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Created in 2011 by a group of Stanford scientists, Bio-101 is an online peer-reviewed database of routinely used protocols. Its mission is to make life science research more efficient and reproducible by curating and hosting high quality, freely accessible protocols.

Our vision – improving reproducibility

Sharing detailed methods and fostering direct communication among scientists will improve reproducibility and greatly accelerate discoveries in life science research.

Who we are - passionate early-career researchers

Bio-101's editorial and review boards are primarily postdocs and junior faculty members. As early-career life-science researchers, who actively and routinely design, conduct and supervise experiments, we have the broad expertise to ensure the quality and clarity of the published protocols.

Our approach - author submission, peer review, and post-release updates

Bio-101 accepts submissions of basic and classical protocols used widely within the biological research community. To facilitate the submission process, authors can submit protocols in a variety of formats, which are then standardized by our editing team. Protocols are then evaluated by peer review. To account for lab-to-lab variation in methodology, Bio-101 is updatable. Readers can post and rate comments at each step, and highly rated comments will be integrated into the main protocol to enable post-release revision.

Free to the research community –
no publication or access fees


Bio-101 is by researchers and for researchers. It does not charge any fees from the research community – no publishing fee; no access fee. Since its founding, Bio-101 has been financially supported by its passionate founders.

The revenues from advertising via www.bio-thing.com, Bio-protocol's sister website, will eventually provide the revenue to support Bio-101.

Where we are going - revolutionizing the way researchers communicate

Bio-101 is not just "another" protocol database. At Bio-101, we hope that, by providing a free and efficient platform for curating and discussing highly detailed research protocols, we will facilitate communication between researchers, and improve the rigor and reproducibility of life science research.