Summary from Vendor Hivebench is an electronic lab notebook created by scientists for scientists. It is meant to help you prepare, conduct, and analyze experiments all in one place.

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Hivebench ELN




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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 2/3, able to search beyond typographical errors 1/3, transparency of file structure 1/3

Ability to manipulate files and images

Can manipulate images; cannot manipulate text documents, spreadsheets, or other datasets

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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By signing up for the “Open Science” (free) plan on Hivebench, you do commit towards doing your best to publish and share your experimental results to the scientific community. However, your data is private. Hivebench will never publish your data.

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

Not applicable

Windows Compatible

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Macintosh Compatible

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Linux Compatible

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Android Compatible

red x

iOS Compatible

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Cloud Storage

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Local Storage

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Hybrid (cloud/local) Storage

red x


Hivebench offers version backup, tracking, and storage. A new version is created automatically when you sign or countersign your experiment. Hivebench also provides an audit trail for any versioned experiment. They use electronic signatures to warranty the property of your data and to move towards compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

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?

red x

Storage Capacity - Users

10 GB for cloud users (Free), Unlimited for paid users

Storage Capacity - Max File Size

20 MB for cloud users, institution can decide for private installations



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Administrator, user, in-person


FAQs, video tutorials, instructions, quick-start instructions

Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migrations)

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Compatability with data repositories

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Yes, especially Mendeley

Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

Hivebench is built on top of an API that can be used to export all data. Notebooks can be exported as PDF files, inventory as CSV files, and data can be exported in their native formats. Data can also be exported directly to Mendeley Data.

Recovery Options

Data recovery options are discussed on a case-by-case basis for in-house customers

Single Sign-on (Institutional ID)

Some limitations

Number of Installations per institution

No limit

Multiple client use

No information provided

Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

No information provided

Other higher-education users

4 institutions have local installations; hundreds use the cloud version


Security levels

Up to and including Level 4

Backdoor accessibility

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Open Science/Open Data Efforts

Open Science is directly encouraged by Hivebench. Hivebench makes it simple to directly export and share your data to Mendeley Data.

Academically Oriented

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Cost (per seat)

Free or enterprise options available (no specifics provided)

Dictation/voice input

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Data Entry

Supports the importation of all file types. Attachments can be uploaded directly from your computer.

Tiers of Service

See below

Platform Integrations

Mendeley Data


Tiers of Services


Open Science




Dependent on needs


  • 10 teammates
  • 1,000 experiments
  • 10 GB of storage
  • Collaborative notebook
  • On your server
  • Unlimited teammates
  • Unlimited experiments
  • Unlimited storage
  • Collaborative notebook

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Updated: 2018-02-26

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