labarchivesSummary from Vendor LabArchives is a secure and intuitive cloud-based electronic lab notebook application enabling researchers to easily create, store, share and manage their research data. Far more than an “ELN”, LabArchives provides a flexible, extensible platform that can be easily customized to match your lab's workflow providing benefits to Principal Investigators, lab managers & staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Compare LabArchives to other options in the Electronic Lab Notebook Matrix.

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Features & Specifications

  • Interactivity

    Interface functionality

    Search functions can search across file formats and beyond typos

    • Able to search for documents within the platform
    • Able to search beyond file formats
    • Able to search beyond typographical errors
    • Transparency of file structure


    Ability to manipulate files and images

    • Can manipulate all formats


    Support for multiple open windows

    • Yes


    Ability to link out

    • Yes
  • Support for Researcher Documentation

    Documentation and metadata creation

    Hyperlink Support

    • Yes


    Metadata Creation Prompts

    • Yes


    Rights Management (Licensing)

    • Yes. You may store, transmit or publish content created by you using the Service (which you, or your institution or employer, may own, depending on the agreement you have with your institution or employer).
    • LabArchives will never share or publish your data.


    Protocol Integration

    • Yes
  • Adaptability to Lab Workflows

    Platform compatibility

    Accounts/Permissions Levels

    • Yes


    Internal Data Sharing

    • Yes


    Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

    • Yes


    Compatibility with authoring tools

    • Yes


    Windows Compatible    

    • Yes


    Macintosh Compatible

    • Yes


    Linux Compatible

    • Yes


    Android Compatible    

    • Yes


    iOS Compatible    

    • Yes
  • Storage

    Available data storage options

    Cloud Storage    

    • Yes


    Local Storage    

    • Yes


    Hybrid (cloud/local) Storage

    • Yes



    • Tracking, backup, and storage versioning. Every action in LabArchives is date and time stamped with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) globally recognized stamp.
    • All versions are recorded in a complete audit trail, also collecting IP address, user, nature of action, NIST date and timestamp, versioning, and option to revert to an earlier version.


    File Redundancy

    • Yes


    Creates stable URLs or persistent identifiers for entries

    • Yes


    Can unregistered users access the data found at persistent links?

    • Yes


    Storage Capacity - Users

    • 25 MB/user (Free Edition)
    • 100 GB/user (Professional Edition)
    • Unlimited (Enterprise Licensing)


    Storage Capacity - Max File Size

    • 250 MB (Free Edition & Professional Edition)
    • 4 GB (Enterprise License)
  • Hosting

    Software access


    • Yes



    • Yes


    Hybrid (combination of cloud and local)    

    • Yes
  • Support

    Training and maintenance offered


    • Administrator, user, and in-person training available



    • FAQs, support forum, video tutorials, instructions, troubleshooting, "quick-start" instructions


    Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

    • Yes


    Compatibility with data repositories

    • Yes


    Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

    • Individual notebook backups in multiple formats.
    • Site-wide enterprise backups of all notebooks at once with transfer to an institutional repository or other location.


    Recovery Options

    • Several recovery options are available. A disaster recovery plan is in place.


    Single Sign-On (Institutional ID) 

    • Yes


    Number of Installations per institution

    • No limit


    Multiple client use

    • Yes


    Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

    • 96 user accounts with HMS email addresses.
    • 10,408 user accounts with email addresses affiliated with any of the hospitals/institutions in the wider Harvard community


    Other higher-education users

    • LabArchives is used at many big-name academic research labs
  • Security

    Compliance with Harvard security

    Harvard Security Levels

    • No information provided on Harvard Security Levels
    • Bank level security with numerous additional security measures, certifications and compliance standards met.


    Backdoor accessibility

    • Yes
  • Other

    Additional features

    Open Science/Open Data Efforts

    • LabArchives links to open repositories and has plans for direct published integration with Dataverse.
    • Allows users the ability to create DOIs. Allows users to make research public.
    • Compliant with NIH/NSF grant-funding agency requirements for electronic records and sharing.
    • All contents (single entries, pages, folders, entire notebooks) have their own unique, indexed link that can be shared and published as needed.


    Academically Oriented

    • Yes


    Cost (per seat)    

    • $124/user per year for the Professional Academic & Non-profit plans


    Dictation/voice input

    • Yes


    Data Entry

    • Import and access digital experimental data captured from original lab machines.
    • Upload images and videos directly to the notebook.
    • Import Office documents, CSV files, and attachments directly from your computer.
    • API available to easily work with other platforms and programs from which to migrate data.


    Platform Integrations

    • GraphPad Prism, Single sign-on via Shibboleth, and further integrations can be customized using an API.
  • Tiers of Service

    Features and costs associated

    Free Edition

    • Cost: $0
    • Features:
      • Create and manage notebooks
      • Unlimited notebooks
      • 25 MB storage


    Professional Edition Academic and Non-profit

    • Cost: $124 per user per year and $0.99/GB for additional storage
    • Features:
      • Create and manage notebooks
      • Unlimited notebooks
      • 100 GB per user
      • Guests (unpaid subscribers) can read entries for an unlimited period and can have write access for 60 days


    Enterprise License

    • Cost: Quoted on institution-wide basis
    • Features:
      • Customization available