BMC Bioinformatics special issue

Published papers

The special issue of BMC Bioinformatics on the BioNLP Shared Task (BioNLP-ST) 2013 was published:

Call for papers (closed)

We are pleased to announce a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics on the BioNLP Shared Task (BioNLP-ST) 2013.

BMC Bioinformatics is a premier open-access journal for BioNLP research with an Impact Factor of 3.02 and indexed by PubMed, Scopus, ACM and Thomson Reuters (ISI) among others.

We invite two kinds of submissions:

  • Extended versions of BioNLP-ST 2013 workshop papers. Each extended submission must include a substantial amount of previously unpublished content. In this type of submission, the workshop paper should be cited and the extended contribution has to be clearly stated. Please refer to the guidelines from BMC:

  • Papers on new contributions to the BioNLP-ST 2013 tasks.

The BioNLP-ST 2013 data and evaluation services are kept online for new participants to register and evaluate their results on these datasets. For a general overview on BioNLP Shared Task 2013, please refer to the task homepage.

All submissions will undergo full peer review by 3 reviewers. We expect that 7-8 papers will be selected to be included in the special issue based on the reviews. When preparing your manuscript, please follow the author guidelines of BMC Bioinformatics.

Please note also the following:


  • Feb 11 Manuscript submission due (draft version)

  • Feb 18 Manuscript submission (final version)

  • April 28 Acceptance notification of first-round review

To prepare the review process, we ask all those planning to submit a manuscript to submit an early version of the paper, including title and abstract, prior to the primary manuscript submission. The draft version is considered a notification of intent to submit and will only be used to coordinate reviews; it will not be considered in review of the manuscript. Note that the initial submissions must include sufficient information for reviewer assignment, e.g. title and abstract. The actual review will begin from Feb 4. So, the authors will have a chance to update their manuscripts by Feb 3.


  • Claire NĂ©dellec, National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

  • Jin-Dong Kim, Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS)

  • Sampo Pyysalo, University of Turku

  • Sophia Ananiadou, NaCTem

  • Pierre Zweigenbaum, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)