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Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs): Types of ELNs

A guide to picking and using an electronic lab notebook

Types of ELNs

In general, the majority of ELNs will allow you to demo the ELN for free (and even use for free as a single user, although there is a cost when implemented by the institution or lab), so my suggestion is to test a variety of these. This may be a little time-consuming, but will pay off in the end if you are transitioning to ELNs.

Several helpful resources that may help inform your decision on what ELN suites you best:

In general, they will all differ in: 1.) User-interfaces; 2.) interoperability and flexibility; and 3.) the pricing model.

In no particular order, here are some of the more popular, higher rated ELNs: