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.

Acknowledging data contributors

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 functionality, to contact Submitters directly, is provided at the very bottom of the page of each virus dataset. 

Selecting “Acknowledgement table” in the EpiFlu download area allows users to download an Excel file with acknowledgement notations for all selected isolates and sequences.


Citing GISAID as a reference in your manuscript

Elbe, S., and Buckland-Merrett, G. (2017) Data, disease and diplomacy: GISAID’s innovative contribution to global health. Global Challenges, 1:33-46. doi:10.1002/gch2.1018


Shu, Y., McCauley, J. (2017)  GISAID: Global initiative on sharing all influenza data – from vision to reality. EuroSurveillance, 22(13) doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.13.30494  PMCID: PMC5388101

Setting deep-links of unique identifiers in publications

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:

for a segment: