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Keep a Record of Successful Protocols

Posted on February 18, 2013

Etienne Sibille (bio) advises keeping a record of what does and doesn't work when it comes to methods and protocols.

 

But a lot of training, a lot of organization and knowing who's in charge of what, having established protocols, keeping track of what works, what doesn't work, having a structure where we make sure that all equipment is always well maintained. And that's very difficult.

It's easy to forget about it because the way we do science, we don't necessarily do the same thing every day. We answer a question, and then maybe the next question we'll use a slightly different approach. So, OK, it worked fine and then we may not go necessarily back and, say, fully establish the protocols so the next person can do it.

So I make sure that this is in place where there's some kind of legacy of methods, protocol, what works, what doesn't work.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2012 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, PA.

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