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Mass Spectrometry: Data to Knowledge

In May 2015 NSF hosted a workshop ‘Mass Spectrometry: Data to Knowledge’, where just under forty leading researchers in the proteomic community discussed current needed areas of development in computational proteomics, ranging from improvements in data acquisition, through software for data analysis, to integrating results with other data types and infrastructure that will facilitate translation into knowledge.
The final report has just been published:

Mass Spectrometry Informatics: Big Data to Knowledge

MCP Updating Publishing Guidelines


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.