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Research Facilities at the Department of Biochemistry


Authorship and acknowledgements

We follow the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) guidelines. Facility staff must get proper credit where they have made substantive contributions to a project, or where experiments and/or analysis are of a non-routine nature. Where appropriate, extra charges will be added for extensive data processing/analysis.

From ABRF guidelines:

Core facilities must charge for services rendered according to cost accounting practices set up at each institution.  Charging for services does not preclude authorship on manuscripts provided the Core laboratory individual has contributed to the research in a substantial way.  If authorship is anticipated, it is preferably established at the beginning of the project so that both the customer and the Core researcher are cognizant of each other’s criteria.

Important reasons for acknowledging contributions from core facilities in publications, by co-authorship or by formal mention in the acknowledgments section, include:

1. Core facility personnel are scientists. When they make a substantial intellectual and/or experimental contribution to a publication they deserve to be acknowledged just as any other co-author.

2. The existence of core facilities depends in part on proper acknowledgment in publications. This is an important metric of the value of most core facilities. Proper acknowledgment of core facilities enables them to obtain financial and other support so that they may continue to provide their essential services in the best ways possible. It also helps core personnel to advance in their careers, adding to the overall health of the core facility.

Confidentiality and consultancy

The majority of users are content with our Terms. If these are insufficient, a formal consultancy agreement can be arranged through Cambridge University Technical Services (CUTS) for a surcharge. A consultancy agreement may also be necessary if extensive or ongoing staff input and expertise is required.




Samples for processing are only accepted on the terms set out below. Each time you send samples for processing to the Biophysics Facility you indicate your agreement to a contract on these terms. If you do not wish to abide by these terms, do not send samples for processing.

1. Samples shall comply with the requirements set out on the Cryo-EM facilities website. You shall advise the Cryo-EM Facility of any health and safety hazards and any special handling or storage requirements.
2. The service is provided on a cost recovery basis, using spare capacity. The University will use reasonable care and skill and good industry practice. Time shall not be of the essence of this Agreement. Surplus material is normally destroyed but will be returned if requested in the application for sample processing and upon payment of all transport and handling charges. The University shall not be responsible for any hacking into results files held electronically by the Cryo-EM Facility or interception of any electronic transfers of data between the Cryo-EM Facility and you.
3. The applicable fee for the service is that stated in the quotation, when samples are sent for processing. Payment, together with VAT thereon, is due within 30 days of the date of the University’s invoice. Interest is payable from the due date until payment at the higher of 4% per annum above Barclays Bank plc base rate for the time being and the rate applying under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
4. The University will not disclose the samples, any accompanying written information marked confidential or results of the samples analysis to any person other than its employees who need to deal with them in order to provide the service. They will be made aware of the need to keep them confidential. Confidentiality obligations do not apply to samples or information which are in or become part of the public domain in a lawful manner.
5. No representation or warranty, express or implied, statutory or otherwise, regarding the Service is given and all such representations and warranties are excluded to the maximum extent permitted by law.
6. Nothing in this contract excludes or restricts liability for any fraudulent misrepresentation or death or personal injury caused by negligence.
7. Subject to paragraph 6 and 8, any liability of the University or its employees for direct loss in contract, tort or otherwise arising out of in connection with this contract is limited for one incident or a series of incidents to the total amount of the fee actually received by the University from you for the service provided under this contract.
8. Subject to paragraph 6, in no circumstances will the University or its employees be liable for any loss of profits, revenue, goodwill, business opportunity or any indirect, consequential, financial or economic loss or damage, costs or expenses whether in contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise whatsoever or howsoever arising out of or in connection with this contract.
9. You shall indemnify the University and its employees in full against all direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special liability, loss, damages, costs or expenses, which are awarded or incurred by them as a result of any claim or threatened claim arising out of or in connection with your use of the results provided through the service.
10. This contract shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and the parties hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
11. All samples and service analysis results, including all intellectual property rights in them, shall remain your property subject to a free, non-exclusive, non sub-licensable licence to us to use the samples and results for the sole purpose of providing the service to you.