Submissions Overview


GEA accepts all functional genomics data generated from microarray or next-generation sequencing (NGS) platforms. Popular experiment types are transcription profiling (mRNA and miRNA), chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and SNP genotyping. Here is the full list of experiment types in GEA.

Microarray-based and sequencing-based submissions should follow the MIAME and MINSEQE guidelines, respectively.

GEA acceptsGEA does not accept

Studies concerning quantitative gene expression, gene regulation, epigenetics, or other functional genomics studies.

Examples include:

  • mRNA profiling, RNA-seq
  • small RNA profiling, miRNA-seq
  • ChIP-Seq
  • HiC-seq
  • methyl-seq, bisulfite-seq

If you have questions about whether GEA can accept your data type, please contact us.

For information on how to submit these types of data, please refer to the DDBJ website.

Submission of research data from human subjects
For submitting data from human subjects (human data) to the databases of DDBJ center, it is submitter's responsibility to ensure that the dignity and right of human subject are protected in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, guidelines and policies of submitter's institution. In principle, make sure to remove any direct personal identifiers of human subjects from your data to be submitted. Before submitting human data, read the "Submission of research data from human subjects"

Submission files

Microarray experiment

Submit microarray experiment

Sequencing experiment

Submit sequencing experiment

Accession numbers

Experiments and array designs in GEA are given unique accession numbers in the following formats (n is a number). For the middle four-letter codes, please see the ArrayExpress accession codes.

  • E-GEAD-n for experiments
  • A-GEAD-n for array designs

Accessions numbers are generated when sufficient metadata and data files are provided for a submission.

Data release

The data can be kept private until your paper is published. You can set the hold date for a maximum of 4 years and can change it. Registered records are released according to the Data Release Policy.

Reviewer access

Submitters are able to generate an access token for journal reviewers after a pre-published experiment or array design is loaded into the GEA database. For instructions, see reviewer accesss page for how to obtain an access token and communicate it to journal editors and reviewers.


After submitting data to GEA, please contact us to update or withdraw your data.