Resource Identification Initiative

Publié le 21 février 2014, par Thérèse Hameau

A collaborative effort that includes publishers, research groups, funding agencies and a number of commercial companies to improve resource visibility in science.

The Resource Identification Initiative (#RII) is designed to help researchers sufficiently cite the key resources used to produce the scientific findings reported in the biomedical literature. A diverse group of collaborators are leading the project, including the Neuroscience Information Framework and the Oregon Health & Science University Library, with the support of the National Institutes of Health and the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility.

Resources (e.g. antibodies, model organisms, and software) reported in the biomedical literature often lack sufficient detail to enable reproducibility or reuse. For example, catalog numbers for antibody reagents are infrequently reported, and the version numbers for software programs used for data analysis are often omitted. The Resource Identification Initiative aims to enable resource identification within the biomedical literature through a pilot study promoting the use of unique Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs). In addition to being unique, RRID’s meet three key criteria, they are :

  1. Machine readable ;
  2. Free to generate and access ;
  3. Consistent across publishers and journals.


To make it easy for authors to find the appropriate RRID’s and to format their citations, we have created the Resource Identification Portal, where authors can search across all of sources from a single location.


The Case of the missing Research Resources - Anita Bandrowski, Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) - Préconférence APE 2014 - 27 janvier 2014 | vidéo