Data Release Policy

As a public service, the raw sequence data, assemblies, and annotation from Microbial sequencing projects are being made available by the Human Metagenome Consortium, Japan (HMGJ) before scientific publication. The followings are our data release policies.

Statement on Annotation

Annotation of the sequence is ongoing, and the full annotation will be released upon publication. Please note that, although the sequence is finished, and we believe it to be accurate, it is possible that errors and missassemblies may remain. The sequence should be considered as preliminary until final publication. The data is provided "as is", without warranties of any kind. In addition, whole genome assemblies are likely to change upon the availability of new data, and our website will document new assembly versions as they are released. We would ask users of the data to read our "Data Release Policy" and "Guidelines on Use of Data in Publications".

Shotgun assembly warning

Please note that the sequences in the shotgun database are single reads from sequencers; they will contain errors, along with vector contamination.

Data Release Statement

The purpose of this statement is to protect the interests of scientists who are sequencing and annotating these unfinished genomes as part of our research program. Our goal is to finish and publish genomes as rapidly as possible. We plan on publishing the completed and annotated sequences in a peer-reviewed journal as soon as possible. Our policy is that early release should aid the progress of science, but it is not intended to allow others to preempt our work by rushing to publication in advance of our own efforts. Permission of the principal investigator should be obtained before publishing analyses of the sequence/open reading frames/genes on a chromosome or genome scale, etc., and whole-genome comparisons of regions of evolutionary conservation or change. It is our expectation that papers dealing with specific genes, pathways, etc. will not be considered competitive and scientific users are free to use the data in scientific papers analyzing particular genes and regions if the providers of these data are properly acknowledged. See "Guidelines on Use of Data in Publications" for credit information.

Sequencing Enquiries

Please address all sequencing enquiries to:

Guidelines on Use of Data in Publications

We make the mapping and sequencing data we obtain available for public use as it is generated. However there has been a considerable investment in acquiring these data, and we request that you follow these guidelines when using preliminary data obtained from this web site ( Users of finished or unfinished sequence data from the HMGJ should not publish or otherwise disseminate the information without appropriate acknowledgement. The appropriate format is as follows: "These data were produced by the Human Metagenome Consortium Japan (HMGJ) and can be obtained from" If you have any questions regarding the sequencing data or their use in publications, please contact to