Table 2

Current key elements impeding proper tracking of bioresources use in scientific literature
Difficulties related to identification and acknowledgement of bioresources Difficulties encountered with marker papers**
- multiplicity of sections where bioresources can be acknowledged (Material & Methods, Acknowledgements, References…) - suitable to refer to one type of bioresource but not for any derived, or secondary bioresources
- bioresource acknowledgement or citation placed outside the title or abstract in the main paper (or in online supplementary materials) which can therefore only be detected via full-text mining and is not indexed in Pubmed or Web of Science
- typing errors or approximation of the bioresource name/identification
- multiplicity of names for a given bioresource
- cascade use of resources (e.g. several CEPH* Family samples are part of the Hapmap which are themselves part of the 1000 Genome Project)
- acknowledgement of persons instead of the bioresource itself
-absence of acknowledgement for the bioresource used (negligence)
- no standardized way to incentivise researchers to acknowledge properly the bioresource used

*CEPH, Centre d’Etude du Polymorphisme Humain.


Mabile et al.

Mabile et al. GigaScience 2013 2:7   doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-7

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