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Submission deadline 30th April, 2020 (Call access closed)

COVID-19 Related Proceeding Track chair: ECCB2020 Steering Committee

We invite the submission of manuscripts that demonstrate a breakthrough in both the development of new computational techniques and their application to Molecular and Systems Biology, directly linked and with significant outcomes to SARS-CoV-2 knowledge and COVID-19 mechanisms, diagnosis, surveillance and treatment.

The organization of the conference presentations will be according to five main topics related to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19:

Organization, management, categorization, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery
Sequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation
Expression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype
Structure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics
Systems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signaling, multi-scale modeling

Authors should indicate one of the five topics. The topic assigned will be used to streamline the review process and to group the conference presentations in appropriate thematic sessions.

Accepted submissions will be presented in one of the existing parallel tracks at the conference. All presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by a maximum of 3-minute discussions.

Accepted submissions will be published as conference proceedings in an open access, online-only, section of a regular issue of the Bioinformatics journal with an electronic version distributed to conference delegates. The proceedings will be available online by the conference opening.

Publication of the proceedings as an online part of the Bioinformatics journal will result in fully citable articles, indexed by Medline and ISI. See the conference proceedings for ECCB 2018 for an example of online-only publication by Oxford University Press.

Taken together, the ultimate goal of the COVID-19 Related Proceeding Track is to attract exciting and ground-breaking computational developments linked directly to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 that will both contribute to the success of the conference and to the impact the meeting has on controlling devastating and emerging COVID-19 using computational biology and bioinformatics.

Proceeding Track: Review Criteria

All submissions will be evaluated by a group of topic co-chairs and the submission will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to conference attendees.
  2. Impact of the submission on COVID-19-related biology/medicine.
  3. Scientific quality.
  4. Originality (previously unpublished work). Preprints will be considered, please read carefully the Previous publication rules of the UOP Bioinformatics instructions for authors. At the time of submission to ECCB2020, and for the entire review period, the submission should not be under review by any other conference or scientific journal.
  5. “Presentability” of the work to a large, diverse audience.
  6. We aim to balance across the topics and may factor this into the acceptance decisions.
    Given these six criteria, the ultimate decision of acceptance for a Proceeding Track submission lies with the Programme Committee.

COVID-19 Related Proceeding Track: Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be made to the EasyChair COVID-19 Related Proceeding Track submission site. Submissions should include the following:

  1. Name/affiliation/email of presenting author. The presenter should register for the conference.
  2. Names/affiliations/email of all co-authors. 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 (email notifications of the submission will be sent to all co-authors).
  3. Title.
  4. At least three keywords (also known as key phrases or key terms) to characterize your submission.
  5. Choose one of the following topics:

· Data: Organization, management, categorization, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery.
· Genome: Sequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation.
· Genes: Expression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype.
· Proteins: Structure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics.
· Systems: Systems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signaling, multi-scale modeling.

6. 150-word description of the presentation for promotion on conference website. A)
7. PDF of the paper. B)
8. Papers can be submitted in either a template-free format or in the format following the template for author submission to the OUP journal bioinformatics.

· If the OUP template is used the paper length must not exceed nine pages.
· If the template-free format is used the length of the paper must not exceed 12 pages (single space, 12 point font), including abstract, figures, tables, and bibliography.
· In either case, the paper must contain an abstract whose length does not exceed 250 words.

9. If absolutely necessary, submissions may be accompanied by supplementary material, similar to submissions to scientific journals. The supplementary material should be collected in a separate file that is appropriately marked and uploaded as an attachment on the paper submission page in EasyChair. However, we advise against adding supplementary material, in general.B)

10. Note that papers should be submitted in their final form since the evaluation procedure does not allow for additional rounds of refinement / modification in response to referee criticisms.

A) Please note there is no word count available on the EasyChair form, you can use a tool like e.g. Submissions that succeed the maximum number of words will not be admitted to the review procedure.

B) Please note that only PDF submissions are acceptable. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems (LINUX, MacOS, Windows).

For each accepted submission a presenter must register and pay to attend and present at the conference.

For each presenting author, only one submission to the COVID-19 Related Proceedings Track will be considered.

After acceptance submissions will have to be formatted according to the layout style required by the OUP bioinformatics journal and will be limited to 9 pages. Formatting requirements can be found at

Supplementary material will be published on the proceedings site alongside the online version of the conference paper. We do not support supplementary material presented at any other than the publisher’s site. Additionally, OUP does not edit or typeset supplementary data – it is uploaded online exactly as it is received, so authors must ensure its accuracy before submitting.

Acceptance notifications will be sent no later than 23 June 2020. Final, corrected versions of accepted submissions, which must conform to the formatting guidelines available when the paper is accepted, are due no later than 10 July 2020.

COVID-19 Related Proceeding Track: Review Procedure

Submission will be assigned to the topics based on the authors’ indicated preference. In case of an unexpectedly high number of proceedings submissions, a preselection on impact and suitability of the conference (criterion #1) based on the abstract alone may be necessary before papers are sent out for review. For each preselected submission the topic co-chairs will seek three reviewers. Based on the reviews, the topics co-chairs will rank submissions assigned to their topic. Based on the rankings for each topic, the Programme Committee together with topic co-chairs will decide on the final acceptance for each submission.


All questions pertaining to the COVID-19 Related Proceeding Track can be directed to