Introducing Preprints and Publishing in the Life and Biomedical Sciences: a course on preprints and the journal publication process

Blog post by Iratxe Puebla and the ASAPbio Fellows Tara Fischer, Gautam Dey, Jonny Coates, Aleksandra Petelski, Vanessa Bortoluzzi & Gilbert Kibet-Rono A key step in the research process is the communication of researchers’ work to the scientific community. Preprints can bring many benefits to science communication, but the inner workings of the publication process…

Urging the Australian Research Council to revise its preprint policies

We sent the list of signatories below to the ARC on September 3, 2021. The Australian Research Council (ARC) does not allow researchers to cite preprints in their grant applications and recently disqualified a number of applications for this reason.   Preprints advance scientific discovery and are encouraged by many funders, including Australia’s National Health and…

Tackling information overload: identifying relevant preprints and reviewers

The growth of preprints in the life sciences has amplified earlier concerns about the challenges of keeping abreast of the latest research findings. Researchers need to keep up to date not only with the most recent publications in journals but also with the latest scholarly work posted on preprint servers. Three quarters of the respondents…

Considering campaigns to post journal reviews on preprints

As part of the July 21, 2021 FeedbackASAP meeting, Ludo Waltman (CWTS, Leiden University), James Fraser (UCSF), Cooper Smout (Free Our Knowledge) organized a breakout session entitled “Posting journal reviews on preprints” to identity an evolutionary bridge between a system based around journal-organized peer review and referred preprints. Peer reviewing: for whom and why? The…

Formal education in reviewing manuscripts is rare Source: McDowell et al. Co-reviewing and ghostwriting by early-career researchers in the peer review of manuscripts. eLife 2019;8:e48425.

Public preprint review as a tool to empower the next generation of socially-conscious peer reviewers

By Rebeccah Lijek and Jessica Polka At the July 21, 2021 #FeedbackASAP meeting, Mugdha Sathe (UW), Rebeccah Lijek (Mount Holyoke), Daniela Saderi (PREreview) organized a breakout session on using public preprint review in teaching and mentorship of early career researchers.  Who is a “peer?” The session began with Daniela Saderi leading us in discussion about…

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How to foster a positive preprint feedback culture: From FAST principles to implementation

As Chris Jackson pointed out in the first session of #FeedbackASAP, preprint feedback is part of the collaborative culture of science. A positive culture of comments and review of preprints brings many benefits to the scientific process, but what does this culture look like in practice? We dedicated one breakout session during the #FeedbackASAP meeting…