Services and Infrastructure

The QUEST Center is planning a variety of services to increase quality of research:

Open Access

Free access to the results of scientific work is one of the key concerns of Open Science. In 2015, the Berlin Senate passed the so-called Open Access Strategy for Berlin , which, among other things, formulates the goal that by 2020 60% of all articles from scientists of all Berlin scientific institutions should be freely accessible.

The BIH supports this goal within the framework of its strategy 2026. Until then, almost every publication from the BIH should be freely available. In order to achieve this goal, the BIH, together with its member entities, Charité and MDC, is taking structural and technical measures to support the implementation of Open Access.

To promote the publication in open access journals, the QUEST – BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research offered in 2017 the payment of Open Access fees. A total of 29 publications in open access journals were financially supported by the publication fund. In 2018 and 2019, the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin will support the publication of research results in open access journals through its own publication fee fund. The Publication Fund is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Charité. A total of around 700,000 euros will be available for financing OA publications in 2018 and 2019.

Further information:

Electronic Lab Notebook

Electronic lab notebooks (eLNs) facilitate collaborations within and between team groups ("team science"). Furthermore, they increase the quality and reliability of research documentation and are thus an essential element not only in the digitization process, but also in increasing the robustness and efficiency of research at BIH. 

We offer an eLN for interested BIH researchers from the Charité and perspectively the MDC. The eLN meets the criteria of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), respective DIN EN ISO regulations as well as 21CFR11 of the FDA.

In the first year of implementation only a limited number of groups will be onboarded, to ensure a close contact and extensive support.

Interested Workgroups can apply for an electronic lab notebook account here.

Further information: electronic lab notebook – FAQs

Events covering the Electronic Lab Notebook


Date: January 17, 2018
Topic: Using electronic Laboratory Notebooks in the academic life sciences
Speaker: Ulrich Dirnagl, MD, Director, Department of Experimental Neurology, Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin, Germany, and Founding Director, QUEST, BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, Berlin Institute of Health, Germany