A quick chat with Padamjeet on how you can find out if a product has been used in published work, the work of our References team, and cricket!
Q: Tell me a little about our background and the work you do
A: I joined Abcam about two years ago, after completing a research project on colon cancer.
I'm responsible for ensuring references for our products are up to date. This is really important as references give us proof that our products are working well, and also shows us what products everyone is using in their work, so it's very satisfying to be able to add them to our datasheets and share that with other scientists.
Q: How can our customers find out if a product has been used in published work?
A: Scientists can see if a product has been used in a publication in three ways: we show it in our search results, we list the references on the datasheet with the application and the species it was used in, and you can search on Pubmed (we list the PubmedID on the datasheet)
Q: Before it goes on our datasheet, how do we find out about publications?
A: I receive lots of emails from researchers who have published using our products, letting us know so we can cite it on our datasheets and share it with all our customers.
We also check journal search engines and related publications. We look at a wide range of journals, from niche publications to the top tier, and across all research areas.
Q: Does that mean there's a big pile on your desk to read through :) ?
A: It's all digital, so there's a big pile on my computer! Every month, each member of the team adds between 350-400 publications - we receive many more than this, but not all of them make the cut.
We read through everything regarding our antibody, check the results, and only add a reference if we can match the product they used to an exact product code.
This means you can be sure it was the same product in our catalog.
Q: Apart from references, what other evidence is there that our products work?
A: Abcam's lab does a lot of work on characterization, we test our products in WB, ELISA, ChIP, ICC/IF and display these images and results on the datasheet.
We also publish customer reviews on the datasheet, positive and otherwise, so you can see completely independent results, images and experimental conditions.
Q: Finally, as I know you're a keen cricket fan... what do you think of the recent Ashes series?
A: Haha, I watched the last match at the weekend and I'm very happy England won!
Do you find our references useful? Is there anything we could do better?
If you've published using one of our products, please let us know so we can cite the reference on the datasheet.