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06-05-2007, 05:30 PM
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Dear Colleagues,

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
are planning to publish a two-volume special
issue, focussed on computational biology tools &
applications that are relevant for physiome-style
integrative research, which aims to illustrate
the current state of play in 'real-data'
-based bio-mathematical modelling.

The issue will be edited by Dr's Peter Kohl
(Oxford), Peter Coveney (London), and Marco
Viceconti (Bologna). Building on the momentum of
the STEP initiative
it aims to highlight state-of-play, challenges,
and prospects of working towards a Virtual
Physiological Human.

Herewith, we would like to invite expressions of
interest from authors who would like to
contribute to this issue.

Please note that the overall volume of the
focussed issue is limited to 300 journal pages,
and it is very probable that not all
expressions of interest can be taken through
towards an invitation to submit a manuscript for
peer-review. Nonetheless, we would like to
encourage all interested teams to register their
proposals, to ensure that the focussed issue will
offer a valid reflection of the range and depth
of STEP-related efforts.

Regarding content - all papers are encouraged to combine:
- a review element with
- presentation of new data and/or concepts, and to
- conclude by forward-looking suggestions (please
feel free to be provocative in this section).

The maximum length of manuscripts is eight
thousand words strictly (in total, i.e. including
figure legends and references), plus up to 6
Figures or Tables (colour figures are free in the
on-line version of manuscripts, but they incur a
charge of 100 per figure in the printed version
of the Journal).

All invited manuscripts will be subject to peer-review.


1) Expressions of interest, consisting of
- working title
- authors
- short description of content
- any special publication needs (i.e. larger
allowance for text / figures / colour) with short
description of why this is required.
These must reach the Oxford office by e-mail to
NO LATER than 18 June 2007.

2) Confirmations (invitations to submit)
will reach corresponding authors by 10 July 2007
(this initial editorial review is to confirm
suitability of topics for the focused issue, to
identify / address potential overlap, and to
highlight any areas for which additional
contributions may need to be encouraged).

3) Submission of manuscripts
is required by 31 October 2007.

4) Peer-review comments
will be returned to authors during November / December 2007.

5) Final revised manuscripts
will be due within 4 weeks of receipt of
reviewers comments, and in any case no later than
1 February 2008.
Note that submitting authors are responsible for
obtaining reprint permissions for any copyrighted
material; copies of these permissions need to be
submitted with the final version of the

Please note that these are absolute deadlines, as
there is NO 'slack' built in to the timing.

The journal volumes are scheduled to appear in
print in October / November 2008 (all papers will
be available on-line by about April 2008).

Handling of manuscripts will be coordinated by
Mrs Katherine Fletcher at Oxford. Please feel
free to contact her
with any questions.

For your information - Authors' instructions for Phil Trans. can be found here:

On behalf of Dr's Kohl, Coveney and Viceconti,

Katherine Fletcher
Research Administrator
Cardiac MEF Lab
Oxford, OX1 3PT, UK

MARCO VICECONTI, PhD (viceconti@tecno.ior.it)
Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica tel. 39-051-6366865
Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli fax. 39-051-6366863
via di barbiano 1/10, 40136 - Bologna, Italy

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