Electronic Lab Notebooks

Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) are digital versions of a paper data log and can be useful tools for research teams. Data is entered directly into the ELN, which helps to support transparency and reproducibility. 

When considering which ELN is right for you, consider how the data is entered and retrieved, how the data is stored (cloud vs. in-house servers), and tracking features such as user rights and roles, inventory management and references. You also want to consider whether it is compliant with sponsor requirements and Good Laboratory Practices. 

UTMB Information Services reviewed a number of ELNs available and recommends using one of the options listed below that meet basic requirements for data security. 

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Intended Scientific Fields
Highlighted Features

Jupyter Notebook

An open-source web application designed to allow users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Multi-user version designed for classrooms, research labs, and companies.


Flexible interface

Configure and arrange workflows


A secure, compliant, cloud-based, all-in-one research data management solution comprised of an ELN+LIMS+ Informatics+ Inventory & Equipment management. Labguru enables biotech, life sciences, and pharma companies, as well as academic institutions, to run their labs more efficiently and maximize their research output.

Life science



Intellectual property protection

Mobile access


An online digital lab notebook, where users can write, draw and assemble reports of their latest experiments, that they can then safely store in the cloud.



Digital signature


A cloud-based electronic lab notebook (ELN) with built-in inventory, compliance, & team management tools. It is trusted by the FDA, USDA, European Commission, and 100K-plus scientists in more than 100 countries.


Export all data


Integration with other software


A secure and intuitive cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) application enabling researchers to easily create, store, share and manage their research data.


Integration with LIMS

Features modules


(Open-source software) 

Free and open-source browser based lab notebook and lab management software. eLabFTW is powered by PHP/MySQL in Docker containers.



Integration with some lab tools