Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press to Launch CSH Protocols
Product News Mar 24, 2006
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press has announced the launch of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (CSH Protocols) - an interactive online methods database.
Scheduled for release in June 2006, CSH Protocols is being developed by the Press in association with HighWire Press of Stanford University.
"Researchers have traveled to Cold Spring Harbor for decades to learn innovative laboratory techniques and share their own discoveries," said Dr James D. Watson, Chancellor of the Laboratory.
"Now they can do the same online, and expect to benefit from the same high level of technical expertise and innovation."
Dr John Inglis, Executive Director of the Press, described Cold Spring Harbor Protocols as, "A unique site that combines the best methods from our hands-on courses and manuals with instruction in newly emerging techniques."
"As a not-for-profit science publisher committed to research and education, we can offer scientists an authoritative site uniquely tailored to their needs- where they can search for and store valuable information, annotate it, share it with colleagues, and contribute improvements and updates for the benefit of the entire scientific community."
Dr. Michael Ronemus, previously a senior postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a former Associate Editor of Nature Genetics, is the Executive Editor of CSH Protocols.
"Technology development is the lifeblood of experimental science," said Ronemus, "and as a division of a very active research center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press has the inside knowledge, the resources, and the technological sophistication to create a carefully edited and structured database with state-of-the-art online features not found elsewhere."
At launch, CSH Protocols will feature protocols in cell and molecular biology, genetics, protein science, imaging, and bioinformatics. Its coverage will continue to widen.
Each protocol will be presented step by step, with the clarity and attention to troubleshooting and advice that have made Cold Spring Harbor’s laboratory manuals such as Molecular Cloning, Antibodies, and Cells, best-sellers worldwide.
The protocols will be web-linked to online resources that will help researchers strengthen their practical skills and build new ones.
CSH Protocols will be fully searchable, with taxonomy for browsing and many features that can be customized by users. The collection will have 900 protocols by year-end 2006 and will be continuously expanded, updated, and annotated by the authors and users of the techniques.
A moderated, interactive function will enable users to ask questions, discuss their own experiences, and contribute suggestions. New protocols will be added monthly and many leading laboratories have agreed to contribute their own methods.
By signing up for the site’s alerting services, registered users will keep abreast of the latest developments in their particular fields of interest. CSH Protocols will be available via institutional site license.