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Authorship Guidelines

Core facility scientists are partners in the advancement of knowledge. When they make a substantial intellectual or experimental contribution to a research project, then they deserve to be recognized for their contribution. Recognition provides tangible evidence of the value of core scientists to the project and helps to advance their careers. Proper recognition of the contribution of core scientists is also necessary to ensure appropriate ethical and responsible conduct of research. Financial support of core facilities depends in part on proper recognition of contributions of core scientists on grants and publications. The latter are important metrics that demonstrate the value of core facilities to university administrators and funding agencies. Please read the guidelines for the types of contributions which should be considered for authorship on manuscripts and grants.


Please help ensure that NU-LED will continue to be able to provide the best service possible by acknowledging our efforts in your publications. If NU-LED is directly mentioned in the grant used to fund NU-LED's labor, please make sure to acknowledge the appropriate funding agency.  In all cases, please include the keyword NU-LED to enable the search of papers by NU-LED support.  The ability to tie NU-LED usage to publications is critical when applying for both intramural and extramural funding.

Core Description for Grant Proposals

For grant proposals that mention NU-LED by name, please use or modify the following description as appropriate:

"The Northwestern University Laser and Electronics Design core facility (NU-LED) is an approximately 700 square foot electronics and optical engineering facility. Although managed by the Department of Chemistry, NU-LED serves the entire Northwestern campus. The facility has three main functions. First, it is an open access electronics shop where students, postdocs, faculty and staff can utilize a library of electronic testing/fabrication equipment maintained by the facility. Second, full time staff provide consultation services in the fields of optical and electrical engineering as well as offering more formal classes (e.g., LabVIEW programming, FPGA design, etc.). Finally, staff provide professional services to the Northwestern research community including: high level electronics design/fabrication, optical system development, instrument integration/automation, and general instrument repair/maintenance."