International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 124, Issue 5, pp 505–509 | Cite as

Publication of population data of linearly inherited DNA markers in the International Journal of Legal Medicine

  • Walther Parson
  • Lutz Roewer
Short Communication


This manuscript extends on earlier recommendations of the editor of the International Journal of Legal Medicine on short tandem repeat population data and provides details on specific criteria relevant for the analysis and publication of population studies on haploid DNA markers, i.e. Y-chromosomal polymorphisms and mitochondrial DNA. The proposed concept is based on review experience with the two forensic haploid markers databases YHRD and EMPOP, which are both endorsed by the International Society for Forensic Genetics. The intention is to provide guidance with the preparation of population studies and their results to improve the reviewing process and the quality of published data. We also suggest a minimal set of required information to be presented in the publication to increase understanding and use of the data. The outlined procedure has in part been elaborated with the editors of the journal Forensic Science International Genetics.


mtDNA Mitochondrial DNA Y-chromosome STR SNP Guidelines 



Some of the mtDNA recommendations are based on research supported by the FWF Austrian Science Fund Translational Research Programme (L397). We would like to thank Sascha Willuweit and Alexander Röck for valuable assistance and discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Legal MedicineInnsbruck Medical UniversityInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic SciencesCharité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany

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