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Remember, laboratory notebooks and their contents are and of great value. Store them in safe places and report any loss or theft to your supervisor immediately. When you leave your laboratory for any length of time, inform your supervisor of the whereabouts of your laboratory notebooks. When you leave the institution permanently, ensure that your notebooks are handed over to your supervisor.

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BOX 1: LABORATORY NOTEBOOK POLICY

The is one of the most useful and vital pieces of information that a chemist has at his or her disposal. Without lab notebooks, none of the world's great chemical discoveries would have been documented and verified. Keeping a good lab notebook is crucial, so that the results can be analyzed and verified by both the owner and other chemists. Organization is the key to a good laboratory notebook. Below, you will find the guidelines on which to base the setup of your Chemistry II Lab Notebook.

2. Types of laboratory notebooks

The maintenance of a laboratory notebookis an important part of theGeneral ChemistryLaboratory experience. Your laboratory notebook should be a clear andaccurate record ofyour experiments and calculations as they happen. These writtenrecords of whattranspires in the laboratory are critical to the practice of chemistryand otherlaboratory sciences. Thus, when you are done with an experiment and allof the chemicalsused have been washed away, and all of the apparatus taken down, thenotebook will serve asan infallible "memory" of what happened and how. In the realworld, theyconstitute the basis for:

Laboratory notebooks used to document inventive activity should have at least three attributes:
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Laboratory notebook has a sewn binding that opens flat for writing

On March 16, 2013 the U.S. switched from a “first to invent” to a “first inventor to file” system, thus bringing it into line with most other patent jurisdictions around the world. With this change, if two people separately apply for patents on the same invention, the patent will go to the inventor who filed a patent application first (assuming that neither inventor published prior to filing). Regardless of the change, OTL still encourages all researchers to maintain good laboratory notebooks to document conception and reduction to practice of inventions. (see )

LABORATORY NOTEBOOK POLICY

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What should you record in a laboratory notebook? Everything that is directly relevant to your work. Your laboratory notebook should provide literature citations for any relevant research and/or protocols that you follow in your work. Your notebook should provide a detailed record of exactly what you do in the laboratory in order to obtain your experimental results. The record should be as detailed as possible. If you did not know how to do something then assume that the reader of your notebook will also not know how to do it. You should include information on all the reagents, equipment and instrumentation that you use. For instrumentation and equipment: What model? What make? Where are they located? For reagents: What supplier/manufacturer? What level purity? What lot number? Where is the supplier/manufacturer located? Your notebook should also contain all of your experimental results where practical and if impractical you should include a drawing or photograph that shows the critical elements/characteristics. If you use some computer program to process and/or analyze your data, you should explain exactly how the data were processed. If your data are in electronic format, you should provide the names of all the data files and identify where the data are stored in the laboratory. Bottom-line: When in doubt, write it out!

In deciding the exact procedures to follow, it is important to keep in mind that any type of laboratory notebook must achieve two goals:

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One of the major hurdles I face as the head of a computational biology laboratory is convincing my research team—particularly those pursuing exclusively mathematical and computational modeling—that they need to keep a laboratory notebook. There seems to be a misconception in the computational biology community that a lab notebook is only useful for recording experimental protocols and their results. A lab notebook is much more than that. It is an organizational tool and memory aid, which serves as the primary record of scientific research and activity for all scientists. It also serves as a legal record of ownership of the ideas and results obtained by a scientist. Here, I present the best practices (summarized as ten rules) for keeping a lab notebook in computational biology, for scientists pursuing exclusively “dry” research.