Citing INBRE Support

Maine INBRE is supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the MDI Biological Laboratory, with James Coffman, Ph.D., as the Principal Investigator. The grant supports biomedical research by faculty and students at participating institutions through various means, including stipends, fellowships, salaries, research equipment, research supplies, travel to scientific meetings, renovation of laboratory space, and tuition. The grant also provides access to research equipment, software, and related services through Core facilities around the state.

Acknowledging INBRE and NIGMS Support

As a condition for accepting research support, either directly through a research award from the Maine INBRE Program or through the use of its Core Facilities or services, the beneficiaries are required to acknowledge the Maine INBRE grant in their scientific meeting abstracts, presentations and publications along with a disclaimer. This includes work done by INBRE-funded students.

To acknowledge NIH support, this language is suggested:

Research reported in this project 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 P20GM103423.

It may also be appropriate to include:

Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

The NIGMS also recommends including this language, when appropriate:

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.

Core Facility users, as well as users of partner institution’s facilities or equipment that were funded by Maine INBRE, are required to acknowledge specific services and usage in a similar manner, even if their research is funded by other mechanisms.

Complying with NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH also requires that all scientists comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. This policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit to PubMed Central, upon acceptance for publication, an electronic version of the final peer-reviewed manuscript resulting from research supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs from NIH, including the use of Core Facilities or other facilities funded by NIH grants. To help advance science and improve human health, the policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. A valid PMCID# reflects successful submission to PubMed Central.

All such abstracts and publications are reported using their PMCID# to the NIH in our Annual Progress Report, which is due in February each year.

Submitting Journal Articles to PubMed Central

The NIH Public Access Policy website provides instructions and tools to assist in submitting publications to PubMed Central and complying with the policy.

There are various ways for authors to ensure the paper is submitted to PMC.┬áThe method of submittal is dependent on the journal that is publishing the article. Some journals submit automatically to PMC and some don’t. The NIH publishes a list of the status of various journals. If the journal is listed here, then the PMID to PMCID happens without any other author involvement. This is where it gets confusing. If the journal doesn’t automatically submit to PMC, some journals may submit to PMC IF the author cites NIH grant support in their article. At this point, the author has the control and responsibility to make sure the paper is submitted to PMC by determining the best method for their journal.

Acknowledging Equipment/Services

Each institution that has INBRE-funded equipment or Core services should develop a plan for placing signage on/near the equipment to assist in educating those that use the equipment about the citing requirements and the need to submit related papers to PubMed Central.


Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in delay of financial support by NIH until qualifying publications are in compliance.