CfP: Software, Open Standards, and Computational Approaches for Collaboration in Life Science
31 October 2013

Mark your agenda for the following call for papers for a Special issue on
'Software, Open Standards, and Computational Approaches for Collaboration in Life Science'

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Call for Papers
Software, Open Standards, and Computational Approaches for Collaboration in Life Science

Internet and the World Wide Web have made possible unimaginable levels of information sharing and collaboration in science, as well as in other human activities. In life science, software-based collaboration occurs at different scale levels, from small collocated scientific groups to large international communities. It also happens in various ways, from tight-interaction in ontology design to crowd-sourced data annotation and analysis. The idea of the web of data has been particularly successful in the biomedical field, given its potential to ease integration and exploration of large, complex, and heterogeneous data sets. Advanced knowledge representation and data exchange standards have been widely used for such purpose. These same approaches are applied in developing collaboration models and software to support such models.

In this special issue we want to explore the intersection between the above themes and gather an outlook of current efforts and solutions to promote collaboration in life sciences through software tools, open data standards, advanced representation of the semantics of data, and collaboration models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    Ontology-driven collaboration software for life science
    Collaborations in the biomedical field
    Crowdsourcing experiences and projects, semantics-based models, and applications for crowdsourcing in life science
    Collaborative biomedical data generation, exchange, and integration
    Distributed biomedical data annotation and analysis
    Ontologies and models to support collaboration in life science
    Practices and tools in bio-ontology development and applications
    Collaborative annotation and review of biomedical literature, nanopublications
    Collaboration in biomedical education and training, advanced semantic models for life science education applications
    Software tools to fund raise biomedical research projects

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at
according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due    Friday, 14 February 2014
First Round of Reviews    Friday, 9 May 2014
Publication Date    Friday, 4 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor
    Marco Brandizi, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK

Guest Editors
    Paolo Ciccarese, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MS, USA
    Paolo Romano, IRCCS University Hospital San Martino IST, Genoa, Italy
    Marco Roos, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Katy Wolstencroft, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden, Netherlands