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Acknowledgement and Authorship Policy

Guidelines for Acknowledgement and Authorship of Sylvester Shared Resources in Publications

Summary: All publications, presentations, posters, press releases, and reports facilitated by a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Sylvester) Shared Resource (SR) must include appropriate acknowledgement and authorship, including:

  1. Sylvester's CCSG P30 grant
  2. Shared instrumentation grants that enabled acquisition of SR instruments that were used in generating data included in the publication (contact the SR for information on citing specific shared instrumentation grants)
  3. SR leaders and personnel as co-authors, as appropriate
  4. Citation of the SR’s name and Research Resource Identifier (RRID)


All users of the Sylvester SRs must provide appropriate acknowledgement of the SRs in publications since the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that funds spent from all NIH-sponsored grants be accounted for and tracked. All SR contributions that do not meet authorship criteria should be recognized in both the ACKNOWLEDGMENT and METHODS sections of a publication.

Please use the following acknowledgement template:

"Research reported in this publication was performed in part at the ___ Shared Resource (__SR) of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, RRID: SCR_022___, which is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number P30CA240139. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH."

RRID's are part of the national Resource Identification Initiative that was established to help researchers cite key resources, improve transparency of research methods, enable FAIR sharing of resource information, facilitate research rigor and reproducibility, and enable better tracking of the impact of shared resources.

Sylvester SRs’ RRIDs are as follows:

  • Onco-Genomics Shared Resource (OGSR): SCR_022502
  • Flow Cytometry Shared Resource (FCSR): SCR_022501
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource (BBSR): SCR_022890
  • Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource (BCSR): SCR_022893
  • Biospecimen Shared Resource (BSSR): SCR_022889
  • Cancer Modeling Shared Resource (CMSR): SCR_022891

Shared Instrumentation Grants

For experiments that involved the use of the CyTOF mass cytometer or imaging mass cytometer in the FCSR, also include the following acknowledgement:

“Research reported in this publication used the Standard Biotools CyTOF Helios [and\or Hyperion], which was supported by a State of Florida Department of Health Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program grant award (FL DOH 8BC09) for implementation in the Sylvester Flow Cytometry Shared Resource (FCSR) (RRIS: SCR_022501).”


SR personnel who contributed substantially to the experimental design, analysis, and/or writing of a manuscript should be included as authors. Charging for services does not preclude authorship. Similarly, authorship does not substitute for payment of SR fees for services rendered. SR leaders and personnel should be considered the same as others who contribute intellectually and receive authorship. If authorship is anticipated for a publication, an authorship agreement should be established by the lead PI and the SR Director at the beginning of the research project to minimize misunderstandings. The absence of an authorship agreement does not preclude the need to include SR personnel as authors as appropriate to their level of intellectual contribution to the project and publication.

Authors should make sure that all publications supported by a Sylvester SR are submitted for inclusion in PubMed Central and processed by the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) to obtain a PubMed Central reference number (PMCID), per NIH guidelines.

Relevant References

  1. NIH Citation Instructions
  2. Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities (ABRF) Recommended Authorship Guidelines for including SR personnel as authors in publications.
  3. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): Defining the role of authors and contributors
  4. Ensuring proper acknowledgement of shared resource facilities and instrumentation: Position statement of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). 2016.
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