GigaScience aims to revolutionize data dissemination, organization, understanding, and use. An online open-access open-data journal, we publish 'big-data' studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences. To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.

Our scope covers not just 'omic' type data and the fields of high-throughput biology currently serviced by large public repositories, but also the growing range of more difficult-to-access data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort data, systems biology and other new types of large-scale sharable data.

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  • Image attributed to: Elephas maximus_wikimedia commons

    Packing your trunk with genome data

    Elephant species as a whole are dwindling. Here we present sequence data of two Asian elephants that will compliment behavioural, genetic and evolutionary studies of these extraordinary mammals

    GigaScience 2014, 3:12
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    Polly wanna genome?

    Here we present a high coverage genome of the Australian Parakeet, the most widely studied parrot species in neuroscience and behavior, that includes data from multiple sequencing technologies and optical maps

    GigaScience 2014, 3:11
  • The 3,000 Rice Genomes Project Data

    This Data Note collects together 3000 rice genomes from 89 countries, providing a foundation for advancing rice breeding technology to help feed a growing world population

    GigaScience 2014, 3:7
  • A bird's-eye view of the worm

    Presented here are 4 micro-computed tomography imaging scans of freshly fixed and museum earthworm specimens, allowing computer-based interactive exploration of their morphology and anatomy

    GigaScience 2014, 3:6
  • Image attributed to: Horseshoe_crab_in_sand_Perry Bill US Wildlife_wikicommons

    The genomic history of a living fossil

    Horseshoe crabs are underrepresented in comparative genome analysis, and a new low cost method of producing a linkage map and low coverage genome provides novel insight into its evolutionary history

    GigaScience 2014, 3:9

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Supporting materials for the "Annotated Features of Domestic Cat-Felis catus Genome".
Supporting data for "Low coverage sequencing of two Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) genomes."
Supporting data for the paper: "An integrated catalog of reference genes in the human gut microbiome".

GigaScience hosts all the relevant data and tools from articles published in the journal in its affiliated database, GigaDB. Supporting the open-data movement, data in GigaDB is released under a public domain CC0 waiver. For information on how to submit data with your manuscript, see the instructions for authors. All datasets hosted in GigaDB are assigned a DOI that allows data citation. GigaDB is tracked by the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. GigaDB can also provide hosting and DOIs for Software and Workflows integrated into our GigaGalaxy server, as this provides a clear and easy way for researchers to find and use methodology and tools from articles, making work more reproducible and easier to build on.


Data generated in the course of research are just as valuable to academic discourse as papers, and GigaDB provides a direct link between articles and their data by allowing data to be cited to assign due credit and allow its impact and use to be tracked. Submission of data to GigaDB complements but does not serve as a replacement for community approved public repositories, and, thus, supporting data and source code should also be made publicly available in a suitable public repository. See our paper for more information.

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BGI was founded in Beijing in 1999 with the mission of supporting scientific and technological development, building strong research teams, and promoting international partnerships. Now the worlds largest genomics organization, in 2007, BGI relocated to Shenzhen as the first citizen-managed, non-profit research institution in China. To further its goals of making scientific information broadly accessible, BGI, in collaboration with BioMed Central, is now contributing to scientific communication by publishing the open-access international research journal GigaScience and hosting its integrated database GigaDB.

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