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Springerplus. 2014 Apr 28;3:208. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-208. eCollection 2014.

Deposit of microbial strains in public service collections as part of the publication process to underpin good practice in science.

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MIRRI, c/o DSMZ, Braunschweig, Germany.
CABI, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY UK.
CIRM-Levures Micalis, Inra/AgroParisTech, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France.
MUT - Department of Life Science and Systems Biology, University of Turin, 10125 Torino, Italy.
CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Uppsalalaan 8, 3584 CT Utrecht, Netherlands.
University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.


Despite recommendations to release microbial resources to the community post-publication, the reality is far from satisfying. A workshop discussed the need for a coordinated and effective deposition policy for 'key' microbial strains and proposes a set of criteria to facilitate their deposition into public service collections. The majority of authors either contacted directly or during submission of manuscripts to several international, mainly European bacteriology journals agreed to this set of 'key strain' criteria and to the voluntarily deposition of resources into public resource centres.


Biological resource centres; Credibility of science; Deposition policy; Deposition ‘key’ criteria

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