The contracts that the Trust hold for both the NIHR BRC and CRF awards 2017-22 obliges us to acknowledge the NIHR’s support to the BRC and/or CRF where it is relevant. The inclusion of the NIHR acknowledgement as per the contract is an NIHR performance metric against which the BRC and the CRF are monitored. It is therefore vital that any relevant NIHR contribution via the BRC and/or the CRF is acknowledged on ANY publications.

When to Acknowledge

Investigators should acknowledge the BRC and the CRF where they have received BRC/CRF support either through funding/contribution towards funding for staff working on projects/studies/trials, contribution to non-pay funding, the use of the BRC Research Platforms (including staff time, resources or facilities) or any other BRC/CRF infrastructure.

Acknowledgement Statement

The statement that needs to be included in ALL research publications where the research has benefitted from NIHR funding to support our BRC/CRF is set out below:

“This research was funded/supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London and/or the NIHR Clinical Research Facility. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.”

The statement may be placed in either the acknowledgement or funding section of a publication. It can also be placed in supporting information provided there is a linking statement in the main publication. It is not sufficient to place only in author’s affiliations.

Open Access

In line with the NIHR policy on open access all research papers accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal which are wholly or in part funded by the BRC must be made available through open access. There is no requirement to make articles immediately available via Article Processing Charges however the BRC will consider funding these charges at the discretion of the relevant Cluster Lead and Manager.

 Acknowledgement audits

The BRC and CRF management teams will undertake regular audits of publications from Principal Investigators who have used the NIHR facilities through the R&D governance reporting structure to ensure that appropriate acknowledgements have been included.

Corrections

In circumstances where the BRC or the CRF have not been appropriately acknowledged when support has been provided/utilised, the Directors may request Principal Investigators to issue erratums to relevant papers in order to ensure that NIHR acknowledgements are always included where necessary.

Principal Investigators will be expected to cover the costs of any erratums issued for this reason.