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Research Data Management

LabArchives - Electronic Lab Notebook

The Electronic Lab Notebook for Modern Scientists

LabArchives is a cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) application that allows users to electronically create, store, share and securely manage data. LabArchives ELN makes it easy to record, organize, analyze, and share experiments and data wherever you are. Improve the availability of your data with all your workflows, methods and findings on one secure and accessible software platform.

Getting Started with LabArchives

Create or Activate a New LabArchives Account

If you have not used LabArchives and do not already have an account, this guide walks you through the process of creating or activating a new account.

If you received an email from a colleague adding you to a notebook or were invited to a course by your instructor and you have never created a LabArchives account, you will follow this process for creating/activating your account.

Users with existing personal or departmental LabArchives accounts need to convert their account to the Ohio State enterprise license.

Create or activate a new account

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click I do not have a LabArchives account and need to create or activate one.
  3. Enter your email. Do not use a or email address.
  4. Click Create New Account.
  5. Click Yes to link your LabArchives account with your Ohio State login credentials.
  6. Confirm that your information is correct, then click Update.
  7. Your LabArchives account has been created. For future logins, you will use your lastname.# and university password.
  8. Select the Notifications tab on the left side of the screen and check the boxes for the email notification you would like to receive.
  9. Select the Office Document Editor tab on the left side of the screen to select which program will be used to view and edit documents in your notebooks.

Faculty and staff affiliated with OSUMC can use Microsoft Office Online in this situation. LabArchives uses Office Online only as an editor. All content stays within LabArchives.

Convert an existing LabArchives account

Ohio State has purchased an enterprise license for LabArchives. If you currently have a LabArchives account, complete the following steps to convert your account to the Ohio State enterprise license.

Once you convert your account, you will log in to LabArchives using your lastname.# and university password. All lab notebooks associated with your existing account will be there unchanged.

Convert an existing LabArchives account

  1. Navigate to
  2. Log-in using your lastname.# and university password
  3. You will be directed to the Login Setup page.
  4. Click I have an existing LabArchives account already
  5. Enter the e-mail address and password of your existing account information
  6. Click Link Existing Account

After this information is entered, your LabArchives account will be linked to Ohio State's authentication system with your as the primary email associated with your account. Any time you log in using your Ohio State credentials you will be taken to your existing LabArchives account.

Help and Support

Getting Help

Learn how to use LabArchives, find answers to common questions, and contact support staff.

Accessibility in LabArchives

Users who are reliant on a screen reader or other assistive technology will encounter issues using LabArchives. Users with accessibility concerns may contact Office of Research support team will coordinate with instructors or primary investigators to arrange appropriate accommodations.

Some users may have existing relationships with Access Specialists from Disability Services or Disability Program Managers from Integrated Disability. The Office of Research team can work with the accessibility specialists to provide additional training and technical support for LabArchives.