Recommendations for a Successful Collaboration with BERD

Projects run most smoothly when there are frequent, clear, and focused communications with a strong commitment from all persons involved. With the goal to enhance science, our hope is that successful consultations will turn into collaborative relationships where BERD members are an integral part of the research team. Long-term collaboration with the BERD is encouraged.

Pre-Award Consultations with BERD: Some recommendations to enhance the initial pre-award consultation with the BERD include:

  • Identify a few plausible statistical endpoint(s).
  • Identify a plausible, clinically relevant therapeutic effect that you want to be able to detect.
  • Locate previous studies that report the same endpoint(s) in a similar clinical setting.
  • Identify estimates of the variability of the endpoint(s) in the population to be studied.
  • Estimate the number of patients that may be available to consent and accrue and the maximum sample size you could manage.

Review of Manuscripts Prior to Submission: It is highly recommended that BERD staff review papers submitted for publication. Review includes checking tables and other numbers in the text for errors, as well as assessing the methods and results sections for accuracy and appropriateness.

Policy on authorship: All BERD staff members who contribute substantially to a manuscript are expected to qualify for authorship with the following guidelines in mind. These guidelines are from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

“Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the following areas: (1) conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must all be met.”

Authorship should not be dictated strictly by the time spent on a project; the quantity of time and nature of the contribution are relevant. Given the above justifications, it is expected that BERD staff be considered for authorship. Appropriate credit for the contributions of other individuals to the work described in the publication should be made as an acknowledgment.

For more information, see the Washington University policy on authorship.

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment

Investigators who receive any support from any ICTS resource, including the BERD, should cite the Washington University ICTS/CTSA grant in all publications and projects. NIH requires the following acknowledgment:

“Research reported in this publication was supported by the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences grant UL1TR002345 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official view of the NIH.”