The primary task of the Editorial WG is to facilitate the review of candidate OBO Foundry ontologies. This task includes developing the principles against which ontologies are reviewed, developing the review process itself, conducting the reviews, and setting policies governing the process.


The OBO Foundry Editorial WG will:

  • create guidelines for ontology review process (how we do reviews, operationally)
  • create policies for ontology review criteria (what aspects of an ontology and which ontologies we should review)
  • manage the ontology review process

Current activities are focused on creating guidelines for reviews. Once those guidelines are in place, the working group will shift its focus to carrying out the review process, with an aim of reducing the backlog of ontologies awaiting review.

Draft guidelines and policies

Ontology Review

Principles Review

Principles review workflow

Contact Us

The best way to contact the OBO Foundry Editorial Working Group is through the issue tracker.

The mailing list for the OBO Foundry Editorial Working Group is This is currently a closed list, but non-members can post to the list.


Membership in the OBO Foundry Editorial WG is open to all members of the OBO Foundry Operations Committee who are willing to actively participate. If you are interested in joining the working group, send an email to the mailing list.

Name ORCID GitHub Affiliation Country
Bill Duncan 0000-0001-9625-1899 wdduncan University of Florida, Gainseville, FL USA
Bill Hogan 0000-0002-9881-1017 hoganwr University of Florida, Gainseville, FL USA
Bjoern Peters 0000-0002-8457-6693 bpeters42 La Jolla Institute for Immunology, La Jolla, CA USA
Chris Stoeckert 0000-0002-5714-991X cstoeckert University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA
Darren Natale 0000-0001-5809-9523 nataled Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC USA
Hande Küçük McGinty 0000-0002-9025-5538 handemcginty Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS USA
Lynn Schriml 0000-0001-8910-9851 lschriml University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD USA
Nicole Vasilevsky 0000-0001-5208-3432 nicolevasilevsky Unversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Auroa, CO USA
Pier Luigi Buttigieg 0000-0002-4366-3088 pbuttigieg Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven Germany
Ramona Walls 0000-0001-8815-0078 ramonawalls CyVerse, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ USA