Summary 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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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 formats

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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)



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Administrator, user, and in-person training available


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

Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

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Compatability with data repositories

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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)

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Number of Installations per institution

No limit

Multiple client use

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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 levels

Bank level security with numerous additional security measures, certifications and compliance standards met. 

Backdoor accessibility

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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

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Cost (per seat)

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

Dictation/voice input

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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.

Tiers of Service

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Platform Integrations

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


Tiers of Services

Level Free Edition


Professional Edition Academic and Non-profit

Enterprise License



$124 per user per year and $0.99/GB for additional storage Quoted on institution-wide basis



  • Create and manage notebooks
  • Unlimited notebooks
  • 25 MB storage
  • 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
  • Customization available

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Updated: 2018-02-15

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