Acknowledging 4D LABS

4D LABS was built through generous funding from federal, provincial and other agencies.

4D LABS and these funding agencies must be acknowledged in any publications and presentations of work that results from using our facilities by using the text as follows:

"This work made use of the 4D LABS core facility at Simon Fraser University (SFU) supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), and Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)."

If there is insufficient space for the entire acknowledgement, please be sure to at least mention "the 4D LABS core facility at SFU".  This acknowledgement is critical to show value of the facility and track publications generated using our tools.

We also encourage our users to acknowledge any staff that may have assisted with your training, data collection, and analysis.

Authorship on Publications

If a 4D LABS staff member contributed significant research & development effort (including thinking through fabrication or characterization methods), or if you include their data/images in your paper, especially if novel work was developed, you should seriously consider adding them as an author. (While also retaining the above Acknowledgement.) Many journals require all contributing authors to be cited.

Even for repeat processes performed by our staff, it may be appropriate to include the 4D LABS Staff member that performed the work. Since this is research and development, not a guaranteed off-the-shelf product, all work requires experience to produce good results for your research.

Process knowledge gained from conversations, advice and brainstorming sessions may also constitute significant "intellectual contribution", and warrant authorship, or be worthy of an acknowledgement.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss any of these points, and thank you for understanding.