Published June 17, 2016 | Version v1
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An Educational Video Showing How to Use the CoBRA Guideline

  • 1. Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy


Standardized and retrievable citation of bioresources is paramount for the recognition of the work needed for setting and maintaining them. Here we present an educational video to help researchers and biobankers to correctly use the CoBRA guideline, when writing a scientific paper in which the bioresources used in the study have to be cited.

As in the acronym, CoBRA is a guideline for the Citation of BioResources in journal Articles and it sets a standard for citing bioresources (including biobanks) in scientific articles, whenever a study based on the use of a bioresource is published.


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  • Bravo E, Calzolari A, De Castro P, Mabile L, Napolitani F, Rossi AM, Cambon-Thomsen A. Developing a guideline to standardize the citation of bioresources in journal articles (CoBRA). BMC Med 2015 Feb 17;13:33. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0266-y