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What Is eLabJournal?

eLabJournal is an all-in-one Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) that can be fully configured to the unique needs of your R&D laboratory. Efficiently document, organize, search, and archive your research, sample, and protocol data. eLabJournal is a secure and compliant software suitable for any lab ranging from small and startup companies to large academic institutes and globally operating companies.

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Who Uses eLabJournal?

Suitable for academic, industry, and start-up life science labs that value flexibility in the setup of their workflows and lab digitization efforts.

eLabJournal Software - eLabJournal Dashboard can be customized to your preferences
eLabJournal Software - Stay consistent with Shared Protocols
eLabJournal Software - Attach a Plasmid map in reports
eLabJournal Software - Easily visualize your sample and inventory storage
eLabJournal Software - Integrate Microsoft Excel and attach charts or sheets to experiment reports

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Reviews of eLabJournal

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
4.7
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.5

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Maura
Maura
Business Systems Analyst III in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education Software, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Functionality and Superb Customer Support

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Our overall experience with eLab Journal has been exceptional. We are glad we chose to partner with them because they were definitely the right choice! They have helped us immensely and we would not have achieved a successful project outcome without them.

Pros:

Working with the team at eLab Journal to implement our LIMS and make enhancements as our laboratory has grown has been a wonderful experience. Everyone we have worked with is responsive and collaborative. The software itself has amazing functionality and provides the features we need to act as an efficient, high throughput testing laboratory.

Cons:

When we implemented the software in 2020, some of the menu items and navigation seemed disjointed and not exceptionally intuitive. eLab Journal has evolved since then and we have seen improvements. The team is also open to our feedback as system users.

eLabNext Response

2 years ago

Thank you for your review of eLabJournal, Maura happy to hear that you've noticed our improvements, and we always appreciate the great feedback! Since October 2021, we have implemented several new UI updates, reorganized the navigation tools, and taken a more multi-disciplinary approach to the menu items so that chemists, biologists, research techs, and lab directors can easily access their unique day-to-day workflows within the system. Stay tuned for additional major updates by 2023!

Austin
Scientist / Team Lead in US
Biotechnology, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

eLab Journal offers a great all-in-one solution to record-keeping and sample tracking in the lab

5.0 4 months ago

Comments: So far my experience has been very good, the eLab next crew clearly is passionate about their product and continue to add new and exciting add-ons that substantially increase the value of this platform to a wide range of companies.

Pros:

eLab Journal offers some great and convenient methods for record-keeping in the lab, including experimental notes, sample cataloging, and protocol generation/application. I would say that the ability to generate ready-to-use experimental templates has been one of the biggest advantages for this platform since it can dramatically streamline end-of-day records. This also helps a great deal from the perspective of managers since incoming study notes from direct reports will look more uniform.

Cons:

I think one of the most notable functions that is lacking in eLab is a spell-check function. For record-keeping and really for any online platform, this is such a common function that it is really missed when not available. This is a really simple way to avoid entry mistakes that can cause larger disruptions downstream.

Linda
Fermentation Scientist in Norway
Biotechnology, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

eLabjournal: a clean and simple eLN.

3.0 11 months ago

Comments: If you are looking for a clean and simple eLN: eLabjournal is a great choice, especially for start-ups like us. The customer support is really good and it is clear from the beginning what eLN can and can't do. For us, our needs changed because of growth and we needed more extra features, but otherwise we would probably still use it. eLabjournal might not be the most intuitive eLN on the market and not the most fancy looking, but if you are just looking to replace those piles of paper on your desk or your labnotebook that is falling apart and has spills everywhere: eLabjournal is a good option.

Pros:

eLabJournal is a simple and clean eLN, without any complicated features. It is like having a digital version of a labnotebook. Nothing more and nothing less. There are no distractions of features that you would never use, therefore it is relatively easy to start working with it.

Cons:

It is a simple and clean eLN, but it doesn't work intuitive and typing text in either protocols and experiments was overly complicated. We had some issues with text not being saved. The barcode printing part never worked and then they discontinued a certain type of labelprinter. With a non-functioning barcode part, the inventory management part was also useless for us.

eLabNext Response

7 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide your review, Linda! The eLabNext platform was recently awarded Capterra's badge for best "Ease of Use," so we'd be curious to learn more about your experience with the user interface and the pain points you've encountered – could be due to lack of training from our side so that we will take this note! Our Digital Lab Specialists would be happy to schedule a free consultation to ensure that your lab group is optimized for your workflows, and we welcome you to submit any suggestions for improving your experience to our Support Desk for consideration. While we were unfortunately forced to end support for DYMO printers, eLabNext continues to be compatible with a wide range of Zebra and ZPL-compatible printers for our customers with labelling needs. Many of our customers have had positive experiences with these machines and reported significant improvements in the quality and configurability of their labels compared to DYMO. Our Support Team would be happy to provide additional information on this topic and connect you with one of our partners to receive an exclusive discount when ordering a Zebra device!

Angela
Senior Scientist in UK
Biotechnology, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

A useful everyday tool.

5.0 6 months ago

Comments: Would never go back to a paper based system now.

Pros:

Easy to use, traceable and auditable. Helps planning, organisation and tracking of work.

Cons:

Labelling of images, gel images for example, is tricky and much easier to do in other packages and bring in the images already labelled.

eLabNext Response

5 months ago

Thank you for your review, Angela! We truly appreciate your kind words and are thrilled to hear that our platform's easy user usability aligns with your needs. We understand the importance of audit trials and logs for GxP compliance in a lab. By providing this capability, we aim to help our users stay organized and maintain a clear track of their work. It is fantastic that you've found value in this aspect of our platform. We value your feedback and suggestions for improving the labeling of images. We encourage you to share your requests with our dedicated Support Desk at [email protected]. We're grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to serve you and your lab in the best possible way.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Research, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

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Keeping Track of the Research

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: This has been a great experience. At first had only planned to use for single aspect of research project and now pushing for us to incorporate into other areas. Customer support has been excellent. Always quick to respond when have questions or requests, and so very willing to work with us to customize the system to our needs.

Pros:

Although there was a learning process to using the system, it did not take more than a week for us to build the framework that needed for managing samples and recording experimental data. Have multiple users with different levels of comfort with technology and hearing more and more from group that so glad that set this up for this research project. Really appreciate that Microsoft Office integrated into system, not only for editing files but as sections within a entry. This has allowed users that do not have access to office to work with us with ease

Cons:

Lacking some options that know are available on other electronic notebook freeware (To Do Lists, Task assignment, Calendar, Messaging center, view only of integrating Microsoft office components, comment tracking, tags for indexing entries). One option that would love to have that seen in other electronic notebook software is the option to share study with outside user so can view (not edit) for defined period of time without using a licensed space. Would be happy if there was a limit on how many of these could exist at a time

eLabNext Response

2 years ago

Thank you for stopping by to review eLabJournal! We are happy to share that we are preparing to release a brand new add-on in Marketplace in the coming weeks for handling Task Assignments/To-Dos; additionally, we now support options for commenting/messaging on other users' experiments/reports, integration with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PPT), and labels/tags on projects for easier searching. We also have a few major projects on the horizon, including a full redesign of our Inventory module! Moreover, we confirmed that our team is actively reviewing several of the features you've listed for future development consideration later this year. If you have specific ideas about how you'd like any of these suggestions to be implemented, please consider emailing your Key Account Manager or [email protected]. We always appreciate hearing feedback from our users, and we'll do our best to incorporate your comments into our next series of updates!