How to Cite

Depending on how you use WikiPathways, please consider citing one or more of the following articles:

Citing the WikiPathways project

Citing individual pathways

  • To cite a specific pathway, use its permalink, for example: The permalink for each pathway is available from the Share pathway icon under the pathway. When citing the live version of a pathway, attribution of individual authors is not necessary since it is continuously tracked and displayed on each pathway page.
  • The full citation, which includes the permanen link, is also available from the Share pathway icon under the pathway; for example "Zambon AC, Pico A, Kelder T, Coort S, Angelika A, Lawlor B, Iersel MV, Gillespie M, Hanspers K, Bouwman J, Riutta A, Nuno N, Willighagen E, Summer-Kutmon M, Kalafati M, Josip J, Anam A. Apoptosis (WP254) [Internet] Last edited: 2021-05-27. Available from:"
  • To cite a specific version of a pathway, we recommend downloading the pathway as PNG from the Download pathway as... icon under the pathway, and uploading it to Zenodo to generate a DOI that you can then reference in your paper. Alternatively, your can upload another image file or figure that you have made using WikPathways content. An example Zenodo record can be found here. Follow these steps:
    1. Log in to Zenodo. Accounts are free.
    2. Go to the WikiPathways community upload page.
    3. Upload a PNG of the pathway you want to reference.
    4. Complete the fields and click "Publish".
  • Once your paper is published, Add a citation to the corresponding pathway page(s):
    1. To complete these steps, first make sure you are logged in to your GitHub account.
    2. Find the corresponding pathway on WikiPathways, for example WP4629.
    3. In the Cited In section, click the pencil icon to edit the list. This will open a new browser tab with the "citedin_lookup.yaml" file open in edit mode.
    4. Click anywhere in the editable area and use Ctrl+F to search for the WPID, for example "WP4629".
    5. If the PMCID or DOI for the publication has not already been added, add an entry under the relevant WPID in the following format: - link: PMC9603647.
    6. Enter a commit message ("added citation for WP4629") and click "Commit changes".