What we learned at the ASAPbio webinar on “The past, the present and the future of Preprints”

Blog post by ASAPbio Fellows Bradly Alicea, Marco Fumasoni, Yamini Ravichandran & Sarah Stryeck The ASAPBio Fellows program supports early-career researchers and those interested in topics related to the intersection of open science and scientific communication in becoming a resource about preprints for their communities. As part of the program, one working group of Fellows…

Preprint Sprint Kickoff group photo

Kicking off the #PreprintSprint

On Friday, 2020-11-13, 100 participants gathered at the #PreprintSprint Kickoff to workshop 21 ideas for encouraging more feedback on preprints. While the bulk of the event was spent in breakout sessions, the introductory lightning talks can be found below. Slides can be found here. Project leads are currently integrating ideas and feedback received at the…

Clinician’s Corner: How might preprints benefit sharing clinical trial results?

Blog post by ASAPbio Fellow Suraj Kannan The recent emergence of preprints in clinical research (most prominently through medRxiv) has raised a number of questions about their potential for benefit/harm. Preprints and preprint servers have existed in various basic and hard science disciplines for the past several decades, and have improved speed of dissemination and…

The Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium

Organized by: Emily Gurley, PhD and M. Kate Grabowski, PhD; Johns Hopkins University Website or social media links https://ncrc.jhsph.edu/ Current stage of development ongoing project Project duration 1-2 years with longer term potential Project aims Background information on current practices The 2019 Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium (NCRC) is a centralized, publicly available resource that rapidly curates…

Encouraging preprint review: make it easier to create reviews, make it easier to incorporate reviews.

Organizer Nokome Bentley, Alexander Ketchakmadze & Colette Doughty from Stencila Website or social media links https://stenci.la/ https://twitter.com/stencila Current stage of development Ongoing project Project duration 1 – 3 months for integrations described here as part of Stencila’s ongoing development Project aims Background information on current practices Preprints are rapidly becoming an integral part of the modern…

Towards principled metrics of scientific influence with automatic curation of preprints.

Organizer Thomas Lemberger, EMBO Website or social media links https://eeb.embo.org Current stage of development EEB is an experimental platform under development and used as sandbox to test ideas about aggregation and human- or machine-mediated curation of preprints. It is linked to EMBO Press and ASAPbio’s Review Commons journal-agnostic preprint review platform and to the SourceData…

Early Evidence Base: aggregating, mining and rendering preprint reviews.

Organizer Thomas Lemberger, EMBO Website or social media links https://eeb.embo.org https://reviewcommons.org Current stage of development EEB is an experimental platform under development and used as sandbox to test ideas about aggregation and mining of refereed preprints. Project duration 3 years Project aims Background information on current practices With the increased popularity of transparent peer review, where…

Peeriodicals

Organizer The PubPeer Foundation, represented by Brandon Stell and Boris Barbour Website or social media links  https://peeriodicals.com @peeriodicals Current stage of development Ongoing project Project duration Indefinite Project aims Background information on current practices There is widespread agreement that fashions imposed by the publishing industry have diverged from well established criteria of scientific quality. Peeriodicals offers…

Open post-publication peer review

Organizer Victor Venema, Grassroots Review Journals, University of Bonn, Germany Website or social media links Concept homepage Development server GIT Future integrations Mastodon Twitter Reddit Current stage of development Main design for the communities (review journals) is ready to be implemented. Multiple communication channels set-up apart from a newsletter/distribution list.  Project duration Years, but for…

Building capacity for preprint peer review and curation in Africa

Organizer Ms Joy Owango (TCC Africa) and Ms Jo Havemann (AfricArXiv) Website or social media links https://www.tcc-africa.org/​ ​ https://info.africarxiv.org/ Joy Owango: ​joy.owango@tcc-africa.orgJohanna Havemann: ​info@access2perspectives.com​ // ​jo@africarxiv.org Current stage of development AfricArXiv is an Open Access portal launched in June 2018, which serves primarily as a preprint repository. Beyond that it serves as a hub and…

COVID 19 Rapid Review: A joint publishers’ initiative to engage the community on the review of COVID-19 preprints

Organizers  Daniela Saderi (PREreview Co-Founder and Director) and Sarah Greaves (STM Publishing Consultant) Website or social media links OASPA announcement Project website Digital Science Blog Post: “Does creating a rapid reviewer pool improve trust in COVID-19 peer review?” Digital Science Blog Post: “Creating a rapid reviewer pool…..and trying to use it” Poster (Zenodo) Current stage…

I Owe The Academy: Portable Tokens for Open Peer Review

Organizer Philip N. Cohen and Micah Altman Website or social media links philipncohen.com micahaltman.com Current stage of development  Ready to be implemented Project duration 2 years Project aims Background information on current practices To make timely, evidence-based decisions scientists and nonscientists alike need to be able to understand how an emerging result has been vetted —…

Harnessing cross-institutional journal clubs to assess and review preprints

Organizer Felix Richter (Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford) Nicolas Vabret (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York) Website COVID-19 Literature Review Oxford COVID-19 Mount Sinai References: 1 Vabret N, Samstein R, Fernandez N, Merad M; Sinai Immunology Review Project; Trainees; Faculty. Advancing scientific knowledge in times of pandemics. Nat Rev Immunol.…

Transforming Peer Review through Mentorship and Community Engagement

Organizer PREreview: Antoinette Foster, Monica Granados, Samantha Hindle, Katrina Murphy, Daniela Saderi Simply Secure: Georgia Bullen, Carissa Yao Website or social media links  https://prereview.org  https://twitter.com/PREreview_ https://github.com/prereview Current stage of development Ongoing / idea Project duration 2 years Project aims Background Research historically is assessed by a handful of “expert” reviewers, rarely selected from a diverse…

Unfold Research

Organizer Dragan Okanovic Website or social media links unfoldresearch.com twitter.com/UnfoldResearch Current stage of development Ongoing project Project duration first phase – 8mth, additional phases – 4yrs+ Project aims Background information on current practices With metrics such as impact factor and h-index, a cascade of negative consequences and habits is enforced, that make the entire industry suffer,…

bims: Biomed News

Organizer Directed by Gavin McStay (Staffordshire University), founded by Thomas Krichel (Open Library Society) Website or social media links http://biomed.news Current stage of development Ongoing Project duration Indefinite Project aims Bims is a rapid dissemination system for new papers in PubMed. Bims is powered by human selectors acting as machine teachers.How does this benefit preprints? We expect that PubMed will increase…

Putting peers at the heart of peer review

Organizer Life Science Editors (Helen Pickersgill, Angela Andersen, Marie Bao, Carol Featherstone, Shawna Hiley, Sabbi Lall, Li-Kuo Su) Website or social media links www.lifescienceeditors.com Current stage of development  Idea Project duration Indefinitely Project aims Overview of the challenge to overcome Peer review is central to the scientific process, but is managed primarily by journals behind…