The 24th International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB) 2020, will be held in Padova, Italy, on May 10-13, 2020


The RECOMB conference series was founded in 1997 to provide a scientific forum for advances in computational biology and applications in molecular biology and medicine. The conference aims at bridging the computational, mathematical, statistical, and biological sciences, and bringing together researchers, professionals, students and industrial practitioners from all over the world for interaction and exchange of new developments in all areas of bioinformatics and computational biology. The conference will feature keynote talks by leading scientists, presentations of peer- reviewed high-quality research papers, presentations of exciting research developments that were published within the past year and poster sessions on latest research progress.


Papers reporting on original research (both theoretical and experimental) in all areas of computational molecular biology are sought. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

 Molecular sequence analysis

 Sequencing and genotyping technologies

 Regulation and epigenomics

 Transcriptomics, including single-cell


 Population and statistical genetics

 Evolution and comparative genomics

 Structure and function of non-coding RNAs

 Computational proteomics and proteogenomics

 Computational structural biology

 Protein structure and function

 Biological networks

 Computational systems biology

 Privacy of biomedical data


Submissions should represent original, previously unpublished work. The Program Committee will rigorously review submitted extended abstracts (approximately 10 pages).  Selected papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Accepted abstracts will be published as a proceedings volume in the Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI) series from Springer-Verlag, which will be available at the conference.  Authors who prefer not to publish their papers in the LNBI proceedings, must submit a final two-page extended abstract for inclusion in the Springer LNBI proceedings in lieu of the full paper and must submit the full paper to the preprint server or by the deadline of the camera ready version to ensure that the presented paper is accessible.  RECOMB is partnering with Cell Systems and the Journal of Computational Biology. Authors of selected accepted papers will be invited, but not required, to submit an edited journal version for a special issue of Cell Systems (as detailed below).  Authors can alternatively choose to submit extended versions of accepted proceedings papers to the Journal of Computational Biology or to pursue the Parallel Submission option, detailed below, to submit their work to an alternative journal of their choosing in parallel with RECOMB submission.


All papers accepted for oral presentations at RECOMB that are of salient biological interest will be considered for the RECOMB special issue of Cell Systems.  Selected authors will be invited to submit to Cell Systems and, if papers are accepted there, they will be included in the RECOMB special issue. Editors at Cell Systems will actively collaborate with RECOMB authors during a streamlined review process involving the RECOMB reviewers and up to 2 additional biological reviewers. Authors will be notified of whether their paper is accepted for oral presentation at RECOMB and simultaneously whether they will be invited to submit to Cell Systems for consideration in the RECOMB special issue by December 23, 2019.


If a paper is submitted for oral presentation at RECOMB, the authors can simultaneously submit their full paper to the journal of their choice and elect to have a two-page short paper published in the LNBI proceedings in lieu of a full proceedings paper.  Note that full papers accepted to RECOMB must be submitted to a preprint server by the camera-ready deadline as described above.  Papers accepted for oral presentation that have been accepted to a journal other than Cell Systems or Journal of Computational Biology at the time of the meeting may be moved to the Highlights track at the discretion of the PC Chair.


Key dates  (all deadlines are for 5:00 PM, Eastern U.S. Time)


  • Paper submission opens: September 4, 2019

  • Paper submission deadline: November 1, 2019 (November 5 for final revisions)

  • Paper acceptance decision: December 23, 2019

  • Final versions of papers due: January 17, 2020

  • Highlights submission deadline: January 31, 2020

  • Highlights acceptance notification: February 21, 2020


  • Poster submission opens: December 2, 2019

  • Poster submission deadline: February 1, 2020

  • Poster acceptance: February 15, 2020


  • Travel fellowship application deadline: February 19, 2020

  • Travel fellowship notification: February 27, 2020

  • Early registration deadline: March 6, 2020


A manuscript should start with a succinct statement of the problem, the results achieved, their significance, and a comparison with previous work. This material should be understandable to non-specialists. A technical exposition directed to the specialist should follow. The length, excluding cover page, bibliography, and appendix, should not exceed 10 pages. The manuscript should be easy to read, using at least 11 point font size on U.S. standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper with no less than one inch margin all around. If the authors believe that more details are absolutely necessary to substantiate the claims of the paper, they may include a clearly marked appendix, or supplementary data, which might be read at the discretion of the reviewers. An email address for the contact author should be included. Manuscripts that deviate significantly from these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.


Submission of papers to RECOMB2020 will be through the EasyChair conference system, following the link from the conference web page. The submission system will be open starting Tuesday, September 4 and ending November 1 (November 5 for final revisions) 2019. For full details, please see the submissions instructions at the conference website. The Program Committee, chaired by Russell Schwartz (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA), will referee the conference submissions.

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email on or before December 23, 2019. We request that an author of each accepted paper provides LaTeX files or an MS Word file in the special format for Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics by January 17, 2020.

Authors should consult Springer's authors' guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.


Note that Springer LaTeX templates are now available in Overleaf for authors who wish to use Overleaf in their manuscript preparation.

An author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the conference and present the paper; in case of unexpected circumstances, alternative arrangements, approved by the conference chair, should be made to have the paper presented.

Late Revisions Deadline: November 5, 2019

The motivation behind the "revisions only" deadline is to maximize opportunity for quality submissions, while keeping sufficient time for a thorough review.  We will begin assigning reviewers to papers based on the submission as of November 1, but will allow updates until we make papers available to reviewers on November 5.  As a result, we require the following:

  • A substantively complete and comprehensible manuscript must be received by November 1, for a paper to be considered for review

  • Revised versions of manuscripts received before November 5 will be accepted if and only if they use the same title as the initial submission and improve their content. They can include revisions of both text andmethods and may introduce new results, but cannot substantially change the scientific premise or methodology. For example, a manuscript describing a deep learning approach to protein structure prediction cannot be revised to describe a combinatorial optimization algorithm for phylogenetic tree reconstruction. Revisions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

  • No revisions will be allowed after November 5, 2019