The journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics have been a driving force behind improving and maintaining publishing standards in proteomic research. In an Editorial co-authored by three members of the Facility, along with Steve Carr from the Broad Institute, the journal has just announced updates to its publishing guidelines.
Two changes of note have been introduced. The first is a requirement for a paragraph formally describing experimental design, to make it easier to assess whether appropriate numbers and types of replicates were assayed to allow drawing of biological conclusions (of increasing importance as more quantitative studies are published). The second is the re-introduction of the requirement to submit associated raw data files with manuscript.
These guidelines will go into effect July 1st. The new guidelines can be viewed here.