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Call for Papers
(2021 ACM-BCB Conference – August 1-4, 2021 [Virtual])

The 12th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBio. The 2021 ACM-BCB conference is the premier conference that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research linking computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine, bioinformatics, and biomedical and health informatics. ACM-BCB focuses on the grand challenges for life science, bioscience and human health by showcasing cutting-edge research on new technologies, methods, and tools around the processing, integration, analysis, mining, retrieval, and interpretation of biological, medical and health data with the aim of solving problems in life science, biomedical discovery, public and population health, disease prevention, and healthcare delivery.

The 2021 ACM-BCB Conference welcomes original submissions that have not been published and are not presently under review. Accepted papers will be published in the 2021 ACM-BCB Conference Proceedings and appear in the ACM Digital Library (note that ACM copyright permissions are directly compatible with those of the NIH and are similar to open-access journal policies). A subset of selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of journals. In the past, we have published selected articles in special issues of the IEEE/ACM Transaction on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB), or in a special issue of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI).

Submitted manuscripts should comply with the requirements delineated on the ACM Master Article Template website. ACM-BCB's technical program committee will review and assess all submissions on the basis of their originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and relevance to conference attendees. In order to submit their manuscripts, authors should use the 2021 ACM-BCB Conference webpage on EasyChair. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in a single-blind review process by program committee members. At the time of submission, the author list should be final. Any subsequent changes to the author list post-submission must be approved by the program chairs.

Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sequence Analysis
  • Genomic Variation and Disease
  • Haplotypes and Population Genomics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Metagenomics and Algorithms for Microbiomes
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Computational Drug Discovery
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Mining of Data in Bioinformatics, Biomedical, and Health Informatics
  • Biological Modeling
  • Imaging Genomics and Radiation Genomics
  • Data Integration, Harmonization, and Ontology
  • Deep Learning and AI for Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics, and Health Informatics
  • Computational Phenotyping
  • Predictive Modeling, Survival Analysis, and Biomarker Identification
  • Automated Diagnosis and Prediction
  • Clinical Databases and Information Systems
  • Public Health and Population Health Informatics
  • Infectious Disease Networks and Computational Epidemiology
  • Social Network Analysis for Health Applications
  • No-Boundary Thinking in Bioinformatics

Important Dates:

(all submissions close 11:59pm Anywhere On Earth [AOE])
Paper submissions due: April 1, 2021
Notifications sent to authors: May 15, 2021
Camera-ready papers due: June 15, 2021

Important Dates
Call for Submission Deadline Notification of Acceptance
Papers April 1 May 15
Workshops March 31 April 7
Tutorials April 16 April 23
Highlights May 10 June 14
Posters June 21 June 29
Late-break poster July 14 July 17


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