Immune Monitoring Laboratory at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


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How to Acknowledge DartLab

The National Institutes of Health wants to know that the funds they’ve supplied have been used well.  For DartLab this means COBRE funds and Cancer Center Grant Support funds.  Hence NIH now requires investigators to cite DartLab if the research they are reporting on used our services to design, conduct or analyze their research.  For this reason not only publications but also Grant pilot data obtained using DartLab must be reported to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center administration. This acknowledgement of support is tracked and reported to the NIH as a key metric for the evaluation and continued funding of DartLab.

All contributions that do not meet the criteria of authorship should be recognized in the acknowledgements section, for example:

  • Scientific advice
  • Paid technical help
  • Material support (PBMCs, antibodies, beads)
  • Analysis
  • Writing assistance


Suggested format for citing DartLab:

(you insert here) were carried out in DartLab, the Immune Monitoring and Flow Cytometry Shared Resource, supported by a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (P30CA023108-37) and an Immunology COBRE Grant (P30GM103415-15) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.



Core facility personnel are scientists. When they make a substantial intellectual and/or experimental contribution to a publication, they deserve to be acknowledged just as any other co-author.  Charging for services does not preclude authorship on manuscripts as long as DartLab staff provide significant experimental design, data interpretation, or other intellectual contribution (as evaluated by the PI), then it is expected that these individuals will be coauthors on the publication. If authorship is anticipated, it is preferably established at the beginning of the project so that both the customer and DartLab are cognizant of each other's criteria.

Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities (ABRF) Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts:

1. Author should make substantive contributions to the project:

  • Conception, design of project, critical input, or original ideas
  • Acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation, beyond routine practices
  • Draft the article or revise it critically for intellectual content
  • Write a portion of the paper (not just materials and methods section)
  • Intellectual contribution
  • Final authority for the approval of article

2. Each author should have participated enough to accept responsibility for the content of the manuscript

Activities that do not constitute authorship:

  • Collection of data (technical skill but not involved in interpretation of data)
  • General supervision of research group, but no intellectual input into the project