It is expected that any articles published or grants received using data or tools generated in Penn State College of Medicine’s core facilities will acknowledge the facility or facilities for their contribution of services. See the pages for individual facilities for details on how to cite them.
In certain cases, in addition to the expected citation, co-authorship by core staff scientists is 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 suggest strongly 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. When something is published or a grant is awarded, contact Kelly Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These actions are crucial for continued support for the core facilities from both external funding agencies and from institutional sources. This funding helps keep usage costs for the facilities as low as possible.
Tobacco Settlement Funds
The College of Medicine receives generous support for providing advanced instrumentation through Tobacco Settlement Funds (CURE) provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the use of analyses done with any TSF-CURE-supported instrumentation or services should also be acknowledged in any publications as follows:
“Core facility services and instruments used in this project were funded, in part, under a grant with the Pennsylvania Department of Health using Tobacco Settlement Funds. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions.”
Continued TSF-CURE support for advanced instrumentation is also dependent in part on specific demonstration of the many research projects benefiting from TSF-CURE support (including acknowledgement in publications as above). In particular, all Genome Sciences services (microarrays, qRT-PCR) have been heavily supported by TSF funds, as have services and instrumentation purchases for proteomics and mass spectrometry, laser capture microdissection, confocal microscopy, MRI and flow cytometry.