Im in the middle of writing up a manuscript, and Im struggling with ASV identification. In the context of analysis, I like the 16 character hash because its an intrinsic property of the ASV. But, 16 characters in my manuscript takes up a lot of space and looks like junk. (Yay random MD5 hash!) I’m trying to come up with an alternative way to identify ASVs. One thought has been to just number them, with the pontential concern you see in most de novo OTU papers, where my OTU 1 and your OTU 1 are likely to be different things and no one walks away happy. Another thought was to take a genus level designation, so like, if its a prevotella, asv prev_01.
How are other people handling this? What would people like to see? What makes sense?