Confidentiality of Gene Names and Symbols
It is usual practice to enter all data into the public databases as soon as the symbol is agreed (option 1).
Submitters are requested to choose one of the options below:
- Release all data
- Release gene symbol and name, along with other data e.g. PubMed ID, Genbank ID (please specify)
- Release gene symbol and name, and submitter's family name to Entrez Gene. The submitter's family name will be added to a private field in Entrez Gene that is only visible to NCBI database staff. This will be used to match the gene symbol to the correct data on publication
- Release gene symbol and name only, all other details remain confidential
- Do not release gene symbol or name until publication, or six months after the date of agreement, whichever is sooner
Please note that while confidential sequence data associated with any symbol in the public database will not be released when requested, it will be used in confidence by the committee to avoid the duplication of symbols for a single gene via sequence comparison. If release of your gene symbol and name when matched to another submitter's sequence could create any problems with confidentiality please let us know when completing the form.