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A Call for Papers for the second special issue of SIGS from the Genomic Standards Consortium
© The Author(s) 2011
- Published: 29 April 2011
Early issues of the Standards in Genomic Sciences (SIGS) journal have focused heavily on building a strong collection of genome notes compliant with the Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence (MIGS) checklist , in particular from the Genomic Encyclopedia for Bacteria and Archaea project (GEBA) . This has resulted in SIGS quickly becoming the 3rdth ranked journal of all time in terms of total number of newly published genome sequences. SIGS is now branching out to also include descriptions of metagenomes and pan-genomes.
As SIGS evolves it is now becoming a unique forum for publishing standards-compliant literature. Joint publication is a key step in the defining the shared interests and goals of communities. The November/December 2010 issue was a special issue containing meeting reports from five communities, including four from the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) .
In this issue, we present two types of articles new to SIGS that we believe will pave the way for similar submissions. Duhaime et al. review our current knowledge of a collection of marine phage genomes through the lens of MIGS-compliant fields, including habitat, geographic location, and host . These authors contribute the first curation-based review paper to show that adherence to the GSC MIGS checklist enables a rich set of contextual data to be captured for marine phage. Likewise, SIGS now offers a forum for publishing multi-author, consensus-building papers that help define the work of the GSC and, hopefully in the future, related communities. Morrison et al. provide such a roadmap for the use of ontologies to mark up and interpret related data sources in new ways and introduce the Ontogrator software and website . In a separate article, Castoe et al. present arguments from a consortium of zoologists advocating the sequencing of the garter-snake genome (Thamnophis sirtalis) .
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- The Genomic Standards Consortium. Available at http://gensc.org.
- Duhaime MB, Kottman R, Field D, Glöckner FO. Enriching public descriptions of marine phages using the MIGS standard: A case study assessing the contextual data frontier. Stand Genomic Sci 2011; 4:271–285. doi:10.4056/sigs.621069PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Morrison N, Hancock D, Hirschman L, Dawndt P, Verslyppe B, Kyrpides NC, Kottmann R, Yilmaz P, Glöckner FO, Grethe J, et al. Data shopping in an open marketplace: Introducing the Ontogrator Platform. Stand Genomic Sci 2011; 4:286–292. doi:10.4056/sigs.1344279PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Castoe TA, Bronikowski AM, Brodie ED, Edwards SV, Pfrender ME, Shapiro SD, Pollock DD, Warren WC. A proposal to sequence the genome of a garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). Stand Genomic Sci 2011; 4:257–270. doi:10.4056/sigs.1664145PubMed CentralView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar