Curatorial guidelines and standards of the American Society of Mammalogists for collections of genetic resources

Caleb D. Phillips, Jonathan L. Dunnum, Robert C. Dowler, Lisa C. Bradley, Heath J. Garner, Kathryn A. MacDonald, Burton K. Lim, Marcia A. Revelez, Mariel L. Campbell, Holly L. Lutz, Nicté Ordóñez Garza, Joseph A. Cook, Robert D. Bradley

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The Systematic Collections Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists advises curators and other personnel affiliated with natural history collections in matters relating to administration, curation, and accreditation of mammal specimens and their associated data. The Systematic Collections Committee also maintains a list of curatorial standards for managing a collection-accreditation program under the auspices of the American Society of Mammalogists. To date, the Systematic Collections Committee has provided guidance for the more traditional specimen collections (skin, skeletal, fluid, etc.) and specimen data management. Given the rapidly expanding role of genetic resources in biological research, the Systematic Collections Committee herein presents a series of formal guidelines and standards designed to assist collections professionals in the current best practices for curation and maintenance of collections of genetic resources, to ensure long-term integrity of the archived material, and to address personnel safety and guidelines for researchers and curatorial staff. These guidelines and standards are intended to provide constructive guidance and a mechanism of accreditation for collections that vary in scale and infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1690-1694
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 22 2019


  • best practices
  • biobanking
  • cryogenic preservation
  • curation
  • genetic research collections
  • genomics
  • guidelines
  • mammals
  • standards


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