Springer Nature Experiments Update: Experimental specifications at a glance, aided by a more streamlined design

To show you at a glance which antibodies, models, proteins and kits you need to make a protocol work, we are excited to announce the presentation of reagents information from our partner CiteAb on the article landing pages and a new design to help you find the protocol that works best for you.
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Springer Nature Experiments Update: Experimental specifications at a glance, aided by a more streamlined design

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Having the right reagents to work with, can make -or break- any experiment. Previously, antibodies have been blamed for the reproducibility crisis, costing researchers worldwide time, money and potentially taking a toll on their mental health. While antibodies are a prominent example of reagents known to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, they are by far not the only experimental variant that is accountable for irreproducibility. An earlier study showed genetic variation between outbred strains from different manufacturers as well as breeding facilities from the same manufacturer. Furthermore, deviations in cell lines, proteins and of course entire kits can heavily influence experimental outcome. 

Therefore, having enough information on the experimental setup can combat the reproducibility crisis. To contribute to a world in which science is more reproducible, the Springer Nature Experiments team has partnered with CiteAb to make manufacturer information from protocols and methods available at a glance for any scientist. 

At a glance

We have started to incorporate supplier details, extracted by our partner CiteAb, on the article pages. This enables you to jump directly to the supplier pages, without having to extract the information manually from the full text. With this you can save valuable time, when you are searching for the reagent that works in your setup and assess how much time you may need to prepare an experiment in your lab. 

Reagents information in action: this enables you to find the reagents you need much faster than searching tediously in the full text.

Enabling researchers to find the protocol that is just right for them, can save time and reduce the cost of failed experimentation. We want to help all scientists to leverage the power of the protocol. Therefore, we are proud to show an improved design of our homepage. On the new homepage you can still jump directly to the search as you used to, but now you can shortcut more effectively to what you are looking for today, delve into our Topics to learn more about the most popular techniques or get in touch with us in just one click. 

Search or review the most popular topics as you used to; or jump ahead and cut to the content that you are looking for by using our prefiltering options.  Ready to dive in yourself? Visit the Experiments platform. 

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Scientific discovery is a product of team work and so is the Experiments platform. If you found a bug or have any questions or feedback about the platform, get in touch with us so we can work to make the Platform even better suited to serve the scientific community.

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