The final papers will be available under the following links:

BMC Bioinformatics

BMC Proceedings

Presenter Information

We have prepared Powerpoint slide templates, which are available in light and dark format. Projectors at BioVis2015 support 16:9 format. Please check out  "PowerPoint Presentation Specifications for The Convention Centre Dublin"

Presentations are scheduled for a length of 20 minutes, followed by questions (5 minutes). Presenters are expected to arrive to their session 15 minutes early to meet their session chair and receive final instructions.

Only preliminary versions of the papers are available in very paper detail page at this time, the final PDFs will appear online soon.

The Paper submission for BioVis 15 has ended

General Information

Submissions consist of a complete manuscript describing high quality research. Accepted manuscripts will be presented orally at the symposium. BioVis 2015 will feature the publication of the accepted manuscripts in two categories: (1) highest quality papers will be published in a BMC Bioinformatics Supplement, (2) those papers that feature high quality but are not accepted for BMC Bioinformatics will be published in BMC Proceedings.

Paper Submission Categories

Three categories of paper are invited BioVis 2015 (details below). Your manuscript may include elements of more than one of these categories.

  • Research papers: novel biological visualization techniques or algorithms, or approaches that significantly extend known biological visualization techniques or algorithms. Relevant previous work must be referenced, and the advantage of the new methods over it should be clearly demonstrated. There should be a discussion of the biological tasks and datasets for which this new method is appropriate, and its limitations.
  • Software papers: a blend of visualization algorithms, technical requirements, and design decisions that help biology users deal with the complexity of data management and analysis. The system that is described is both novel and important, and has been implemented. The rationale for significant design decisions is provided, and the system is compared to best-of-breed systems already in use.
  • Methodology papers: this category includes Application/Design Studies and Evaluations. Application/Design Studies focus on new or existing visualization techniques to the biology domain, perhaps within a novel system. Such papers typically explore the choices made when applying visualization to a biology area, for example relating the visual encodings and interaction techniques to the requirements of the target task. The results of the Application / Design Study, including insights generated in the biology domain, should be clearly conveyed. Evaluations focus on the usage of biological visualization by human users, typically through an empirical study of biological visualization techniques or systems, or reports of experience with an existing set of biological visualizations. Authors are not necessarily expected to implement the systems used in these studies themselves; the research contribution will be judged on the validity and importance of the experimental results to biology visualization as opposed to the novelty of the systems or techniques under study.

Please see the Call for Participation for further details about topics of interest.

Regardless of the category, all BioVis papers are expected to start with a description of the biological context and motivation provide sufficient biological and visualization background end with a discussion where the biological relevance of the paper is discussed.

Important Dates

Paper submission: February 15, 2015 => extended to 18 February, 2015

Preliminary notification: March 25, 2015

Revised manuscript submission: April 20, 2015

Notification of conference acceptance: May 20, 2015

Notification of journal acceptance: June 3, 2015

Camera ready copy: June 10, 2015

All deadlines are at 5:00pm Pacific Time (PDT).


Please format your submission according to the instructions for BMC Bioinformatics manuscripts, however please keep in mind that your submission to BioVis needs to be submitted to PCS (see below) and not BMC. Please use the following two-column, LaTeX template: BioVis_latex.tar. Word submissions are also acceptable.

Please follow the BioVis instructions whenever they disagree with the BMC instructions (e.g., inline images). For those more familiar with the IEEE VIS templates, at BMC Related work typically belongs to the Background section; or in the discussion section under Results. Algorithms, System Design descriptions etc. typically belong to Methods.

Submission should be 8-12 pages long in the two-column format provided above.

BioVis uses the Precision Conference System (PCS) to handle its submission and reviewing process. PCS is available at When submitting your manuscript please make sure that you submit it to BioVis 2015 by clicking the appropriate header in the conference system landing page.


Jan Aerts, Leuven University, Belgium
Daniel Weiskopf, University of Stuttgart, Germany