1. Before initiating a new project to the facility for the first time you should contact the MSPCL laboratory to set up an appointment to discuss your project. The following topics will be discussed:
- What preliminary work is necessary to determine feasibility?
- Will your project will be collaborative or handled on a service basis?
- Two sentence statement of research significance.
- The role of mass spectrometry in the proposed study.
- Details of funding source
After the project has been initiated, additional samples can be submitted with no requirement for additional meetings. However, each sample submitted must be accompanied by a printed sample submission form (see below).
2. After your research project is approved you will receive notification of your assigned project number via email. This number should be entered on each sample submission form
3. A sample submission form must be completed for each sample submitted. Indicate your assigned project number, project title and the sample name on each sample submission form. For a long term project in which samples are submitted at multiple times, this form will be filled out with each set of samples submitted. If a gel band, please include a gel image and indicate band(s) of interest. If a soluble protein, please indicate the expected concentration. After filling the form out online, please print and bring the printed form to us at the same time as bringing your samples.
4. Samples must be delivered to our facility accompanied by a printed version of the sample submission form. All samples must have labels bearing , project number, requester name, and sample name (code names are desirable if chemical name is lengthy). Sample names on sample tubes must match those reported in the sample submission form. If each sample tube does not bear this information, your request will be denied pro forma.
5. Only trained personnel can operate the instruments at the facility. This includes mass spectrometers and any other accessory equipment (keratin-kree hoods, automatic digestors, centrifuges, etc.).
6. To prevent cross-contamination, we use a single column per user or sample.
7. Requests are generally processed in the order received. If there is any "special" urgency or timing consideration, such as a looming grant application deadline, please explain here in detail.
8. Results will be provided via e-mail. If requested, printed copies will be prepared. If needed we will also prepare figures for publication. Please note that there are costs associated with our time used to fulfill these requests. Contact Maite Villar, Lab Manager, at (913) 588-3441 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about samples, their preparation, the amount of sample to be sent or selection of sample submission tubes.
9. Submission of samples indicates the user's agreement to abide by these policies, and the possibility of authorship rights of lab personnel arising from the work performed (see below). Submission of samples also indicates the user’s acknowledgement that the MSPCL gives no guarantee of specific outcomes, despite the fact that the MSPCL does guarantee to perform the work requested competently (i.e., to execute the user-provided or user approved protocol). Even if the protocol does not generate usable data, the user agrees to pay for the work completed. By entering the name of the PI on the submission form you acknowledge that the PI has given consent for that particular sample to be processed.
10. It is your responsibility to appropriately acknowledge all data provided by this Facility. Contact the Facility for acknowledgement information. Also, users must agree to provide information as requested for our annual report. This information includes your current financial support, progress of ongoing work, and resulting publications.
For co-authorship, the basic rule is that co-authors should have made a significant scientific contribution to the work reported and they share responsibility and accountability for the results. The factors relevant to determining whether attributing co-authorship is appropriate include:
- Writing substantial sections of the paper.
- Analyzing or interpreting data.
- Providing the conception or design of the research effort.
- Conducting collection or processing of the data.
In general, and as a practical rule, if data generated at the MSPL is utilized in one of the more significant sections of a manuscript (for example, in the results or discussion sections), then co-authorship may be required. But, if mass spectrometric data is used, for example, only as confirmatory tool of the purification of the correct protein or mutant, then an acknowledgment might be more adequate.
11. The MSPCL requests that final versions of publications (posters or papers) to which the MSPCL has contributed are provided for MSPCL records.
12. The MSPCL will keep electronic records of all samples analyzed at the facility for at least three years following submission of results.