Developing a guideline to standardize the citation of bioresources in journal articles (CoBRA)

Authors: Elena Bravo, Alessia Calzolari, Paola De Castro, Laurence Mabile, Federica Napolitani, Anna Maria Rossi and Anne Cambon-Thomsen

« … Many biomedical publications refer to data obtained from collections of biosamples. Sharing such bioresources (biological samples, data, and databases) is paramount for the present governance of research. Recognition of the effort involved in generating, maintaining, and sharing high quality bioresources is poorly organized, which does not encourage sharing. At publication level, the recognition of such resources is often neglected and/or highly heterogeneous. This is a true handicap for the traceability of bioresource use. The aim of this article is to propose, for the first time, a guideline for reporting bioresource use in research articles, named CoBRA: Citation of BioResources in journal Articles (…) »