Call for Papers

ICBO 2015 is soliciting submissions of novel (not previously published nor concurrently submitted) research papers in the areas of the application of ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology design and ontology interoperability, at any stage in the process from data creation to use in applications or scientific analyses. Submissions will be welcome from a broad range of approaches to ontology building and use. In addition, we would like to invite contributions showcasing methods for ontology-based research, including statistical methods, and contributions addressing the challenges associated with working with multiple ontologies at the same time, including ontology development, visualization, annotation of data, analysis, and applications.

We will accept full-length research and application papers (5 pages), poster submissions (2 page abstracts), software demonstrations (2 page abstracts), and early career researcher symposium submissions (2 page abstracts). A selection of successful poster abstracts will be invited to give flash presentations during the conference. We are also looking for submissions of half-day or full-day workshops and tutorials. Workshops should be working sessions with a specific outcome that can be subsequently presented at the main conference. Tutorials are educational events and may involve hands-on practicals.

Submission of papers is via EasyChair (, according to the templates provided on the author instructions.

A Best Paper Award, Best Poster Award, Best Demonstration Award, and a Best Early Career Paper Award will be conferred to the author(s) at the conference, selected by the Organizing Committee.

All accepted papers and abstracts will be published in an issue of CEUR-WS ( In addition, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS), an open-access journal published by BioMed Central (BMC). Note that publication in the JBMS special issue will incur article processing charges.

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Important Dates:

Conference paper submission: Mar 9, 2015 (extended)
Conference paper notification: Apr 6, 2015
Camera-ready conference papers: Apr 20, 2015