Submit Data

Data submitted to VectorBase, which has not been published1 (the preferred case!), can be provided ~1 year embargo time (will not be released); on a case by cases basis the time is set based on authors request. Data already published can also be submitted to VectorBase.

Data types and submission procedures

  • Please plan accordingly and contact us with as many months in advance of manuscript submission as possible. We will provide you with an ID in time for your publication. Please keep in mind that there is a submission queue and that releases of new data occur every two months (follow this link for past releases).

  • With any data type, please let us know about your submission intentions with an email to and attach to it your manuscript materials and methods. In this message you can ask any question or provide feedback about the submission process.

  • Data from microarrays can be submitted using these guidelines.

  • Data from RNAseq experiments, assembled or not and showing differential expression or not. Submit to SRA2 and fill this web form with accession number and other details; we will export the data directly from NCBI/EMBL-EBI.

  • Data from mass spectrometry data. In a message to provide an (Excel or other) spread sheet or fasta file with raw data, this means a sequence per spectra not an interpretation (mapping to multiple genome positions); each sequence must have an ID.

  • Submit population biology data, e.g., insecticide resistance genotypes and/or phenotypes, variations (microsatellites, single nucleotide polymorphisms, SNPs, insertions and deletions, INDELs, chrosmosomal inversions), population abundance, pathogen infection status, blood meal host, DNA barcoding, origin of whole genome sequence samples, or any lab or field trait for any species represented by samples of individuals or pools. Send your data in any format, depending on your data type or your study details, we will let know if we require any modifications. One of the only mandatory fields is GPS coordinates, otherwise we are not able to locate your samples in the PopBio map. For an example of a possible format when submitting abundance data, follow this link: Rund et al. 2019 (Sci Data. 6(1):40).

  • Submit gene3 data:

    • manual annotations, e.g., change of exon-intron boundaries or create a gene, with Apollo

    • metadata, i.e., gene symbol (or name) e.g., srp7 or rpl2 and a short functional description, e.g., serpin 7 or ribosomal protein L2,

      • for one or few genes use this web form

      • for batch submissions, e.g., when you are annotating a gene family, you can fill an Excel spreadsheet, go to this FAQ for details.

    • use this web form to add PubMed links to genes

    • To delete a gene use this web form
  • For repeats data use this web form.

Where and how a user can query information and data you submitted to VectorBase?

  • Transcripts from microarrays and RNAseq:

  • The Peptides from mass spectrometry can be queried from Search and visualized in the protein summary display of the Genome Browser. Keywords for Search include the protein IDs (e.g., AGAP001374-PA) and annotation terms (e.g., salivary gland). For more details follow this tutorial link: 'Available data types', slides #15 to 17.

  • Population data can be interactively queried using the map interface. Text-based search and browse is also available with Search and Sample Explorer.

  • Gene data can be queried using Search, BioMart and the Genome Browser.

  • Publications linked to genes can be queried with Search. For all available publications type 'PMID*' (notice the asterisk) and for a specific publication provide de query like in this example 'PMID:18353104' (a specific PubMed ID number). In the gene page of the Genome Browser, click on 'Literature' from the left hand side gene-based displays menu

How to cite VectorBase?

Follow these links to learn how to:

1 If you contact us before submitting a manuscript for publications, we can give you a VectorBase Experiment ID. Include this ID in the paper to facilitate readers finding your data in VectorBase.

2 VectorBase does not act as a repository for sequence data like NCBI’s TSA or SRA. If VectorBase ceases to exist, your sequence data risks being lost for ever, that is why we request you also submit the data to these databases.

3 If you submit to us gene manual annotations before you submit a manuscript for publication, we can provide you with VectorBase gene IDs, e.g, AAEL004325, to include in your publication. Likewise, if you would like the readers of your paper to find your gene by name or description using VectorBase Search, submit to us before publication.

If for any reason you can not access these (Google) web forms, please contact us at