The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is a non-profit academic organisation that forms part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences.

A world-renowned centre for research and services in bioinformatics, EMBL-EBI is the European node for globally coordinated efforts to collect and disseminate biological data. The institute has the infrastructure and resources to provide large biological databases covering the full spectrum of molecular biology and associated chemistry as well as the life science literature. EMBL-EBI ensures that the growing body of information is placed in the public domain and is freely accessible to all facets of the scientific community. As well as this service mission, about 20% of EMBL-EBI is devoted to basic research, and extensive training programmes helps researchers use the resources that EMBL-EBI provide.

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) is EMBL-EBI’s database for the life science research literature. It contains over 30 million abstracts and 3 million full text articles, about 800,000 of which are “gold” open access, i.e. free to read and reuse. Europe PMC integrates the literature with related data via reciprocal data-article citations across resources, and through text mining. EMBL-EBI provides mechanisms for the text mining community to consume and enrich Europe PMC content.


Phil Irving grants@embl.org, and Gareth Owen gowen@ebi.ac.uk