International Conference on Biomedical Ontology: ICBO 2011

Buffalo, New York


Instructions for Submission of Camera-Ready Copy

For a paper or poster to be included in the ICBO program, at least one author must be registered before the June 10 deadline (early-bird registration ends on June 1).

The deadline for submission of camera ready copy is in all cases midnight (EST) June 10, 2011. (See instructions below.)

The Proceedings of this year's ICBO meeting will include four types of contributions:

 1. Main conference papers: maximum 10 pages
   2. Doctoral and Postdoctoral Consortium papers: maximum 2 pages
   3. Poster abstracts: maximum 4 pages
   4. Workshop papers (maximum length as per workshop instructions)

For all manuscripts, your copy should be submitted both in PDF format and as source file (for example MS Word). All copy should be formatted according to LNCS rules. See: Information for LNCS Authors and Instructions for users of Microsoft Word.

If you are not sure that your paper already conforms to these rules, please submit a draft version on or before June 3.

For items 1.-3. please submit your copy to For workshop papers, manuscripts (pdf and source file) should be sent to the workshop organizers by June 10. (Please see separate announcements provided by the workshop organizers.) In each case, when submitting your copy please indicate the name of the registered speaker.

Send questions to ncor@buffalo, or to the workshop organizers, as appropriate.

Posters and Poster Abstracts: Posters should be formatted to have a maximum size of 4 feet by 4 feet. Submission of poster abstracts for inclusion in the ICBO Proceedings is optional.


Important dates


Call for Papers

Scope of conference

Ontologies are being used in an ever increasing variety of ways by researchers in almost every life science discipline, and their use in annotation of both clinical and experimental data is now a common technique in integrative translational research. Principles-based ontologies are being developed for the description of biological and biomedical phenomena of almost every type. To be maximally effective, such ontologies must work well together. But as ontologies become more commonly used and as their breadth of coverage increases, the problems involved in achieving coordination in ontology development become ever more urgent.

The International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies series was initiated in 2009 to address these problems by providing an overarching forum with the goal of bringing together representatives of all major communities involved in the development and application of ontologies in biomedicine and related areas.

Contributions are welcome on any topic in the broad area of biomedical ontology, with emphasis on the following topics:

All ontologies described in submissions must be available for open public review.

Important: Papers are limited to 2500 words not including abstract, references, tables and figures. They can be at most 10 pages inclusive. They must in every case clearly describe how to access the ontologies discussed. Screen shots, when included, should be big enough to read. A submission may take the form of a report on a specific ontology for which thorough documentation has been made available for open public review, ideally as part of the ontology file itself. In such cases the submitter is encouraged to include substantial portions of the ontology document in the body of the paper.

Conference Program

The conference program will be centered around topically organized sessions where papers are presented. The program will include, in addition, software demonstrations, poster sessions, and a panel debate on ontologies and the electronic health record. We will have two keynote lectures. The first will be on the Virtual Physiological Human Project will be given by Bernard de Bono of the European Bioinformatics Institute. The second, topic forthcoming, will be given by Roberto Rocha from Partners Healthcare.

Tutorials and Workshops

Tutorials are educational events. They may be either for a full day or for a half day. They should focus on one specific topic presented by one or two experts and involve interaction with the audience. Tutorials can include hands-on training, in which case the proposal should specify the exact requirements (laptops, software to install, etc.).

Workshops  may be either full day or half day events. They are intended to provide a forum for the discussion of a specific topic through individual paper presentations, for interest group meetings, or to report the results of a research project. Workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting the contributions.

Papers accepted for workshops will be published together with the ICBO 2011 on-site proceedings.

Workshop and tutorial proposals should include the title of the event, name, affiliation, mailing address and e-mail addresses of the proposers. They should include also a description of the proposed event (maximum 200 words), including an explanation of how the workshop/tutorial will contribute to the field of biomedical ontology. Proposals must include, in addition, a short CV of the proposer explaining their qualifications for the proposed event, including experience in teaching and/or in organizing scientific events.

Workshop proposers should additionally provide names of at least two program committee members who can review their proposal and should describe how they will advertise the workshop in order to receive a sufficient number of submissions and participants. They should also explain the rationale for addressing their specific topic in the workshop rather than in the main conference. One important argument for a workshop would be to attract more people to ICBO.

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral and Postdoctoral Consortium is designed to provide an opportunity for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers to network with other early career scientists and to receive direct mentorship from experts in the field. Intending participants should submit a 1-page extended abstract, which may be a description of their current or planned research, an abstract of their PhD proposal, or a description of a related issue such as methodology. Please contact Albert Goldfain ( for further information.

Software Demonstrations

Those wishing to submit proposals for software demonstrations should contact Trish Whetzel ( before May 1, 2011. For further details see:

Details Regarding Submission and Publication

All papers and poster abstracts for the main ICBO conference and all papers for the associated ICBO workshops will be published in a set of proceedings made available to all workshop and conference participants at the time of the meeting.

In addition, a number of papers will be selected for further refereeing for publication in the open access Journal of Biomedical Semantics.

Inclusion of a paper or poster in the ICBO proceedings and conference program requires that at least one author is registered for the conference.

Conference and workshop papers should be submitted to Easychair. All submissions should be submitted both as PDF files and as source files (for example MS Word) formatted according to LNCS rules. See: Information for LNCS Authors and Instructions for users of Microsoft Word.

Poster submission: Posters may be submitted as pdf files either in poster format with a maximum size of 4 feet by 4 feet or as an abstract (up to 4 pages) formated as a pdf file in accordance with LNCS rules (see above). Deadline for poster submission is May 1. If you wish your poster to be included in the conference proceedings you must submit a 4-page poster abstract as camera-ready copy before the deadline of June 10.

Participation in this meeting by women, minorities, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged.