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Big Data and Network Biology

Call for Papers

From the beginning of the present millennium, science is going through two rapidly changing phenomena: one is that the capabilities of the computers and software tools are increasing from terabytes to petabytes and beyond, and the other is the advancement in molecular biological experiments producing piles of data related to genome and RNA sequence, protein and metabolite abundance, protein-protein interaction, gene expression, and so on. As a natural consequence, these two fields have become complementary to each other bridged by other branches of science, e.g., statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and so on. Thus, the combination of versatile knowledge caused the advent of big data biology, network biology, and many other new subjects.

Network biology facilitates the system-level understanding of the cell or cellular components and subprocesses. Big biological data can be transformed into versatile networks, and therefore big data biology and network biology are linked to each other. In the special issue entitled “Big Data and Network Biology,” we are calling papers on new ways to collect, store, retrieve, filter, integrate, analyze, and share biological data, novel analytical tools, and novel information extracted from big biological data and biological networks. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Next generation sequencing for custom genomics
  • Microarray analysis and disease genomics
  • Protein-protein interaction, gene regulatory, and metabolic and signaling networks
  • Reverse engineering of metabolic networks
  • Biomarkers and drug discovery
  • Networks of drugs and diseases
  • Effects of metabolites on human health
  • Systems biology and synthetic biology
  • Omics databases and data analysis

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 1 November 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 24 January 2014
Publication DateFriday, 21 March 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Shigehiko Kanaya, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Nara, Ikoma, Japan

Guest Editors

  • Altaf-Ul-Amin, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Nara, Ikoma, Japan
  • Samuel Kuria Kiboi, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Farit Mochamad Afendi, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Jl. Meranti, West Java, Bogor 16680, Indonesia