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PLoS Conference Postcards Return to PSB!

This year PLoS Conference Postcards is running again at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) and 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 posted on the PLoS Blog and considered by the Editors, and those selected will be published in PLoS Computational Biology as part of an article summarizing the conference.

Further details can be found below, and you can use the 2010 PSB article and ISMB article for inspiration:

  • 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 and should not include images or figures.
  • You should include:
    • A synopsis of what was presented.
    • Reasons why you think your chosen presentation 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, however, we strongly encourage you to talk with the speaker and check that they have agreed for their presentation to be reported on.
  • 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.
  • Please register your interest at contribute [at] to let us know which session you intend to write about by January 10th 2011. Submissions or first drafts will be posted on the PLoS Blog upon receipt.
  • Your submission should be sent via email to contribute [at] with the report in the body of the email or attached as a Word document. Please use “PSB 2011 Postcards” as the subject of your email. Please include your name, institution, and the title of the session being reported on within both the submitted report and the message text of your email.
  • The closing date for submissions is: January 21st 2011.
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