Staying abreast of the latest advances and bright ideas emerging in a field as diverse as bioinformatics can be challenging. Since 2019, up to 10 notable outputs by our members are selected by the Award Committee for recognition as the SIB Remarkable Outputs. This annual shortlist includes peer-reviewed publications, preprints, software tools, databases and outreach initiatives. It contributes, year after year, to raise awareness of the importance of bioinformatics as a discipline. 

Discover the past Remarkable Outputs:

What’s in it for you?

If you are an SIB Member, don't miss this opportunity to bring attention to the exciting work of your team. Stay tuned for the next call which will open in November. Each group is entitled to one submission only and the selection is done by the SIB Award committee. If selected, it will benefit from widespread internal and external dissemination, including being featured in the SIB Profile, our annual activity report which is distributed to our various audiences, and in a dedicated and high-impact social media campaign.

The next call for the Remarkable Outputs will open in November 2023.

Submission criteria and process

  • Any output from SIB Members will be considered. This includes, but is not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, preprints, resources, software tools, databases, videos, tutorials, outreach programmes, science advocacy, etc.
  • The output needs to have a clear link with SIB. This typically means that at least one of the lead authors, contributors or organizers is a SIB Member, and the output clearly displays the SIB affiliation. Collaborative projects, including those involving multiple SIB Groups, are eligible.
  • Applications can be submitted by any SIB Member, however, there is a maximum of one submission per SIB Group. Prioritizations should be discussed within and between each group prior to submission.
  • The publication/release/event date of considered outputs should be in the calendar year. Ambiguous cases will require justification by the applicant, and the Award Committee will decide on eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
  • If the output relates to an update, a clear explanation should be provided of how and why this constitutes a major update such as a step-change/overhaul and not an incremental development in the usual life of the output.
  • The evaluation process follows a typical peer assessment process. Each submission is reviewed and scored by at least one Award Committee member, who also seeks reviews and scores from at least two suitable SIB Members with no conflict of interest with the submission. The final ranking and selections are carried out by the Award Committee guided by independent reviews.
  • The main criterion will be the academic merit evaluated across multiple dimensions, including breakthrough character, usability/user-friendliness, sustainability/reproducibility, empowerment and overall contribution to the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.

Submissions must include:

  • An abstract (max. 350 words) describing the output and making a case for its academic merit
  • URL of the output (if available)
  • Explanation of how the output is associated with SIB and description of how this association is indicated in the output
  • Evidence that the output was published/released/occurred in the calendar year
  • The names of 3-5 SIB Members not associated with the work who could act as suggested reviewers 

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