The CMCF has established a Collaboration and Publication Policy that outlines the circumstances where a standard acknowledgement is appropriate and situations where co-authorship would be more appropriate.
CMCF Collaboration and Publication Policy
Increased use of our crystallography beamlines for complex experiments, Mail-In data collection, Remote Control and use by inexperienced users, sometimes requires enlistment of technical and scientific support. The engagement of CMCF staff should be properly credited in publications resulting from this work, sometimes including co-authorship. Therefore, in addition to the acknowledgement of the beamline name and its funding agencies as described on the CMCF webpage [cmcf.lightsource.ca (below)], the name of the CMCF staff member(s) performing such work should also be properly acknowledged.
The standard level of involvement of CMCF staff is to ensure that the beamline is ready for performing standard crystallography experiments and in this case, the standard acknowledgement of the beamline and funding agencies is sufficient. For purposes of Mail-In data collection, the standard involvement is collecting standard diffraction data according to the parameters defined by the User in MxLIVE, in which case the person(s) who collected the data should also be acknowledged.
In cases where the involvement of CMCF staff in a project goes beyond this standard level and requires substantial effort on or off the beamline, co-authorship will be more appropriate. This would include, for instance, situations where (1) there is a need to modify equipment or software to allow an experiment to be performed, (2) there is a substantial effort to develop or execute experimental protocols, (3) substantial help is required to reduce and interpret the data, solve the structure, etc.
When such a substantial involvement of CMCF staff is foreseen, either by the User or by CMCF management, the question of authorship should preferably be addressed before the experiments are performed.
For standard crystallography work that you perform at the facility or have performed via Mail-In, please include the Acknowledgements below.
For data you collected on beamline 08ID-1
“Part or all of the research described in this paper was performed using beamline 08ID-1 at the Canadian Light Source, a national research facility of the University of Saskatchewan, which is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the National Research Council (NRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Government of Saskatchewan, and the University of Saskatchewan."
You may also cite the following article:
Grochulski, P., Fodje, M.N., Gorin, J., Labiuk, S.L. and Berg, R. (2011) Beamline 08ID-1, the prime beamline of the Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility. J. Synchrotron Rad. 18 (Pt 4), 681-684.
For data you collected on beamline 08B1-1
“Part or all of the research described in this paper was performed using beamline 08B1-1 at the Canadian Light Source, a national research facility of the University of Saskatchewan, which is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the National Research Council (NRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Government of Saskatchewan, and the University of Saskatchewan."
You may also cite the following article:
Fodje, M., Grochulski, P., Janzen, K., Labiuk, S., Gorin, J. & Berg, R. (2014). Beamline 08B1-1: an automated beamline for macromolecular crystallography experiments at the Canadian Light Source. J. Synchrotron Rad. 21, 633-637. [doi:10.1107/S1600577514005578]
For data obtained using the Mail-In service
If standard crystallography data were collected by means of the Mail-In service, please include one of the acknowledgements above (depending on which beamline was used) and acknowledge that data were collected by either:
- The person(s) who collected the data, if known, or
- CMCF staff
Researchers are encouraged to report any publications based on work performed at the Canadian Light Source. The list of publications is an important factor in our funding and is taken into account during peer review of research proposals. To alert us of publications:
- access the Canadian Light Source CLS Publications Database
- click the "+" button at the top right of the page
- enter the appropriate information
Any publications entered will be reviewed to ensure that they clearly acknowledge that data were obtained, or work was performed, at the CLS.