Call for Papers
2023 ACM-BCB Conference – September 3-6, 2023 (Houston, TX)

The 14th The 14th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB 2023) is the flagship conference of the ACM SIGBio. It will be held in Houston, TX during September 3-6, 2023, after the past 13 ones held in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Newport Beach, Niagara Falls, Online (due to COVID19), Orlando, Seattle, and Washington DC. ACM BCB 2023 will continually showcase leading-edge R&D on data collection, processing, analysis, and knowledge modeling for biological, clinical, and healthcare applications from bench to bedside. In addition, it will be co-located with The International Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI 2023), whose focus is on algorithmic R&D in bioinformatics, computational biology and systems biology with the emphasis on discrete algorithms and machine-learning methods.

As a premier ACM conference for interdisciplinary research linking computer science, mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, and health informatics, over the past 13 years, ACM-BCB annual conference has risen to be among the top 20 most influential Bioinformatics and Computational Biology referred journals and conferences by Google Scholar. As of today, ACM-BCB has h5-index=28 and h5-median=50.

Transition to OpenReview & Double-Blind Review Process
To further improve the quality and the impact of ACM-BCB, starting from 2023, the organizing committee (OC) will adopt a fully open double-blind review process via OpenReview.net. It will not only enhance the transparency of the review process, but it will also improve the paper quality by enabling interactions among the authors, reviewers, and the research community.

Expansion of Partner Journals
We are also happy to announce exciting new partnerships with several learding journals in the field, which will publish selected original full-length research papers accepted by ACM-BCB 2023. Currently, our partner journals include:

Further information about the partner journals - including the editorial process and APC (article processing charges) for each journal - can be found at the following link: [ACM-BCB 2023 Partner Journals]

Author Guidelines

The 2023 ACM-BCB Conference welcomes original submissions that have not been published and are not presently under review. You can submit a Full Paper (8-10 pages) or a Short Paper (4-5 pages), where the page limit includes references (use double column ACM SIG conference format). While the authors are allowed to include appendices (or supplementary information) beyond the page limit, please note that it is up to the reviewer whether the additional material will be considered in the overall evaluation. In any case, the manuscript and the appendix / supplementary material (if any) should be submitted as a single PDF document.

Accepted papers will be published in the 2023 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). Selected full-length original research papers will be invited for publication in special issues of our partner journals.

In addition, there is a separate Highlights track for authors who wish to present platform talks for papers that have recently appeared in refereed journals; see the Call for Highlights for more information.

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 OpenReview. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind review process by program committee members. Please ensure that the author list is not shown in the submitted manuscript. However, the author list should be final at the time of submission, and any subsequent changes to the author list post-submission must be approved by the program chairs.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • AI and Machine Learning in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Computational Drug Discovery
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Single cell sequencing
  • Omics Data Integration and Analysis
  • Genomic Variation and Disease
  • Haplotypes and Population Genomics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Protein and RNA Analysis, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Metagenomics and Algorithms for Microbiomes
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Systems Biology
  • Biological Networks and Integrative Analysis
  • Multimodality modeling
  • Imaging Informatics
  • Imaging Genomics and Radiation Genomics
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and text mining
  • Large language model (LLM) for healthcare applications
  • Data Integration, Harmonization, and Ontology
  • Computational Phenotyping
  • Automated Diagnosis and Prediction
  • Clinical Databases and Information Systems
  • Data Security and Privacy
  • Knowledge Representation Applications
  • Biomedical and Health Data Visualization
  • Public Health and Population Health Informatics
  • Infectious Disease Networks and Computational Epidemiology
  • Social Network Analysis for Health Applications
  • No-Boundary Thinking in Bioinformatics

Paper submission
Please submit your paper to OpenReview.net using the link below:

[Important note]

Important Dates:

(all submissions close 11:59pm Anywhere On Earth [AOE])
Paper submissions due: May 26, 2023 June 11, 2023
Notifications sent to authors: June 24, 2023 July 7, 2023
Camera-ready papers due: July 15, 2023

Important Dates
Call for Submission Deadline Notification of Acceptance
Papers June 11 July 15
Highlights June 11 July 15
Posters June 11 July 7
Late-break Posters July 31 Aug 7