Dear Laurence et al,
Some major museums are extremely pleased to be able to voucher material from interesting studies. It increases the representation, recency, data coverage/ time series and citation relevance of the collection in their care, so if it is a collection that employs
Collections Management staff they may be pleased to assist.
Some collections are mothballed or sidelined - especially if all the staff have other priorities/ primary responsibilities. Others have unfortunately little or no investment, and some do not make material available (i.e. by allowing visitors/ having a loan
system). It is generally pretty easy to see if a collection is 'active' and alive or if it is in stasis.
Perhaps the instructions for authors, as a flexible document, might actually recommend institutions which accept/ welcome deposition of vouchers, with contact details?
Maxwell V. L. Barclay
Senior Curator in Charge
Department of Life Sciences
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
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Some of you may know that the Royal Entomological Society Journal Editors have discussed how to improve taxonomic validation
in papers they publish.
A sticking point for some is the need to voucher material given that many museum collections do not have the capacity to house
I am seeking guidance on what to recommend - are some of you willing to accept vouchers of particular taxonomic groups? Of
particular taxonomic groups, or all insects, from particular geographic areas?
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