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Call for Papers: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in systems biology, biotechnology, and biomedicine

Collection Editors: Jun Seita - Associate Editor, npj Systems Biology and ApplicationsMatteo Barberis - University of Surrey and University of Amsterdam, Nico Fanget - Managing Editor, npj Systems Biology and Applications, Nature Research

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in system biology

npj Systems Biology and Applications is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing premier research that integrates or aids the integration of data, analyses and insight from molecules to organisms and broader systems.

To coincide with the Nobel Turing Challenge we are currently looking for work focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) including machine learning (ML) as applied to system biology and biomedicine, in particular but not limited to:

  • Major biomedical research including applications in drug discovery, image analysis, and automation of experiments
  • Clinical applications on AI-based diagnosis and interventions, and lifestyle monitoring using wearable devices and sensors
  • Biotechnology applications including AI/ML-directed synthetic biology research
  • Methodologies and tools enabling use of AI and related technologies in biomedical research

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The article selection below represents the types of research the journal has already published on these topics. We welcome exploratory works as well as contributions describing high impact tools, standards, algorithms, and other technical items that shall help the community to adapt AI/ML for systems biology more broadly in the life science domain.

Visit our website to learn more about npj Systems Biology and Applications' aims and scope, or to browse all available articles.

To submit your manuscript for consideration at npj Systems Biology and Applications as part of this Collection, please follow the steps detailed on this page. Once logged in you can submit your manuscript to a Collection by selecting the appropriate manuscript type and clicking “Continue”. Then when filling out the "Manuscript Information", select the "Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in systems biology, biotechnology, and biomedicine" Collection from the "Subject Terms" tab. Authors should also express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.

Please direct any queries to Nico Fanget, Managing Editor:




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