Acknowledging the cores

All RII Research Cores require a formal acknowledgement in any publication, grant proposal, poster, scholarly report or presentation that contains data generated using instrumentation found within, or from services provided by, the core.

If you are considering authorship for core laboratory members in your publication, please utilize the Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts outlined by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF). Ultimately, the decision of co-authorship or acknowledgement is up to the senior author (or PI) on the publication.

All work involving significant intellectual contributions, project design, writing and anything beyond routine analysis by core personnel should receive authorship on publications, posters, reports and presentations.

All self-usage and assisted core services requires formal acknowledgement in any publication, grant proposal, poster, scholarly report or presentation. Paying of core service fees does not omit authorship of core personnel on manuscripts that contain significant contributions from core personnel.

Why Should You Acknowledge the Research Cores?

Research Cores, and the scientists that run them, are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their value in the academic enterprise. A quantifiable measure of the impact of core facilities is the number of publications, patent applications, presentations and grant submissions that utilize core services. Thus, proper acknowledgement of these contributions in publications and in grant proposals is essential for ensuring that the cores receive continued financial support.

Demonstrating the positive impact on the research enterprise at the college directly correlates with the ability to keep costs down, upgrade equipment and increase services that will advance your research program!

Verbiage for Acknowledgement to the Research Cores

The following language would be appropriate for acknowledgement in the Materials and Methods section:

  • “___________ was performed by the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact's  ___________ Core Facility at the University of Arizona.

The following language would be appropriate for acknowledgement at the end of the manuscript:

  • We thank (insert core director or manager's name), director/manager of the Office of Research, Innovation and Impact's ___________Core Facility at the University of Arizona, for providing ___________ service.

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Please help us keep track of the cores' contributions to research on campus by notifying the core director/manager when your research is published


Note: the text on this page has been modified from the source material found at the UArizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, and is used by permission.