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Citing Penn State College of Medicine’s Biomedical Research Core Facilities

The Biomedical Research Core Facilities are subsidized by Institutional Funds. Therefore, all publications, press releases or other documents that result from the utilization of any Penn State College of Medicine Institutional Research Resources including funding, tools, services or support are required to credit the core facility and associated RRID for each core used. Use of an instruments or service in a core should include the following:

“The XXX Core (RRID:SCR_######) services and instruments used in this project were funded, in part, by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine via the Office of the Vice Dean of Research and Graduate Students and the Pennsylvania Department of Health using Tobacco Settlement Funds (CURE). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the University or College of Medicine. The Pennsylvania Department of Health specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions.”

Be sure to include each core’s individual RRID. This makes tracking of publications and grants much easier, allows the Cores to track their impact and lessens the burden on you to keep the institution informed.

  • Advanced Light Microscopy Core – RRID:SCR_022526
  • Atomic Force Microscopy Core – RRID:SCR_025075)
  • Biomolecular NMR – RRID:SCR_023244
  • Clinical Specimen Processing Core (CSPC) – RRID:SCR_021194
  • Comparative Medicine Imaging Core – RRID:SCR_023179
  • Cryo-EM Core – RRID:SCR_021178
  • Custom Antibody Core – RRID:SCR_022799
  • Flow Cytometry Core – RRID:SCR_021134
  • Genome Sciences Core – RRID:SCR_021123
  • Mass Spectrometry Core – RRID:SCR_017831
  • Metabolic Phenotyping Core – RRID:SCR_022565
  • MRI Core – RRID:SCR_021198
  • TEM Core – RRID:SCR_021200
  • Zebrafish Core – RRID:SCR_021199


In certain cases, in addition to the required citation, co-authorship by core staff scientists may be appropriate.

Guidelines for authorship have also been established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and similar organizations, as well as by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF). See ABRF’s “Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts” here.

These guidelines recommend that staff scientists from any core facilities should be considered as co-authors if they:

  • have helped to design the experiments;
  • have developed new methods for preparing samples or visualizing or quantitating a particular cell or metabolite or protein;
  • have contributed data analysis and/or interpretation of data; or
  • have provided any combination of the preceding or other significant intellectual contributions.

In cases of co-authorship, the core facility staff should participate in reviewing pertinent sections of the article and should give final approval to the manuscript wording and conclusions from those sections before publication.

Notification of Publications and Grants

The core facilities also track publications and grants. Use of the RRIDs help to automate this process and keep administrative costs to a minimum.