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Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) Network Authorship Guidelines

The principal investigator (PI) of a study is ultimately responsible for the ethical conduct of research. This obligation includes appropriate acknowledgement of study authors and contributors. In a multicenter study, authorship criteria that are fair and transparent should be determined early in the life cycle of the project and agreed to in writing, ideally at the time of study site recruitment. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Authorship and Contributorship Guidelines provide a basis for mutual agreement and are a requirement for publication in most journals. Key among the ICMJE Guidelines is four basic criteria for authorship to be based on:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All people listed as authors must meet these requirements, and all people who meet these requirements must be listed as authors. Individuals that make substantial contribution to the project should be, at a minimum, acknowledged as contributors.

ToxIC recognizes that the ideal authorship structure is not the same for every study, and does not prescribe a specific authorship structure. All research proposals should include a clear statement of how authorship will be determined. Once approved, that statement will be available to all potential contributors to the project. The ToxIC Committee and the ACMT Research Committee members are available to provide mentorship and guidance.

 

Categories of ToxIC Data

The ToxIC Registry consists of a core registry (upper level data) and subregistries (see About ToxIC Data). Upper level data research requests may be made through the web form link below.  Subregistries have existing PIs  

 

How to Submit a Research Study Proposal

We encourage medical toxicologists that want to participate in research with ToxIC to submit a study request. In addition, fellows, residents, and medical students may submit study requests under a PI medical toxicologist.  
 
For any research study utilizing ToxIC data, there are a series of steps: 
  1. Submit a research protocol review request form.
  2. Once you receive an approval letter (usually takes around 2 weeks for approval by email), please submit a request for the REDCap ToxIC Data File for approved research

After research protocol submission, the study will be evaluated to ensure that no existing studies are occurring and to ensure that the data available in the Registry fulfills your study aims. If the study does not meet either of these criteria, the ToxIC staff will inform the applicant. If you have any questions about research with ToxIC, please email Kim Aldy at kim.aldy@acmt.net.

 

Preliminary Data Requests

A screening/preliminary data request may be submitted in certain instances. Typically this is used when a PI wants to submit a study protocol, but first wants to look at the existing data to evaluate if there are enough data points available (for instance, to study a rare exposure). This data request will still require a subsequent Research Protocol Review Request and approval if the PI wants to move forward with the study. 

 

Research Protocol Review Request Form

 
Progress Report Forms (Annual submission by July 15 each year to renew open studies)