The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN), requires that we acknowledge them as the source of funding that supports your work whenever you publish papers, chapters, abstracts or otherwise present your work if you have accessed services in a VGN Core Facility. Please acknowledge the VGN grant by number and cite the specific VGN Core(s) at the University of Vermont in all publications and grant applications if you are using data or tools generated in a VGN Core. Please send us the PDF file of your publications and let us know if the grant is awarded. This will enable us to demonstrate our involvement in the research of a large number of laboratories at the university and aid in the procurement of future equipment for our Cores.
The National Institutes of Health has recently begun enforcing a federal law requiring all NIH funded research to meet the NIH Open Access Policy upon publication in a journal. Utilizing VGN resources in your work and citing the VGN grant number will trigger this requirement. Submitting the work, either as the final peer reviewed manuscript or the published article, to PubMed Central (PMC) meets this requirement. NIH maintains a list of journals that submit articles to PMC automatically on behalf of authors. For journals that do not automatically submit on behalf of authors, it is your responsibility to make certain this requirement is met. If any one of our publications is not in compliance with the NIH Open Access policy, NIH will withhold funds from VGN. This is a very real and serious consequence.
Grant applications containing citations of previous work that were in any way funded by the NIH must comply with the NIH Open Access policy or the grant budget will be withheld. Ensuring that your research publications comply with the Open Access policy at the time of publication will facilitate this part of your future grant applications.
We will do our best to meet your service expectations. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Below is an example of how you must cite the VGN grant and specific core(s) used:
“Research reported in this (publication, release) was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103449. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIGMS or NIH.”
**You should also add specific details related to the core facility you worked with. For example, “All target preparation was performed in the VGN Microarray Facility. VGN Bioinformatics supported all data analysis.”
By signing this agreement, you accept your responsibility to appropriately acknowledge both specific VGN Core Facilities and the VGN grant as outlined above and that publications of your research in a journal will meet the requirements of the NIH OpenAccess Policy.