Call for Papers

We are delightful to invite you to the 18th InCoB. The conference will be hosted for the first time in Indonesia. InCoB 2019 will be co-located with the Annual General Meeting of the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET), Genomic Medicine Conference (GMC) and South East Asian Pharmacogenomics Research Network (SEAPharm) meeting. These four events promise a rare opportunity for scientific discourse. InCoB 2019 will include presentation of original research results, discussion in plenary sessions, poster sessions, workshops, software demos and panel discussions related to the field of bioinformatics. This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your research!
You are invited to submit an abstract before March 31, 2019.

InCoB 2019 is interested in all areas of bioinformatics and computational biology including but not limited to:

  • Big data in biology: analytics, machine learning methods and data sets
  • Bioimaging
  • Bioinformatics applications
  • Bioinformatics models, methods and algorithms
  • Biological sequence analysis
  • Bio-ontology and semantics
  • Clinical bioinformatics
  • Data mining and biomedical knowledge discovery
  • Database management
  • Drug design and discovery
  • Protein interactions and diseases
  • Protein folding and conformational diseases
  • Genetics of cell differentiation and reprogramming
  • Genome and proteome manipulation
  • Genomics
  • High through-put omics and imaging platforms
  • Immunoinformatics
  • Medical and health informatics
  • Metabolomics
  • Metagenomics
  • Microarray analysis
  • Molecular evolution and phylogeny
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Population genetics
  • Proteomics
  • Scalable data storage
  • Structural bioinformatics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • System Biology
  • Translational Bioinformatics
  • Workflow and knowledge management
1. Full Paper Submissions

Journal wise submission details for BMC Journals (BMC Genomics, BMC Medical Genomics, BMC Systems Biology, and BMC Bioinformatics), GigaScience, Bioinformatics, PeerJ and Computational Biology and Chemistry (CBAC) are provided below.

2. Poster/Software/Technology/Methodology/Resource/Tool/Database Abstracts
3. Highlights Abstract Submissions
4. Breakout Sessions


Detailed Instructions for Full Paper Submissions

Cover letter for full paper submissions

All submitting authors are required to submit together with the manuscript a cover letter clearly stating the name of their preferred journal (e.g. BMC Genomics). A second choice may also be listed.

In the cover letter, the corresponding author should provide full contact details: complete mailing address, telephone, and fax contact numbers and e-mail address(es). The corresponding author must certify that the work submitted is original and has not been submitted elsewhere for publication. Furthermore, if accepted, the corresponding author must agree to pay the specified article processing charges as well as reformat the accepted version of the manuscript in accordance with the journal requirements. At least one author of any accepted manuscript must be an APBioNet member (, clear the conference registration fee, and be present at the conference to deliver the oral presentation.

The corresponding author should certify that the work should be MiABi (Minimum Information About a Bioinformatics Investigation) compliant – with submissions containing new gene expression data (RNAseq, microarray) or sequence data must have been deposited with NCBI and accessions obtained. The files must be accessible to reviewers, no part of the manuscript has been reproduced from another copyrighted source without permission or proper attribution, or has been inappropriately used, in order to avoid possible plagiarism or self-plagiarism issues. We further recommend that the authors kindly check the originality of their manuscript using any standard online anti-plagiarism software tool.

Example of Template Declaration to be included in the cover letter:
“We, the Authors collectively and individually declare that to our best ability, we have ensured that the submission made herein, including the main paper, supplementary data, deposited data, database entries, software code, does not contain any plagiarized material, content or ideas, and that all necessary attributions have been appropriately made and all copyright permissions obtained, cited and acknowledged.”

We reserve the right to return manuscripts that do not correspond with the prescribed format of the selected journal without review. If not well suited for publication in the preferred journal, the authors may be offered the opportunity to transfer the manuscript for consideration in another journal. The cover letter should be uploaded as a PDF, Word or Text file.

Journal Choices

considers all aspects of genome-scale analysis, functional genomics, proteomics, “big data” and “giga” science. Instructions for BMC Genomics authors:

considers articles on all aspects of functional genomics, genome structure, genome-scale population genetics, epigenomics, proteomics, systems analysis, and pharmacogenomics in relation to human health and disease. Instructions for BMC Medical Genomics authors:
  • BMC Systems Biology

considers articles on experimental and theoretical aspects of the function of biological systems at the molecular, cellular or organismal level, in particular, those addressing the engineering of biological systems, network modeling, quantitative analyses and the integration of different levels of information. Instructions for BMC Systems Biology authors:
  • BMC Bioinformatics

considers all aspects of the development, testing and novel application of computational and statistical methods for the modeling and analysis of all kinds of biological data, as well as other areas of computational biology.  Instructions for authors:

Please read the descriptions of each of the article types (research article, methodology article, database article and software article), choose which is appropriate for your work and structure the manuscript accordingly. If in doubt, your manuscript should be formatted as a Research article.

The start date for BMC submissions is February 1, 2019.

All manuscripts for BMC Genomics, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Systems Biology, and BMC Medical Genomics must be submitted directly through the BMC supplement issue editorial management system. Manuscripts not complying to formatting, submissions and supplementary data guidelines of the four BMC journal will be returned to authors without peer review. The peer review will be handled through the BMC EM system. The article publications charges for accepted manuscripts will be directly invoiced and collected by BMC.

The link for BMC submission for InCoB 2019 is:
  • GigaScience

GigaScience is an Oxford University Press journal and adopts an open review policy.  Papers for this journal will be submitted to the EasyChair system. Publication charges depend on the type of article and can be found out on the journal website.

Authors of the papers accepted provisionally for GigaScience will be invited to register for InCoB 2019 and present their work there.

The link for EasyChair submission of articles to GigaScience is:
  • Bioinformatics

The leading journal in its field, Bioinformatics publishes the highest quality scientific papers and review articles of interest to academic and industrial researchers. Its main focus is on new developments in genome bioinformatics and computational biology. Detailed instructions for authors can be found at

Papers for this journal will be first submitted to EasyChair.

Authors of the papers accepted provisionally for Bioinformatics will be invited to register for InCoB 2019 and present their work there. However, please be informed that some of the papers recommended for Bioinformatics may be later rejected by the journal in the second stage of the review, even if they are given an opportunity to present at InCoB.

To submit a paper to Bioinformatics, please prepare your manuscript in a PDF format and upload it to

Please also include a cover letter mentioning that the paper is to be considered for Bioinformatics.

  • PeerJ

PeerJ ( is an open access peer-reviewed scientific mega journal covering research in the biological and medical sciences. Instructions for authors:

Papers for this journal need to be submitted directly to the PeerJ website

for the peer-review process to begin. When authors transfer their paper from PeerJ pre-prints to PeerJ they are requested to specify in their PeerJ editor cover letter that the paper is intended for InCoB 2019. Publication charges for PeerJ are nominal and can be found out on the journal website. Authors of the papers accepted provisionally for PeerJ will be invited to register for InCoB 2019 and present their work there.

  • Computational Biology and Chemistry (CBAC)

Computational Biology and Chemistry is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Elsevier covering all areas of computational life sciences. (

Papers for this journal will be submitted to and reviewed through EasyChair. There are NO publication charges for CBAC.

Authors of the papers accepted provisionally for CBAC will be invited to register for InCoB 2019 and present their work there. Even though CBAC will not review the papers again but the technical check, such as plagiarism tests may be carried out and a paper may not be finally published in CBAC for this reason, if high matches are detected. Also, the papers in CBAC will be published as an InCoB 2019-specific section in a regular issue instead of having a full issue dedicated to the conference.

To submit a paper to CBAC, please prepare your manuscript in a PDF format and upload it to

 Please also include a cover letter mentioning that the paper is to be considered for CBAC.

Quick checklist for journal wise submission of InCoB 2019 papers: