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


    Ability to manipulate files and images

    • 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

    • SciNote allows its users to create and store protocols within the protocol repository, and is integrated with platform


  • Adaptability to Lab Workflows

    Platform compatibility

    Accounts/Permissions Levels

    • Yes


    Internal Data Sharing

    • Yes


    Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

    • SciNote supports all types of lab workflows. 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



    • Supports version tracking, backup and storage.


    File Redundancy

    • 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

    • Free users: up to 10 GB per team, each additional 100 GB costs $9/month per team;

      Premium: start at 1 TB per team and can scale up based upon requirements.


    Storage Capacity - Max File Size

    • 300 MB per user with a 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, administrator oriented training, online trainings only.



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


    Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

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


    Compatability with data repositories

    • Yes


    Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

    • Yes; can create reports with custom content and save to any reposity as a PDF. Export all data in a readable format is availableIntegration with Office Online is available.


    Recovery Options

    • 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 100 email addresses from Harvard domains registered in SciNote, 15 are from


    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:  SciNote Premium Academia. 


    Cost (per seat)    

    • No information provided


    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,


  • Tiers of Service

    Features and costs associated

    Free Account

    • Cost: $0
    • Public cloud
    • 10 GB of storage
    • 6 inventories
    • 1 team
    • 5 manuscript drafts
    • User management
    • Email support
    • Cloud backup


    Premium Academia

    • Cost: Contact Support Team
    • Private cloud or local installation
    • 1 TB+ of storage
    • 15 inventories
    • Unlimited teams
    • Unlimited manuscript drafts
    • Advanced user management
    • Premium support & onboarding
    • Cloud/local backup
    • API access and OAuth


    Premium Industry

    • Cost: Contact Support Team
    • Private cloud or local installation
    • 1 TB+ of storage
    • 15 inventories
    • Unlimited teams
    • Unlimited manuscript drafts
    • Advanced user management
    • Premium support & onboarding
    • Cloud/local backup
    • API access and OAuth
    • 21 CFR Part 11 - electronic signatures & audit trails