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.
GISAID users are required to acknowledge the contributions of both the Submitting- and the Originating laboratories. An example on how to acknowledge can be found here.
Since GISAID also promotes the collaboration among researchers, all users have committed to make best efforts to collaborate with representatives of the Originating Laboratory responsible for obtaining the specimen(s) and involve them in such analyses and further research using such data. An email feature to contact the Submitter directly is provided at the very bottom of the page of the individual virus.
When referencing GISAID sequences used in an analysis submitted for publication, it is possible to insert into the manuscript a permanent electronic link, also known as a deep-link. It will enable readers to conveniently link to the actual data in the EpiFlu™ database.
Use the following deep-link formats
for a virus: http://gisaid.org/EPI_ISL/123456
for a segment: http://gisaid.org/EPI/123456
Refer to the recent description of the GISAID Initiative by S. Elbe, and G. Buckland-Merrett: