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What is ICG?

ICG is a wiki-based knowledgebase of internal control genes for RT-qPCR normalization in a variety of species across three domains of life. Based on community curation, ICG harnesses collective intelligence to integrate a comprehensive collection of internal control genes curated from a large volume of literatures and provides appropriate internal control genes corresponding to specific experimental conditions for both model and non-model organisms.

How do I contribute to ICG?

You can perform different types of contributions to make ICG the online encyclopedia of internal control genes for RT-qPCR normalization.

  • If you are a researcher, please share your knowledge and experience in your area of expertise.
  • If you are a teacher/investigator, community curation of internal control genes in ICG can be incorporated as student assignments, where contribution can be quantified as a score.
  • If you are a student, you can work as a volunteer, e.g., data collection, content formatting.
  • If you are a journal publisher, please consider community curation as a compulsory post-publication when any " Selection of Internal Control Genens"-related paper is accepted by the journal.
  • At the very least, please spread this news to any one who might be of interest.


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Is it allowed for any user to provide edits in ICG?

ICG allows any user to view and search but only registered users can add and edit content.

Why do I open my identity and become a registered user?

Open identity provided by registration not only improves content reliability, increases user' collaborations and communications, but is also supportive to reward community-curated efforts by giving explicit authorship. It is of crucial significance for ICG that would like to give credits to all contributors in reward for community-provided contents.

How do I acquire a ICG account?

Please email the ICG Team at icg@big.ac.cn to tell us your preferred login name, real name, research interests, etc., and we will set up an account for you.

How do I update my account information or change password?

To update your account information, please log on first and then you may find a link named "My preferences" at the top right.

Why I can't log into ICG?

  • Make sure that the Caps Lock key is not depressed. Passwords are case sensitive.
  • Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies.
  • Contact us at icg@big.ac.cn.


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What is curation?

In life sciences, curation or biocuration involves the translation and integration of information relevant to biology into a database or resource that enables integration of the scientific literature as well as large data sets. Accurate and comprehensive representation of biological knowledge, as well as easy access to this data for working scientists and a basis for computational analysis, are primary goals of biocuration. See here for more information.

What is the difference between expert curation and community curation?

Traditionally, biological knowledge has been aggregated through expert curation, conducted manually by dedicated experts. However, with the burgeoning volume of biological data and contrastingly the small number of expert curators, expert curation becomes more and more laborious and time consuming, increasingly lagging behind knowledge creation. Accordingly, community curation—harnessing community intelligence for knowledge curation, bears great promise in dealing with the flood of biological knowledge.

What kind of curation does ICG adopt?

ICG features community-based curation, viz., exploiting the full potential of the scientific community for collaborative curation of internal control genes. In addition, ICG invites field experts and authors of publications to get involved in curation.

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