Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The manuscript topic is within the journal focus and scope.
The following types of paper may be submitted for publication. Please note the page limits for each type of paper.
Original Papers (up to 14 pages; this is approx. 10000 words).
Original papers that describe new research developments in computational molecular biology, for example: models, algorithms, software involving new methods, biological databases and network information services, and their impact on molecular biology or computer science. Actual biological data, as opposed to purely simulated data, must be used.
Discovery Notes (up to 4 pages, this is approx. 3000 words)
Discovery notes report biologically interesting discoveries using computational techniques. Topics may include sequence motif detection, definition of new domains, structural similarities, gene structure prediction, comparative genomics, biomolecular networks and other aspects of computational molecular biology.
The results presented should present new discoveries, bringing insight to a relevant biological problem, and not be the simple extension of current knowledge. The results are expected to proceed from the specialized use of tools, methods, and databases. The inclusion of experimental results is considered very positively.
Application Notes (up to 2 pages; this is approx. 1300 words or 1000 words plus one figure)
Applications Notes are short descriptions of novel software or new algorithm implementations, databases and network services (web servers, and interfaces). Software or data must be freely available to non-commercial users. Availability and Implementation must be clearly stated in the article. Authors must also ensure that the software is available for a full TWO YEARS following publication. Web services must not require mandatory registration by the user. Additional Supplementary data can be published online-only by the journal. This supplementary material should be referred to in the abstract of the Application Note. If describing software, the software should run under nearly all conditions on a wide range of machines. Web servers should not be browser specific. Application Notes must not describe trivial utilities, nor involve significant investment of time for the user to install. The name of the application should be included in the title.
Reviews (3-8 pages)
Most review papers are commissioned, although the editors welcome suggestions from prospective authors who should in the first instance submit a draft or abstract/summary no longer than a page.
Letters to the Editor
JBG publishes "letters to the editors" on the broad range of topics covered by the journal, including political, technical and scientific analyses of issues related to bioinformatics and computational biology. The letters can also include the discussion of papers published by the journal.
JBG considers proposals for publishing conference proceeding papers, as supplementary issues or as special sections of the journal. Please be sure to include the following information in your proposal:
What is the theme of the conference and submitted papers?
What numbers of papers are expected to be submitted and published?
What peer review process will be put in place by the conference organisers to recommend papers for publication in the journal?
How many delegates are expected to attend the conference?
Assurance that the papers proposed for publication have not and will not be published elsewhere prior to publication in JBG, or afterwards without the permission of the journal's publisher.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- The manuscript is prepared in accordance with the template