BGC Acknowledgment Policy

Our facility does not expect co-authorship on studies using data generated on a fee-for-service basis.  However, fee-for service reimbursement for bioinformatics support does not alter the contribution to the academic enterprise and co-authorship should be considered.  Fee-for service bioinformatics support is simply an alternative to salary support as would be provided by serving as a co-investigator on an NIH grant, for example.  Consideration for authorship should be based on the accepted criteria for most medical journals with the contribution of each person being evaluated as a manuscript is prepared.  These criteria generally cite both study design and bioinformatics analysis as intellectual input sufficient for authorship.  It is impossible to define every situation in advance; however, it should be clear that reimbursement for time does not preclude or replace authorship.

Suggested Acknowledgement:

Methods: “[Service] was performed by the The Biomedical Genomics Core of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Acknowledgements: “We thank [name(s) of personnel] of the Biomedical Genomics Core of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio for their help with [help provided]”

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