Guidelines for Publications

The CRN Publications Committee provides guidance for publications that result from the use of CRN data and scientific resources. The Publications Committee includes the CRN PI, the NCI Program Officer, senior and junior investigators. The Publications Committee reviews every CRN manuscript prior to submission to ensure accuracy and scientific integrity, and to provide editorial comments. The Committee also plays an important role in protecting the identity of health plans in published data and ensuring accurate citation of CRN's mission and funding. Please e-mail your CRN-funded or CRN-related manuscript to the CRN Coordinating Center, who will share the manuscript with the Committee for review. The Publications Committee will return reviews to authors in approximately two weeks.

The information provided below serves as a common resource for CRN authors seeking accurate information for their manuscript methods sections and to ensure correct and consistent naming of the member health plans and research organizations.

Though the Publications Committee recommends use of a common terminology to describe the CRN, there are inevitable adaptations that will be appropriate for particular papers. We hope that this resource provides the background for those adaptations.

Despite the need for consistent information there also are some questions about copyright restrictions. It will be important to check with your journal if you use exact copies of wording from published manuscripts that include summary descriptions of the CRN.

Correct Naming of Health Plans and Research Programs

CRN1 Funded Member Sites CRN2 Funded Member Sites CRN3 Funded Member Sites CRN4 Funded Member Sites Site Name
X X X X Group Health Research Institute, Group Health Cooperative
X X X   Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
X X X X Department of Research, Henry Ford Hospital and Health System
X X X   Health Partners Institute for Education and Research
X X X X Meyers Primary Care Institute, Fallon Community Health Plan
X X X X Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
X X X X Center for Health Research-Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
X X X X Center for Health Research-Northwest, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
X X X X Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
X X X X Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  X X   Center for Health Research-Southeast, Kaiser Permanente Georgia
    X   LCF Research, Lovelace Health System
    X X Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield Clinic
    X   Geisinger Center for Health Research, Geisinger Health System

Sample CRN Description and Overall Goals

For projects funded during CRN4 (9/25/2012 – 8/31/2017):

Grant Title: CRN4: Cancer Research Resources & Collaboration in Integrated Health Care Systems
Grant Number: U24 CA171524

The Cancer Research Network (CRN) supports the development and maintenance of scientific and data resources to conduct cancer research in the integrated health care settings of 9 members of the Health Care Systems Research Network.

The overall goal of the CRN is to conduct collaborative research to decrease the burden of cancer. It focuses on population sciences research that leverages the unique resources of the CRN, including its scientists, data resources, and integrated health plan setting. The nine participating research centers and the health care organizations with which they are affiliated provide a defined population of approximately nine million enrollees. These organizations are distinguished by their longstanding commitment to prevention and research to improve care, and have a long history of collaboration with each other and with academic research institutions.

For projects funded during CRN3 (5/1/2007 - 4/30/2012):

Grant Title: Cancer Research Network Across Health Care Systems
Grant Number: U19 CA 79689

The HMO Cancer Research Network (CRN) consists of the research programs, enrollee populations and databases of 14 HMO members of the Health Care Systems Research Network.

The overall goal of the CRN is to conduct collaborative research to determine the effectiveness of preventive, curative and supportive interventions for major cancers that span the natural history of those cancers among diverse populations and health systems. The 14 health plans, with nearly 11 million enrollees are distinguished by their longstanding commitment to prevention and research, and collaboration among themselves and with affiliated academic institutions.

For projects funded during CRN2 (3/1/2003 - 4/30/2007):

Grant Title: Cancer Research Network Across Health Care Systems
Grant Number: U19 CA 79689

The HMO Cancer Research Network (CRN) consists of the research programs, enrollee populations and databases of 11 HMO members of the Health Care Systems Research Network.

The overall goal of the CRN is to conduct collaborative research to determine the effectiveness of preventive, curative and supportive interventions for major cancers that span the natural history of those cancers among diverse populations and health systems. The 11 health plans, with over 10 million enrollees are distinguished by their longstanding commitment to prevention and research, and collaboration among themselves and with affiliated academic institutions.

For projects funded during CRN1 (07/01/1999 - 2/28/2003):

Grant Title: Increasing Effectiveness of Cancer Control Interventions
Grant Number: U19 CA 79689

The HMO Cancer Research Network (CRN) consists of the research programs, enrollee populations and databases of 10 HMO members of the Health Care Systems Research Network.

The overall goal of the CRN is to conduct collaborative research to determine the effectiveness of preventive, curative and supportive interventions for major cancers that span the natural history of those cancers among diverse populations and health systems. The 10 health plans, with nearly 9 million enrollees are distinguished by their longstanding commitment to prevention and research, and collaboration among themselves and with affiliated academic institutions.