ADF submission quick start

(1) Download an array design file (ADF) template

Pick a template that suits your microarray.

(Check out this concepts page if you are unsure whether your microarray contains features, reporters or composite elements.)

*Supporting files are those from the microarray's manufacturer containing information of each probe, e.g. NDF files for NimbleGen arrays, GAL files for spotted arrays. An ArrayExpress curator will convert your supporting file into the ADF table, and append it to the meta-data header you fill in to create a complete, valid ADF.



(2) Fill in template with array design information

Refer to this ADF creation help page for an explanation on how to fill in the template (e.g. what is mandatory, what are accepted values). Please stick to the guidelines in the help page so your ADF can be processed promptly. All the ADF header fields and ADF table column headings, highlighted in bold, are from a controlled vocabulary, so please do not change them.

When you've finished filling in the template, please save the file in tab-delimited text (*.txt) format. (If you're unsure about this format, this is how you do it with Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc.)

Below is an example snippet of a filled template (text in light blue filled in by the submitter):




(3) Send the completed ADF file to ArrayExpress via FTP and then email us

Please send the ADF file by FTP (instructions here). If you are submitting a commerically available array design, don't forget to also send us the supporting files (e.g. NDF file for NimbleGen arrays, GAL file for spotted arrays).

When the FTP transfer is completed, please email us at with the name of the transferred file(s).

An ArrayExpress curator will get in touch by email once he/she has looked at your ADF file, including any questions or comments he/she may have.