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Open Access Commentary

The role of reporting standards for metabolite annotation and identification in metabolomic studies

Reza M Salek12, Christoph Steinbeck1, Mark R Viant3, Royston Goodacre4 and Warwick B Dunn3*

Author Affiliations

1 European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton CB10 1, Cambridgeshire, SD, UK

2 Department of Biochemistry and Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1, GA, UK

3 School of Biosciences, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

4 School of Chemistry, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester, Manchester M1 7DN, UK

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GigaScience 2013, 2:13  doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-13

Published: 16 October 2013

Abstract

The application of reporting standards in metabolomics allow data from different laboratories to be shared, integrated and interpreted. Although minimum reporting standards related to metabolite identification were published in 2007, it is clear that significant efforts are required to ensure their continuous update and appropriate use by the metabolomics community. These include their use in metabolomics data submission (e.g., MetaboLights) and as a requirement for publication in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Metabolomics). The Data Standards and Metabolite Identification Task Groups of the international Metabolomics Society are actively working to develop and promote these standards and educate the community on their use.