Through its Institutional Identification Policy approved by the Board of Directors on 10 December 2018, the Biomedical Research Institute of Málaga has standardised institutional identification in publications that must be used by all personnel affiliated with the Institute. This policy is in line with the IBIMA 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan and the actions aimed at addressing IBIMA’s lack of visibility. It is based on Law 14/2011, on Science, Technology, and Innovation, which, in article 15, states that it is the duty of research personnel “to use the name of the entities to which they provide services when performing their scientific activities in accordance with said entities’ internal regulations and the accords, pacts, and agreements that they endorse”. production rankings, and favouring the reliability of indicators. They are based on recommendations from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Online Library of the Andalusia Public Healthcare System (BV-SSPA), and the Ministry of Health consensus document on author identification in scientific publications for Andalusian health research centres and institutes. IBIMA researchers will identify themselves as such in scientific publications and in any professional forum they attend. Their identification data must meet the following criteria:
  • The name of the institute will be indicated in full in Spanish and will be followed by a hyphen without a space and the acronym IBIMA. Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga–IBIMA.
  • Each centre the researcher is linked to will be indicated in superscript, which will refer to the author’s respective identification. This is due to the fact that in bibliographic databases, if the identification is very long, names may be abbreviated and/or deleted, thus possibly omitting institute names:
  • Below, using successive superscripts, each author will indicate the rest of their affiliations: university (department and faculty), hospitals (clinical management unit (UGC)), primary care units, Networked Biomedical Research Centre (CIBER), etc. In regards to the standardisation of authors’ names, it is important to always sign publications in the same manner and to avoid alternating between using one or two surnames or using hyphens to link compound names or surnames.

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