The 21st Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology

Hong Kong, May 3-7, 2017

(May 3: Registration & Reception, May 4-7: Talks)

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RECOMB 2017 is the 21st in a series of well-established scientific conferences bridging the areas of computational, mathematical, statistical and biological sciences. The conference features keynote talks by preeminent scientists in life sciences, proceeding presentations of peer-reviewed research papers in computational biology, and poster sessions on the latest research progress.
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See instructions for registration. Early registration deadline Mar 13.

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Submit to RECOMB

See the submission guidelines for detailed instructions.

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List of accepted papers and posters, conference schedule, and awards.

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Meet our disguinshed keynote speakers here.

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Meet the amazing committee members of RECOMB.

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The 7th RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Massively Parallel Sequencing.

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We thank our sponsors for their generous support.

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Useful Links

Links for e-proceedings and poster booklet are available.

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Call for Papers

Key Dates

(All deadlines are for 5:00 PM Eastern U.S. Time)

  • Paper submission opens: September 13, 2016
  • Paper submission deadline: October 28 November 1, 2016
  • Paper acceptance decision: December 16, 2016
  • Poster submission opens: December 20, 2016
  • Final versions of papers due: January 16, 2017 January 25, 2017
  • Highlights submission deadline: January 20, 2017
  • Highlights acceptance decision: February 3, 2017
  • Poster submission deadline: February 17, 2017
  • Poster notification: February 24, 2017
  • Travel fellowship application deadline: February 27 Mar 6, 2017
  • Travel fellowship notification: as soon as possible after deadline
  • Early registration deadline: March 6 Mar 13, 2017

Manuscript Preparation

A manuscript should start with a succinct statement of the problem, the results achieved, their significance, and a comparison with previous work. This material should be understandable to non-specialists. A technical exposition directed to the specialist should follow. The length, excluding cover page and bibliography, should not exceed 10 pages. The manuscript should be easy to read, using at least 11 point font size on U.S. standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper with no less than one inch margin all around.

If the authors believe that more details are absolutely necessary to substantiate the claims of the paper, they may include a clearly marked appendix, which might be read at the discretion of the reviewers. An email address for the contact author should be included. Manuscripts that deviate significantly from these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Topics of Interest

(include but not limited to)

  • Molecular sequence analysis
  • Sequencing and genotyping technologies
  • Regulation and epigenomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Metagenomics
  • Population and statistical genetics
  • Evolution and comparative genomics
  • Structure and function of non-coding RNAs
  • Computational proteomics and proteogenomics
  • Computational structural biology
  • Protein structure and function
  • Biological networks
  • Computational systems biology
  • Bioimaging

Paper Submission
Procedures and Notification

Submission of papers, posters, and highlights track to RECOMB2017 will be through the EasyChair conference system. The paper submission is now closed. Detailed instructions for poster and highlights track submissions will be updated soon.

The Program Committee, chaired by Cenk Sahinalp (Indiana University, Bloomington), will referee the conference submissions. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email on or before December 16, 2016. We request that an author of each accepted paper provides LaTeX files or an MS Word file in the special format for Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics by January 16, 2017.

An author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the conference and present the paper; in case of unexpected circumstances, alternative arrangements, approved by the conference chair, should be made to have the paper presented.

RECOMB is partnering with Cell Systems and Journal of Computational Biology. Authors of selected accepted papers will be invited, but not required, to submit an edited journal version for a special issue of Cell Systems (as detailed below) or Journal of Computational Biology.

Parallel Submission

If a paper is accepted for oral presentation at RECOMB the authors can submit their full paper to the journal of their choice, after they receive the notification on December 16th, 2016. The authors of any RECOMB paper being published in a journal other than JCB (including Cell Systems) must submit a final two-page extended abstract for inclusion in the Springer LNBI proceedings in lieu of the full paper. If by the deadline of the camera ready version, the paper has not appeared in a journal yet, authors must submit it to the preprint server and to ensure that the presented paper is accessible, as described above. Papers accepted for presentation that have been accepted to a journal other than Cell Systems may be moved to the Highlights track at the discretion of the PC Chair.

Cell Systems Partnership

All submissions to RECOMB will be considered for the Cell Systems RECOMB special issue. The authors will be notified of whether their paper is accepted for oral presentation at RECOMB and is being considered for expedited review by Cell Systems on December 16th, 2016. In addition to the RECOMB reviewers, the Editors of Cell Systems, as well as potentially 1-2 additional reviewers with particular knowledge of the biological applications addressed, will be actively engaged in those accepted RECOMB papers being considered for Cell Systems.

Highlights Track Submission

RECOMB 2017 invites the submission of abstracts of papers that have been published in a journal after November 1, 2015 or papers that are "in press" at the time of submission and are already linked on the journal web site. The papers will be selected for presentation by taking into consideration the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation and the relevance to biological and biomedical research in general.

Please visit the EasyChair link for submitting a highlights track paper. Submissions will be closed on January 20, 2017. Submissions must contain an abstract (about 200 words, single column, plain justified text in 10pt character size, in US letter size format) including title, author(s), affiliation, e-mail, a link to the published journal version, the identity of the presenter (in case of a multi-authored paper), the name of the preferred track (i.e., RECOMB or RECOMB-seq) for the presentation, followed by the abstract text. Abstracts not following this format will not be considered. Accepted presenters for the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves, and must register and pay to attend the conference.

Poster Submission

RECOMB 2017 invites the submission of abstracts for the poster track. Posters can also be simultaneously submitted to RECOMB-Seq for display at the Satellite workshop poster sessions. Posters accepted to both RECOMB and RECOMB-Seq are welcome to be displayed at both meetings.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your poster that describes its primary results. Your submission should also include the author(s), their affiliations, the presenting author, the e-mail address of at least the contact author and the poster title as requested by the submission system. The abstract should be plain text and not contain figures. Accepted poster abstracts will be published as submitted in the conference book of abstracts.

Please visit the EasyChair system to submit your poster abstract. The submission system will close on February 17, 2017. Acceptance notifications will be sent out on February 24, 2017.

RECOMB 2017 is jointly hosted by The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The conference venue is at Cheng Yu Tung Building (CYT) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is beside the University station of the MTR. Note that there is another station called HKU, do NOT go to HKU (in Chinese, they are very similar). Here is the direction to CYT.

Cheng Yu Tung Building