The laboratory notebook is an essential working tool for the researcher. It is used for documenting and dating any experiments, work, research results and original ideas.
In general, it is an important source for:
understanding how the experiments were conducted
understanding how the conclusions were formed
understanding how the results were deduced
The laboratory notebook establishes the precedence of results or inventions from an intellectual property standpoint. It therefore constitutes evidence in the event of disputes relating to scientific publications or patent applications in the United States.
Laboratory notebook in practice: What is laboratory notebook?
Sewed notebook, without mobile sheet.
bound notebook and numbered pages
One cover page
Research Unit, Name of the project, Name and signature of the user(s), Name and signature of the manager, Number of the notebook
Table of contents (first sheets)
Pages to fill in
Footer space reserved for signatures
Description of the procedure before the table of contents
Laboratory notebook in practice: How it looks like
Table of content
Page to fill in
Laboratory notebook in practice: What to record in the laboratory notebook?
Title of the experiment in process and date of execution
Precise description of handling, as one goes along the execution, even if they did not reach.
List of measurements
Noticeable facts or observations
Interpretation and comments about the obtained results
Review of the results, ideas of handling to improve and complete the results
Every new working hypothesis
Advance in a research
Batch number of used material or products
References of used methods and devices
Copy of electronically stored data, with identification and localisation of the files.