Policies & Procedures
(a) Confidentiality: A unique identifying number is assigned for each new job request. Specific information regarding the identity of a given job is not required for services to be performed. All data are kept on a secure server with access to Angio BioCore (ABC) personnel only. Generated data or information, either verbal and/or electronic, are not shared with any outside parties.
(b) Conflict Resolution: After services are provided, the ABC users are polled to determine their level of satisfaction. In the event that a user feels that services were unsatisfactory, the project is reviewed to attempt to rectify the situation. In most instances, the problems have been traced to faults in the reagents or methods in certain services. In the event that a satisfactory resolution cannot be attained at the ABC director level, the conflict will then be taken to the Advisory Committee and the ABC will abide by whatever resolution is recommended.
(c) Cost Recovery/Payment Policies: Prior to the beginning of a project, the project/principal investigator provides the ABC with an account number to invoice. The IU Simon Cancer Center is responsible for billing and accounting. For a full list of chargeback rates for services of the ABC, please refer to the Services page.
Note: Users outside the IU School of Medicine or IU Simon Cancer Center will be charged an additional percentage.
(d) Prioritization of Work: IU Simon Cancer Center and IU School of Medicine investigators have full access to services provided by the ABC. Investigators planning to use the ABC must fill out the Consultation Form, which can be obtained directly from Emily Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org. Projects enter the queue upon receipt of the consultation form. In the event that there is an activity backlog, ABC studies or services will be prioritized based on IU Simon Cancer Center and/or IU School of Medicine membership followed by non-members. Priority will be given to users with peer-reviewed grant funding.
Acknowledgement, authorship and collaboration
All research work performed by the ABC should be acknowledged in all ensuing publications. Fees paid for services provided by the ABC should not negate the potential of co-authorship by ABC scientists. These acknowledgements and achievements are important for the existence and continued funding of the ABC. Given that many validation procedures and ABC-offered services require advanced intellectual involvement by the ABC’s scientists (examples below), it is expected that this acknowledgement will be in the form of co-authorship according to the guidelines for authorship recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
ABC scientists performing one or more of the following tasks meet the criteria for co-authorship:
- Literature reviews and providing assistance in conceiving/selecting the experiments appropriate for the study goals
- Experiment/protocol design
- Assay optimization/development
- Data analysis and interpretation of data (or both)
- Preparation of figures or pertinent sections for the manuscript and revisions to address reviewer questions/concerns
All contributions by ABC scientists that do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section. Examples of the tasks requiring an appropriate mention in the acknowledgment section include:
- Mere collection of data (i.e. flow cytometry, Matrigel, TUNEL).
- Using PI-provided protocols that require no further optimization and/or trouble-shooting.
- Mere collection of study data in which no data analysis or interpretation by ABC scientists is required.
- Routine sample processing (i.e. isolation of cord blood, peripheral blood or bone marrow mononuclear cells, serum/plasma separation and storage etc).