Research Data Service

An online platform for the creation, management, and sharing of research protocols or methods

The University has a subscription to the service and it is available to all staff and students of the University. 

Users of the University subscription can: logo
  • Create new protocols within the system
  • Upload existing methods and digitise them
  • Share protocols between group members and external collaborators
  • Publish protocol(s) making them freely available for others to use and cite or keep them private

Benefits of using

  • All protocols are dynamic and interactive, helping with collaboration within a group or among co-authors outside of the university.
  • Those with access to a protocol can then update, annotate, or fork it so that it can be continually improved and developed.
  • Subscribing to the University plan will allow research groups to organise their methods and ensures that knowledge is not lost as trainees graduate and postdoctoral students move on.
  • There is interoperability with GitHub and RSpace, and long-term preservation of protocols through CLOCKSS.
  • There are native iOS and Android mobile apps for running the protocols as a checklist during an experiment, helping to guide the work and record any changes on that day in a lab-notebook fashion.

How to sign up for an account

There is a registration page dedicated to helping you sign up for an University subscription account on the site. When you register with your University email address you will receive a Premium Individual account and the rights to set up Premium group accounts.

Register for a University of Edinburgh account

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This service is free for our students and staff.

If the University decides to terminate the subscription individual users from the University of Edinburgh will have the option to pay for the continued individual and team accounts directly. If users do not wish to pay for their own subscription they will continue to have access to their private content but will not be able to create additional private protocols.


We have scheduled a series of webinars for the 2022-23 academic year, these are open to all staff and students who are interested in learning more about and how they can use it to support their research. These webinars will be conducted using Zoom and you will be sent joining instructions once you have booked a place.


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Introduction to

Research papers and protocol organization in labs often lack detailed instructions for repeating experiments. is an open-access platform for researchers to collaboratively create step-by-step, interactive and dynamic protocols that can be run on mobile or web. Researchers can share protocols with colleagues, collaborators, the scientific community or make them public, with ease and efficiency. Real-time communication and interaction keep protocols up to date with versioning, forking/copying, Q&A, and troubleshooting. Public protocols receive a DOI and allow open communication with authors and researchers to encourage efficient experimentation and reproducibility.

This 45-minute workshop will cover:

  1. Introduction to’s mission and key functionality

  2. How to discover public protocols, create your own protocols, share methods with others, and how to publish protocols

  3. Q&A: We will stay online to answer any questions you have while you start to use




Tips and Tricks

Already a user? Sign up for this webinar if you want to learn more about the advanced features and functionality offered in

This workshop will cover the following features:

  • Using the editor (templates, lab/computational components, smart component, import of existing protocols, sections, attachments, tables and formulas)

  • Fork versus Copy

  • Collections

  • Importing images/movies

  • Reagents & Equipment

  • Sharing protocols

  • Q&A

If you have specific functionality you would like us to cover, please let us know ahead of time by sending an email to with the subject line "Tips and Tricks workshop"




Getting Credit

Developing and tweaking methods is a laborious but often unrewarded effort. With, you can easily publish your protocols, making them citable and discoverable, getting the credit that you deserve.

Join this 45-minute webinar to learn how to:

  • Make your protocols public

  • Maximize the discoverability of your protocols

  • Improve the reliability and impact of your research papers with

  • Turn your protocols into peer-reviewed papers

  • (The last 10 minutes will be Q&A)




Webinar Archive

Webinar 1 - Introduction of to the University of Edinburgh community

The UoE - partnership provides the UoE students and staff with free Premium individual and team plans. This webinar gives an introduction to and will teach UoE students and faculty how to get started on 

Webinars 2-4 - College focused webinars with discipline specific examples

These three webinars build on the introduction given in Webinar 1 and provide examples relevant to the types of research being done in each of the three colleges.

2 - College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine -

3 - College of Science and Engineering -

4 - College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences -

Webinar 5 - Utilizing the and RSpace integration to improve efficiency in the lab

This is not a UoE specific webinar, but is relevant to anyone wishing to learn more about the benefits of utilizing the RSpace and integration and how it can help you to improve your efficiency in the lab.