Search: for Help
ICoVax 2013 Home
Call for Papers
Workshop Format
Final Program

Call for Papers to ICoVax 2013


9/9/2013 News: To obtain more submissions, the deadline of submitting full-length papers and poster presentations has been extended to October 12 (Saturday), 2013 from August 15 (Thursday), 2013.


The 3rd ISV ICoVax workshop will include oral presentations of full-length papers, poster presentations of accepted abstracts, and software demo. All accepted papers will be published in one of the following peer-reviewed journals: BMC Bioinformatics ( and Emerging Microbes & Infections (EMI; a journal of the NPG family) (

The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational methods to predict protective vaccine antigens and immune epitopes
  • Reverse vaccinology approaches for genome-wide vaccine target identification and vaccine development
  • Analysis of vaccine-induced host responses using high throughput omics methods (e.g., microarrays)
  • Case studies of applying bioinformatics approaches in vaccine development
  • Informatics methods for improving surveillance of vaccine safety and efficacy
  • Modeling of impact of vaccine immunizations against target diseases (e.g., pandemic influenza)
  • Vaccine and immunoinformatics database and analysis systems
  • Vaccine data integration and literature mining
  • Development of software programs in computational vaccinology and immunology, or programs that belong to general biology but can be applied in vaccine and immunology research
  • Bioinformatics algorithms that can be potentially used in vaccine R&D
  • Computational biology network appliable to immmunology and vaccine studies
  • Computational research and development for vaccines against emerging infectious diseases.
  • Application of computational, bioinformatics, and systems biology methods in study of host-vaccine interaction and protective immune mechanisms
  • Computational and systems biology methods for analyzing and predicting immune correlates of protection.
  • Vaccine informatics system for post-licensure registry and surveillance
  • Bioinformatics analysis of vaccine adverse events

The full paper submission needs to follow the journal format, i.e., the instructions for BMC Bioinforamtics authors, or the instructions for EMI authors. It is noted that the BMC Bioinformatics journal does not accept review articles for this workshop.

The abstract will be one page following the ISV general congress meeting format. You can use this Abstract Example as your template.

Full papers and abstracts need to be submitted through Easychair: The full-length papers submitted to the ICoVax 2013 workshop through Easychair will be peer-reviewed. Selected top papers will be invited to be revised and published in a Supplement Issue(s) of BMC Bioinformatics and/or Emerging Microbes & Infections.

Please notice the following timetable:

  • Submission due days:
    • For full-length papers, poster abstracts, and software demo applications: August 15 (Thursday), 2013 (Note: This is the new deadline, which is extended from previous deadline July 15 Monday)
    • For poster abstracts and software demo applications: August 23 (Friday), 2013.
    • Note: an unaccepted full-length paper will automatically be allowed for poster presentation
  • Registration: More information including registration fee will be provided later.
  • Announcement of submission acceptance: September 15-28, 2013
  • Full-length paper final submission: October 10 (Thursday), 2013 (Note: you will be given another chance to make changes on your full-length paper later after the workshop and before final journal publication)
  • ICoVax 2013 workshop: October 26 (Saturday), 2013 (one day earlier than the general ISV Global Congress conference), Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. 

Update: By including accepted full-length papers submitted to our workshop, we will eventually generate a special issue(s) of Computational Vaccinology in the journal BMC Bionformatics or Nature Emerging Microbes & Infections (EMI). You can submit your papers to our workshop Easychair website for peer review for possible inclusion in this special issue without having to attend the workshop in person.


Note: please go to the Submission page for more information about the submission and publication fees.