Three years ago, the University of California (UC) launched a pilot with protocols.io, a platform for developing and sharing reproducible research methods. The UC pilot brought unlimited Premium accounts to all 10 UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). Today, we are pleased to announce an extension paid for by the California Digital Library for an additional two years – through May 31, 2024.
The protocols.io platform provides access to thousands of open access, step-by-step science methods, and research procedures created and shared by researchers worldwide. Researchers can also use the platform to develop and run protocols for private use individually or with groups. UC’s Premium accounts support unlimited numbers of private protocols and group members, and larger storage limits than use without a paid subscription.
A recent survey of researchers across the UC system found that private use of protocols.io is the top use category. However, UC researchers are also publishing protocols openly and citing the associated digital object identifier (DOI) in research articles.
Other benefits of the UC pilot include:
- Enhanced team administration and workspace tools
- Technical support and dedicated webinar training
- Protocol import service for transferring existing written protocols to the platform
See all features of premium accounts.
How to sign up
To take advantage of the UC premium account features, create an account at protocols.io/sign-in using your University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) email address. Or, use any email address; then once logged in, go to your user profile and click on “Upgrade Now.” Select UCSF from the dropdown list of universities, then verify your account by providing your UCSF email address. See an overview of the verification process.