Aims and Scope

GigaByte (ISSN:2709-4715) aims to promote the most rapid exchange of scientific information in a formal peer-reviewed publishing platform. Modern research is data-driven, iterative, and aims to be FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. It is also fast moving, with available data and computational tools changing constantly and swiftly evolving fields continuously being tested, updated and modified by the community. Given that, GigaByte is focused on publishing short, focused, data-driven articles using a publishing platform that will allow nearly immediate online publication on acceptance as well as an ability to update published articles. This drastically reduces writing and reviewing. With that, GigaByte provides scientists a venue to rapidly and easily share and build upon each other’s research outputs.

Currently we publish two types of articles: Data Release highlight and contextualizing exceptional and openly available datasets, while Technical Release articles are present an open-source software tool or an experimental or computational method for the analysis or handling of research data.

GigaByte is an open access and open science journal. As with our sister-journal GigaScience— we publish ALL reusable and shareable research objects, such as data, software tools and workflows, from data-driven research. 

The principle goal of GigaByte is to match the speed of publishing to the speed of research.

Our Principles
Built upon the principles of open and FAIR data, reproducibility, usability and utility are our key criteria for publication rather than subjective assessments of impact. Key to achieving this is our open, integrated and custom built GigaDB repository that can help provide a home to all research objects. Open and citable data and metadata are key to reproducible research. Reproducibility is further enhanced via integration with protocol and computational workflow repositories and platforms, such as protocols.io, Code Ocean, and others.

Open Access and Open Data for Open Science
All articles and content (including blogs and peer reviews) published by GigaByte are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Both for human readers and Text and Data Mining by machines. All software is published under Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source licenses, and supporting data are presented under a public domain CC0 waiver. Further information about our open access policies and our article processing charges to support these efforts can be found here and on our Sherpa Romeo Open Access policy page

To increase transparency and speed up the dissemination of research GigaByte promotes a “release then review” model of scientific communication, and connects to previously published preprint versions are crosslinked and highlighted via the Article Information section of our articles.

All articles published in GigaByte are archived in the CLOCKSS safe open access archive so permanent accessibility is assured.

GigaByte has signed The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) declaration and refuses to use the Journal Impact Factor as a promotional tool. 

Peer-Review Policy
Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. GigaByte operates an open peer-review system, where the reviewers' names are included on the peer-review reports. In addition, if the article is published, the named reports are published online alongside the article as part of a 'pre-publication history'. You can read more about our open peer-review process in our reviewer guidelines here.

Further Information
Our Instructions for Authors includes information about the journal’s criteria for publication, the online submission process, preparing a manuscript for submission, and preparing data for uploading when contacted by the GigaDB curation team (See also GigaDB FAQ for additional information.) Information about the journal's policies can be found in our Editorial Policies and Reporting Standards page. All articles reporting original research submitted to GigaByte should adhere to our Minimum Standards of Reporting Checklist. For more on our team and our Advisory and Editorial Board see