Ontologies are increasingly used in the semantic description of biological and medical data from creation to publication and consumption by semantically enabled applications. To be effective ontologies must be of high quality and work well together.
Techniques for ontology use, good ontology design, ontology maintenance, and ontology coordination. Research papers in the areas of the application of ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology design and ontology interoperability, at any stage in the process of data creation to its use in applications. Approaches to ontology building and use. Use of such ontologies in knowledge management, knowledge discovery and next-generation publishing.


Ontologies for biomedical research and clinical applications
Reports on ontologies for, and their application in, high throughput omics data and systems biology, toxicology and environmental health, disorders, diseases, phenotypes and physiology, SNP variation and pharmacogenomics, translational research and personalized medicine, public health and electronic health care, are invited.

Foundations and methodology
Papers on foundational and methodological issues pertaining to biomedical ontology are invited. Eligible topics are, though not limited to, the following; knowledge representation and reasoning, philosophical foundations of ontology, upper-level ontologies, topics in ontology engineering including design and life cycle, methodologies for knowledge elicitation and capture, ontology-oriented text mining techniques, ontology modularity, mapping, merging, and alignment of ontologies, and ontology evaluation.

Biomedical ontologies and the Semantic Web
Research on formal representation of biomedical knowledge using RDF and OWL, Identifiers, mappings & normalization, biomedical research using linked data, integration strategies using the linked open data cloud, visualization and manipulation of ontology, federation of online resources, workflows and semantic web services for biomedical knowledge discovery.

Social aspects of biomedical ontologies
Perpectives from biomedical ontologists on community standards, adoption, and proliferation of semantics, use of semantic wikis, bio-curation & crowdsourcing techniques, user engagement and feedback, semantic publishing and provenance, governance, evolution and sustainability.