Call for papers for a special GCC2013 Galaxy series

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Guest blog post by Scott Edmunds, Executive Editor for GigaScience, a BioMed Central journal which is collaborating with the 2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013) to publish a special thematic series on studies utilizing large-scale datasets and workflows. GigaScience is a journal which is co-published in collaboration between BioMed Central and BGI Shenzhen, and publishes ‘big-data’ studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences.

The 2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013) and GigaScience are announcing a call for papers for a special thematic focused series on studies utilizing large-scale datasets and workflows. Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research allowing their growing community of users to reproduce and share analyses. GigaScience, with its aims to increase reproducibility and transparency of research has just launched its own Giga-Galaxy server, enabling the hosting and implementation of Galaxy-based workflows and methods. To see examples of how this works, see the slides from our flashtalk at the recent Beyond the PDF2 meeting, and examples of workflows implemented from our recent SOAPdenovo2 paper.

All accepted oral presentations from the meeting will be eligible for consideration in the GigaScience series, and working with the GCC2013 scientific committee, peer review will be coordinated, thorough and timely. BGI has been generously covering the open-access article-processing charges for the journal’s launch, and this offer will be extended to all submissions from the 2013 conference, which is being held on the 30th June-2nd July in Oslo.

Covering the themes of the conference, discussion and research is considered highlighting best practice for local Galaxy installation, management and use, as well as interesting tools, data sources, or novel uses of Galaxy. Addressing many of the goals of Galaxy to enable more accessible, reproducible, and transparent genomic science, submissions can utilize our novel format, where all of the workflows, tools and supporting data can be hosted and integrated into accepted papers using independently citable DataCite DOIs from the journals Giga-Galaxy server and GigaDB database. For more on GigaScience’s efforts to promote reproducibility see the recent blog post on how this worked for some of our recent publications.

Please contact the conference organizers or GigaScience editors for further information, or submit a manuscript or conference abstract, mentioning you would like to be considered in the series. The deadline for consideration for oral presentations to the meeting is 12th April, but later submissions for exceptional poster presentations (deadline 3rd May) may also be considered. This series will remain open in a similar manner to our Genomic Standards Consortium and beyond: best practice in genomics research series, so related work utilizing Galaxy can also be continued to be added to the virtual issue.

Follow @gigascience and #usegalaxy on twitter, and the Galaxy news page for further updates and news.