British Ash Genome Project data usage policy
Summary: Here is our preliminary data. If you want to publish any analysis of these data you must either wait until we have published the genome in a journal, or contact Richard Buggs to negotiate a co-authored paper.
As a public service, preliminary assemblies from the British Ash Tree Genome Project (BATG) are being made available before scientific publication. The purpose of this policy is to balance the desire that the ash genome be made available to the scientific community working on ash dieback as soon as possible with the reasonable expectation that the group responsible for the sequencing will publish their results in peer reviewed journals without concerns about potential pre-emption by other groups that did not directly participate in the effort.
These pre-publication data are preliminary and may contain errors. The goal of our policy is that early release should enable the progress of science. By accessing these data, you agree not to submit to scientific journals any articles containing analyses of these data data prior to peer-reviewed journal publication by BATG and its collaborators of a comprehensive genome analysis. These restrictions apply to all ash tree genome data on this site and will be lifted on the journal publication of the whole genome description of the assembly and draft annotation.
Analyses of this data in relation to ash dieback may be undertaken and posted on the OpenAshDieback website http://oadb.tsl.ac.uk/, provided that the following statement is included in the "Contributors" section of each entry and in any susequent posts using the data : "The British Fraxinus excelsior sequence data used in this analyses were produced by the British Ash Tree Genome Project (www.ashgenome.org) based at Queen Mary University of London and funded by NERC." Such analyses may not be published in peer-reviewed journals without the collaboration of the BATG project team, prior to publication by BATG and its collaborators of a comprehensive genome analysis. If authors of any such analyses would like their analyses to be considered by the BATG PI for publication in a British Ash Genome paper in a peer-reviewed journal, they should email the principal investigator (r.buggs "at" qmul.ac.uk). If the principal investigator agrees that their analyses should be included, an offer including joint authorship on the genome or other paper will be made.
Any analyses involving the BATG data are included in this data usage policy, including annotation of genes, identification of sets of genomic features such as genes, gene families, regulatory elements, repeat structures, GC content, etc., and whole-genome comparisons of regions of among-species conservation. Also included are uses of the genome data as a reference for transcriptomic analyses (RNA seq, bisulfite seq, chip seq or similar). Interested parties are encouraged to contact the the principal investigator if they wish to discuss the possibility of collaborative publication of such analyses.
The data may be freely downloaded and used by all who respect the restrictions in the previous paragraphs. In the period before the peer-reviewed journal publication by BATG, the assembly and raw sequence reads should not be redistributed or repackaged without permission from the British Ash Tree Genome Project principal investigator. Any agreed redistribution of the data during this period should carry this notice: "The British Ash Tree Genome Project provides these data in good faith, but makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which the data are used."
Once moved to unreserved status, the data will be freely available for any subsequent use.
By accessing this data you are agreeing to the terms outlined above.