Visibility and Networking: Recommendations
There are several possibilities to register you CF to give it a unique ID, to make it more visible, to brand it, to track your publications and measure your outreach.
SciCrunch Registry is a dynamic database of research resources (databases, data sets, software tools, materials and services) of interest to and produced by researchers. It is a free service.
SciCrunch registers and assigns IDs (RRIDs) to a variety of resources, including software, data repositories, and core facilities. Each Research Resource receives a unique ID that allows it to be tracked in the literature and linked to useful information.
Research Resource Identifiers (RRID) are unique and persistent resource identifiers for referencing, searching und reusing research resources. A core facility is considered as a "service resource" and can be registered as such.
Receiving a RRID for your Core Facility will give you a number of benefits including:
- Your RRID can be used in publications to easily cite your facility. Many publishers are requiring authors to list the RRIDs for each research component in their papers and a core facility is a research component.
- Your RRID also links your facility information to a wider research network including SciCrunch, USEDit, Protocols.io, and more.
- Your RRID is also connected with your ORCID account , so that any reference to your RRID also gets automatically listed in your ORCID profile. This is true for anyone who works in your facility who registers your facility RRID with their ORCID account. To learn how, look here
- Your RRID also makes a convenient shortlink to your facility listing. (for example)
How to do this?
First register at SciCrunch and link your account to your ORCID-ID. Then go to “Registry” and “create resource”. A core facility is a “service resource”.
CatRIS is a portal providing information (organised in a Catalogue) about Research Infrastructure Services in Europe focusing on Physical Research Infrastructures (RI), Core Facilities (CF) and Shared Scientific Resources (SSR). It aims to improve the visibility, accessibility, usage and impact of RI services and foster networking and international collaborations.
After logging in, you can add a new service provider (link below your login icon).
Core Facilities associations
CTLS (Core Technologies for Life Sciences) is a non-profit association that brings together scientists, technical and administrative staff working at or in close association with shared resource laboratories, such as core facilities (CFs), technological platforms and research infrastructures. CTLS provides a platform to network, discuss emerging methods or technologies, exchange information on benchmarks and best practices, and to support career development of its members at all stages of their working life, from young trainees to senior personnel. With paying membership.
ABRF is a unique membership association comprising over 700 members working within or in the support of resource and research biotechnology laboratories. Our members represent over 340 laboratories and administrative offices in government, academia, research, industry and commercial settings. The ABRF promotes the education and career advancement of scientists through conferences, a quarterly journal, publication of research group studies and conference travel awards. The society also sponsors multi-center research studies designed to help members incorporate new biotechnologies into their laboratories. With paying membership.
Core for Life is an alliance of life science core facilities in Europe to share expertise and resources. It offers workshops, conferences and a newsletter.