Preprint Technical Note Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

A Streamlined Workflow for Conversion, Peer-Review and Publication of Omics Metadata as Omics Data Papers

Version 1 : Received: 14 September 2020 / Approved: 16 September 2020 / Online: 16 September 2020 (11:04:34 CEST)

How to cite: Dimitrova, M.; Meyer, R.; Buttigieg, P.L.; Georgiev, T.; Zhelezov, G.; Demirov, S.; Smith, V.; Penev, L. A Streamlined Workflow for Conversion, Peer-Review and Publication of Omics Metadata as Omics Data Papers. Preprints 2020, 2020090357 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0357.v1). Dimitrova, M.; Meyer, R.; Buttigieg, P.L.; Georgiev, T.; Zhelezov, G.; Demirov, S.; Smith, V.; Penev, L. A Streamlined Workflow for Conversion, Peer-Review and Publication of Omics Metadata as Omics Data Papers. Preprints 2020, 2020090357 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0357.v1).

Abstract

Data papers have emerged as a powerful instrument for open data publishing, obtaining credit, and establishing priority for datasets generated in scientific experiments. Academic publishing improves data and metadata quality through peer-review and increases the impact of datasets by enhancing their visibility, accessibility, and re-usability. We aimed to establish a new type of article structure and template for omics studies: the omics data paper. To improve data interoperability and further incentivise researchers to publish high-quality data sets, we created a workflow for streamlined import of omics metadata directly into a data paper manuscript. An omics data paper template was designed by defining key article sections which encourage the description of omics datasets and methodologies. The workflow was based on REpresentational State Transfer services and Xpath to extract information from the European Nucleotide Archive, ArrayExpress and BioSamples databases, which follow community-agreed standards. The workflow for automatic import of standard-compliant metadata into an omics data paper manuscript facilitates the authoring process. It demonstrates the importance and potential of creating machine-readable and standard-compliant metadata. The omics data paper structure and workflow to import omics metadata improves the data publishing landscape by providing a novel mechanism for creating high-quality, enhanced metadata records, peer reviewing and publishing of these. It constitutes a powerful addition for distribution, visibility, reproducibility and re-usability of scientific data. We hope that streamlined metadata re-use for scholarly publishing encourages authors to improve the quality of their metadata to achieve a truly FAIR data world.

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Subject Areas

data; data paper; omics; metadata; workflow; standards; FAIR principles, MIxS, MINSEQE

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