Call for tasks

One of the goals of BioNLP-OST is to collect diverse shared task to represent diverse interests of biomedical text mining. We call for registration of shared tasks on biomedical text mining from any interested parties. If you have or plan to develop an annotated corpus to address a problem of biomedical natural language processing (NLP) or text-mining, you may want to consider registering it as a shared task through the shared task framework of BioNLP-OST Shared Tasks. The past BioNLP-ST editions has attracted dozens of participants in the long term and established a community of solution providers. By offering your task to the community, you might well find solutions to your text-mining problem, together with comparison of different approaches.

Call for participation

There are multiple shared tasks registered to BioNLP-OST. We call for participation in the tasks, and registration of your solutions to be compared with others. Particularly, you are welcome to participate in multiple tasks, and to show adaptability of your solutions.

Currently available tasks can be found at the tasks page.

Call for paper submissions

The outcomes from the shared tasks will be discussed in the BioNLP-OST 2019 workshop on November 4th (or 3rd) in Hong Kong, which will be collocated with EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019. All the task providers (TPs) and solution providers (SPs) are welcome to submit papers on their achievements. All the submissions will be peer-reviewed, and successful submissions will be presented for the workshop and be included in the workshop proceedings.

Please note that, BioNLP-OST does not impose typical restrictions of many other shared task workshops, e.g.,

  • a solution paper can either be a long or short paper, and
  • there is no restriction like one solution paper per one team.

We rather expect that the authors will decide the number of submissions, and the length, depending on the contents.

Also, please note that

  • task overview papers will not be guaranteed to get accepted,
  • reporting a good evaluation score is not sufficient to get accepted, and
  • a successful paper, either task paper or solution paper, should prove why the work is important and represents an advance, in a scientifically valid way.

Submission instructions

Submissions may be either long papers or short papers and must follow the EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 guidelines. For more detailed information, please refer to the submission information of EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019, and follow the instructions. Below is BioNLP-OST-specific instructions. For proper formatting of your papers, please use one of the templates (LaTeX, MS Word, or Overleaf) you can find from the page.

Submission site

All the paper submissions to BioNLP-OST 2019 must be made through the SoftConf site:

Single blind review

Unlike the main conference of EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019, submissions to BioNLP-OST 2019 do not need to be anonymized. It is a usual practice for shared task papers, for which anonymization is often impossible.