European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)


European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

The European Bioinformatics Institute is part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the Biological and Medical Sciences. EMBL-EBI is a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by EMBL member states. We provide freely available data from life science experiments covering the full spectrum of molecular biology, and including the life science literature. This is achieved through the hosting and development of a number of databases, services and tools. This work requires not only scientific input from the community, but also contributions from software developers and database curators. To date, most of the data resources use bespoke PIDs (Accession Numbers) that are widely recognized in the community, although some databases have assigned DOIs alongside these PIDs in response to community requests. As well as the service mission, about 20% of EMBL-EBI is devoted to basic research, and extensive training programmes helps researchers use the resources we provide.

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) is EMBL-EBI’s database for the life science research literature ( It contains about 30 million abstracts and 3 million full text articles, about 800,000 of which are “gold” Open Access i.e. free to read and reuse. Europe PMC integrates the literature with related data via reciprocal data-article citations across resources, and through text mining.

Europe PMC also recently implemented a tool that allows users to link articles to their ORCID, and the team that develops Europe PMC has led the implementation of ORCIDs across EMBL on an Institutional level. This expertise makes EMBL-EBI an excellent match to the tasks outlined in this proposal.