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BioCreative VII

BioCreative VII challenge and workshop (Events) [2020-01-22]

Note for Biocreative participants: For registration to a track please use the Google form.
Do not use the team "Team page" tab as it is non functional.

BioCreative VII Challenge and Workshop CFP

The workshop will take place on November 8-10, 2021. This workshop will be virtual.

BioCreative: Critical Assessment of Information Extraction in Biology is a community-wide effort for evaluating text mining and information extraction systems applied to the biological domain. BioCreative has been an invaluable source for advancing state-of-the-art text mining methods by providing reference datasets and a collegial environment to develop and evaluate these methods in both shared and interactive modes. The sudden spread of COVID-19 has triggered an unexpected pressure on the biomedical community to quickly identify potential treatments by repurposing existing drugs or identifying new chemicals with anti-Sars-CoV-2 activity. Thus, BioCreative VII will focus around detection of chemicals, drugs and related substances with three tracks: Track 1 (DrugProt) focuses on the detection of interactions between chemicals/drugs/substances and genes/proteins in abstracts, Track 2: (NLM Chem track) focuses on detecting chemical names and their MeSH encoding in full-length articles and Track 3: Medications in Tweets focuses on extracting medication mentions from social media.
In addition, COVID-19 has triggered the development of multiple text mining tools to support ongoing research efforts that await community feedback. Thus, we are offering an interactive track, Track 4, to provide an environment for tools to be reviewed by users and get their feedback on utility and usability. We further offer Track 5, LitCovid Track on multi-label topic classification for COVID-19 literature annotation, calling for innovative text mining tools to support the curation of COVID-19 literature in LitCovid, a literature database of COVID-19-related papers in PubMed.

Here are more details about the tracks. Click on the Track number for accessing track specific pages:

  • Track 1- DrugProt:Text mining drug/chemical-protein interactions
    Organizers: Martin Krallinger, Alfonso Valencia
    DrugProt will explore recognition of chemical-protein entity relations from abstracts. The aim of the DrugProt track is to promote the development and evaluation of systems that are able to automatically detect relations between chemical compounds/drug and genes/proteins. We have therefore generated a manually annotated corpus, the DrugProt corpus, where domain experts have exhaustively labeled: (a) all chemical and gene mentions, and (b) all binary relationships between them corresponding to a specific set of biologically relevant relation types (DrugProt relation classes).

  • Track 2- NLM-Chem Track: Full text Chemical Identification and Indexing in PubMed articles
    Organizers: Rezarta Islamaj, Robert Leaman, and Zhiyong Lu, National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    Current chemical concept recognition tools have demonstrated significantly lower performance for in full-text articles than in abstracts. Improving automated full-text chemical concept recognition can substantially accelerate manual indexing and curation and advance downstream NLP tasks such as relevant article retrieval. The NLM-CHEM task will consist of two sub-tasks, focusing on (1) identifying chemicals in full-text articles (i.e. named entity recognition and normalization) and (2) ranking chemical concepts for full-text document indexing. The task will use the recently released NLM-CHEM corpus, consisting of 150 full-text articles, with ~5000 unique chemical names mapped to ~2,000 MeSH identifiers.

  • Track 3- Automatic extraction of medication names in tweets
    Organizers: Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez, Davy Weissenbacher, Ivan Flores, Karen O’Connor
    The goal of this task is to extract the spans that mention a medication or dietary supplement in tweets. The dataset consists of all tweets posted by 212 Twitter users during their pregnancy. This data represents the natural and highly imbalanced distribution of drug mentions in Twitter, with only approximately 0.2% of the tweets mentioning a medication. Training and evaluating a sequence labeler on this data set will closely model the detection of drugs in tweets in practice. Click here for more information.

  • Track 4- COVID-19 text mining tool interactive demo
    Organizers: Cecilia Arighi, Andrew Chatr-Aryamontri, Lynette Hirschman, Martin Krallinger, Karen Ross, Tonia Korves
    The COVID-19 text mining tool interactive demo track is a demonstration task, and will focus on tools specifically developed to support COVID-19 research efforts. Similar to previous interactive tasks (e.g., PMID:27589961), tools will be reviewed by the research community, providing feedback on effectiveness and usability.
    The goal of this task is to foster the interaction between system developers and potential users to advance in the development of text mining tools that are useful for the research community. Participating teams will present a web-based system that can address some task(s) of their choice. Users will be recruited to review the system and provide feedback via a user questionnaire. More information here.

  • Track 5- LitCovid track Multi-label topic classification for COVID-19 literature annotation
    Organizers: Qingyu Chen, Alexis Allot, Rezarta Islamaj, Robert Leaman, and Zhiyong Lu, National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    The number of COVID-19-related articles in the literature is growing by about 10,000 articles per month. LitCovid, a literature database of COVID-19-related papers in PubMed, has accumulated more than 100,000 articles, with millions of accesses each month by users worldwide. LitCovid is updated daily, and this rapid growth significantly increases the burden of manual curation. In particular, annotating each article with up to eight possible topics, e.g., Treatment and Diagnosis, has been a bottleneck in the LitCovid curation pipeline. Increasing the accuracy of automated topic prediction in COVID-19-related literature would be a timely improvement beneficial to curators and researchers worldwide. The LitCovid track calls for a community effort to tackle automated topic annotation for COVID-19 literature. The task will use ~60K articles in LitCovid with manually reviewed topics.


    The BioCreative VII Proceedings will host all the submissions from participating teams and it will be freely available by the time of the workshop.
    In addition, we are happy to announce that the journal Database will host the BioCreative VII special issue for work that has passed their peer-review process. Invitation to submit will be sent after the workshop.


    Teams can participate in one or more of these tracks. Team registration will continue until final commitment is requested by the individual tracks.
    To register a team go to the Registration form. If you have restrictions accessing Google forms please send e-mail to
    Note: The BioCreative site has a Team page link, please ignore it as it is non functional. Registration is done via Google forms this time.


  • Cecilia Arighi, University of Delaware, USA
  • Andrew Chatr-Aryamontri, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Rezarta Dogan, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NIH, USA
  • Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Lynette Hirschman, MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Martin Krallinger, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Robert Leaman, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NIH, USA
  • Zhiyong Lu, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NIH, USA
  • Karen Ross, Georgetown University Medical School, USA
  • Alfonso Valencia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Davy Weissenbacher, University of Pennsylvania, USA
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