While the practice of preprinting in the life sciences is not completely new, it has grown dramatically over the past few years.

Jordan Anaya, the creator of the preprint search engine, PrePubMed, releases monthly statistics for preprints indexed by his tool.  In addition to the aggregate chart shown below (for June 2018), Jordan also presents new senior authors added per month and a real-time analytics tool that creates graphs for preprints posted in any subject area of a search term of your choice. Try it now.

Jordan Anaya, prepubmed.org

European Commission visualization

The European Commission’s Open Science Monitor features a beautiful visualization of the temporal and geographical distribution of preprints in different fields. While this tool includes fewer sources than PrePubMed, it highlights the inchoate nature of preprints in the life sciences compared to other subjects. To view the tool, click the link under “Preprints” here.

Screenshot as of March 22, 2017

(via John Inglis)