Overview of International Nucleotide Sequence Databases Policies

This brief policy statement, prepared by the International Advisory Committee to the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases (INSD; DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank), describes the procedures followed by the INSD.

These policies are unanimously recommended by the INSD advisors.

Individuals submitting data to the international sequence databases managed collaboratively by DDBJ, EMBL, and GenBank should be aware of the following:
The INSD has a uniform policy of free and unrestricted access to all the data records their databases contain. Scientists worldwide can access these records to plan experiments or publish any analysis or critique.Appropriate credit is given by citing the original submission, following the practices of scientists utilizing published scientific literature.
The INSD will not attach statements to records that restrict access to the data, limit the use of the information in these records, or prohibit certain types of publications based on these records. Specifically, no use restrictions or licensing requirements will be included in any sequence data records, and no restrictions or licensing fees will be placed on the redistribution or use of the database by any party.
All database records submitted to the INSD will remain anently accessible as part of the scientific record. Corrections of errors and update of the records by authors are welcome and erroneous records may be removed from the next database release, but all will remain permanently accessible by accession number.
Submitters are advised that the information displayed on the web sites maintained by the INSD is fully disclosed to the public. It is the responsibility of the submitters to ascertain that they have the right to submit the data.
Beyond limited editorial control and some internal integrity checks (for example, proper use of INSD formats and translation of coding regions specified in CDS entries are verified), the quality and accuracy of the record are the responsibility of the submitting author, not of the database. The databases will work with submitters and users of the database to achieve the best quality resource possible.

The INSD is an outstanding example of success in building an immensely valuable, widely used public resource through voluntary ooperation across the international scientific community. This success has been achieved following the guidelines and principles outlined above.

Signed by:
Soren Brunak, Technical University of Denmark
Antoine Danchin, Institut Pasteur
Masahira Hattori, Kitasato University
Tara Matise, Rutgers University
Haruki Nakamura, Osaka University
Daphne Preuss, University of Chicago
Kazuo Shinozaki, RIKEN