Citing and Acknowledging WormBase

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Acknowledging WormBase

We would like to enlist your help in ensuring that WormBase continues to exist and is successful. You can do this by explicitly acknowledging WormBase in each of your papers when you have used it in the planning, design, execution, analysis, or reporting of the research described.

This simple task will help us make the case to administrators at NIH and others for the utility of WormBase. You can do this in two ways:

1. Include in your acknowledgments, a statement thanking WormBase, ‘We thank WormBase’. To save characters, it can be included in a list: ‘We thank XYZ for reagents, ABC for comments and WormBase’. If this is a problem, just mention the particular WormBase release (WSnnn) in the text. When you use these methods, the acknowledgements of WormBase are amenable to searching and reporting.

2. As a reviewer or editor, you could check that WormBase is acknowledged, if appropriate.

Citing WormBase

If you base hypotheses or experiments on data found in WormBase, please cite us according to the following guidelines:

WormBase web site,, release WSXX, date XXX.

Use the current WS release number and release date in your citation. This information is available at the top of the WormBase home page.

For data analysis and citation purposes, WormBase offers periodic freezes of both the database and WormBase software. These freezes, occuring with every tenth release of the database, are permanently archived at They can be cited using the following URLs:

WS204    29 Jul 2009  
WS200    20 Mar 2009  
WS190    16 May 2008  
WS180    07 Sep 2007  
WS170    09 Feb 2007  
WS160    31 Jul 2006  
WS150    30 Nov 2005  
WS140    26 Mar 2005  
WS130    10 Oct 2004  
WS120    01 Mar 2004  
WS110    01 Oct 2003  
WS100    10 May 2003  

Citing A Specific Page

If you'd like to cite a specific page, you should use the WormBase "get" URL. Although pages may change or be retired, this special URL ensures that an object of interest will always be available, even if specific displays are retired.

Make note of the "name" and "class" of the current page:;class=Gene_name

Substitute these values into the "Get" URL:;class=CLASS

From the example above, the URL would be:;class=Gene_name

Published references

You may also wish to cite the WormBase Nucleic Acids Research papers.