I was wondering whether is it a good idea to mention research group information in the affiliation while writing the manuscript.

Consider that the group is not officially recognized by my university, we have created a name for the group.

So the front part of the paper looks like this:

Article Title

First Author Virtual Research Group Institute Name, Address E-mail: abcd@alphabet.com

Although I have seen papers with such information, I wonder about its official recognition. Can I get some suggestions on this ?

  • What do you gain from doing this? – Bitwise Sep 27 '16 at 18:31
  • A recognition for the group? – Coder Sep 27 '16 at 21:32
  • If you want the group to be recognized, start with the first step: Let your institution recognize your group! – Dirk Sep 28 '16 at 0:25
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    I've seen this done (i. e. mentioning a virtual research group) in my field but only in the acknowledgements, never in the affiliations. The most notable examples I can think of being Leigh Van Valen (of Red Queen Hypothesis fame) adding "This is contribution n°X to the Lothlorien Laboratory for Evolutionary Biology" or people working with the PaleoBiology Database adding "This is PaleoBiology DataBase official publication n°X" to the acknowledgement section of their paper. So something like "This is a contribution to the Virtual Research Group of Institute Name" could be a possibility. – plannapus Sep 28 '16 at 8:32

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