SciNoteSummary from Vendor: SciNote is a top-rated platform for researchers in academia or industry, who need electronic lab notebook, inventory management and project management functionalities.

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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
    • Our global search function enables the search through all data, within file contents and would give a result even if not the entire word is entered as a query


    Ability to manipulate files and images

    • Yes, can manipulate text documents and spreadsheets, and some elements of images


    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


    Protocol Integration

    • Users can upload, create, edit or add a protocol
    • Users can create and store protocols within the protocol repository
    • SciNote is integrated with platform


  • Adaptability to Lab Workflows

    Platform compatibility

    Accounts/Permissions Levels

    • Yes


    Internal Data Sharing

    • Yes


    Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

    • Yes, users in SciNote can create their own workflows, it is one of the core features of this software
    • Flexible workflows functionality allows its users to create entire processes and connect each step of the way with arrows in all possible directions


    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



    • Yes, versioning has been implemented in SciNote
    • Supports version tracking, backup, storage and audit trail records


    File Redundancy

    • Yes, through versioning and Amazon cross-region file replication


    Creates stable URLs or persistent identifiers for entries

    • Yes


    Can unregistered users access the data found at persistent links?

    • No

    Storage Capacity - Users

    • Storage capacity ranges from a few GB to unlimited TB
    • Free users: up to 1 GB per user
    • Premium versions: from 5 GB to 5 TB or more. Unlimited storage available.


    Storage Capacity - Max File Size

    • 300 MB file size max capacity
    • Potential for expansion on SciNote's end, though sciNote recommends local storage for any larger files (and linking the location to relevant projects within SciNote)


  • Hosting

    Software access


    • Yes



    • Yes


    Hybrid (combination of cloud and local)    

    • Yes


  • Support

    Training and maintenance offered


    • User oriented training (onboarding), administrator oriented training, dedicated customer support specialists, email support, emergency calls and meetings, free self paced online courses and more



    • FAQs, video tutorials, instructions, troubleshooting information, "quick-start" instructions, courses, other


    Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

    • Yes, it is possible
    • Import any csv, txt, xlsx into database
    • Integration with Office Online is available
    • API to migrate data from other systems


    Compatibility with data repositories

    • Yes


    Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

    • Yes
    • SciNote enables the Export all functionality = export of all data in a readable and organized format, and full data dump


    Recovery Options

    • Yes
    • Database backups, Amazon cross-region replication for files


    Single Sign-on (Institutional ID)

    • Yes


    Number of Installations per institution

    • No limit


    Multiple client use

    • Yes

    Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

    • There are over 240 email addresses from Harvard domains registered in SciNote


    Other higher-education users

    • 500+ higher-education institutions use SciNote (across teams and labs)
    • Most active users are at universities in the US and Western Europe


  • Security

    Compliance with Harvard security

    Harvard Security Levels

    • Up to and including Level 2


    Backdoor accessibility

    • Yes


  • Other

    Additional features

    Open Science/Open Data Efforts

    • SciNote is open source


    Academically Oriented

    • Yes, there is a dedicated academic version
    • It also offers free and freemium plans for academics and classrooms


    Cost (per seat)    

    • From $9 per user per month upwards, depending on needed features


    Dictation/voice input

    • Yes


    Data Entry

    • You can upload any type of document to SciNote, however, you cannot embed PDF or Word documents into a final report


    Platform Integrations

    • Microsoft Office Online, Protocolsio, ChemAxon, Labviva, Gilson


  • Tiers of Service

    Features and costs associated

    Free Account

    • Public cloud
    • 1 GB of storage
    • 1 inventory
    • 1 user


    Starter Plan

    • Public cloud
    • 10 GB of storage
    • 5 inventories
    • 5 users


    Basic Plan

    • Public cloud
    • 500 GB of storage
    • 6 inventories
    • 5 users
    • 21 CFR part 11


    Advanced Plan

    • Private cloud
    • 1 TB of storage
    • 10 inventories
    • 35 users
    • 21 CFR part 11


    Platinum Plan

    • Private cloud or local installation
    • Starting at 5TB of storage
    • unlimited inventories
    • 21 CFR part 11
    • Full compliance QA package