Call for Papers and Posters

The 8th Annual Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium (BIOT-2011) will be held in Duncan Hall, Rice University in Houston, Texas, hosted by Rice University and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on October 20 and 21, 2011.

Full papers from BIOT-2011 will be published in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics, a leading, high-profile international Bioinformatics journal.

Major themes, areas, and suggested topics for BIOT-2011

We invite your original contributions in the general area of 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 interests. Other areas of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics are also welcome.

Cancer Informatics

Biomedical Informatics

Computational Systems Biology

High performance computing applications

Algorithms, models, software, and tools in Bioinformatics


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 have them validated on 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, graduate students, professors and researchers from the industry, the papers or abstracts must be presented in a lucid manner accessible to such individuals.

Full paper submission

Full papers must be 6 to 10 pages in length, single-spaced, and in 2-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 4 page extended abstract for publication in the conference proceedings.

Manuscripts shorter than 6 pages will be considered as abstracts (see Abstracts submission below), and submissions longer than 10 pages will be rejected without review.

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

Abstract submission

Abstracts must be 2 to 3 pages in length, single-spaced, and in 2-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 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 the special issue. Please follow the instructions provided in the example file provided below.

BIOT Template and instruction files (links to download)

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 specified formats will not be considered further.

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

Submission procedure

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

Fill in the author names, their mailing and electronic addresses, and up to 5 keywords. All submissions except for poster abstracts are also required to supply a short abstract (up to 250 words). The keywords and 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 a full paper should be 4 pages in length, and an abstract should be 2 to 3 pages in length.

Final Full Papers for the Special Issue

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 (835 euros / paper). 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 a full paper should be 6 to 12 pages in length.

Author registration

At least one of the authors must register for the BIOT-2011 Symposium before the final submission can be accepted.

Important Dates

This page was last updated on: September 1, 2011.