GigaScience Prize Track


Call for Submissions


New, cutting edge, unpublished research in the field of large scale biological and biomedical research are all invited to submit to a new session at BGI's ICG (International Conference on Genomics) conference in Shenzhen, which takes place at the ChinaNational GenBank on Oct. 26-29, 2017. This track will include submissions for both theoretical and experimental 'omics' research in areas covered by GigaScience's scope.


Using a cutting-edge review process, submissions will be accepted as pre-prints in BioRxiv and peer-reviewed openly in a special channel of the AcademicKarma peer review platform.


Peer-review and prize judging will be handled by the GigaScience editors and a panel encompassing other session chairs and external experts. Accepted papers will then have a chance to be published in GigaScience and will be presented in a special track at ICG-12 conference.



What is Offered:

Each author of a submission that is accepted for the series will be given complimentary registration and compensation for travel to ICG-12, so they can present their winning work in the GigaScience Prize track.


The top paper will receive a cash prize of $1000 USD and a free APC (article processing charge: usually worth $2000 USD). Second place will receive a free APC; Third Place 75% off an APC; and all other papers awarded a presentation in the track will receive a 50% APC discount.


Papers that are sound but don't meet the criteria for this session may be offered as talks in other sessions or poster presentations at the conference.



Key Dates:

Paper submission is now: Open

Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2017

First round of peer review: August 15, 2017

Presentation decision: September 15, 2017




Peer review will be handled by GigaScience, and the final winners will be decided by a judging panel including Huanming Yang, Laurie Goodman, Lachlan Coin, Paul Horton, and Katherine Belov.



Submission Guidelines:

Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work that use, produce, or provide analysis tools for large data in the 'omics' fields.


1. Submit your paper through bioRxiv, then use the integrated functionality to transfer it to GigaScience.

2. Include a note in the covering letter stating: "This is a submission to the GigaScience Prize Track".

3. Once your submission is live, we will add it to the AcademicKarma channel here:


For questions concerning the submissions, please contact