Letter from Dr. Stephen I. Katz: Communicating Research Progress and Impact

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Special Announcement
May 18, 2017

Letter From Dr. Stephen I. Katz: Communicating Research Progress and Impact

Photo: Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues:

Last month, the NIH shared new guidance regarding the use of preprints, which are manuscripts before they have been peer-reviewed, edited or published. The notice clarified reporting instructions for preprints — and other interim research products — to allow investigators to cite and claim them as products of NIH funding. We encourage investigators to use preprints to enhance the rigor and transparency of their work, speed information dissemination, and better communicate the impact of NIH-funded research.

NIAMS grantees recently received our biannual reminder that press releases, videos, publications, interviews with reporters, and other communications must mention NIH support. We believe all of our stakeholders share responsibility for NIH funding acknowledgement, not just our grantees and their institutions. Examples where credit is needed include:

  • Highlighting NIAMS/NIH-supported research in your e-newsletters, magazines, videos and journals.
  • Promoting NIAMS grantee presentations at your meetings or conferences in press releases and in program materials.
  • Educating constituents, policy makers and members of the media about the value of biomedical research.

You can direct any questions about the proper acknowledgment of federally-funded research to the NIAMS Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications.

We also encourage you to visit The Impact of NIH Research website, where you will find resources that help communicate the value of NIH-funded research. The site has featured a number of NIAMS-supported advances related to autoinflammatory disease, back pain, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scoliosis. Most recently, two stories on NIAMS intramural research progress appeared on the site:

  • Understanding Immune Cells and Inflammation: Opening New Treatment Avenues for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Conditions
  • Rare Autoinflammatory Diseases Research: Saving Lives, Giving Hope to Families

On the NIAMS website, you can find an updated version of the What is NIAMS? document in a printable brochure format. You can also view our Spotlight on Research stories and Research Briefs. Please feel free to use these resources in your education and outreach activities.

Thank you for helping us fulfill our commitment to inform the American public about the vital role of the NIH and biomedical research.

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health