Biological Sciences

Acknowledging the contributions made by facilities

It's important to give credit to the contribution made by our facilities and their staff

Acknowledging the contribution of our research facilities provides a mechanism to demonstrate their success thus increasing their visibility internally and externally.

In turn, this generates additional income to the School through external collaborations, it raises our profile within the UK and internationally, and it strengthens our funding applications and REF cases.

Acknowledgement is also a way of showing appropriate respect for SBS colleagues. Our facility staff make a huge contribution to our research success and recognition of this is essential. This helps with career development and motivation, which benefits us all.

How to do this 

Please routinely note the contributions made by research facilities and staff in all publications.

Some facilities (e.g. EGF) have a document, signed at the time of initiating a new project, which outlines the desired wording for acknowledgements. If not, then we recommend using the text below.

As a matter of courtesy, and for your own benefit, please send a copy of the draft publication to the facility prior to submission. Facility staff can help spot errors in methods or presentation of results, and it provides an opportunity for them to ensure you have acknowledged them correctly.

Please communicate with, and acknowledge, specific facility staff if they were involved in performing experiments or provided more involved training/advice/work for you. Please make sure you consider co-authorship if their contributions go beyond this.

Standard text to include

Edinburgh Genome Foundry: This research was conducted with material produced with the assistance of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, a synthetic biology research facility specialising in the assembly of large DNA fragments at the University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Genomics: Analyses were carried out by Edinburgh Genomics at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Genomics is partly supported through core grants from NERC (R8/H10/56), MRC (MR/K001744/1) and BBSRC (BB/J004243/1).

EdinOmics: The metabolomics/proteomics analyses were carried out by the EdinOmics research facility at the University of Edinburgh.

COIL: Imaging was performed in Centre Optical Instrumentation Laboratory (COIL), which is supported by a Core Grant (203149) to the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Protein Production Facility: This work was supported by the Edinburgh Protein Production Facility (EPPF) and the Centre Core Grants (092076 and 203149) to the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh.

CRYO EM: Data/Grid screening was acquired/performed in the cryoEM facility in School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. The cryoEM facility was set up with funding from the Wellcome (087658/Z/08/Z) and SULSA. 

Transmission / Scanning EM: The authors would like to acknowledge Stephen Mitchell at the School of Biological Sciences electron microscopy unit for assistance with EM.  We acknowledge the support of the Wellcome Multi User Equipment Grant (WT104915MA).

FACS facilities: Flow cytometry data were generated within the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility in Ashworth, King’s Buildings at the University of Edinburgh. The facility is supported by funding from Wellcome and the University of Edinburgh.

LEAP Facility: Cell processing, analysis and optoinjection were carried out using LEAP Technology supported by the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology (funded by BB/M018040/1).