search can be frustrating, LabPair is here to help

In scientific research, productivity and competency are often measured by the quantity and quality of publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the inherent challenges of research, publishing in respected journals is made more difficult due to lack of research funding, intense competition, and continually rising publication standards. Scientific journals also tend to favor novel experimental outcomes, which creates publication bias against negative data and fosters behaviors that undermine reproducibility.

As a result of these pressures, some groundbreaking findings in top journals are unable to be replicated, resulting in wasted funds, misguided research, and lost lives of patients who are depending on scientific breakthroughs. Moreover, the stress of operating within this system takes an enormous toll on researchers' mental health in the form of imposter syndrome, anxiety, and depression. Solutions to these problems often fall short in that they don’t address the underlying problem: publication pressure.

That's where LabPair is here to help. LabPair helps scientists increase the quantity and quality of their research publications, save time and money, and enjoy improved mental health and career success.

how it works

publication-driven matchmaking

Conventional research approaches are inherently inefficient, as only a small fraction of scientists’ resources are directly used to generate publications. Through a process called “publication-driven matchmaking,” LabPair helps scientists leverage ALL of their resources to generate publications, even negative data. We connect members of the scientific community by matching researchers who have underutilized resources with other researchers who are in need of those resources. These publication-driven collaborations help make use of data, samples, and skills that otherwise may go to waste.

Slide Increase the impact of findings by using patient samples that establish real-world clinical relevance. Slide Save time and money by finding collaborators with banked samples and publication-ready data from experiments that have been completed. Slide Improve your mental health by using LabPair to reduce publication pressure and overcome technical problems, resource limitations, and timing issues. Slide Get your data published by finding a researcher who needs them for their research paper. Slide Save lives by using banked tissues from other researchers instead of adding an animal study to your experiments. Slide Access specimens collected at specific geographic locations, hard-to-reach places, or specific times. Slide Find past and present population data to extend or expand your study. Slide Find historical data that broaden the context of your study. Slide A researcher wants to show an effect doesn’t happen (and needs your negative data). Slide Researchers at small institutions can have access to high quality service/samples/data usually only available at large institutions. Slide Save time and money with new collaborators who bring skills, lab space, and productivity. Slide If journal reviewers request additional experiments, find data/samples/skills that will help you meet your resubmission deadline.

Why use LabPair?

What we offer to scientists:

  • Save time and money
  • Find novel, creative, transdisciplinary applications for your research
  • Increase the quantity of your publications
  • Improve social, ethical, and environmental problems in STEM
  • Publish in higher impact journals by obtaining data/samples/skills that make your study stand out
  • Strengthen scientific advancement by reducing publication bias and publication pressure
  • Enjoy a more prosperous career
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

Traditional research practices are highly inefficient and often result in a staggering amount of wasted resources. We have divided these underutilized resources into three categories: data, samples, and skills.

data

A large amount of data can be gathered during the course of research, portions of which may not get published. After interviewing scientists across disciplines, we have found that on average labs publish less than 50% of their publishable data. These unpublished data often consist of unfinished projects, negative data, ancillary findings, orphan data, and historical data. While one of these datasets may not be adequate to produce a stand-alone publication, they can be combined with other researchers’ data to make an entire publishable unit.

Examples:

  • Half-finished projects
  • Negative data
  • Ancillary findings
  • Orphan data
  • Historical data

samples

The typical research lab possesses hundreds to thousands of left-over, banked, unused, or extra samples that could be used by scientists in other laboratories. By locating researchers in need of these resources can be challenging, banked samples are often discarded due to age and space limitations. LabPair allows you to find researchers who need your samples, no matter how niched your research. By sharing your samples on LabPair, you obtain more publications for the hard work you have performed and you save others time and money by providing samples that they don’t have to generate.

Examples:

  • Leftover or extra samples from experiments
  • Frozen, raw, or preserved specimens
  • Extracts and isolates

    (DNA, RNA, protein, etc.)

  • Extra tissue from animal studies

    (blood, tissue, slides, etc.)

  • Human clinical specimens

    (blood, tissue, urine, slides, etc.)

  • Environmental samples

    (soil, water, etc.)

  • Living Field specimens

    (insects, plankton, plants, seeds, blood, etc.)

  • Non-living Field specimens

    (e.g. fossils, minerals, sediment, etc.)

  • Synthesized compounds or chemicals

    (nanoparticles, drugs, etc.)

skills

Over the course of research, there are many specialized skills you and your team develop. The time developing this expertise is incredibly valuable. You may not be utilizing your skills to their full potential, especially if your research has changed course and you are no longer using the same techniques. However, your skills can be put to use for other labs in exchange for fees or authorship. Thanks to LabPair, you don’t have to be a core facility or big operation to do business!

Examples:

  • Find paying users for your specialized instrument to offset the cost of ownership
  • Advertise your lab’s fee-for-service

    (assays, analysis, quantification, etc.)

  • Obtain field or technique-specific expertise
  • Gain assistance with composition, writing, editing, and illustration
  • Find and offer training
  • Get help/offer help troubleshooting technical issues

fostering publication-driven collaborations

Our goal is to make it easy to form relationships with other researchers and to share resources within the scientific community. These publication-driven collaborations help make use of data, samples, and skills that are otherwise underutilized or that may go to waste completely. Two researchers, each who possess half of a “story” can combine their resources in a way that makes a whole publication, potentially without doing any additional work. In addition to assisting scientists in publishing more research, this also promotes the creation and publication of high-quality work. The availability of these resources drives forward innovative research for the benefit of all involved.

Slide artificial intelligence
In addition to user-initiated searches and collaborations, LabPair is reinventing the relationship between research and publication using artificial intelligence and proprietary algorithms. LabPair uses machine learning to help scientists identify ground-breaking relationships across laboratories, form impactful transdisciplinary collaborations, find novel applications for their research, and publish their data in creative ways. Our approach reduces the pressure to have data fit a narrative and facilitates data-driven discovery.

who can share resources on LabPair?

We designed LabPair to be used by researchers of all levels. This includes the principal investigators who run laboratories and the employees and trainees that work for a principal investigator, they will need to approve the sharing of any resources. We send an email to them and allow one-click approval to make this process as easy as possible.

Some individuals who can use LabPair include:

  • Graduate students
  • Research lab managers
  • Senior-level research technicians
  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • PIs

Slide LabPair membership requires a monthly subscription; however, the more people that use LabPair, the better it is. That’s why for every post you make on LabPair, you get a credit toward your membership. If you post regularly, LabPair could be free!
We are offering this incentive for the first six months ofmembership and are striving to make this a permanent feature of LabPair. We are currently beta testing our software and anticipate a full launch of LabPair in late 2021.
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