RECOMB Comparative Genomics 2011 is Open Access!
The RECOMB Comparative Genomics (RECOMB-CG) workshop is an annual meeting that brings togethether theoreticians and biologists working in my favorite field: comparative genomics. I’m participating in this year’s meeting as one of the Program Committee chairs. The role comes with some unique challenges. This year the conference will be moving to open-access publication of proceedings. We’re working with BMC Bioinformatics (discaimer I am an Associate Editor there) to create a conference supplement to their regular journal. Previously RECOMB proceedings had been going into Springer’s Lecture Notes series. The publication process in Springer was straightforward with a LaTeX template provided for us mathy types to use when rendering complex formulas. BMC also has LaTeX templates, but the timing of publication will be tight as there are several additional proofing steps. Nevertheless I expect there will be major advantages to publishing with BMC Bioinformatics, including the free availability of proceedings papers from now until the internet apocalypse and better visibility in biological venues such as PubMed.
For those of you working in some aspect of genomics, I encourage you to submit a paper to the conference. RECOMB-CG is the premier venue for computational studies of genome rearrangement, genome structural variation, and their evolutionary patterns. Three of my favorite topics. It also deals in a host of other comparative genomics topics.
The conference web site and submission information is at http://recombcg.org