How (and when) should I credit CEZID CoBRE in my publications?
STATEMENT OF PUBLICATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT POLICIES
The CEZID CoBRE is funded by the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). According to NIH grants policy, all grantee publications, including: research publications, press releases, and other publications or documents about research that is funded by NIH must include the following two statements:
1. A specific acknowledgment of NIH grant support, such as: "Research reported in this [publication/press release] was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health under award number P20GM130448."
2. A disclaimer that says: "The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health." Because of this, all publications describing research that made use of CEZID CoBRE funding and/or its Core Facilities should include an acknowledgment.
Funding agencies including NIGMS require and monitor these acknowledgments, and the NIH measures the success of the CEZID in part by them. Thank you for remembering to cite us in your publications!
NOTE: In addition, publications that make use of instruments funded by federal agencies must cite the source of support throughout the lifetime of the instrument. The NIH now requires reporting of these publications on new applications for shared instruments, and failure to show extensive productivity from prior grants quite literally jeopardizes future grants. To this end, research advisors are asked to send copies of all publications that were supported by CEZID Core Facilities to the respective CEZID Core Facility Directors.
Guidelines for Authorship
An important aspect of junior investigator development is their transition to independent investigator status as demonstrated by their publications as senior and corresponding author.
As such, it is expected that junior investigators and pilot project holders who disseminate their primary project data in the form of peer reviewed articles supported by the CEZID COBRE will be the senior and corresponding author on such publications.
CEZID Core Facility Directors and staff members often make significant intellectual or otherwise enabling contributions to the success of a research project, and recognition of these contributions is important. In such cases it is expected that such individual(s) will be included as co-author(s) of all publications arising from or making use of the results obtained by a CEZID Core Facility.
Significant intellectual input could take a variety of forms and would include any or all of the following:
- Experimental design such as optimization or adaptation of data collection schemes;
- Interpretation or analysis of results; or
- Writing or editing significant portions of the manuscript.
In general, it is preferable to discuss the potential for this at the outset of the project, especially when the project involves developmental work rather than repetition of an established procedure. Research advisors should contact the respective CEZID Core Facility Director if there is a question about this policy, or about a CEZID Core Faciltiy staff member’s contribution to a project.
Manuscripts that contain routine data from a CEZID Core Facility or describe tasks requiring minimal Core Facility staff assistance may include an acknowledgement of the facility or staff member(s) at the lead author’s discretion. In the aggregate, such acknowledgments serve to document the value of Core Facilities to the University community.
Core Facility/Service Fees
Please note that service fees are charged to maintain and improve each of the Core Facilities. These service fees are not a substitute for appropriate recognition of the contributions of Core Facility personnel through co-authorship of publications.