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Memorandums of Agreement
All persons who work with ICH data, but are not on the ICH staff, will need to sign a memorandum of agreement. Such persons will include graduate students, visiting scholars, and outside researchers. Each memorandum of agreement will be specific to the project and scholar. The memorandum of agreement will explicitly describe the identity and role of co-authors, and the manuscript review process.
In the case of graduate students working on a dissertation, there will be a process leading to a memorandum of agreement. An initial meeting with the student, his/her advisor, and ICH member will determine the nature of the collaboration. A member of the ICH will serve on the students’ dissertation committee. Regular meeting schedules will be determined and the project will be formulated. The student must submit a formal proposal to the ICH and appropriate partners for approval. The outcome of this process will be the development of a memorandum of agreement that will address issues of authorship (including the role of ICH and partners as co-author on papers), and will stipulate roles and responsibilities of the student and ICH. The memorandum of agreement will also address issues of data ownership, access to data, and data confidentiality.
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