Meeting report for SIGS1: First Conference of the Standards in Genomic Sciences eJournal

Oranmiyan W. Nelson, Scott H. Harrison, George M. Garrity


SIGS1 was convened on March 13-14, 2009 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA to review progress toward publication of the first issue of the Standards in Genomic Sciences (SIGS) eJournal. In attendance were members of the advisory and founding editorial board members. SIGS was conceived to fill a growing need: to provide a genome-centric venue for publication of the increasing volume of genomic and metagenomic data that is now without a formal publication in the scientific, technical and medical (STM) literature in a standards compliant manner. A central goal of SIGS is to apply concepts developed by the Genomic Standards Consortium, such as the MIGS checklist (Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence) to published articles so as to make them more accessible to both human and machine readers. To accomplish these goals, it is important that all of the metadata associated with the source organism, the sequencing methodologies, genome assembly, and genome annotation methods be reported in a consistent manner and become a part of the formal published record.



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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 BMC website for the journal at:


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.

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