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RECOMB is adding a Highlights Track which will feature PI presentations of exciting developments that have already appeared in journals within the past year. We invite the submission of full papers that have been published, or accepted for publication in 2010. Publications that are "in press" and already linked on the journal web site are also welcome. A group of experts will select the papers to be presented at the meeting, after considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to biomedical research. Accepted presenters for the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves, and must register and pay to attend the conference.

Submissions should include a 300-word abstract-like argument that explains how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field. More details are given below.

  • Highlight track opens: Dec 15, 2010
  • Highlights submission deadline: January 5, 2011
  • Highlight track paper acceptance notification: Jan 31, 2011

Deadline Overview

All submissions will be evaluated by a group of editors on the program committee. In the submitted abstract, the authors should add a line identifying the RECOMB 2011 program committee member(s) most suitable to review their work. All papers published in peer-review journals (no book chapters) published in 2010 are eligible to be presented as talks. Papers in press are acceptable only if already available through the journal web site. Note that presenters are encouraged to also present more recent work; however, that work will not be considered in the decision. Up to 2 papers can be submitted as one single PDF if the authors intend to present the results of multiple qualifying papers. The PC chair will notify authors of the acceptance by January 31st, 2011.

The selected Highlights will be presented in a main session at RECOMB 2011. All presentations will have to be completed within 15 minutes and will be followed by 5-minute discussions. While presenters are expected to focus mostly on the chosen paper(s), short infusions of more recent results are welcome.

Review Criteria

All submissions will be evaluated by program committee members, and judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to RECOMB attendees
  2. Impact of the paper(s) on biology/medicine (while the impact of papers on science is not fully reflected by ISI/Google-like impact factors or high number of downloads, high values in such factors will clearly stand as a strong argument for acceptance)
  3. "Presentability" of the work to a large, diverse audience
  4. Quality of oral presentations by the submitter (if known)
  5. Submissions that permit the presentation of related interesting unpublished new results will be viewed favorably. These "soft"criteria attempt to capture the underlying goal of the Highlights Track, namely the presentation of exciting and thought-provoking seminars that will both contribute to the success of RECOMB and to the impact the meeting has on advancing computational biology.

Submission Guidelines

PDF files of the papers and the 300-word support abstract can only be submitted through the automated system by January 5, 2011 (midnight by any time zone). No exceptions will be allowed. Submissions must be made to the automatic Highlights Track Submission Site.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Name/affiliation/email of Author 1 (assumed to be the presenter; note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  • Names/affiliations/email of all coauthors (note: any name appearing on a published paper has to be added here). Note that all co-authors have to agree to the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to guarantee that all co-author email addresses are correct.
  • 300-word limited abstract-like argument that explains the impact and importance of this work. The abstract must include sources of original publication(s) (Year, Journal, Vol., pages). The last line must identify preferred PC member(s) for reviewing the abstract.
  • PDF with paper(s) (note: in case of the submission of 2 papers, both should be merged into one single PDF; all reviews will be based on the content of this PDF).
  • Only PDF submissions are acceptable.
  • The maximum number of submissions per presenter is 1. The maximum number of submissions per author/co-author is 5.

All questions pertaining to the RECOMB 2011 Highlights Track should be directed to:

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