Signed, sealed, witnessed! On Labstep you can witness and sign experiment entries, or request a signature from a collaborator. To prevent any further changes after an experiment has been completed, you can lock it. No one will be able unlock it apart from the workspace owner.


Adding a signature:

  1. Navigate to your chosen experiment

  2. Click on 'Signatures', in the right-hand side menu

  3. Click on 'Add Signatures'

  4. Click on 'Sign' or 'Sign and Lock' (if you have all the signatures you need)

Labstep team tip: Before signing an experiment, you can add a statement. This statement informs other collaborators why you have signed the experiment and what part you played in the review process.

A GIF showing how to add signatures to an experiment

Requesting a signature:

  1. Navigate to the experiment of your choice

  2. Click on 'Signatures', in the right-hand side menu

  3. Click on 'Request Signature'

  4. Search for members

  5. Select a member

  6. Change the message if necessary

  7. Click on 'Request'

Labstep team tip: If you click on 'View pending requests' in Signatures, you can check the requests sent that have not yet been accepted.

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Revoking signatures:

  1. Navigate to the chosen experiment

  2. Click on 'Signatures' in the right-hand side menu

  3. Click on the vertical ellipsis next to a signature

  4. Click on 'Revoke'

  5. The signature will be marked as revoked (with the date)

Labstep team tip: Use the 'Revoke' option if you think a signature is no longer valid or was added by mistake. Only the signee or the experiment owner can revoke signatures. If you think a signature needs to be revoked, let your collaborators know.

After the signature has been revoked, it will not be removed for compliance reasons and will still appear within the 'Signatures' tab.

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Editing Request Message/Signature Statement:

  1. Click on the gear icon, in the left-hand side bar menu

  2. Click on 'Experiments'

  3. Click on 'Specify Default Signature Request Message'

  4. Enter your personalised request message that will be sent by default

  5. Click on 'Save'

  6. Click on 'Specify Default Signature Statement'

  7. Enter your personalised signature statement that will be used by default

  8. Click on 'Save'

Labstep team tip: Although you have set up a default request message and a signature statement, you will still be able to edit them each time before sending out a request or signing an experiment.

A GIF showing how to customise a default signature request message and signature statement

Requesting signatures in bulk:

  1. Navigate to the 'Experiments' tab

  2. Use filters to narrow down your search

  3. Check the boxes next to the experiments of your choice

  4. Click on 'Request Signature'

  5. Select a member

  6. Click on 'Request'

Labstep team tip: Combine the 'Unsigned' filter with the 'Created by me' and 'Complete' filters to give you a list of experiments that you might want to request signatures for, as they are completed.

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Locking an experiment:

  • To lock

  1. Navigate to the 'Experiments' tab (or experiment of your choice)

  2. Click on the vertical ellipsis next to the chosen experiment

  3. Click on 'Lock'

  4. Click on 'Yes' to confirm you want to lock this experiment

  5. Experiment is now locked!

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  • To unlock

  1. Navigate to the 'Experiments' tab (or experiment of your choice)

  2. Click on the vertical ellipsis next to the chosen experiment

  3. Click on 'Unlock'

  4. Click on 'Yes' to confirm you want to unlock this experiment

  5. Experiment is now unlocked!

Labstep team tip: Only the workspace owner can unlock experiments, if you need to unlock an experiment and do not have the required permission, ask the workspace owner to either unlock it for you or change your workspace permission to 'Owner'.

A GIF showing how to unlock an experiment


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