Is there an easy way to find out about current calls for papers and conferences? I find it incredibly frustrating every time I find an interesting conference announcement and see that the call for papers deadline expired the day before, or is too soon to prepare a paper for submission. Is there a global collection of bioinformatics related conferences somewhere?
At the risk of sounding slightly daft - no, not that I know of.
I personally get my information about upcoming conferences from the mailing lists I subscribe to where every upcoming barely relevant call for papers is spammed liberally across half a dozen of them at a time, ensuring that there is no way for me to not know about their existence!
http://www.bioinformatics.org/ however do seem to have lots of CfP's on their news front page.
There is no centralized place to this end. But, there are a few very important hubs, though. These are very important:
IEEE has some interesting meetings too.
To avoid deadline frustation, I recommend you to follow this societies closely (use their RSS, Twitter or mail lists). Many conferences just spike out suddenly and have very short time windows (at least in South America). And always be prepared. Keep your preprints in good shape. Life will be much easier and a lot more funnier.
Hi, all. I am one of the people who works on ResearchRaven. We have just launched. But we are certainly going to try to be a helpful resource in the biomedical field when it comes to serving as a centralized location for calls for papers and lists of meetings. Please feel free to submit such announcements for possible listing on ResearchRaven. No catch. It is all free. The aim is to free scientists from the hassle of having to search for hours for such info.
And the comments above certainly do suggest there is a need for ResearchRaven and the other sites mentioned. Here is a bit about ResearchRaven that I wrote for librarians:
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