Video protocols can be a useful way to communicate step-by-step experimental methods.Credit: Getty

A clear scientific protocol — a set of detailed instructions for a specific experimental method — is a valuable resource. Good protocols facilitate the transfer of knowledge, equip new laboratory members with essential skills and ensure that experiments can be replicated after researchers move on. Scientists and journal editors offer their tips on creating and sharing effective protocols.

NICOLAS ROHNER: Reach out to your community and involve early-career researchers

Assistant professor at Stowers Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.

While doing my postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, from 2010 to 2015, I started working on blind cavefish, specifically Astyanax mexicanus. They are not a typical animal model, but they are an excellent species for studying processes such as loss…

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