Submitting Data to the EpiFlu™ Database

All users with valid access credentials are permitted to submit data directly to GISAID's EpiFlu database

Single Upload

The Single Upload process involves the user entering virus information in a succession of interactive sections on the webpage.

The first step is to fill out the information on the virus, host and sender.

Fields in each section marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. These include “Isolate Name”, Collection Date and Host.

Once this information is completed select SAVE.

Then select the “Add new segment” button to add segments one at a time to the record. Each sequence will undergo annotation to check for errors.

Once all of your sequence data is added select SAVE. And your new virus will be available in EpiFlu under your “My unreleased files”.

To make the viruses viewable to all GISAID users, select and release the virus.

For additional help click the help button at the bottom of the page.

Batch Upload

Please note: to use the Batch Upload function you must first have completed a successful single upload.

Under the Batch Upload Tab review the end-user license agreement and click “I Agree” to then download a macro-enabled Excel file.

The Excel file contains column headers matching the same fields entered via the Single Upload. Users enter the virus information and sequences into the Excel file and then interactive upload the file to the EpiFlu database.

• Batch upload occurs in real time, with an immediate response
• Error messages are displayed for isolates & sequences not uploaded
• Duplicate sequences & isolates are flagged and not added
• Successful uploads are flagged and isolate accession and segment accession numbers are added to the return batch upload sheet
• and your new virus will be available in EpiFlu under your “My unreleased files“.

To make the viruses viewable to all GISAID users, select and release the virus. For additional help click the “Get Documentation” button on the Batch Upload page.   

Publishing with GISAID References

The unique identifiers of influenza viruses in GISAID - so called epi accession numbers - used to identify isolates and/or segments, are accepted without limitation by peer-reviewed journals needed at the time of submission of manuscripts for publication.

for more information see Publishing with GISAID References