All accepted submissions will be published as part of the Conference Proceedings. Papers are to be prepared using templates and submitted via EasyChair.
Templates from last year are available at: (word) and (latex)

1. Long Research Paper (up to 6 pages) should satisfy the following criteria: original research; novelty in methodology and/or in research results; significant development with large potential for impact; theoretical soundness and/or strong evaluation with demonstration of utility in applications.

2. Short Research Paper (up to 4 pages) should satisfy the following criteria: original research; methodological soundness with either novel methodology & application, or demonstrated improvement over existing methods (with appropriate validation), or the use of existing methodology but in novel application. Short papers are appropriate for applied research or systems, or the development of new approaches.

3. Systems Paper (up to 2 pages) must describe the functionality, availability, and an application of the system. The system itself must be demonstrated at the conference.

4. Early Career Track (up to 4 pages) is to support the work of young investigators. There will be an Early Career Track session for the presentation of the papers. The ECT paper review and acceptance criteria are the same as the short research papers. The staggered submission dates allows submissions (from young investigators) that are not accepted as long or short research papers to be revised and re-submitted; as well as allow first time submissions from young investigators to the Early Career Track directly.
Early stage researchers are defined as investigators as having obtained a terminal degree (BS, Masters, PhD or MD) within the last 6 years.The purpose of the early career session is to promote those just beginning their career and/or recent newcomers to the field of ontology.

For rejected long (6 page) and short (4 page) submissions to the main ICBO session that you wish to resubmit to the Early Career or Systems tracks, please include a response to previous reviews. Note that 6 page submissions must be shortened to 4 pages for the Early Career track, and to 2 pages for the Systems track.

5. Late Breaking Report (up to 1 pages)
This track is for extended abstracts of posters. A limited set of the peer-reviewed reports will be selected to be presented as a flash talk. All reports must be presented as posters. Late breaking reports should address a clearly defined problem that is of interest to the ICBO community. A late breaking report is appropriate for interesting preliminary results; and systems updates.

6. Highlights (up to 500 words)
This track highlights original peer-reviewed research with significant impact on data integration research or life sciences research that is published between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013. The submission is a short abstract highlighting the importance of the work for the ICBO community. If the publication is not open access, then the authors must make the paper available to the review committee.

Workshops and tutorials

7. Workshops

Workshops are half-day or full-day scientific events intended to provide a forum for the discussion of a specific topic through individual paper presentations. The workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting the contributions. Workshops can be events focusing on a specific topic; they can also include interest group meetings, or meetings designed to disseminate the results of a research project on a specific topic.

8. Tutorials
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.).
You are invited to discuss your proposal for workshops and tutorials with the organizers. To do so or get more information please send a note to the workshops and tutorials chair, Chris Mungall, at

9. Posters

Posters and Systems Demonstrations Instructions:
Poster boards are 6 ft wide by 4 ft high and fit two posters at 3 by 4 feet each. System demonstrations will have a table and a poster board