Frequently asked questions

The following are a list of FAQs related to CoVStrain data and software. If you can't find what you're looking for, send us an email.

  1. How do I acknowledge this work?

    If you use screenshots of this work please credit CoVStrain with a link back to the website. If you use the data or code provided by this work, please attribute CoVStrain and GISAID with a citation. The recommended citation for CoVstrain is provided below:

    Hassan R. S. Andrabi. 2022. "CoVstrain: Sequencing Distributions of SARS-CoV-2 Mutations of Interest." https://covstrain.com/

  2. How do I use this work?

    CoVStrain code and data is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Under this license, CoVStrain provides open access to all data and code in the hope that it will be useful for research, and enable the creation of new communication tools. Users are free to use data and code with appropriate attribution, and in compliance with the terms set out in the GNU General Public License.

  3. Where does the data come from?

    The data used to generate sequence visualisations are sourced from GISAID. We do not share raw GISAID data as per the GISAID terms of use, however the derived sequence proportions used to generate the plots are available on GitHub

  4. How often is the website updated?

    The website is updated daily with the latest lineage assignments, using all available sequencing data on GISAID at the point of retrieval.

  5. I've found a bug, what should I do?

    You can try and fix it on your own by submitting a pull request, or raise an issue and we will sort out as soon as possible.