MethodsJ2: a software tool to capture metadata and generate comprehensive microscopy methods text
Program in Molecular Medicine
Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology | Bioimaging and Biomedical Optics | Computer Sciences | Laboratory and Basic Science Research | Optics
roper reporting of metadata is essential to reproduce microscopy experiments, interpret results and share images. The lack of methods reporting in microscopy is evident in that few research articles pass a test for the minimal information required to reproduce experiments (about 17% of 240 articles containing 1,500 figures with images). The problem is compounded by the number and variety of microscope modalities, options and associated components. Automation has distanced researchers from the technical parameters, so it can be difficult for them to know what information needs to be reported. MethodsJ2 is an ImageJ/Fiji-based software tool that aims to improve reproducibility in microscopy by capturing image metadata from multiple sources, consolidating it and automatically generating methods text for publication.
Imaging, Microscopy, Research data
DOI of Published Version
Ryan J, Pengo T, Rigano A, Llopis PM, Itano MS, Cameron LA, Marqués G, Strambio-De-Castillia C, Sanders MA, Brown CM. MethodsJ2: a software tool to capture metadata and generate comprehensive microscopy methods text. Nat Methods. 2021 Oct 15. doi: 10.1038/s41592-021-01290-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34654919. Link to article on publisher's site
Ryan J, Pengo T, Rigano A, Llopis PM, Itano MS, Cameron LA, Marques G, Strambio-De-Castillia C, Sanders MA, Brown CM. (2021). MethodsJ2: a software tool to capture metadata and generate comprehensive microscopy methods text. Program in Molecular Medicine Publications. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-021-01290-5. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/pmm_pp/150