Updated: Apr 12, 2019
Once you have data from a particular experiment that you are pretty sure will be in an upcoming paper, write the methods section for that experiment. Writing this immediately will allow you to accurately convey what was done and you won’t forget key facets that will almost certainly slip your mind a few years down the road (e.g., antibody manufacturers and catalog numbers, concentrations of reagents used, etc.). While I’m sure with some effort this information can be found down the road, it is much easier to just get it done right away!
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