Submissions are now open at -- coming soon!

Important dates

  • Submission due: Friday Oct 1, 2021, midnight PST.

  • Decision notification: Oct 30th, 2021

  • Meeting dates: November 22-23

Poster and oral presentation instructions

  • Oral presentations: (details coming soon)

  • Poster presentations: (details coming soon)

Submission instructions

We will accept submission in two tracks:

1) Long research track: 8-page abstracts describing research on novel learning approaches or application areas in computational biology. A strong submission to the workshop typically presents a new learning method that yields new biological insights or applies an existing learning method to a new biological problem. However, submissions that improve upon existing methods for solving previously studied problems will also be considered. Examples of research presented in previous years can be found online at We especially encourage submissions describing work in progress and early results, for generating discussions helpful in shaping the presented work.

This year, we are partnering with Proceedings of Machine Learning Research (PMLR). Authors can opt-in to have their 8-page papers published online in an MLCB section of PMLR.

1) Short abstract: 2-page abstract describing research on novel learning approaches or application areas in computational biology. Requirements in terms of content are similar to above, except submission of "work in progress" research is more fitting for this format.

Format and submission guidelines:

+ Researchers should upload a 2 page abstract (excluding references) or an 8 page paper (excluding references) in PDF format to the MLCB submission website by Oct 1, 2021, 11:59pm (PST) (see above for submission link). Submissions exceeding the page limit will be automatically rejected.

+ There will be an option for 8-page papers where authors can choose to be considered for the PMLR special issue.

+ No special style is required for 2-page abstracts. For 8-page papers, we ask authors to use standard font size 11 pt and margins 1 in. We prefer single-column format.

+ We also allow parallel submission to the preprint servers, and the inclusion of appendix/supplementary materials as long as the main paper is self-contained and reviewers are not required to read the appendix.

+ The workshop allows submissions of papers (for both tracks) that are under review or have been recently published in a conference or a journal. If you are submitting such a paper, you may choose either 2 page format, however, please specify whether the submission is published or under consideration.

+ We are no longer asking the authors to anonymize their submission(s).