Summary from Vendor: Benchling offers a modern approach to note-taking. Its collaboration features; integration with Benchling's Bioregistry and Sample Tracking, Molecular Biology Suite, and Workflow Tools; rich search functions; and intuitive user interface encourage usage, so scientists can focus on the science.

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Auto Metadata Harvest

No information provided

Search functions can search across file formats and beyond typos

Able to search for documents within the platform 3/3, able to search beyond file formats 3/3, able to search beyond typographical errors 3/3, transparency of file structure 3/3

Ability to manipulate files and images

Can manipulate all, including other attachments dragged into the notebook

Support for multiple open windows

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Ability to link out

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Support for Researcher Documentation

Hyperlink support

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Metadata Creation Prompts

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Rights Management (Licensing)

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Benchling follows industry best practices around encryption and security. You have strict access control over your data, and everything is regularly backed up. You own all of your data, period.

Protocol Integration

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Adaptability to Lab Workflows

Accounts/Permissions Levels

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Internal Data Sharing

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Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

No information provided

Compatibility with authoring tools

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Windows Compatible

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Macintosh Compatible

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Linux Compatible

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Android Compatible

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iOS Compatible

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Cloud Storage

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Local Storage

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Hybrid (cloud/local) Storage

red x


Tracking, backup, storage, audit trail capability

File Redundancy

No information provided

Creates stable URLs or persistent identifiers for entries

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Can unregistered users access the data found at persistent links?

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Storage Capacity - Users

No information provided

Storage Capacity - Max File Size

No information provided



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Administrator, user, in-person


FAQs, video tutorials, instructions, troubleshooting, quick-start instructions

Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

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Yes; especially PDFs and Evernote

Compatability with data repositories

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Yes; especially Dropbox and Google Drive

Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

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Yes; there is a plan in place to export data if the service can no longer offer support.

Recovery Options

Technical team recovers data

Single Sign-on (Institutional ID)

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Number of Installations per institution

No limit

Multiple client use

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Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

No information provided

Other higher-education users

Over 10,000 higher-education users


Security levels

Up to and including Level 5

Backdoor accessibility

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Open Science/Open Data Efforts

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No, but it is free for academics

Academically Oriented

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Cost (per seat)


Dictation/voice input

red x

Data Entry

Users can upload files directly from their computer or through OneNote, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Any attachments uploaded can be manipulated within the notebook.

Tiers of Service

See below

Platform Integrations

Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote


Tiers of Services






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  • Access to all analysis tools and future updates
  • Chat support
  • Access to all analysis tools, enterprise-grade registration and workflow management features, and future updates
  • Unlimited storage
  • 24/7 direct line support
  • Dedicated account manager
  • Virtual Private Cloud
  • Electronic witnessing
  • Administrative dashboard
  • Professional services: Importing Data, Training, Implementation, Integrations, Customizations

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Updated: 2018-02-01

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