Open Access Database

CiteAb: a searchable antibody database that ranks antibodies by the number of times they have been cited

Matthew A Helsby12, Paul M Leader3, Joe R Fenn12, Tulay Gulsen1, Chris Bryant1, Gail Doughton1, Ben Sharpe1, Paul Whitley1, Christopher J Caunt1, Katrina James2, Adam D Pope3, Dave H Kelly23 and Andrew D Chalmers12*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK

2 CiteAb, Carpenter House, Bath BA1 1UD, UK

3 Storm Consultancy, 14 New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BE, UK

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BMC Cell Biology 2014, 15:6  doi:10.1186/1471-2121-15-6

Published: 14 February 2014



Research antibodies are used by thousands of scientists working in diverse disciplines, but it is common to hear concerns about antibody quality. This means that researchers need to carefully choose the antibodies they use to avoid wasting time and money. A well accepted way of selecting a research antibody is to identify one which has been used previously, where the associated data has been peer-reviewed and the results published.


CiteAb is a searchable database which ranks antibodies by the number of times they have been cited. This allows researchers to easily find antibodies that have been used in peer-reviewed publications and the accompanying citations are listed, so users can check the data contained within the publications. This makes CiteAb a useful resource for identifying antibodies for experiments and also for finding information to demonstrate antibody validation. The database currently contains 1,400,000 antibodies which are from 90 suppliers, including 87 commercial companies and 3 academic resources. Associated with these antibodies are 140,000 publications which provide 306,000 antibody citations. In addition to searching, users can also browse through the antibodies and add their own publications to the CiteAb database.


CiteAb provides a new way for researchers to find research antibodies that have been used successfully in peer-reviewed publications. It aims to assist these researchers and will hopefully help promote progress in many areas of life science research.

Antibodies; Monoclonal; Polyclonal; Western blotting; Flow cytometry; Immunohistochemistry; ChIP host species; Species reactivity; Citations