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Special issue

Supplement of BMC Bionformatics on
“Italian Bioinformatics Society (BITS): Annual Meeting 2012”

The Scientific Committee of BITS 2012 announces that BMC Bioinformatics will publish a Supplement devoted to the meeting. The call for Paper will be published shortly after the meeting.
BITS main interest is the publication of high-quality manuscripts out of abstracts submitted to BITS 2012, ensuring visibility to BITS and its members.
The first attempt of the Committee will be oriented to open access journals with a good IF.

Four BMC Bioinformatics Supplements devoted to BITS meetings were published in the past.

Italian Society of Bioinformatics (BITS): Annual Meeting 2005

Italian Society of Bioinformatics (BITS): Annual Meeting 2006

Italian Society of Bioinformatics (BITS): Annual Meeting 2007

Italian Society of Bioinformatics (BITS): Annual Meeting 2011 (in press)

Depending on the journal and its publication scheme, authors will be invited to contribute by paying a fee for the publication of their paper.

A Call for Full length research papers will be launched after the meeting. All authors of abstract presented at the meeting, both oral communications and posters, will be invited to submit to the Special Issue.

A very provisional plan for deadlines include a first submission by end of June / begin of July, the first communication to authors within August, and a deadline for revised papers within September. Final decisions could then be taken by mid October and the Camera Ready version of accepted contributions could be submitted by begin/mid November for publication in late 2012 or early 2013.

Submissions will first be screened with reference to formal issues, e.g. adequacy of contents to the Call (extended and revised paper for a contribution submitted to the conference) and to instructions for authors (proper lenght and organization).

All members of the BITS 2012 Scientific Committee would participate in the Editorial Board, each of them taking non exclusive responsibility for a subset of conference topics. Researchers that already agreed to join the Editorial Board are listed below.

Manuela Helmer Citterich, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome
Paolo Romano, National Cancer Research Institute, Genoa
Gianni Cesareni, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome
Domenica D'Elia, National Research Council, Bari
Angelo Facchiano, National Research Council, Avellino
Alfredo Ferro, University of Catania, Catania
Rosalba Giugno, University of Catania, Catania
Sabino Liuni, National Research Council, Bari
Alfredo Pulvirenti, University of Catania, Catania
Giorgio Valle, University of Padua, Padua

Further members could join the Board, depending on the needs, and, in order to limit possible conficts of interest, the Board will be extended by including international members among past and present keynote spekers and board members.

Board members will then identify potential reviewers by selecting well known researchers at an International level on specific research domains of single submissions. Three reviews will be requested per submitted paper. Decision will be normally taken on a majority basis, unless there is a strong difference in evaluations, in which case editors will make a final assessment.

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