Verifying Nomenclature of DNA Variants in Submitted Manuscripts: Guidance for Journals

Jan Higgins, Raymond Dalgleish, Johan T den Dunnen, Greg Barsh, Peter J Freeman, David N Cooper, Sara Cullinan, Kay E Davies, Huw Dorkins, Li Gong, Issei Imoto, Teri E Klein, Bruce Korf, Adya Misra, Mark H Paalman, Sarah Ratzel, Juergen K V Reichardt, Heidi L Rehm, Katsushi Tokunaga, Karen E WeckGarry R Cutting

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Documenting variation in our genomes is important for research and clinical care. Accuracy in the description of DNA variants is therefore essential. To address this issue, the Human Variome Project convened a committee to evaluate the feasibility of requiring authors to verify that all variants submitted for publication complied with a widely accepted standard for description. After a pilot study at two journals, the committee agreed that requiring authors to verify that variants complied with Human Genome Variation Society nomenclature is a reasonable step toward standardizing the worldwide inventory of human variation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Mutation
Issue number1
Early online date30 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020


  • ClinVar
  • DNA variants
  • Human Genome Variation Society
  • Leiden Open Variation Database


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