News : Genome sequencing data required with Taxonomic Descriptions.

08 December 2017

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM) will soon be asking authors to provide genome sequencing data with descriptions of novel taxa in Taxonomic Descriptions.

Although not mandatory for publication, the inclusion of this data is highly recommended and will be expected to be included. If authors are unable to provide genome sequencing data for any reason this should be stated as such in their covering letter; exemptions will be considered on a case by case basis by the handling Editor.

Genome sequences are of great value to the systematics of prokaryotes. In addition to improving the general understanding of the biology of microorganisms, they improve the identification of prokaryotic species, identification of functional characteristics useful for resolving taxonomic groups and the resolution of the phylogeny of higher taxa.

This requirement will come into effect from January, 2018 and we ask that authors deposit the data in an established, freely available public database that does not require viewer registration (i.e. GenBank, ENA or DDBJ).

For any queries regarding these requirements, please email [email protected].

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