This site ( contains the archive of SIGS volumes 1-9 (2009-2013), hosted by NamesforLife, LLC. Newer content (2014-present) beginning with volume 9 (2014) is hosted at BioMed Central (

Publication of Standards in Genomic Sciences has been transferred to a new publisher, BioMed Central on behalf of the Genomic Standards Consortium. All submissions to the journal should now be made directly through the new BioMed Central Standards in Genomic Sciences site.

A complete archive of the journal (2009-present) can also be found in the PubMed Central Open Access Archive.

About the Journal

Standards in Genomic Sciences (SIGS) was conceived to fill a growing need: to provide genome-centric reporting on the increasing volume of genomic and metagenomic data that is without a formal report in the scientific, technical or medical (STM) literature. The goal is for authors having expert knowledge about an organism or environment from which a sequenced genome or metagenome exists to collaborate with sequencing centers to provide concise and highly standardized reports summarizing results of sequencing, assembly and annotation. The genome and metagenome reports of SIGS are intended to serve as points of record that are enriched with interpretative commentary, validated by peer review and verified by a standards-focused editorial team.

Focus and Scope

The goal of SIGS is to serve as an open-access, standards-supportive publication for rapid dissemination of concise genome and metagenome reports that comply with the emerging MIGS/MIMS standards, detailed standard operating procedures, meeting reports, reviews and commentaries, data policies, white papers and other gray literature that is relevant to genome sciences but currently absent from the scholarly literature.

The current focus of the journal is on short genome reports from Bacteria and Archaea. Checklists are presented to authors during the online manuscript submission process. A key focus of SIGS is to tightly integrate and link authored content with the Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence (MIGS) specification (Nature Biotechnology 26(5):541-547, 2008), and a MIGS-based data record for a genome is to be incorporated with each report.


We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of many members of the Genomic Standards Consortium, the broader genomic science community, and those who have indicated their willingness to serve as editors, reviewers and contributors.

SIGS was founded with grants from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University, the Michigan State University Foundation, and the US Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research DE-FG02-08ER64707. The journal became self-supporting on October 1, 2011.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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