Publication And Presentation Of Validation Results

Results of developmental validation studies are shared as soon as possible with the scientific community either through presentations at scientific professional meetings or publication in peer-reviewed journals. Rapid dissemination of information about these studies is important to the legal system that forensic science serves because the courts rely on precedence when ruling if DNA evidence is admissible.

The four most commonly used scientific journals for publishing validation studies and population results are the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the International Journal of Legal Medicine, Forensic Science International, and Legal Medicine (Figure 16.1). Scientific meetings where DNA typing validation studies are presented include the International Symposium on Human Identification (sponsored each Fall by the Promega Corporation), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (held each February), the Congress of the International Society of Forensic Genetics (held in late summer bi-annually), and the International Association of Forensic Sciences (held every

Figure 16.1 Common journals for publications on forensic DNA methods, population genetics, and validation studies.

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