How to Acknowledge DartLab

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires investigators to cite DartLab if the research they are reporting used our services to design, conduct or analyze their research.  For this reason, not only publications but also Grant pilot data obtained using DartLab instrumentation or assistance 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 through NIH Cancer Center Grant Support funds.


A Shared Resource that has contributed in any way to a publication, poster, or presentation must be acknowledged. The acknowledgement allows a measurement of productivity and provides documentation of the scope of Shared Resources services. All contributions that do not meet the criteria of authorship should be recognized as an acknowledgement and should always be placed in the AKNOWLEDGEMENTS section and in the METHODS section when deemed appropriate.

Important Note: The extent of the degree to which the criteria described below is met to distinguish an acknowledgement from authorship must be agreed upon by the PI and Research Scientist, preferably as early as possible in the working relationship.

Acknowledgement Criteria

  • Basic scientific advice
  • Fee-for-service technical help
  • Minor material support (e.g., cells, antibodies)
  • Basic analysis
  • Methods write-up

Acknowledgement Template

(experiments) were carried out in DartLab, the Immune Monitoring and Flow Cytometry Shared Resource at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth, with NCI Cancer Center Support Grant 5P30 CA023108-41.

Note: Authors should also make sure that all publications are processed by the NIHMS to obtain a PMCID per NIH guidelines.



Any Shared Resources personnel who have contributed substantially to the experimental design, analysis, and/or writing of a manuscript should be included as (an) author(s). Shared Resource personnel are scientists, and any substantial intellectual and/or experimental contribution to a publication deserves co-authorship. Charging for services does not preclude authorship. Again, if authorship is anticipated, an agreement is preferably established by the PI and Research Scientist at the beginning of the project to minimize misunderstandings.

Co-authorship Criteria

  • Significant contribution to the conception and/or experimental design
  • Expert data analysis
  • Data interpretation
  • Co-writing of manuscript