Call for Papers

The 13th Annual Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium (BIOT 2016) will be held at Brigham Young University on December 8-9 2016.

Full papers from BIOT 2016 will be published in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics, a leading, high-profile international bioinformatics journal.

Submit your papers through our automated submission system at:


We invite your original contributions in the general area of computational biology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. For example, we solicit research and survey papers in genome sequencing and annotation, functional and computational genomics, transcriptomics, and the following areas of general interest (other areas of biotechnology and bioinformatics are also welcome):

Health informatics

  • Computational models of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Algorithms for cancer detection and diagnosis
  • Omics databases
  • Methods for personalized medicine
  • Pathway and network analysis
  • Genome wide methods for discovering gene-environment interactions
  • Algorithms for genome-wide association studies (GWAS)

Biomedical informatics

  • Biomedical databases and data integration
  • Biological data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Bio-ontologies and semantics
  • Databases and systems for discovering and exchanging biomedical data, especially cancer data

Computational systems biology

  • Application of large-scale numerical methods to problems in molecular, cellular, or structural biology
  • Metabolic modeling and pathway analysis

High-Performance computing applications

  • Biomedical imaging and visualization, telemedicine
  • Protein structure, function, and sequence analysis
  • Protein interactions, docking, and function
  • Radiation modeling and planning

Algorithms, models, software, and tools in bioinformatics

  • Biomedical applications
  • Computational aspects of evolutionary biology and phylogeny
  • Computational epigenomics
  • Analysis of next-generation sequence data
  • Functional annotation
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Gene regulation, expression, identification, and network analysis
  • Structural, functional, and comparative genomics
  • Systems for reproducible bioinformatics
  • Image informatics
  • Algorithms for integrating diverse data types


Submitted papers must report significant research results, findings, or advances within their own fields. Papers with focus on biological, biochemistry, or biophysics discovery must concern research having a significant in silico component (such as the use of databases, software tools, or novel technologies), and papers concentrating on computational techniques, algorithms, models, or engineering solutions must be validated with real biological data sets. Abstracts may report significant work in progress for which full validation has not yet been performed. Since the symposium is geared toward a diverse audience of biologists, physicians, computer scientists, chemists, engineers, technology transfer professionals, undergraduates, graduate students, professors, and researchers from the industry, the papers or abstracts must be presented in a lucid manner accessible to such individuals.


Full papers must be 6 to 10 pages in length, single-spaced, and into column format. Full paper submissions will be peer-reviewed. Please use the templates provided below or follow the instructions included. All accepted full papers presented at the conference will be published in the special issue, provided all obligations of the authors to the conference are met (specifically, author attendance at the conference, podium presentation of paper, paper revised in response to reviewer’s comments, and payment of publication charges).

The authors of accepted full papers will be required to produce a shorter four-page extended abstract for publication in the conference proceedings.

Manuscripts shorter than six pages will be considered abstracts (see Abstract Submission below).

Full papers not chosen for publication will be considered for abstracts. Full papers not chosen for oral presentation will be considered for posters.


Abstracts must be 2 to 3 pages in length, single-spaced, and in two column format. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and must include sufficient details for a fair assessment. Please use the templates provided below or follow the instructions included. All abstracts accepted for oral presentation will be printed in the symposium proceedings, but will not be considered for publication in the special issue.

Abstracts not chosen for oral presentation will be considered for posters.

POSTER and Oral Presentation SUBMISSION

For poster submissions, authors are required to submit a 500 word poster abstract for consideration by the program committee. Poster submissions will not be peer-reviewed. Poster abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings, but not in the special issue. Please follow the instructions provided in the example file provided below.  Authors who want to make a oral presentation at the conference can also submit through this mechanism.


Instructions to prepare papers and abstracts are included in the files below. Download appropriate files and follow the instructions. Papers and abstracts not following the specific formats will not be considered further.

OpenOffice/LibreOffice Microsoft Word LaTeX
Template (LibreOffice) Template (Word) Template (LaTeX)


All submissions are accepted in PDF format only. After preparing your papers and abstracts in the required format, convert your file to PDF. The submissions are accepted through our automated submission system at:

Fill-in author names, mailing and electronic addresses, and up to five keywords. All submissions except for poster abstracts are also required to supply a short abstract (up to 250 words). The keywords in short abstracts will be used for selection of reviewers who are expert in the relevant area. Thus it is essential that the short abstract and keywords provide enough information on the submitted work.

FINAL ABSTRACT SUBMISSION (for manuscripts selected for oral presentation)

If your full paper or abstract is accepted for oral presentation, you will be asked to revise it, (for abstracts) or produce an extended abstract (for full papers) in accordance with the reviewer’ s comments, and submit the final version of the abstract in PDF by the date specified below. The final version of the extended abstracts and abstracts will be printed in the Symposium proceedings.

The extended abstract of the full paper should be four pages in length, and an abstract should be 2 to 3 pages in length.


After the conference, authors of full papers will be required to submit a final version of their paper revised in accordance with the reviewer’s comments, and pay the journal mandated publication charges (insert cost). The format and deadline for the final paper will be included in the paper’ s acceptance notification. Authors of the accepted papers will be required to pay the journal-imposed publication charges by the deadline.

The final version of the full paper should be 6 to 12 pages in length.


At least one of the authors must register for the Symposium before the final submission can be accepted.


  • Full Papers due: October 19, 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: November 10, 2016
  • Camera Ready Due: November 24, 2016
  • Poster and Oral Presentations: November 24, 2016
  • Conference: December 8-9, 2016

5 Responses to Call for Papers

  1. Marico Howe, PhD says:

    When was the abstract deadlin?

  2. Marico Howe, PhD says:


  3. admin says:

    Abstracts for posters will be accepted until Nov 24, 2016


    When the notification of papers will be sent by email

  5. Winnie says:

    On this page it’s said “The authors of accepted full papers will be required to produce a shorter four-page extended abstract for publication in the conference proceedings”. However, on my acceptance notification email (full paper), it’s said I should prepare a 2-page abstract for the proceedings. Why is that? Should I prepare a 4-page or 2-page?

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