Sample and Analysis Requests


BOSCORF welcomes requests from bona fide researchers and graduate students worldwide to sample or analyize the cores in its care. Its mission is to promote secondary use of its holdings so they can further add to the knowledge base.

However, use of BOSCORF sediment cores is subject to certain rules which users should be familiar with. Users are required to fill out a Data Request Form, a Sample Request Form or an Analysis Request Form (this can be downloaded below) and provide a detailed paragraph describing the purpose of their research prior to taking samples or requesting analyses. A guidance form is also available below. The Sample/Analysis Request Form and summary paragraph should be emailed to the Curator:

Dr Suzanne MacLachlan


Users are asked to acknowledge BOSCORF in any publications engendered or partly engendered by their use of the facility and to supply the repository with reprints of such papers. It is essential that BOSCORF is notified of any research outcome from work undertaken at BOSCORF. We produce an annual report which highlights the varied work undertaken here, and it is highly appreciated if you can forward the DOI or link to any paper, abstract, book or conference presentation.

BOSCORF is a national facility, and our samples are open to any bona fide researcher to access, provided they are no longer under a research moratorium period. Applications to use the instruments, or to access the collection are welcomed from any interested researcher, and we are happy to help you refine a proposed project. Samples can be collected yourself, or requested by post, but for significant sample numbers we do ask people to visit and sample themselves.

  • Could ALL users remember that lab time/access to the fridge now needs to be arranged in advance. We ask everyone, including Southampton based users, to email at least 24 hours before you wish to access the cold store or use the lab.
  • Hours of access are limited to 9am to 5pm, should you require extended times, this needs to be arranged in advance.
  • Visitor passes must be signed out from a BOSCORF member of staff, and access to visitor passes arranged in advance.
  • You are responsible for tidying up after your lab session, including re-racking your cores promptly. This is not the role of the BOSCORF team.


If you are new to BOSCORF, you will need to be inducted into the lab, we are happy to arrange training for new PhD students on a 1-to-1 basis as needed, but we are also happy to host supervisors and discuss the individual needs of the project.

Please bear in mind our ITRAX schedule is normally fully booked six months in advance, and if you wish to use any of the instruments, please discuss volumes/timescales with us before committing to external deadlines. If you are interested in using an instrument, please refer first to the repository pages for guidance on sample suitability. If you are planning to collect samples during a research expedition that will be stored at BOSCORF, we would encourage you to reach out to us in the early stages of planning to ensure that cores are split to our prefferred length (1.5m) and that you are collecting the correct metadata to ensure the core has a long and useful life. Please also check our database of cores for older samples from regions you may be interested in, and the IMLGS website for cores held worldwide that may be of interest. We have excellent links with the international core store community, and are happy to help locate samples for your research.

Thank you for your interest in BOSCORF.

BOSCORF Sample provision brochure


Data Request Form

Sample request form

Analysis request form

For assistance with completing these new forms, please refer to the sample request submission guidelines.