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The use of approved nomenclature in publications ensures that relevant papers can be retrieved using the unique approved symbol as a search term.  Additionally, approved symbols are used by major biological databases including Ensembl, NCBI Gene, MGI (the Mouse database), OMIM and UniProt.  Therefore the use of approved symbols allows efficient cross-referencing between publications and databases.

All authors should be aware of the benefits of using approved symbols.  This can easily be achieved if journals include guidance on gene nomenclature usage in their "Instructions to authors".  It is also extremely useful if journals require that authors contact us prior to publication to discuss new gene symbols; this will prevent inappropriate or non-unique gene symbols from entering the public domain.

We encourage all biological journals to incorporate our Recommended Nomenclature Instructions to Authors into their "Instructions to authors".

Many journals already support our work; we use a star rating to highlight them in the list below:

image The journal includes nomenclature guidance in the "Instructions to Authors" section.
imageimage The journal includes nomenclature guidance in the "Instructions to Authors" section AND insists on pre-publication agreement and use of approved names and symbols.  We handle all enquiries confidentially and unpublished information is never disclosed without explicit permission from the submitters.

If your journal meets these conditions please email us ( and we will update this page accordingly.

Multi-journal sites

  • Annual Reviews
  • Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology  links to many journals
  • BioMed Central journals
  • BIDS Bath Information and Data Services provides a bibliographic service and access to the ingentaJournals full text service, both directly and also through links from database search results.
  • CiteXplore combines literature searches with text mining tools for biology
  • Europe PubMed Central a unique, free, information resource for biomedical and health researchers
  • hum-molgen current issues of biomedical journals
  • Nature Reviews
  • OvidSP database selection
  • PubMed a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's.
  • PubMed Central a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)
  • ScienceDirect the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.