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Send PLoS a postcard from PSB

If you are attending the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (< a href=”http://psb.stanford.edu/”>PSB) PLoS Computational Biology invites you to send us a postcard! PLoS Conference Postcards represent a novel way to report important innovations and current research efforts presented at a scientific conference as told by upcoming members of the scientific community. Your “postcard” will focus on one of the highlights of PSB – a keynote, paper presentation, poster session, software demonstration, or tutorial. All Postcards will be considered by the Editors and those selected will be published in PLoS Computational Biology as part of an article summarizing the conference.

If you would like to submit a Conference Postcard, here is what you need to know:

  • Any postdoctoral fellow or graduate student is eligible to be a reporter. Reporters may submit more than one report for consideration, but each report may only have one author.
  • Your Conference Postcard should be between 800-1000 words; you may submit a maximum of one image. If the image is under copyright it is your responsibility to gain explicit permission to republish under the CCAL from the copyright holder.
  • You should include:
    • A synopsis of what was presented.
    • Reasons why you think your chosen highlight is outstanding.
    • How it related to the theme of the meeting.
    • The impact it had on attendees.
    • Additional references considered useful.
  • Any presentation at the conference deemed to be of exceptional significance to the broader community by the reporter is eligible to be reported. No permission from speakers is required beyond those obtained by PSB as regards live and postconference coverage of presentations. Please do not submit reports on presentations given by a close colleague.
  • Preference will be given to reports that demonstrate evidence of additional research into the topic to support or counter the work presented, e.g., views of the work by other attendees gathered through personal interactions or blogs or information based on further discussions with the presenters.
  • Reports accepted by the Editors for publication will be presented as a single article with author ordering determined by the PLoS Editors. PLoS Editors may request that the reporters make (generally minor) changes to the selected reports.
  • As with all PLoS content, the Conference Postcards will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) Agreement; made freely and fully available immediately upon publication; and deposited in PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed.
  • Your submission should be sent to contribute [at] plos.org with the report in the body of the email or attached as a Word document. Please list “PSB Postcards” as the subject of your email. Please list your name, institution, and the title of the session being reported.
  • The closing date for submissions is: January 14th 2009

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