How can I publish my Galaxy workflows?

Galaxy workflows are an important research output. They take time and skill to produce and constitute a verifiable, recomputable and reproducible method, which in this era of big data mangling is all important. Thus they should form part of the scientific literature and the author’s should be credited appropriately when they get re-used.

If you have created a new and unique workflow then GigaScience will be happy to consider your submission for peer review.

Here’s what Scott Edmunds, Executive Editor of GigaScience has to say:

We strongly believe that data, tools and workflows should be counted as first research class objects, and would definitely encourage the GCUK group to submit workflows as papers for peer review. We already have a Galaxy series page with the first few examples: 

On top of highlighting other public servers and projects, we have our own GigaScience Galaxy server that can archive and provide access to static versions of workflows. This can make things a little more interactive and understandable for users, with SVG graphs to help visualize how input datasets, workflows and histories are related to each example analysis (see more here). With this you can make your work more discoverable, usable, and help ensure that you get credit with a "regular" publication and DOI for the workflow for their efforts that can be linked to your ORCID profiles, and is discoverable through new data citation indexes such as the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. What's more there would be no article processing charges for any submissions before January 2015.

So if you have a Galaxy Workflow that you’re proud of and think could be of use to the wider world, send it on to GigaScience. You can contact them via