/Software/Technology/Methodology/Resource/Tool/Database Abstracts

Submissions for any of these can be made via
EasyChair. Authors should provide a 30 word scientific statement to attract attendees to their poster or demonstration, for example: “Flux balance analyses of XXX cells revealed increased epistasis among housekeeping genes. However, functionally related genes did not show an increase in interactions”. In EasyChair, the scientific statement can be entered at the beginning of the abstract textbox or a pdf file containing {title, scientific statement, abstract} can be uploaded. If nearly the same work has been published or accepted for publication elsewhere the authors must list: name of publication, website (if applicable), date and comments (e.g. differences) at the end their abstract. Prior to submission, all abstract authors must confirm they have read, understand and agree to the abstract submission rules and guidelines. The presenting/corresponding author confirms that each co-author has been informed of the abstract submission and has agreed to all information as it was submitted. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for GIW/InCoB 2015, duly settle registration fees and present the poster or demonstration.

Special Sessions

Special or "Breakout" sessions will be allocated a conference session (one track in a parallel track format) of usually 1, 1.5, or 2 hours. We invite proposals ranging from standards, education, funding, and publishing to bioinformatics approaches covering complex diseases of interest and merit to conference participants. Session format should allow room change every 30 minutes. Talks should not exceed 20 min and should be followed by 10 min discussion time, unless the format of the session is panel discussion. To add value to participants and speakers, proposals (excluding panel discussion) that commit to peer-reviewed post-conference publications will be preferred. Session organizers and speakers/panelists, who agree to participate, acknowledge that GIW/InCoB 2015 does not provide any financial or in kind support for special sessions, including APBioNet travel grants. Limited organizational support for example, access to EasyChair, room(s) and AV equipment will be provided. * Title and one A4 page summary including justification why the proposed topic is of relevance for GIW/InCoB2015 audience * Short description of prior experiences in organizing a workshop session For talk based breakout sessions: * Names of speakers, incl. affiliation and email address * Tentative title of talks and 3-5 lines of content description * Proof that proposed speakers agree to participate and s/he will cover registration fee and travel/accommodation cost, and any author processing fees if the proposal is successful. For panel discussion based breakout sessions: * Names, affiliation and email addresses of panelists * Name, affiliation and email address of moderator * Proof that proposed panelists/moderator agree to participate and cover registration fee and travel/accommodation cost if the proposal is successful. Submit your proposal as a ZIP file via
Easychair Re-submissions are allowed within one week of proposal upload. Submissions will be evaluated by program committee members to eliminate overlap with regular session topics, merit and interest for the GIW/InCoB 2015 audience, quality and completeness of the submitted proposal, prior experience of the proposers in organizing a special session or a conference, and potential to stimulate active discussion and interest in the JSBi, AASBi and APBioNet communities.

Satellite Meetings

If you would like to plan a satellite meeting or something more involved than a special session please contact the organizers directly at giw-incob2015_AT_jsbi.org, or a member of the
Steering Committee.

Travel Grant Application

We plan to award a small number of travel grants at a maximum amount of USD $500 to help defer travel costs which otherwise the student would need to pay for themselves (i.e. costs not covered by any other grant). Students with accepted proceedings track papers will be given priority. All applicants must be a member in good standing of APBioNet or an AASBi society (JSBi etc.) The selection criteria are: * The quality of the student paper/poster (as judged by the reviews). * The student's CV may be considered if submitted (optional). * The level of economic development of the country where the student lives. To apply send email to giw-incob2015 AT jsbi.org with the following info: Your Name Affiliation Country Title of your presentation Your membership number in APBioNet, JSBi or any other AASBi member society Your student ID scanned as PDF or JPEG (but note that you will also need to present it directly at the conference)