FEBS Journal

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Edited By: Seamus Martin

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Online ISSN: 1742-4658

Structured Digital Abstracts

SDA Structured Digital Abstracts (SDAs) are added to research articles accepted for publication in FEBS Journal that describe protein-protein interactions. Our sister journal, FEBS Letters, began this initiative and more information can be found at http://www.febs.org/index.php?id=601

A Structured Digital Abstract is an informative extension of the regular FEBS Journal article abstract and consists of one or more sentences that show helpful links to database entries. Initially, we are focussing on protein-protein interaction papers. Each sentence in the SDA will describe a relationship between two biological entities, mentioning the method used to study the relationship. The sentence is preceded by one or more identifiers linking to the corresponding MINT (Molecular INTeraction) database entries that contain the full details of the interaction. The proteins in the interaction will also be identified by and link to their UniProt Knowledgebase accession number. To provide a simplified example of a potential relationship: protein A interacts with protein B, by method X.

The introduction of Structured Digital Abstracts has several advantages for the scientific community. SDAs are machine-readable and will assist readers in retrieving papers on their protein of interest, as well as its interactions. They contain data in a non-ambiguous way and ensure that the scientist knows exactly which proteins from which species and cell type were investigated.

The introduction of SDAs to FEBS Journal is a joint collaboration between the curators of the MINT Molecular Interactions database in Rome, lead by Gianni Cesareni, the FEBS Journal Editorial Office, our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, and Anna Tramontano, University of Rome, and Rolf Apweiler, EMBL Hinxton, Cambridge.