Friday, July 19, 2019

Become a contributor of literature and knowledge in UniProt

The UniProt Knowledgebase (UniProtKB) contains a vast amount of protein sequence and function information. Expert curation in UniProtKB includes a critical review of experimental data from the literature as well as predicted data from sequence analysis tools. A representative set of publications is selected as evidence for the data. Thus, many literature articles with potentially relevant content may not be associated with a protein entry.

We have developed a prototype for literature submission where you will be able to add publications that you deem relevant to a protein entry, along with performing several optional tasks, such as classifying the article and adding annotations. 

Contribute in a few simple steps:
  1. Find your UniProt protein entry of interest
  2. Sign in with your ORCID ID (you can create one during the submission process if you do not already have one)
  3. Fill in the submission form (retrieve publication and add annotation)
  4. Submit

Bibliography submission prototype:

The publication and annotations will be included in the publication section of the UniProt entry in a future UniProt release. ORCIDs are used to validate and credit your contribution. The publications section currently provides all expert-curated literature as well as an additional set of computationally mapped literature. 

Why should you contribute?
  • You are the expert
  • It will help scale up curation
  • It will provide a comprehensive set of articles related to a given protein entry

Benefits to you
  • You will be credited for the papers and annotations contributed
  • Your contribution will be citable and can be used to broaden the impact of your research
  • You can play a role in improving the database
  • A better database will better support the whole research community

With the community expert contributions, UniProt will enable access to a more comprehensive set of articles and annotations, enabling discovery and benefitting the wider research community.

Try it!

Access to prototype: