Development, performance, and evaluation: the checklist

Why a checklist on the LMF ?

To ensure proper tracking of LMF development and performance for future evaluation, as well as to strengthen future grant submissions, the following policies must be followed:


Send a draft of publications to the LMF to make sure that the results are presented optimally and comply with best research practices:

Materials and methods section

Accurate and complete “Materials and methods section”, a template for each microscope can be found on the LMF website, in the description of the microscope, see: Rigor and Reproducibility below the description of each microscope.

Proper acknowledgement:

1-Assistance above the technical or routine level, with any facility staff providing scientific input and expertise in experimental set-up, acquisition, or analysis, should be recognized through co-authorship on resulting publications. Please discuss acknowledgments with facility staff prior to manuscript submission.

2-Minimal acknowledgement required (= not longer or shorter): Image collection, processing and analysis for this manuscript was performed with the assistance of Dr. Frederic Bonnet and the MDI Biological Laboratory Light Microscopy Facility, which is supported by the Maine INBRE grant (GM103423) from the NIGMS of the NIH”

3- example scenarios with baseline recommendations

Provide a PDF-file of the publication for the facility’s records.


Notify the LMF of grants in preparation or submitted for which LMF (list of equipment, my help, others) helped to write a section

Notify the LMF of grants obtained using LMF-generated data


❺ Send concern or feedback on instruments, services, and policies for improvement

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