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Special Topics Issue of JASIST: Bioinformatics

The next special topics issue of the
Journal of the American Society for Information
Science and Technology

, to appear in late 2003, will be on the topic of
bioinformatics. The g
uest editors will be Dr. Bradley Hemminger and Dr. David
Fenstermacher of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bioinformatics tools and methodologies for the management of biological data,
information, and knowledge are rapidly being developed

and adopted to address the
massive growth of data generated by large scale research efforts such as the Human
Genome Project. Bioinformatics, the application of information technology to the life
sciences, is a fertile research area for the information sc
ience field. While biology is a
specialized domain, the data explosion leaves it facing many of the same core issues that
information scientists and librarians have addressed for decades: the design and
management of information retrieval systems; integrat
ion and querying of multiple
heterogeneous databases; novel data visualization tools; open metadata schemas and
ontologies; and methods for automated database curation and data quality assurance.

This special topic issue will provide an interdisciplinary

forum for researchers and
practitioners to present innovative ideas and methods to address current and future
problems in bioinformatics, including the areas of genomics, proteomics, and
computational biology.

Authors are invited to submit original paper
s in the area of bioinformatics on topics
including, but not limited to, the following:

scale database design and development

Database integration

Database quality assurance

Information retrieval algorithms

Metadata and ontological frameworks

ization tools

Interface design issues

Legal / intellectual property issues

Inquiries should be made to the guest editors by email, fax or telephone. Authors should
inform the guest editors of their intent to submit prior to submitting a manuscript.
tronic submissions of manuscripts in PDF or Word (97 or later) are recommended. If
manuscripts are submitted in printed form, please send four copies of the manuscript.
Inquires and submissions should be addressed to:

Dr. Bradley Hemminger

School of I
nformation and Library Science

206A Manning Hall

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Phone: (919) 966

Fax: (919) 962


Important Dates

May 31, 2002:

Notification of intent to submit a manuscript

October 31, 2002:

Deadline for manuscript submission

January 31, 2003:

Notification of acceptance/rejection of manuscripts

September 2003:

Final versi
ons of manuscripts due

Late 2003:


All manuscripts will be reviewed by a panel of referees. Original artwork and a signed
copy of the copyright release form will be required for all accepted papers. A copy of the
call for papers will be av
ailable on the World Wide Web, as is further information about