standards > terminology artifact > DOI:10.25504/FAIRsharing.lWbenx
FAIRsharing is now available for record creation, update, and search at, please visit us there! Replacement of this read-only version of the legacy site with the new version of FAIRsharing is planned for the week commencing 31 January 2022.

ready Reference list of Metabolite names

Abbreviation: RefMet

General Information
RefMet provides a standardized reference nomenclature for both discrete metabolite structures and metabolite species identified by spectroscopic techniques in metabolomics experiments. This is an essential prerequisite for the ability to compare and contrast metabolite data across different experiments and studies. Over 200,000 names from a set of over 1,100 MS and NMR studies on the Metabolomics Workbench has been used to generate a highly curated analytical chemistry-centric list of common names for metabolite structures and isobaric species. Additionally, the vast majority of these names have been linked to a metabolite classification system using a combination of LIPID MAPS and ClassyFire classification methods. A name-conversion user interface is provided where users can submit a list of metabolite names and map them to the corresponding RefMet names. New metabolites are constantly being added to RefMet, however very new metabolite names generated by metabolomics experiments may not currently map to RefMet identifiers. Nevertheless, RefMet has the ability to greatly increase the data-sharing potential of metabolomics experiments and facilitate "meta-analysis" and systems biology objectives for the majority of commonly encountered metabolite species.

How to cite this record RefMet; Reference list of Metabolite names; DOI:; Last edited: April 27, 2021, 2:26 p.m.; Last accessed: Jan 29 2022 2:10 p.m.

This record is maintained by christinek  ORCID

Record added: Feb. 3, 2020, 5:56 p.m.
Record updated: April 21, 2021, 8:59 a.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

Show edit history



Additional Information


No XSD schemas defined


No publications available

Related Standards

Reporting Guidelines

No guidelines defined

Terminology Artifacts

No semantic standards defined

Identifier Schemas

No identifier schema standards defined


No metrics standards defined

Related Databases (1)
Metabolomics Workbench
The Metabolomics Workbench serves as a national and international repository for metabolomics data and metadata and provides analysis tools and access to metabolite standards, protocols, tutorials, training, and more.

Implementing Policies

This record is not implemented by any policy.


Record Maintainer