Cold Spring Harbor, New York -- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press today announced the launch of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (CSH Protocols), a new, interactive online methods database. Scheduled for release in June 2006, CSH Protocols is being developed by the Press, publisher of the world’s best-selling laboratory manuals, 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 CSH Protocols as “a unique site that combines the best methods from our hands-on courses and manuals with instruction in newly emerging techniques.” Inglis added, “As a not-for-profit science publisher committed to research and education, we can offer scientists an authoritative site uniquely tailored to their needs – a place 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 with the continuous addition of new protocols from a variety of notable sources. 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 a unique taxonomy for browsing and many features that can be customized by users. The collection will have more than 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 and researchers 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. Prior to official launch, librarians and scientists will have ample opportunity to explore the database and experience its outstanding utility and functions. Further details can be found at www.cshprotocols.org
CSH Protocols Subject Coverage
Bioinformatics / Genomics
DNA Delivery / Gene Transfer
High Throughput Analysis
Imaging / Microscopy
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Proteins and Proteomics
RNA Interference (RNAi)
Small Interfering RNA (siRNA)