Call for Papers:
The 22nd International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB) 2018, April 21-24, 2018 in Paris, France.
*Submission deadline: Nov 2nd, 2017*

The RECOMB 2018 conference aims to bridge the computational, mathematical, statistical, and biological sciences, and bring together researchers, professionals, students and industrial practitioners from all over the world for interaction and exchange of new developments in all areas of bioinformatics and computational biology.  The conference will feature keynote talks by leading scientists, presentations of peer-reviewed high-quality research papers, presentations of exciting research developments that were published within the past year and poster sessions on latest research progress.

Papers reporting on original research (both theoretical and experimental) in all areas of computational molecular biology are sought. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Molecular sequence analysis
* Sequencing and genotyping technologies
* Gene regulation, transcriptomics, and epigenomics
* Metagenomics
* Immunogenomics
* Population and statistical genetics
* Complex disease and cancer genetics
* Evolution and comparative genomics
* RNA structure and function
* Protein structure and function
* Computational proteomics and proteogenomics
* Computational systems biology
* Computational structural biology
* Biological networks
* Bioimaging

Submissions should represent original, previously unpublished work.  The Program Committee will rigorously review submitted extended abstracts (approximately 10 pages). Selected papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Accepted abstracts will be published as a proceedings volume in the Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI) series from Springer-Verlag, which will be available at the conference. RECOMB is again partnering with Cell Systems and Journal of Computational Biology. Authors of selected accepted papers will be invited, but not required, to submit an edited journal version for a special issue of Cell Systems (as detailed below) or Journal of Computational Biology.

Cell Systems Partnership
All submissions to RECOMB will be considered for the Cell Systems RECOMB special issue. The authors will be notified as to whether their paper is accepted for oral presentation at RECOMB and is being considered for expedited review by Cell Systems on December 18th, 2017.  In addition to the RECOMB reviewers, the Editors of Cell Systems, as well as potentially 1-2 additional reviewers with particular knowledge of the biological applications addressed, will be actively engaged in those RECOMB papers being considered for Cell Systems. In addition, we anticipate that all accepted RECOMB 2018 proceedings papers will be considered for a 250-word format Cell Systems commentary publication, continuing a pilot project from RECOMB 2017.

Parallel Submission
If a paper is accepted for oral presentation at RECOMB the authors can submit their full paper to the journal of their choice, after they receive the notification on December 18th, 2017. The authors of any RECOMB paper being published in a journal other than JCB (including Cell Systems) must submit a final two-page extended abstract for inclusion in the Springer LNBI proceedings in lieu of the full paper. If by the deadline of the camera ready version, the paper has not appeared in a journal yet, authors must submit it to the preprint server and to ensure that the presented paper is accessible, as described above. Papers accepted for presentation that have been accepted to a journal other than Cell Systems may be moved to the Highlights track at the discretion of the PC Chair.

Key Dates (all deadlines are for 5:00 PM, Eastern U.S. Time)
• Paper submission opens: September 18, 2017
• Paper submission deadline: November 2, 2017
• Paper acceptance decision: December 18, 2017
• Poster submission opens: December 20, 2017
• Final versions of papers due: January 18, 2018
• Highlights submission deadline: January 19, 2018
• Highlights acceptance decision: February 2, 2018
• Poster submission deadline: February 15, 2018
• Poster notification: February 22, 2018

Manuscript preparation
A manuscript should start with a succinct statement of the problem, the results achieved, their significance, and a comparison with previous work.
This material should be understandable to non-specialists. A technical exposition directed to the specialist should follow. The length, excluding cover page and bibliography, should not exceed 10 pages. The manuscript should be easy to read, using at least 11 point font size on U.S. standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper with no less than one inch margin all around. If the authors believe that more details are absolutely necessary to substantiate the claims of the paper, they may include a clearly marked appendix, which might be read at the discretion of the reviewers. An email address for the contact author should be included. Manuscripts that deviate significantly from these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Paper submission procedures and notification Submission of papers to RECOMB 2018 will be through the EasyChair conference system, following the link from the conference web page:

The submission system will be open starting September 18, 2017 and ending October 30, 2017. For full details, please see the submissions link at the conference website.
The Program Committee, chaired by Ben Raphael (Princeton University), will referee the conference submissions. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email on or before December 18, 2017. We request that an author of each accepted paper provides LaTeX files or an MS Word file in the special format for Lecture Note in Bioinformatics by January 18, 2018.

An author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the conference and present the paper; in case of unexpected circumstances, alternative arrangements, approved by the conference chair, should be made to have the paper presented.

Marco Antoniotti, Associate Professor tel. +39 - 02 64 48 79 01
DISCo, Università Milano Bicocca U14 2043
Viale Sarca 336
I-20126 Milan (MI) ITALY

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