Archive for October, 2011

ISMB 2012 call for Biodata Visualization papers

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

You are invited to consider submitting your work on Biological Data Visualization or Bioimaging to the upcoming Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) meeting, to be held in Long Beach, California (USA) July 15-17, 2012. ISMB is organized by the International Society for Computational Biology, and is the most prominent and selective computational biology conference each year. Previous ISMB meetings have attracted over 230 submissions and had an acceptance rate between 15-20%. Accepted papers are invited to give talks at the main meeting, and are published in a special issue of the journal Bioinformatics.

Traditionally ISMB has had very few papers on biodata visualization or bioimage informatics, with only a scattered talk here and there or an occasional special session or workshop. One key reason for this was that there was no heading under which such papers could be submitted and reviewed properly. Therefore, in 2010, a “Bioimaging” track was added (chaired by Gene Myers and Bob Murphy) to encourage submission of papers and provide appropriate reviewing. It received an excellent response from the community, both in terms of people willing to serve on the program committee and papers submitted.

For ISMB 2012, the scope of the track has been broadened to “Bioimaging and Data Visualization”, and is being chaired by Robert Murphy and myself: we would now like to get the word out about the track so that people are aware of it and of the submission deadline.

Submission for ISMB papers opens soon, and the deadline for submission will be January 13, 2012 (with notification of decisions on March 16th). Please note that selection from submitted papers is the primary mechanism for choosing talks at the meeting, and that initial submissions do not have to be in the final OUP format. The focus during the initial review is on the quality of the work, with easily fixable problems with presentation not given too much weight. Presenters of accepted papers will be given a 20-minute time slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) in the conference schedule. Accepted papers will be published in an online part of the journal Bioinformatics, resulting in fully citable articles indexed by Medline and ISI. More information about ISMB paper submission is at:

We hope that you will consider submitting some of your best work to the track. Having a large number of submissions and accepted papers will be critical to continuing it at ISMB. We believe that it is very important for the broader computational biology community to be aware of the exciting results being generated in the areas of bioimaging and biodata visualization, and of the important role these results play in advancing our understanding of biology.