BUMC survey on Lab Notebooks

A lab notebook is the primary record of research, where scientists document their hypotheses, experiments and initial analysis or interpretation of experiments. The lab notebook serves primarily as a memory aid and a legacy document for future scientific experiments. It is important to understand that a lab notebook is a legal document, which in case of allegations of misconduct or patent disputes, is used to validate a scientist’s findings. Despite its legal significance, there is no established universal standard for the use of lab notebooks.

The purpose of this survey is to learn what types of laboratory notebooks are currently used at BUMC, as well as to determine whether BU should develop guidelines or establish policies regarding the composition of laboratory notebooks campus-wide.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey by clicking on the link below:


Your responses will be anonymous.  We will only collect some general demographic information from you to make sure the survey represents an adequate cross section of schools, departments and functions at BUMC.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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