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METRIC Policies

General Policies

  • All training, consultation and letter of support requests as well as general inquiries should go through the Lab Management Portal
  • Building and room access will be granted to trained users at the graduate student, staff, or faculty level.  No keycard access to METRIC labs will be permitted for undergraduate students, as undergraduates should be accompanied by a METRIC team member or a senior member of their group.
  • Financial Agreements must be established in the Lab Management Portal prior to any self-use or assisted use reservations of METRIC instrumentation. 
  • All samples submitted to METRIC must be labeled clearly and include a detailed description of what each sample ID is as well as any protocols for processing that the samples were subjected to; samples will be stored by METRIC for no longer than 6 months after project completion.
  • METRIC will provide raw data files to clients for transfer to their own storage device; METRIC will store raw and processed data for a maximum of 1 year post-analysis, after which METRIC assumes no responsibility for data storage.
  • All users agree to acknowledge METRIC in any publications or grant proposals for which data collected in METRIC is used for. When an intellectual contribution is made by a METRIC staff member, authorship is expected in addition to acknowledgement.

Acknowledgements and Authorship Contribution

  • If data from METRIC leads to a publication, please include the following statement in the acknowledgement section.

This work was performed in part by the Molecular Education, Technology and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) at NC State University, which is supported by the State of North Carolina.

  • Authorships are recommended when METRIC scientists have made intellectual contributions to the research project including. but not limited to, the following scenarios:
    • Design of experimental methods and/or improvement of existing methods that leads to a meaningful scientific result.
    • Substantial data acquisition, data analysis, and data interpretation (beyond routine practice).
    • A METRIC scientist writes and/or revises the content of the manuscript with intellectual contribution in the result and discussion sections.