Why acknowledging core facilities is important ?
Contributions to scientific output: scientific papers, posters, Bachelor-, Master- or doctoral theses and conferences, is key metric for core facility management, as it allows to get funding, grants, prove the impact of the facility, prove the effective use of the equipment and to ensure continuous high standards of operations. That is why acknowledging a core facility in publications is an important matter.
Guidelines for Acknowledgments and Authorship:
All publications or any data acquired or processed using LMF MDIBL equipment and/or services must be acknowledged in every publication as follows:
“Images were acquired using equipment of the Light Microscopy Facility at the MDIBL, which is supported by the Maine INBRE grant (GM103423) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.
The Royal Microscopy Society (RMS) has released a generic Core Facilities Publication Policy with baseline recommendations to acknowledge Core facility staff in the appropriate way:
– Acknowledgement of facility contributions is expected in publications that include any data generated in the facility. For example, when fee-for-service is performed with no method development and minimum effort by Core personnel.
– Co-authorship is generally expected when core personnel have made assistance above the technical or routine level, with any facility staff providing scientific input and expertise in experimental set-up, method development, data acquisition and/or analysis and/or interpretation. Significant can be defined as “the project would not have progressed, or progressed at a substantially slower pace, without the guidance of facility personnel”. In such cases, core personnel should have the opportunity to review and edit the appropriate sections of a manuscript before submission.
Please discuss acknowledgments with facility staff prior to manuscript submission.
Good research practices: rigor and reproducibility
Microscopy techniques become more powerful and more complex, it is vital that scientific articles containing images obtained with advanced microscopes include full details about how each image was obtained. A recent survey (see : Imaging methods are vastly under reported in biomedical research) shows that the quality of reporting was poor, with some articles containing no information about how images were obtained, and many articles lacking important basic details.
To improve the quality of the research done at the LMF @MDIBL , by making sure that the results are presented optimally and comply with best research practices, all the users are asked to contact the facility staff to review the sections describing the microscopy methods in drafts of publications.
After publication, facility users are requested to provide a PDF-file of the publication for the facility’s records.
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