Citations for Publications

All research tools and work contributed by our Core Facilities should minimally be acknowledged in any publications (see e.g. the editorial in Biotechniques 57(6): 281, 2014). Guidelines for authorship have also been established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and similar organizations (e.g., discussed by Huth (Huth, E. J. [1986] in Guidelines on Authorship of Medical Papers, Annals Int. Med. 104 : 269-274) and Bailey (Bailey, B. J. [2001] What Is an Author? Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 124 :2-3 ), as well as by The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF), which has also published guidelines to help in this determination. The ABRF's "Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts" can be found here:

These guidelines suggest strongly that if staff scientists from any Core Facilities 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 any combination of the preceding or other significant intellectual contributions, they should be co-authors of papers that use data generated by that facility, 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.

If you publish articles or receive grants using data or tools generated in our Core Facilities, please:

  1. At the very least, Acknowledge the Core Facilities' contributions for "standard" services (see individual facilities pages for how to cite a specific facility).
  2. Consider authorship for more significant intellectual and planning contributions - Any Core personnel making a significant intellectual contribution (e.g., new methods development or adaptation, experimental design, or results interpretation) should be included as a co-author on publications - Paying for Core Facility Analyses is NOT a legitimate reason to deny co-authorship any more than paying your post-doc or graduate student stipends would be a reason to not include them as co-authors.

  3. Let us know when something is published or a grant is awarded so that we can track publications and grants.

These actions are crucial for continued support for the Core Facilities you depend on, support both from external funding agencies (see below) and from internal institutional sources. This funding keeps your costs for usage of Core Facilities as low as possible.

In addition, we have received generous support for providing advanced instrumentation through Tobacco Settlement Funds provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the use of analyses using any TSF-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 support for advanced instrumentation is also dependent in part on specific demonstration of the many research projects benefitting from TSF support (i.e., acknowledgement in publications as above). In particular, all Genomic Sciences services (e.g., microarrays, qRT-PCR) have been heavily supported by TSF funds, as have services and instrumentation purchases for proteomics & mass spectrometry, laser capture microdissection, confocal microscopy, MRI, and flow cytometry.